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Jeff

It sure is an option that we didn't have in the past but I'd have to pass for these reasons.



First, if I had that kind of expendable cash laying around I'd buy me a real car. You can get a pretty fair start on something really cool for 10,000.00 in Northern Indiana.

Second, I'm not sure I could legally pick out a casting that hasn't already been done that could financially support that kind of investment. I don't have that kind of coin so I'd have to sell them off and if I have a hard time selling 300 limiteds, how in the world would I sell 5,000 worth or 1,000 of each color?

Third, I like to work through a real company here in the states. They may only be a "middle man" but at least they have brick and mortar here. If things go south who do I go after in the fine Republic of China?

Fourth, who is going to buy a Mark Hosaflook casting? No reputation, no brand following in the tune of 5,000 castings? People WANT Hot Wheels on their base and Johnny Lightning. Those names sell castings. There is no "chase" frenzy built up either in a one off.

Fifth, RC2, JL and HW have just about most castings I'm interested in already minted. All you have to do is contact them, decide on a casting, pick all your colors and graphics, decide what tampos you want and bingo, for a fraction of the price, you have your car. It seems to work at shows, Fest, events, Teddy, LexMark, Liberty Promotions etc have been using this formula for years. 5,000 is a very dangerous number to sell even with chase cars because most buy enough casting to get the "chase" then turn around and sell the others off eveywhere else becoming your OWN competition.

Good luck to ya.

Mark
 

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PWSchuh said:
Markhos,


I don't think Jeff was suggesting you had to make 5000. That's just if you want to get your money back. There may be some people with deep pockets who just want to get a certain car made and don't mind dropping $10K for 25 cars for their own collection and to give to few friends, and then destroying the mold.
I understand the program, I was simply stating my opinion and why it doesn't work for me and to lay out some possible things to think about for those who may have stars in their eyes. This is HobbyTalk, right?

Also, I could find a person like Gunn or Jeff Fleetwood to make me a one off if that's all I wanted. No, this is not a limited plan. Those people already commision people to do that kinda stuff. This is set up for the retail dreamer in all of us.
 

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modsquad said:
Hi Mark,
Hmmmm....add a plastic coin maybe? Or a pog? Add a wheelie stand? A cool picture card? Snappy card graphics? Re-closable BP's? :lol:

Are these part of the 10,000 deal?
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Name recognition? Something really cool... I know...MARKWHEELS!!!!!
No, you get the resin and the tool. Blisters, coins, packaging (very important) license etc are still up to you. Go knock off a Barris Batmobile and try and market it and see how much more $$ you are going to need.
 
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