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SUCCESS STORY! Licensing Success for Robert Pontius' Nasal Aspirator with Apothecary Products!

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SUCCESS! We’re proud to announce Robert Pontius’ Nasal Aspirator has now hit store shelves at CVS nationwide! 

Click here to learn more about this product’s journey to retail! 

Congratulations Robert!
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Congratulations Robert. Fantastic story, article and product. I hope it's a huge success for you and EN!

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Way to go Robert & EN!!

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Thanks so much Marc and Rob!

If you happen to find the product at your local CVS store I'd love to know about it!

It seems to be stocked in "Baby Care", "Cold and Flu", and "Pediatric Meds" (by the pharmacy) and sometimes all three sections.

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Dang, I was in CVS this morning and forgot what stores they were in! 

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No worries @Rob F - I'm sure you'll have other chances to spot it!

Also, there's no guarantee it's in your local store yet (apparently so far it's in 3,000+ of almost 10,000 CVS locations).

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Congrats to you and your family Robert.  Good execution on this one EN and Apothecary.

This product is disruptive to the well entrenched aspirator design.  It solves a problem that all other aspirators are subject to.  Other aspirators either have to use a filter, or the user just has to assume the risk of inhaling the offending substance.  Roberts design eliminates the filter as well as the risk. Great design work.  Hats off to ya Robert.

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Thanks so much Derrick - as an engineer you can appreciate all the variables that went into this - balancing all kinds of factors for the best result. I must say, EN and Apothecary did an absolutely spectacular job on execution and, of course, in getting it in with CVS.

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Congratulations Robert on your success! Love your product and I will be sending one to my great nephew in Mississippi! So glad I was able to find one at our CVS in Wisconsin! :)

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Thanks Kathy! Hope it is a blessing for your great nephew! You were the very first person I know to find it on the shelves at CVS - so exciting!

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Robert excellent news!!! 

Congratulations to you and EN on the great job.

May it have much success, it looks like a nice simple needed invention

Aloha Charlie 

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Many thanks Charlie. I was going for an "elegant" invention in the technical sense Steven Paley described in his book "The Art of Invention" - something that reduces complexity but solves more problems - simple but "robust". Hopefully between me, EN, Apothecary and CVS we hit that target.

http://www.art-of-invention.com/

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Great job Robert 

 It’s a simple product that solves an obvious problem and easy for people to understand.    This is going to end up in a lot of peoples homes. 

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Great to hear Robert!  Huge congratulations!  Wishing you all the success in the world!

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Thank you Liz! Wishing you much success with the Cupcake Rack and all of your other endeavors! 

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Many thanks Fred! I'm sure hoping you're right and consumers immediately grasp the value proposition(s) and buy this product in droves!

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I saw this in CVS Pharmacy's Twitter feed yesterday:

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Robert, I will be visiting a couple of CVS's in the Los Angeles area.. will let you know what I find. Congrats!

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Thanks so much Greg!

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Many thanks K J - appreciate it!

"Baby Care" is the most likely spot to find it but "Cold and Flu" and "Pediatric Meds" (near pharmacy) are possibilities too. Some stores stock the product in all three areas!

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Well - I'm off to check my closest CVS - which is inside of a Target store. I didn't try there before because I assume the in-Target CVS stores will be the last to get the product, but who knows? 

It's still an hour away (I'm in the 20%!) and we just got another 8 inches of snow last night so the driving may be rough but I need to go there anyway and the curiosity is killing me!

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Way to go Robert and EN!  So EXCITED for you!!!!!!

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Congratulations Robert!!! Very smart and very useful idea.

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 So Robert, 

 You must be on your way to Marquette

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 So Robert, 

 You must be on your way to Marquette

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A HUGE Congrats to you Robert.  This is wonderful and exciting news.  

I found your piece on 

The Venturi Effect.

SIDEBAR: The Venturi effect is the reduction in fluid pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constricted section (or choke) of a pipe. The Venturi effect is named after Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746–1822), an Italian physicist

It is interesting as I am trying to solve a problem of my own.  I sent you a Email separately. Enjoy and congrats again!  Wishing you much success.

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Great news, congratulations!

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Thanks so much Betsy, Anastasios, Crystal-Diane and Daniel! 

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That's right Fred - the whole family went over to Marquette, mostly for the pediatric dentist and the children's museum but also for me to check the CVS at the Target there (we really are in the hinterlands here).

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Turns out that the CVS Pharmacy inside Target is strictly for prescription meds and they don't have any of the "CVS Health" products found at the standalone CVS stores, so no luck finding the product there (and I assume of any of the CVS's inside Target stores).

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Crystal-Diane - I'll respond to your question about fluid dynamics via private message.

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Congratulations, again! Will be running by my CVS this weekend :) 

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Thanks for the congrats again Carrie and thanks for looking for the product at your CVS!

By the way I've seen two different prices at different CVS stores: $14.49 and $14.99.

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Congrats Robert!

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Robert

I love the UP.  I live downstate but I have been there many times vacationing with my family since I was a kid.  My brother lives in Brimley and worked for the forest service.

It is beautiful country.  I love it more in the summer than in the winter.  LOL

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Thanks Sylvain!

Fred - I *hate* hot weather so I love it up here. I think my Finnish heritage gifted me with a love for the winter - snow, ice, wind and all!

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Very HAPPY!!! to read of your exciting news! CONGRATS!
Cross merchandising ( same product in different locations of a store to increase potential sales through exposure) is excellent! It shows someone either the DM or store manager is on their game and that is very good for you.

I worked too much retail back in the day. 

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Robert - quick answer to different prices is :

Zone Pricing - retailers have pricing systems that will vary the retail price by location, it factors in things like competive market within specific radius, cost of doing business factors within each region, etc.

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Thanks for the congrats Karen! 

And Scott - between you and Karen I just learned a few new things about retail.

Scott - would sales tax rates in the particular zone possibly impact pricing as well? In other words, if sales tax is high, the MSRP is lowered so that the net cost to a consumer is the same?

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Rovert -

Good question, although from my experience the local or state sales tax rates were not a factor in the base price calculation. What each retailer is doing obviously is to try to maximize the price they can charge in each specific location, so where there are much higher levels of competition (i.e. - more options to shop at, or specific strategic threats to their sales) they will be more price competitive. Hope this makes sense and helps explain. 

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That makes perfect sense Scott - thank you!

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Huge congratulations Robert! Great product and Iknow you will have great success!!!!

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I don't typically go to CVS, but there's a few on my regular paths so I'll check it out next time I drive by. 

Congrats again Robert.  Awesome product!

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Thanks so much for the congrats Mary and Kim!

Kim - if you swing by CVS the "Baby Care" section is the first place to check and if not there then "Cold and Flu" or "Pediatric Meds" by the pharmacy.

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This is soooo coool  Robert!!!

Simple and scientific.

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Many thanks Jacob and Chase! I'm super happy with how this all turned out and grateful to EN for their help - I couldn't have done it without them.

Jacob - love the alliterative description: "simple and scientific", which really embodies the kind of invention I'm always striving for. Those terms probably apply to your own Stripop/OpeE invention as well!

Chase - thanks for your kind words and hope you enjoy that book - I learned a lot from that one, especially its take on the concepts of "simplicity" and "elegant" solution-finding.

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Found it at 1 of the 2 CVS's in Beloit WI.  It was in the Baby care section only.  Couldn't find in the other CVS in the Baby care or Cold and Flu Section.

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Robert, you said that you saw it at $14.49 and $14.99.  So this $14.79 is a third variant.

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Derrick:

Thank you so much for searching CVS and for taking and sharing that picture! Your picture is the first that I've seen where the product is "on the peg". The rest have all been on shelves. So cool to see!

That's actually the FOURTH price variant I've seen: examples include $14.49 in Sheboygan, WI; $14.99 in Chicago, Illinois; $15.49 in Austin, Texas and now $14.79! Very, very interesting - though, as Scott explained, there are good, rational reasons for those price variations in different markets/zones.

Thanks again Derrick!

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You're welcome Robert.  Must be a gratifying feeling to see your brain child land on store shelves......The next gratifying moment will be to see that first royalty check land in your mailbox.  Congrats once again!

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Absolutely true Derrick. As I said in the blog post, seeing my invention as a "real product" was kind of like seeing my newborn baby for the first time. I thought: “I made that; there’s a little of me in that,” and (I have to admit) – “maybe this will grow to become financially successful and support me in my old age!”

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Robert, you stated in your write-up about how this idea came to be, that it was a solution searching for a problem.  You were intrigued by the Venturi effect, and sought a novel application for it.  Another good example is the Gyro Bowl, which used the principle of a Gyroscope and applied it to create a spill resistant bowl.  Although, I'm not sure if this is in fact how the Gyro Bowl was conceived, but it is plausible.

Obviously both strategies work (identifying a problem and searching for a solution, vs identifying a cool technology, and searching for a problem to solve), but I believe identifying a problem and searching for a solution is much more common.  However, as an engineer, I enjoy the challenge of finding a cool technology and searching for a problem to solve.  I just have yet to be successful deploying this strategy (or the other strategy for that matter).  You were able to take the more difficult strategy and make it work.  That's what I appreciate most about your product.

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Derrick -

I *love* Gyro Bowl - I've long had it in my mind that I wanted to come up with something like Gyro Bowl or KJ's "Splot" - inventions that leverage physical principles into new, value-added functionality.

Key for me is that I believe strongly in the value of "play", even for adults, and especially for inventors. One of my strategies is to simply PLAY with various scientific/physical principles and phenomena - I literally make them into "desk toys" and just tinker and play with them continuously. For example, I made Venturi modules and played and tinkered with them for years before coming up with the nasal aspirator application. I keep a whole "cabinet of curiosities" for this purpose - full of all kinds of things I've collected, including my half-baked ideas, half-finished prototypes, etc.

I'm confident that YOU will soon develop a successful invention or inventions (one way or another: solution-problem or problem-solution), especially because you can bring to bear your scientific knowledge and engineering talents. Not that a person *has* to have those things to invent, but they can certainly help a gifted inventor like yourself.

Speaking of engineers and looking at the finished retail version of the Venturi Nasal Aspirator - I am AMAZED at the incredible engineering Apothecary Products must have put into this seemingly simple product - the tight tolerances, the material selection that allows it to be thin-walled yet strong, the snap-fits, etc. I am struck again by the distance from "invention" to "product" and am so grateful for the help I received from everyone at EN and Apothecary - including the engineers!

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Congrats Robert and EN!

Great story and great item, will help many parents and children

wishing you continued success

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Thanks so much Akiva! I have high hopes that this product can help many other families like my prototypes and now product have helped mine. I won't go into details but I had a LOT of "success" with the product just last night when my 3-year-old couldn't breathe freely because of a blocked nose!

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Great news Robert.

It’s nice to hear some positive news all the best from across the pond.

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Thanks David - maybe one day you'll see this product at a chemist near you!

I think Walgreens owns Boots - perhaps CVS has (or will have) a presence in Merry Olde as well?

Cheers mate!

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David - do I remember correctly that you live in Yorkshire? That's one of my favorite places in the U.K. - I've been to the Early Music Festival in York and of course had to make a James Herriot pilgrimage. There was an incredible cabinetmaker there who incorporates a little carved mouse as a "signature" on his pieces - I vividly recall seeing his stacks of quarter sawn oak left out to dry for (I think) years.... Love Yorkshire!

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Big congrats, RP!  Success well-deserved! 

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Thanks CK!

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There are two CVS in Davenport. I'm planning to stop by one when I go to the next Chamber OC. 

I can't wait to see it. I'll let you know what I find. 

Hey, maybe I should do an episode of  "Why'd I buy that?" for your product!

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Thank you Jacob! Number one place to look in CVS is "Baby Care". If you see the product at CVS make sure to snap a selfie with you and the product on the shelf (if you're up for it) and send to socialmedia@edisonnation.com.

That would be great if it were featured on "Why'd I buy that"! Eventually I'd love to see this product featured on some of the doctor shows on TV too.

How goes it with Stripop/OpeE?

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Robert, are you aloud to tweet about your product? I'll tweet at the doctor shows for you!

OpeE is grand! Five stars. I'm planning to take some spectacular pics when the shipments are ready.

As expected; picking, cutting, shaping, and polishing the stones; will take the longest. I have finished your dichroic chrome tourmaline (3ctw). I dopped your topaz, but then dinner was ready.

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Robert here is a snap of your product at a CVS store here in Indianapolis, Indiana minus me in the pic because I would distract from the image. I don’t take very good selfies! lol

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Thanks Jacob!

I think it's okay for us to promote products ourselves via social media etc. but if I do that currently I will only describe it as a "new CVS product" and not really go into the fact that it's my invention or made by Apothecary Products. I'm guessing we should leave the real large-scale marketing up to CVS or Apothecary.

Looking forward to getting my stones/gemstones (I've never seen that kind of gift for backers of a KickStarter campaign!). Congrats again on your KickStarter campaign and Amazon placement!

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Thanks so much Kenneth! 

Seeing pictures of my product on store shelves delights me EVERY time!

Per Michelle's request, don't forget to send a copy of that pic to socialmedia@edisonnation.com with the city and state noted. I'm not sure exactly what they are doing with those pictures but I expect it's going to be pretty cool.

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I did Robert.

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Thanks to all who are sharing their images! We're going to post a fun little snapshot video for social media soon!

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Michelle - love the Twitter post - that waggling box really makes it jump out in the feed!

https://twitter.com/edisonnation/status/9634985...

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Yay! That was all Kristina! She found it in an NC store over the weekend!

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Kudos Kristina - that's fantastic!

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Great job Kristina!

Love me some (.gif)s

That was a great idea. Must come with the territory.

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When you look at Robert's invention, you see it requires few or no new molds to be made. Most of the parts look off the shelf.

Inventors should try to avoid submitting ideas that require multiple or complex unique parts because plastic injection mold making costs a fortune. Can you achieve the same result with parts that already exist in other products?

Some ideas require more money to launch, I'm not saying don't submit it. Just remember those ideas have a higher hurdle to jump over.

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Daniel:

Excellent point! You're absolutely right in principle and as simple as it looks I believe 3 new molds were required for my product: the central Venturi unit, soft mouthpiece and the long nosepiece/collector, and that's with taking pains to keep the design as simple as possible!

I'm not a tool and die maker but looking at the central Venturi unit in the final product I think some incredible engineering must have gone into the design of that particular mold, especially because they consolidated what might have been 2 parts into one.

That goes to underscore your point Daniel (on which I agree 100%): the simpler the design the better. I almost always design for manufacture and if I can I will prominently highlight a lower cost of production vs. the competition in my submissions.

Like most/many inventors, I'm always extremely tempted to add in cool "bells and whistles" and extra features, but I also try to apply the discipline of Occam's Razor ("Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily") in order to reduce the product to its essential functionality and let form follow function.

Anyway, that's all by way of saying (in my own verbose way) - I wholeheartedly agree - that's great advice Daniel!

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My "Robust engineering" optimization seminar notes;

"Focus on fixing the function. Improving function will reduce variation in the final products purpose."

I read that as; "Make it do what it does it better, and there will be less problems making it do what it does." 

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I was just pondering resale and patent laws, when I began to wonder if CVS designed a couple of the parts "special", to allow them to more thoroughly patent the device.

Again, well done Robert!

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Thanks Jacob! I think the main reason was that those parts just didn't exist before, but it probably helps with IP as well.

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Robert, I shipped your order yesterday morning.

Now that I have time I can go to some of the chamber meetings.

I'll stop by CVS on the way. =]

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That's fantastic Jacob! I'm traveling right now but my Stripops/OpeE's will probably be waiting for me when I get home. Congratulations on a great Kickstarter campaign!

Hopefully your CVS has the product (look in "Baby Care" first). I'm in Austin, Texas right now and one CVS manager I spoke with said they had heard the product was very popular but that inventory was going to the bigger and newer stores first and not to the smaller, older stores like his. There are a million CVS's in Austin though.

Congrats again!

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Jacob - I received my Kickstarter backer Stripop/OpeE package today. 

FANTASTIC presentation and an outstanding "unboxing" experience. Everything from the envelope and secure packaging to the instructions and personal touches was incredibly well-done, not to mention the products themselves!

I was able to open the outer bandage wrapper and then open the backing and apply a bandage easily on my first try - bravo!

Nice touch putting directions and position markers right on the product itself in addition to the instruction card.

Now I just have to keep my kids from opening every bandage in the house just for the fun of it!

I'll post pictures on the "Jacob's Room" thread when I have a chance.

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Thanks Robert!!! 

I have to keep myself from opening all my bandages for fun. 

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Soon I will have to make a neeto box; similar to the box CVS has for your technology.

Something with notes and b-roll. 

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Hey Jacob - I posted a bunch of pictures of my Stripop/OpeE "unboxing" experience over on the "Jacob's Room" thread.

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Robert: I've been checking my local CVS stores, 4 so far, and have had no luck here in Sarasota, FL. Each has one each of the competitor's product, so I keep waiting for it to sell off. The upside is we probably don't have as many runny noses here in Florida. I'll post when I can find one. (I make CVS one of my frequent stops as it is the only place that sells licorice bears that I am addicted to)

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Thanks for looking Mark! 

Last I heard, the product was in about 3,000 stores so about a 33% chance of finding it in one of CVS's 10,000 stores. It's probably regional as well, though I'm counting on allergies and summer colds to give it nationwide and year-round sales!

I visited a CVS in Texas where my product was on the snotsucker competitor's peg in front of that product, literally covering it up, but also with the competitor price tag of $21.99 instead of the ~$15 correct price.

At another store in Texas the manager said he had a lot of people asking about this new product and he had heard other managers talking about it but he was a little piqued that inventory was going to the bigger and newer stores and not his.

Those licorice bears are awesome!

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Saw this in San Antonio a while back, and forgot to post.  I noticed there was already a "snot sucker" on the shelf, so I guess that's why CVS didn't pick that name.  Similar pic, but improved function, so I hope your sales are good.  It's allergy season in Texas and with all the mold and mildew still lingering along the coast from Harvey, I'm sure you'll have plenty of customers.  (Sorry for the sideways pic!)

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Thanks Kim! I *love* seeing pictures of the product from different places in the country! Thanks so much for sharing!

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The story continues for Robert and the nasal aspirator! 

We're so excited to share this update, follow the journey here on the blog!

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Great addition. Congratulations Robert & EN!

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Thanks Rob - I'm super excited about this!

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That's great news for you and your family Robert.  Congrats to you, and to Apothecary and EN for making this all happen. May the sales be strong.

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What a nice update!  Congrats!!

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Great news and update on your product Robert!

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Wow great news happy 4 U

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Congrats Robert. I know it's very exciting. Congrats EN

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Wow - Apothecary's marketing is great.

Besides their social media, etc. and their primary website they also have www.ezydosekids.com and I just discovered their really nice Amazon "web store" (for the whole line/brand) at: https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/DC84F9AF-DF0...

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Nice little "Nose-Pals" explainer video/animation from Apothecary Products (13,000+ views!):

https://www.facebook.com/ezydosekids/videos/236...

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Here's hoping sales will continue to grow Robert!

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Great new "how to use" video from Apothecary Products:

https://www.facebook.com/ezydosekids/videos/217...

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Congratulations Robert ! 

I know you have been working hard inventing for many years now, so this is well deserved my friend! :o)

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Thanks so much Monte. I always say I couldn't stop inventing even if I wanted to. As with many of us, inventing is a reflexive instinct and the ideas come almost "automatically". Now the development, polishing and sharing of those ideas in a form others can understand - THAT is hard work - so it's really great to have some external validation after all that.

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Congrats!! 

Wishing you success - from one Michigander to another! :)

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Many thanks @BearPaw!

At some point we should all have some kind of Midwest EN Meetup - perhaps at Greenfield Village - maybe Mo Rocca will join us...

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I kind of like that CVS describes their version of my aspirator as "homeopathic" even though it's not technically homeopathic (I think what they really mean is it's "drug free").

In any event, I'm super happy to see it on sale at cvs.com after months of only being available in CVS brick and mortar stores (about 30% of them by my estimation).

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And hopefully the "Nose-Pals" version currently selling at Amazon and elsewhere will be rolling out to other drugstores and mass-market grocery stores soon.

https://blog.edisonnation.com/2018/08/licensed-pro...

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Free giveaway contest for Apothecary's Ezy Dose Kids products (the whole line!):

https://www.facebook.com/ezydosekids/videos/124...

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Apothecary/Ezy Dose Kids is sponsoring some well-placed "mommy-blog" marketing for their products (including mine):

https://www.thecrunchymommy.com/cold-care-kit-esse...

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Hey Robert, so cool, congrats man!

Here is something that made it to G7 on Edison; we are launching independent on Amazon in Q1 of 2019. I'd appreciate a like as we just launched a pre-promote on social.

www.facebook.com/SweetSpotTugToy/

Thanks!  Mike 'Woody' Woodward

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Hey Robert, I purchased one of your gadgets for a baby shower recently.  The dad saw it and immediately said he wasn't getting near it since it was a snot sucker and all that! I told them how it was different, and they thought it was cool to not have to deal with the nasty filters.  The baby isn't due until April, so I won't get to hear how it works out for a while but I'll let you know if I get any feedback. :)

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Thanks Kim! Was it the "CVS Nasal Aspirator" or "Ezy Dose Kids Nose-Pals" product? Before I had kids I would have been grossed out by this like the future Dad you mention, but once people have kids almost everybody "gets it". If you have a child who can't breathe freely you will do almost anything to make it better, especially if it's 3AM and you're desperate.

I even know of at least 2 Moms who have said that in the past they have, in desperation, put their mouths directly on their baby's nostril to suck boogers out!

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Every time I think about Roberts invention, I think....wow that's simple yet genious.  Every single other aspirator on the market uses suction to get the icky job done.  This is because it is only natural to think that you have to create suction by sucking.....so obvious.  It is completely counter-intuitive (at least for most people) to think of creating suction by blowing.  That would be like thinking I need to drink my soda from my glass by blowing on the straw.....that's just not intuitive.

Robert, took the Venturi Effect and used it to bust apart this well-entrenched product, with a substantial market, by completely flipping the script on how it works.  I mean completely changed paradigm without changing the result.......a freely breathing child with snot removed, while, by the way, also eliminating the "ick-factor" for the parent.....a win-win for baby and parent.  There are lots of cool inventions that aren't very practical.  Roberts invention combines the cool and the practical.  A winning combination.  Sheer genious I tell you.

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Thanks for the kind words Derrick!

I hope mass-market consumers are as impressed with the product as you are - I worry that because it doesn't *look* fundamentally different than "the competition" consumers won't see or understand the value proposition this invention offers. But hopefully sales this last year and next will put my fears to rest and market acceptance and product profile will continue to grow over time. I'm hoping that with continued marketing and retail placement and as the product proves itself effective "in the field" more and more consumers will understand how to use the product and the value it offers, spread the word, and catalyze sales.

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I think it was the CVS nasal aspirator...  the light blue and white pic you've shown before.  I can't remember if I saw the EZ Dose brand there...  seems they had an odd setup, but I was in a hurry, so who knows.  I had to look at it closely to determine I got the right product.  If you have any input, I would let them know that the packaging really needs some improvement - it's not clear why it's different from other products unless you read most of the box.  Stronger colors may help, too.

So is the Venturi Principle the same as when you put your finger over the end of the straw and draw fluid up in it?  It's been a LONG time since I took physical science!

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Thanks Kim! Agree on the CVS packaging.

What you're describing with the straw is related to the Venturi Effect, but probably more directly associated with the "Bernoulli Principle". Basically a "siphon".

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Awesome and congrats, Robert. Sorry for being late to the party but hey.

Hope it's OK to ask you a question? Having just submitting my first concept to EN. I am now fantasizing about my incredible and world changing success. (LoL, I know but a boy can dream) Reading this thread and your article got me wondering. Could we as the innovators help sell the product? As in work as a salesman for it. Or would that have to be specifically worked out with your manufacturing partner separately? Not sure I am wording this correctly but asking if it's boilerplate sort of contracting or if there is any interaction before an organization uses the concept, product etc?

In any event, awesome and congrats again! Must be incredibly gratifying to have made this happen. Doubly so considering it's function! Helping little ones is just too cool!

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Dan: thanks for the well-wishes. To answer your question - (as with so many things) "it depends". Technically once your concept is licensed it is no longer your baby, so as the inventor you can't insist on having "say so" on how the product is marketed and sold. And of course some inventors don't want to participate in that way. That said, a company may chose to invite the inventor to participate in sales/marketing and may want to highlight the fact that the product is "invented by" an independent inventor (I always liked Apothecary because they had a product they described as "Mom-invented").

In my case, Apothecary and EN have invited me to participate in some marketing efforts along the way and I certainly have always felt "heard" when I have made suggestions about how the products are sold and marketed. I've even explored the possibility of purchasing product at wholesale to sell into the market myself. In that case that would have to be done with respect for the fact that this is *their* brand and their product and they may have guidelines and restrictions as to how the product is sold and marketed and where it can/can't be sold. 

Bottom line is that it all depends on the particular company and how they prefer to operate. But as an inventor I think you have to be prepared upfront to accept that your participation post-license could be anywhere from completely "hands off" to much more active, depending on what you want and what the company wants/allows.

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Has anyone seen a commercial for either the "CVS Nasal Aspirator" or Ezy Dose Kids "Nose-Pals" on TV?

My wife's friend swears she saw a TV commercial for one of my products from either Walgreens or CVS (it was a very brief conversation in a parking lot in the middle of an ice storm so I'm not sure on the details).

I suspect she's mistaken and it's not one of my products she saw on TV, but you never know!

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