Martin Tithonium (tithonium) wrote,
Martin Tithonium
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Think there's money to be made in mail-in laser engraving services?
Seems it's the easiest method, have people ship the item to me.. could probably promise same-day turn-around until the load gets heavy. Or at least next-day. The question, of course, would be what to charge. Probably based it on area? or time, which works out similarly.

I ordered info for an Epilog laser engraving system. It included a tiny little aztec calendar cut from wood. The detail is quite impressive. The 12x18 Mini is tempting.

This all started when boss-Erin and I were talking about after-market engraving of iPods. It occurs to me that two lines of 27 characters ain't much. You want that special hogwarts edition? Why not buy a regular one and draw the hogwarts logo on it? Or your company logo? Or your usericon?

The problem, of course, is the start-up cost. The machines aren't gonna be cheap, even the little one. So coming up with pricing that will pay off the machine at the same time it covers operating costs (power, shipping, time, whatever) will be important. And that's not to mention the issue of coming up with the money to buy the thing in the first place. Small business loan, I should expect.

Anyway, something to think on.
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