Is this site a scam?

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I just joined this site and I have a really simple question. Is this site a scam? There are a lot of scams out there and I want to be careful. It seems to get good recommendations. So I’m thinking it is legit. Under what conditions is this a good site to use? I have a good career and I’m happy with my life, income and free time. But I have several ideas I’d like to invent in my free time but don’t really want to dedicate my life and life savings to doing so. Under what conditions would you suggest using this site and when not? What are the downsides?

I realize actually asking these question on this site might not get the best answers but I figure it’s a good place to start.

posted February 01, 2012 21:42 (
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Hi Daniel, I love my 500,000 point score. I do believe that within the next two weeks my score
will be rising. Just one of my hunches. I don’t know how to take a screen shot. lol

Peter, I do want to spoil my beautiful score. I’m shooting for 600,000. We will wait and see
how long that will take.

Thanks for noticing guys. xo

posted April 21, 2014 20:31 (
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Yah, don’t post any new ideas. You don’t want to mess up that perfect 500,000 lol. Wow. I can only hope to reach that someday… wow

posted April 21, 2014 19:31 (
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Hey, Toni.

You just hit exactly 500,000 points, congrats.

Take a screenshot of this, within 1-2 days I’m sure one of your many ideas will advance and you’ll no longer have a nice even number.

posted April 21, 2014 16:43 (
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Carl, I had joined (maybe) a couple of years before I started posting, just visited every once in a while. In essence, I was a newbie for over a year before my first post. There’s really just no way to tell about anything any more.

posted April 20, 2014 17:56 (
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LOL Carl…it’s not always the newbies! Welcome to EN!

posted April 20, 2014 12:40 (
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See how newbies are ? Just realized that post was 2 years old ! Don’t worry, I will get the hang of this !

posted April 20, 2014 07:22 (
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You just joined the site and have 112,250 insider points ?! Good for you. It seems that many people with no points have much more confidence than you. Have faith, I am a newbie myself, but feel confident that you are in the right place at the right time.

posted April 20, 2014 07:21 (
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I highly recommend EN, and have invited many friends and family to join. What a great opportunity to act on your best ideas that otherwise would have fallen into the abyss of disregarded wishful thinking.

“They should invent ____X____! – that would be so cool.”

posted April 19, 2014 13:30 (
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Edison Nation is the best site for inventors on the internet and my home for the past 6 years!
Love all the folks at EN who work tirelessly for us inventors.

posted April 18, 2014 04:36 (
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Thanks

posted April 17, 2014 23:37 (
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Welcome Jen, you are very safe here. I have been here over 4 years. No complaints.

posted June 05, 2012 16:31 (
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Jennifer, do your homework in this site. Read through the forums. Watch an episode or two of Everyday Edison’s. Watch their videos. I especially like the ones from around the office(About the EN staff). Your ideas are safe in their hands. I feel confident in this.
Tannis Curls
:)

posted June 05, 2012 14:59 (
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I’m new here, too. I sat on my ideas for a while because I was worried about getting scammed. but then I realized that my family has always held on to ideas that could have been successful because we were afraid to get taken advantage of or intellectually robbed. I did my research, and I decided to take the chance this time. We’ll see. :)

posted June 05, 2012 14:49 (
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Looks legit to me. It’s always good to be cautious, but don’t be so scared as not to give your idea a chance.

posted February 07, 2012 15:12 (
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“Being Demonstrable” sounds like a no-brainer until you explore a little further and imagine trying to do an infomercial around an adhesive bandage (Band-Aid). I believe the ASOTV marketers seem to be more interested in products that can, in addition to Kelce’s list, be demonstrated in an interesting and stimulating fashion. A Band-Aid is one example of a product which would probably never be any more interesting than mashed potatos even on a big name celeb. so it would score low on their scale and then there is the category of products that by themselves are not interesting e.g. an eight foot rope with a handle on each end but, can be made very interesting by way of a “jumprope” demonstration giving it a higher score.
Also the “expandable factor” or “repetitive sales factor” (for lack of the right term). Think printers. They are practically giving them away but the custom print cartridges you have to purchase from the printer manufacturer is where they have you locked into future profits.
I’m no expert either but these terms have come up in my journey.

posted February 07, 2012 15:08 (
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Question for Ralf:

When you said “I’ve learned it doesn’t really matter if the idea exists or not, it’s how to package and market it differently. It also doesn’t seem to matter if the idea really works or not so long as it sort of almost does the job.”; you were primarily speaking about products for ASOTV? Is that correct?

posted February 06, 2012 16:14 (
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No app for dat…it is an inherent twitch ….I think……..

posted February 06, 2012 09:59 (
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goodolbakeshop's Avatarname search

I meant the wit

posted February 06, 2012 09:44 (
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It is called a calculator Kevin…..there are dozens of apps of them…

posted February 06, 2012 09:40 (
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After I looked back @ what I posted, I saw that it ain’t so clear.

Your 1 g7 will cost you another $75 to resubmit 3 times, for a total of $100.
Insiders would pay $20 (total) to submit it 4 times, and get 8 months of Insider-hood (8*9.25) = $74….and still be $6 ahead. (outsider $100. insider $20 + $74=$94.)

And you are right, with all the new searches, it’s hard for even someone of few ideas to not see this math. So an additional idea submitted 4 times by non-insider brings their 8 month bill to $200. The Insider’s?….$114.

One more idea submitted 4 times?…Outsider …another $100, for a total in 8 months of $300. Insider $134. That’s all for 3 ideas, which I would guess is a person of few ideas’ production.

EDIT
Ok, Penster has better wit and more current math…haha…and I have bad timing…Penster is there an App for that? :-)

posted February 06, 2012 09:19 (
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Ralf…….2 non-insider submissions to innovation – 2x$100 = $200 Insider 2×35 = $70 + free opt ins etc. more$$$$ saved.

Cost……per day 30 cents….covered by savings

Of course you have to consider your traffic encounters and relative expense-tickets…….LOL

posted February 06, 2012 08:56 (
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Ralf, 3 more submissions of your g7…$75. (3*$25). Insider-hood … 8 MONTHS * $9.25 = $74. Applying this math to even “being a person of few ideas”…priceless.

;-)

posted February 06, 2012 08:22 (
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Common sense would say there are always more ideas than products….

posted February 05, 2012 21:47 (
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I am also new here and a little skeptical. My question is: does Edison Nation make most of it’s money from submission fees or by getting commisions by being a product agent?

It’s an easy scam (if it is), by preying on inventors’ prayers.

posted February 05, 2012 20:02 (
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I’m glad you asked the question, Corey. I am new here too and have submitted several ideas to another company in the past and have always gotten the “sorry, but no thanks,” type of response. I have always been one who has ideas, but I have very little knowledge about how to develop and/or bring any of them to market. I’m excited to have an opportunity to submit ideas and who knows—maybe one of these days one of my ideas will take flight! :-D

posted February 05, 2012 13:55 (
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The proof is in the products. This train is just getting started.

posted February 02, 2012 19:29 (
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Thanks for the post. John didn’t scare me off. Asking the question is like a mathematical proof. I already know 2+2=4 but my high school calculus teacher always made me prove that. I figured asking that question and seeing what type of replies I get is a good place to start. My use of the word “scam” is probably a little harsh. I started one thing on another similar site, we’ll just call it “corky” so i don’t give away the company name. It’s a reputable company but what they don’t say is it is designed for certain type of niche products and if you don’t fit that niche they won’t accept it. But they won’t tell you beforehand. So there is ok ways to go, scam ways to go, and good ways to go depending on the product. Not that I regret it in any way but it would of saved me time and $10 if I would have done a little more research. Good thing I didn’t use a very good idea for my “test run.”

I’m glad to hear all your success stories. Hopefully I can be giving that advice after I’ve had some success someday down the road. I’m looking forward to letting the games begin! Thanks for the input and hope to get to know you all better.

posted February 02, 2012 18:28 (
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Corey
The site is legit. Several folks have had “extreme” success here…. This is not to say that it is a lay-up to get your invention picked by a company and you will become an over-night millionaire. The site (and Company) are legit, they actually do what they say they do (& Frankly very well), but the searches are VERY competitive. Only the very BEST ideas make it through the gauntlet of level review & scrutiny, not to mention a lot of other very creative inventors are submitting their ideas as well…

So in a nutshell, yes the site (EN & sister Companies) are legit, the EN staff is great at what they do & have the successes to prove it, the searches are VERY competitive and only the best ideas make it through, the inventors in this community & forums are intensely creative, genuine, and supportive.

Wishing you ALL the Best and MUCH Success here!
STAY GREEN!!!

posted February 02, 2012 04:43 (
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Hi Corey, I’m a real person with a real job and family. When I found out about EN, I entered a few ideas for fun. One of them was chosen for an ASOTV search. EN and the sponsor named it ‘Eggies’ and it’s now on store shelves everywhere. My $25 dollar submission fee for that is all I will ever have to pay. EN is real allright! Surreal, if ya ask me!!! :-) Have fun, and good luck! There are some GREAT people on these forums. They are always willing to help!

posted February 02, 2012 00:52 (
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Corey:
Let me give you some helpful pointers:

Of course you know “this site” is a front to a company. If you need proof of that, just look up at the URL. It ends with ‘dot com’.
The company name is: Edison Nation, LLC ; with a little more research you will quickly determine that Edison Nation, LLC has contextual links to another company : Everyday Edisons, LLC. Everyday Edisons, LLC produce a television show named : Everyday Edisons. You may have seen this on PBS or even HULU.

Armed with this information, you must now do your own due diligence into these companies; to determine if you will participate in the activities of “this site”.

posted February 02, 2012 00:24 (
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