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mmmbopingmommy's Avatar

I've seen a previous post on this that was from years ago. I decided to start a new one. It's difficult to find companies that except unsolicited ideas. Here are a few of my favorites. I mostly invent toys which is why they are all toy companies.  What are yours?

1. Fat Brain Toys- There is one gentleman that does all of the reviews since they are a small company. He answers back quickly and is very nice to deal with.

2.Spinmaster- I still haven't figured out what they want. However, if you have it, they are a great company and are generous in royalties.

3. Hog Wild Toys- They also answer back quickly and specialize mostly in boy's toys. 

4. Hasbro Spark- They take forever to respond, however, if you get a deal with them you've probably hit a gold mine.

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I just added my table game to Hasbro Spark. It was really quick and easy. Also its a big reputable company, which is rare these days for such a big company to be open to outside inventors.

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Good luck, Thomas. Be prepared to wait. It says you'll get an answer in two to four weeks. However, it took them two months to get back to me. However, it is worth the wait because Hasbro is the biggest toy company. You'll be set for life if you get a deal with them.

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Erin,

Thanks for this.

But I'm curious, these companies must be ones EN submits ideas to?

I've contacted HogWild. He got back to me right away, reviewed the idea right away, and gave me a No right away lol.

Do you think it's better to submit independently of EN? I wouldn't do a simultaneous submission with EN and independent companies, would you?

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Sarah, I'm not aware of En having searches for these companies. If En is doing a search for a company I would never submit to that company outside of En. They had another post about that and it makes En look bad. I submit to companies that En isn't doing a search for. First of all, it's free, and I don't have a lot of money. And I always get good feedback. Good luck with Hog Wild. They are pretty picky but most of them are.

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Im surprised those aren't on the EN list. Is that because those companies have open submissions? I guess if EN doesn't get a bite one could approach those companies after the EN submission.

HogWild said no right away. There was zero wait!!! I guess if they wanted to consider your product it might take longer!

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Hi guys,

A quick point of clarification. Just because Edison Nation has not done a search with a company does not mean we do not have contacts with them. Some companies are willing to review items we have within our system on a one-off basis but do not want to participate in searches.

When a product is submitted to Edison Nation via our All Category Search or Insider Licensing Program, our team will not only reach out to companies we have had past searches with, but our Licensing team will research and connect with all possible companies that will have a fit. 

You are welcome to approach companies on your own prior to and once you submit to Edison Nation as long as you disclose that within your submission form and, if your idea makes it to "finalist" stage, you stop pitching as in that stage, Edison Nation is in our six-month exclusivity period as outlined within our Innovator agreement.

Hope this helps to clarify!

Sarah Mann
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* Kikkerland

* Fred & Friends

* OXO- responds within 4-8 weeks.

* Evriholder Products-responds within 2-3 weeks.

* Ototo Design

* suck.uk.com

* Chef's Planet

* Urban Trend

* Lifetime Brands

* rsvp international

* fetch4pets.com- responds within 4 weeks.

* umbra.com

* New Soda

* Areaware

* Mollaspace

* joieshop.com

*dcigift.com

Sarah Mann
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mmmbopingmommy's Avatar

Thanks, Vee. I went ahead and submitted some ideas to Chef's Planet and Fetch4pets. They make it easy to submit ideas to them.

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You are most welcome Erin. I have another big list. I will post more soon.

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Please do, especially any toy or jewelry companies. I have a jewelry idea and not finding anyone that is receptive.

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Erin, if you have a prototype for your jewelry concept uncommongoods might be a good option.

Or perhaps a very good 3d model of the idea. Buyers typically respond in less than 2 weeks.

If you need a prototype, look for someone on etsy maybe BUT have them sign your NDA.

Hope this helps!

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mmmbopingmommy's Avatar

Thanks, Vee, I sent Ucommongoods an email and said a prayer. I don't have a prototype, however, I do have an amazing sell sheet.

Sarah Mann
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You're welcome Erin. Great, you have a sell sheet. 

If they are interested they may ask for a sample/prototype.

Be sure to let them know you are presenting the idea for possible licensing. 

Uncommongoods does biz in two ways, one is that they buy finished goods from you and two is the licensing.

Best of luck!

Sarah Mann
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I couldn't find a link to submit ideas so I emailed their ceo directly. I am just doing it for charity so I don't care about licensing or anything. I just asked if they decide to make it that they donate a portion to my favorite charity.

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Their link is a bit hidden.

http://www.uncommongoods.com/designs

or you can email newgoods@uncommongoods.com

Wow, donating to charity is Great!

UG is very involved with charities as well.

Keep me posted.:)

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Vee,

Thank you! I enjoyed this list! All of these companies, except for LifeTime Brands are new to me. I've been out of the loop!

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You are very welcome Sarah!

Sarah Mann
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I also just submitted to Hog Wild and got an immediate no lol. Disappointed yet impressed at the same time.

Sarah Mann
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mmmbopingmommy's Avatar

Yes, Thomas, he is quick to dish out no's. I have no clue what they are looking for. I've kind of given up.

Sarah Mann
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Hogwild is very easy to work with in my opinion and probably one of the nicest too.    There isn't any waiting for a no, that is for sure, but I wouldn't give up.   They like mass appeal items that have motion, particularly those that shoot and/or fly.   No seasonal stuff.   I have 2 ideas licensed with them.   I can't post links here, but if you look at Hogwildtoys.com, they are the Micro Blaster X-Bow and Micro Blaster Q-Shot. 

Sarah Mann
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CS"C"A,

I just went to HogWild. Your toys are cool.

But I can't believe they discontinued the Benders!!!! That was their thing for so long!

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He liked one of my ideas but was afraid it would cost more than 20.00. They like boy's toys under 20.00. I am just curious what you would shoot cotton swabs at and how you came up with that idea? Where you one day cleaning out your ears literally and thought you'd like to see a cotton swab fly? lol

Sarah Mann
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I use to babysit my brother with a daisy one pump. Shot him with Q-tips when he got out of line... #MeanBrother :-( #JerkIWas 

Sarah Mann
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James, you probably wish you had a Micro Blaster X Bow. It would have been easier to hit your brother and knock some sense into him.

James Chapman
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Another company that accepts outside inventions:  Korky (actually Lavelle Industries, but you find the submission form by going to Korky's web site).

However, they said they were too busy with other projects to add my invention to their development agenda.  The NDA with them has a 2-year lifespan.

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