- Can you help me sell my idea ?
- Where do I send my ideas, payment ?
- Can I get a sample to show around to buyers?
- What is your minimum order?
- How do I protect my idea ?
- Is your price your final price?
- How much does my idea cost?
- How long does it take to get my product?
- Where do you manufacture my toys ?
- Are your toys safe?
- What happens if my sales exceed my expectations?
- How do I know Binkley is a reputable company?
Yes I can. I have put together services made for individuals just like you. I have been working with individuals and very small companies trying to invent a new stuffed toy idea for well over a decade now. You have questions like; What do I do with the toys after I get them? How can I sell my toys over the internet? I have taken hundreds of questions from people just like you and put together specific packages to address all of these. These services are explained in our quote. ( get a quote here ) I can provide you with some excellent marketing tools which will prepare you to face that retail buyer or Big Box Toy Store representative. Or, with our help you will be selling your toys online in no time. You will look like a pro! Depending on the Service Level you choose, I can have you set up with your own website, accepting Visa, Master Card, American Express, and all other major credit card over the internet. Your website will be setup and look exactly how you want before your toys even arrive. These services are based on my years of award winning online experience and I have hundreds of customer's selling their toys online right now.
Yes. I have developed different levels of services to accommodate these needs. You will be thrilled with the simple way I will walk you through the steps to end up with a prototype just for you. I have developed a great system that will allow you to show off your new prototype, leave some information behind to remind the buyer about your product, and direct them to a professional website that highlights the benefits of your idea. You will look like a professional toy company, with my top level of service. Also, if you do invest in your idea, I will ensure that you can be taking orders even before you place a production order. Just imagine having the majority of your first batch sold even before you pay for them. I have the steps to get you there. Get a quote now, to learn more about this service.
The first step to protecting your idea, is ensuring that the manufacturer you work with signs a NDA ( Non Disclosure Agreement ) This means that I cannot reproduce your product without your permission. I have built my company over the last 20 years on the fact that I only manufacture goods for you. I have no interest in stealing ideas, and I am happy to put that in writing. You can get a free NDA here.
I sold my own product years ago, very successfully actually, but when I started manufacturing products for inventors I made the decision not to compete with my customers. I would recommend you choose a manufacture that is not in competition with you. Think about it. If your idea sells well, do you want your manufacturer, who sells their own toy ideas seeing your success? Your best ideas may get 'borrowed' by your own manufacturer. I don't compete with my customers which is something you should require from your manufacturer. As soon as you have chosen me (CustomPlushToys.com) as your manufacturer, you can choose a service level that includes a detailed Copyright trail. What this means is that every step of the way, I will document the creation and improvement of your ideas. These documents will be dated and signed by my artists, designers, project manager and me, the owner of the company. The document will state that the ideas and improvements belong to you. When your toy becomes the next big blockbuster hit, you will have thorough and legal documentation that shows the dates of creation. If someone tries to say that your success was based on their idea, you can be confident that there is a detailed historical trail of your idea to prove that it belongs to you.
The fastest way to get a ballpark cost on your idea is to use my Quote page. I have created the Quote page to email you a full quotation immediately. There are a number of factors that effect a toys price but the basics are: Size - this affects your price as you choose larger toys. Common sizes that we use now are 4"-6" for beanie type toys, 8"-12" for smaller stuffed toys, and 12" and above for everything else. A bigger toy does not just mean more material. The greater size, adds to labor and shipping costs as well.
Quantity - as you increase the quantity, the shared costs to produce your project, is spread over more pieces, therefore lowering your price. In general, the more you order the less you pay per piece. You may want to try your idea which is why I offer low minimum orders. I have one of the lowest minimums of 900 pieces. If someone offers you a lower minimum they will be cutting corners on quality and safety. Please note though that there are manufacturing limitations on orders under 3,600 pieces. Any order below 3,600 pieces is considered a Sample Order and your exact material may not be available but every manufacturer is working under the same limitations. I can work with you to get the look you want. Bulk (Volume) - how fat / round your toy is effects the cost throughout production and especially during shipping. I have an excellent method which walks you through 15 questions you MUST ask yourself before giving one penny to anyone. The 15 questions are contained in my Design Guide and has helped hundreds of inventors organize their ideas.
All the toys I make for you are designed locally on computer. Your prototype and production run, is made in China. I did manufacture everything locally up until the end of 1998. At that time I developed my "SEED System". This is where my unique process literally grows your idea in to the best toy possible. The big toy companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring one toy to market. That is just not economical for a small inventor. The SEED system ensures that your toy idea belongs to you, is developed at a reasonable expense (as little as $500) and the system allows you to tap in to my proven talent pool all over the world. I have developed strong relationship with a few factories in China, designers in Asia and artists in several other countries including the US and Canada. All of these experts share my desire to bring good quality products to you at reasonable prices and low quantity levels. The SEED system allows one of my specially trained Project Managers, to tap in to this talent pool. Your PM (Project Manager) can monitor and adjust the work flow at each and every stage of your toy development based on your ideas and needs.
Yes. I have not had one customer exceed my manufacturing capabilities. When your orders get in the hundreds of thousands of pieces per year I can escalate my system so that a container or two full of your toys is shipping out every few weeks. Your main focus should be on selling as many toys as fast as you can, and let us worry about keeping the shelves stocked up. For sales levels below this there is a similar lead time required for each order you place of approximately 12 weeks. We can deliver 500 to 50,000 pieces in that time. Each contract is unique so we will advise you in detail at that time of an exact delivery date. Any way you look at it, I'll be there to take care of your needs.
You can get your project started, and submit your investment securely online here. Email or courier your ideas and investment to my address in New York, NY, or my Ontario, Canada address. You can find my detailed contact information here. Or simply call the toll free number found in your quote, and any emails you have received from me after your quote. That is my direct line to my office here.
900 pieces is my minimum order. You will find that the economics are more in your favor as you order 2,400 pieces or more.You can look at a first production run as a test or sample run. You can work out the bugs with the design and work on optimizing your sales channel with a small order. For a second order of 2,400 to 6,000 pieces the economics are more in your favor. You can make some tweaks to the design and sales process you're using. You can grow your ideas from there. For more complex projects that include sound or other special features minimum orders may be higher. In the end the more you order the cheaper it is. 900 pieces is a good starting point to see if your idea will sell. Get a quote and additional information on your idea now.
Yes, and No. You can always find a cheaper price. Some companies are comfortable manufacturing junk, and shipping it to you. I am not comfortable with that. I feel making a great toy is important so that you can sell it. To determine your price, I have spent years developing detailed formulas to predict what the cost of a toy will be. If you think about it, I have to quote on your toy idea even before it is created. So any quote you receive before I make your prototype is a ballpark quote. The approximate prices are based on thousands or projects I have done in the past, so you will be amazed at how accurate they are. You may be thinking "But my idea is different." Rarely do I find that our quote is more than 5% - 10 % off which is easily absorbed in the higher quality the toy will be. That means you can easily charge more for your toy idea. In developing a unique product, there are dozens of decisions which need to be made in order to establish your price.
You will get to decide on the quality of materials, the complexity of the design and the speed at which it will be produced. I can guide you and help you reduce or increase any of these factors in order to re-quote and alter your final price. I believe that when you deal with my company, you get more than what you pay for. You should get a quote, choose an investment level, and we can discuss your toy in detail. If it becomes clear that I cannot make your toy, or you want way more than is possible at the quoted price (which I can identify easily within the first few emails/ phone calls) I will refund 100% of your investment with no questions asked.
Approximately 12 weeks after your approve the production sample and mandatory safety testing is completed. Shipping times vary contract to contract. A timetable is provided along with your quotation. Normally the biggest factor in completing a project is getting that first design approved. The better you and I work on the initial stages of a project the quicker it will go. The typical steps and duration are:
* Prototype Stage - within 4 weeks approximately
* Pre Production - within 1 to 3 weeks approximately
* Production Stage - within 12 weeks approximately
* Delivery ( local ground shipping ) - 3 to 8 days
Yes. I have been designing and manufacturing toys since 1995. All of my toys meet or exceed international health and safety standards. I pride myself on my high level of customer service, exceptional quality, and before any of these qualities, I place Safety as #1 above all else.
For Canada and USA I follow the ASTM and CPISA standards. For Europe I follow the EN71. No matter what country you will be accepting the goods in to I'll be sure to have them safe and compliant with your countries laws.
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