Can this be my big money maker idea?!?

by bsurb
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Whats up fellow warriors? I recently purchased a domain and created an online store to start selling president Barack Obama car decals.

I have 7 years experience making car decals and I have my very own machine at my house.

Politics I know can be annoying sometimes and I don't follow it as much but I keep thinking that I have such a great idea going. I seen people in town with funny bumper stickers of president Obama. So why couldn't I create logos full of humor or even for people who support president Obama. I have the machine.... I don't have to outsource ANYTHING. And the material probably costs me 5 cents per decal while I can sell each one for $5 and up.

Do you see this store being marketable enough to make some good money?

There are a lot of people who do not like the president who are opposing parties of course and I'm sure they would buy something that is appealing to them.

What do you think? Do I have something good going, or just a normal everyday idea?

I would like for you to check out the images of the products but I don't want the mods/admins to think I am spamming my site because I haven't even tried advertising/selling anything yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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    Hang out in the republican-type forums (i forget which ones they are) and make some waves...see if they sell.
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    • Originally Posted by Devin X View Post

      Hang out in the republican-type forums (i forget which ones they are) and make some waves...see if they sell.
      Not republicans they are tax and spend like obama hand out at Non-rino republicans if you want to make waves
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    Iv been using Instagram a lot, following the target audience so I will give that a shot to and see if it works. I will also google some republican forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author ZephyrIon
    How many can you make a day? Set goals first based on your resources; time, materials, ad budget.

    Then try it out. Why not. Your margins are big enough. Your issue will be finding sources with volume that you're going to back out on.

    You'd be better off making a CPA offer out of it and having emailers with lists for survivalists and republicans mail on it for you for a revshare or cpm basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    I can make a few hundred a day and it would take me maybe 3 hours to complete.

    Not too sure what you meant by the last part?
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  • Profile picture of the author No BS
    How hard would it be to allow users to design their own bumper stickers and submit them? you could be the teespring of bumper stickers. Print houses usually have a minimum order size of stuff like that, and maybe single stickers are unfeasible.

    I dont know the details of your operation, setup time/costs per sticker, etc..

    If theres room for profit in that, I'd use all the profits to development of automation of that submitting and ordering process.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul M Smith
    I think if you market it right it could work as Mr. Obama is definitely a controversial character. You should be able to target both sides by making decals that humour those for and those against him. Keep in mind that it will be a short term business model. Why focus only on Obama? There are lots of controversial subject in the world to draw from. Remember to due some research into copyright issues to make sure you don't get into trouble at some point down the road. You won't know for sure until you try and as you stated your overhead is low so what have you got to loose? Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    Money maker, yes... BIG money maker, no.

    You can turn a profit... but how many bumper stickers would you have to sell for the time to be worth it? Do the math... if you can sell 100 a day, you'd make roughly $180k a year EBITDA. If you only sell 10 a day, you'll make more money working at McDonalds.

    Judging by the recent polls, you'll probably sell more anti Obama stuff than pro.
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    • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
      Originally Posted by ronrule View Post

      If you only sell 10 a day, you'll make more money working at McDonalds.
      I disagree, unless you assume for the other 23 hours and 10 minutes during the day nothing else is done to make money.

      Assume 5 minutes an order, 10 orders is 50 minutes - call it an hour. At McDonalds you might make $8. I'll hazard a guess this makes more per hour than McDonalds. And it's more fun. And it's your business. And you have a buyer's list you can sell. And you can promote related products. And you're acquiring knowledge and expertise you can use for the next product. And, if it's only an hour a day, you can complete the orders after you get home from working at McDonalds.


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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    I could create a page that allows users to send me their own custom work and I can make it. As far as copy right, the logos I have are edited or re designed. I will also make a page where people can submit their own quotes and if I like them I can turn them into a decal.

    I have an Instagram and Facebook like page. Is it worth taking out a campaign for the facebook page?
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    • Profile picture of the author No BS
      Originally Posted by bsurb View Post

      I could create a page that allows users to send me their own custom work and I can make it. As far as copy right, the logos I have are edited or re designed. I will also make a page where people can submit their own quotes and if I like them I can turn them into a decal.

      I have an Instagram and Facebook like page. Is it worth taking out a campaign for the facebook page?

      It seems like something that could sell on facebook, as an impulse buy if you hit the right group of people.

      I know when you go to a print house website, and want to order something like business cards, they give you templates for various software programs used in creating/editing those types of images. with bleed zones and all that stuff marked in the template. so when the customer gives them a custom image it is formatted correctly for their print system
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    • Profile picture of the author ronrule
      Originally Posted by bsurb View Post

      I could create a page that allows users to send me their own custom work and I can make it. As far as copy right, the logos I have are edited or re designed. I will also make a page where people can submit their own quotes and if I like them I can turn them into a decal.

      I have an Instagram and Facebook like page. Is it worth taking out a campaign for the facebook page?
      There are a million sites that do custom stuff... you'll make more selling your own ideas to a mass audience than letting them come to you with theirs.

      The TeeSpring model is interesting, but you'll need to build out a site and payment plan that operates like theirs does, which will result in taking on some expenses.
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  • Profile picture of the author No BS
    you know what....


    Have you done some market research? I had no clue what was already being offered in your market, just bouncing an idea off an idea. A quick search and found a place that allows ordering of single custom bumper stickers for $5. So companies like that is what you'll be up against as far as production & marketing go.

    also, that Obama rising sun logo on some of the stickers is a trademarked image.
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    Each sticker will cost me maybe 3 cents in material. If that.... So the $ is there.
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  • Profile picture of the author natas105
    I like your creativity! Find your crowd. Go where they hang out and ask them! Make a statement. Get noticed. You'll soon find out if there's a market for it and since you're already hanging out with people that are interested, the selling part shouldn't be that hard.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Angshuman Dutta
    Your idea is great, but It's a bit unconventional. IMO, it's not going to be huge because not everyone out there would be interested in Obama car decals. However, given the fact that he is a popular figure you can try using Facebook ads to create a wave and get the word out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    I think your designs need some beefing up... kinda plain and boring.

    The good news is political satire is a HUGE market but I'd advise
    you to pick a side. Political people are wary of anyone trying to play
    both sides.

    If it were me I'd go with the conservative anti-Obama crowd... I think
    they're much more likely to buy this product than the other guys.

    That... and right now there's a whole lot more material to work with on that side.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPC-Coach
    Stickers work, but why limit them to just obama?

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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    Well I run my own signs/vinyl lettering business locally. Just thought it would be nice to have a humor store/social networks going.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingBees
    What I think would work is having a website with a range of pre-designed decals that can be ordered for a straight fee of $5.

    But also have the option of 'design your own' but for $10 (if it's financially viable).

    Of course, you could start off without this feature but certainly worth thinking about in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author JosephC
    Funny stuff sells man. Do it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke Dennison
    Vistaprint "owns" the custom bumper sticker niche so I would stick with your own designs. Make them really good to look at, and make sure the jokes are really well thought out, and then get them all over social media.

    If your willing to spend money, you could get them selling on Amazon and get sites like ThisIsWhyImBroke.com :: The Internet's Mall to promote it for you. Could make you a lot of money sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I'm not sure why you are trying to stick to one type of sticker if you have the ability to create many.

    There's a war going on over labeling GMO foods - you could probably get good payola from approaching the groups that are handling these campaigns to get labeling..........or what about other causes? Just contact the groups sending out petitions everywhere and see if they want bumper stickers that support their causes.

    If you can make different sizes, you can make decals as well. I don't see any reason you wouldn't be able to make a living from doing this is you are inventive enough and can diversify.
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    How do I contact groups if I have no idea about them or where to start?..
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Originally Posted by bsurb View Post

      How do I contact groups if I have no idea about them or where to start?..
      Google is your Friend :>) Kidding aside look at all the controversy that appears in the news every day. Than do a search to find your Market. There is controversy every day Gun Control, TV Violence. Birth Control, Peta (People eating tasty animals), Religion, Sports, Climate change, Take a look at these markets. Just tread lightly at first not to get caught up in a mess like copy right issues with sports.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Originally Posted by bsurb View Post

    Whats up fellow warriors? I recently purchased a domain and created an online store to start selling president Barack Obama car decals.
    Do you even have permission to use his name?

    I hope you don't get any legal issues from this.
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    What about every other website selling ant Obama decals? Im not the only one.....
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    • Profile picture of the author bennie07
      Originally Posted by bsurb View Post

      What about every other website selling ant Obama decals? Im not the only one.....

      Just be careful with your anti-Obama material, you may get audited by the IRS.
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  • Profile picture of the author VincentKe
    I don't sure about how work of your business , although I think you sticker lack the details and it will cause you have to sell them in lower penny than it should be.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Obama stuff isn't the only thing people will be buying this year. Go to eBay and look at political bumper stickers. There are many. I'd target an entirely different market. There's major buzz going about dumping all incumbents this year. That would have a lot more traction than Obama stuff, though it will sell too.

    And there is good money in this. Branch out. Produce authentic looking car and home alarm stickers using royalty free stock images. People who can't afford or don't want to install actual alarms buy them.They sell like crazy. This is an ideal eBay business because the product is relatively cheap to produce, it doesn't break in transit and it's light and costs peanuts to ship. Put your imagination to work and come up with slick designs and the sky is the limit. Another thing to consider is offering kits so people can make their own stickers. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Boonqueesha
    I lack any real internet marketing / business experience so take what I say with a grain of salt but, it's common for people to say you should find a "targeted" niche. You have that with your Obama stuff. However, as others have pointed out, it won't last long. Once the end of 2015 rolls around, he's out of office. So if I were you, I'd setup an online car decal shop. They're cheap to produce, so why not offer many designs for a range of topics? That'd cover more ground, and you could also allow people to submit their own images if you don't have one they want.

    Your initial marketing for the site could be to target your "political" section (in this case, anti-Obama stickers). As more people browse the site and see the other designs you offer, you should get "natural" marketing through people posting about a specific decal they found on your site.

    Really the only concern in my mind is that of legality. Be sure you have the legal right to use whatever images you're using. Nothing would suck more than being hit with a lawsuit over something stupid.

    Again, take all this with a grain of salt because I'm not that experienced. It's just my opinion that having more than Obama stickers is going to allow you to build up into a larger, more long-term business.
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    I own a domain/side local business called "Surber Signs.com "

    Would it make more sense to branch off with that website/store, offer a wide variety of stickers such as politics, car racing decals, gun control etc?

    Do you see that domain name selling all types of products like that? "Surber Signs" ?
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  • Profile picture of the author seekdefo
    Try searching on eBay if people are already selling decals, something inside me says yes, see their feedback. The number of feedback or ratings multiplied by three gives an approximate number of the units they are selling.

    If it's a hot item go sell it on eBay, etsy, Amazon anywhere. You could also set up your own site do some SEO and sell through it too.
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    • Profile picture of the author sethdrebitko
      I'd pick one niche to start and build a site and connections and then pivot into another domain.

      Get a good arrangement going with some news lists and sites and give them a decent-ish affiliate commission to push business your way. You could always try building your list and letting folks submit you designs as contests and such.

      Once you have things rolling start up another site and expand. Where possible reuse designs on different sites. For example, you could probably put allot of anti GMO stuff on sites for democrats and sites for environmentalists. Given the economy I bet supporting local business angle could fit into republican and democrat style sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    I think I'm going to use my main domai surbersigns.com and list all sorts of different categories full of different types of decals. The Obama ones I can put under politics.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor Edson
    HeySal hinted at what I'd focus on with political bumper stickers.

    Find a group that's passionate about something and offer to create some bumper stickers and donate a portion of all profits to their cause.

    Know what happens next? They tell everyone to buy YOUR bumper stickers to support their cause. It's kind of a win/win/win situation.

    I'd look into connecting with people who can make hundreds or thousands of sales, instead of chasing single buyers.

    You can still make bank with Facebook. Just take a look at some of the TeeSpring Case studies, the principal is the same idea.

    You'll need to test different designs some will win and some will die quicker than Obama's granny after admitting she saw him birthed in Kenya!
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    What I'm also going to do is make some breast cancer decals and promote them on my site. I will note that the $ goes towards breast cancer awareness. While I am donating for a good cause people will realize that and I'm sure they will return for other stuff....

    My Facebook page for my business already has almost 700 real likes on it. I may just stick with it and promote the decals on the website as a store.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Bumper stickers will be hard to monetize with paid traffic just because of their low profit margin. If you are only making $4-$5 per sticker then it doesn't leave a whole lot of room to spend on getting each customer/sale.

    Look at what is hot right now. TeeSpring. If I were you I would go and find the top TeeSpring sellers. These people have lists of buyers who are passionate about a certain niche. Approach them and offer to do sticker printing for them. You create the stickers and send them, they promote them to their list of proven buyers... and you split things down the middle.

    You could easily get thousands of sticker sales if you went this route. Don't go after the single sales, you'll do your head in. Go and take advantage of people who have already built those big lists of buyers in passionate niches.

    There are way more passionate niches out there than politics.
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    • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
      You're getting good advice here...

      I agree that it might be good to expand your offerings a LOT so you have more options, then focus your marketing...

      Also, while it's a good idea to focus on people who would order them in bulk, I wouldn't necessarily refuse to send them to individuals who order just a few. Just arrange your pricing so they'll be very inspired to order several (i.e., shipping is the same whether they order 1 or 50, and they might get a discount too if they order 5 or 10 etc.

      One thing I'm a bit concerned about... copyright and/or trademark.

      I would consider having someone on Fiverr (or elsewhere) create some of the graphics from scratch so they will be original... And/or look into what the deal is. You don't want to find yourself with a lawsuit on your hands. I think you can learn a bit from Teespring there.

      I also noticed the domo kun sticker - and there might be copyright issues too... at least make yours unique. Check out the domo tees on amazon for examples.

      Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    Too bad Tee Spring is down ATM.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexanderSaroyan
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    Good business Idea. Try to find customers from Social Media sites!
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    Ok awesome I will do that. I have a designer of mine who can do all of this for me and I will make some minor changes so that they are unique.

    ALSO...... would you see it to be fine if I were to use my business name? Its Surber Signs. Which is my last name and signs means decals, magnetic signs, etc. Basically I offer a lot of local services..... Reason I say is my business has been up for 4 years and I have about 700 real customers likes on Facebook.

    Or if I buy a new domain from scratch with the word sticker in it and replace with the store I am building now. Does it honestly have a big difference to even switch over like that?? I mean I can preform SEO and things like that to rank for words/phrases with stickers/decals in it.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrCreative
    On Facebook people are always sharing funny, witty political banter. You can get a boatload of ideas from just checking your Facebook account. I think your idea will work if you use your creativity.
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  • Profile picture of the author JessUBotNinja
    Think this is a great starting point. As I briefly scrolled through the above I saw why limit to Obama, which I think is a great point. Definitely good to have a starting point, but think optimistically and have ideas of where you want to expand. If you want to keep it political, it might be a good idea to gain a better understanding... Get into political forums, brush up on party knowledge and how its grown and changed over years. You can even research past political joking points around past political icons.
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  • Profile picture of the author bsurb
    I received an offer of $200 for just the domain only..... For the Obama site.

    Should I take it and run or try and get $300? I have $3 invested so far which was the domain name....
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