If you want to join the hottest business trend to hit the web – check this out.
Cited as one of the top 8 consumer trends for 2008, Generation C’s MIY (Make-it-Yourself) movement has been called a variety of things from the rise of the Instapreneur to Customer Made, Prosumerism, Web 3.0, and of course Bits to Atoms.
When WIRED Magazine covered Ponoko recently, they said it all – the digital economy isn’t just digital any more; the same market forces that allowed musicians to make a living distributing their songs online now give designers, makers, crafters, hackers and artists the chance to sell their wares without having to persuade a manufacturer or retailer to carry them. And best of all they can make precision goods with a mouse click, zero money down and no minimum orders. Oh how things have changed!
But just how easy is it … really?
The Ponoko team represents the makeup of our community pretty well. While we have one product design guru, the nearest the rest of us had got to making something was with LEGO! Until we created Ponoko.
The major frustration for anyone who wants to make something is just where to start! Most of us have never even considered making something – the entry barrier has just been way too high.
Sure, you can head on down to the local supplies store and pull something together – but it lacks accuracy and consistency between multiple items when it comes to making a few more for loved ones or business gifts, or lots more of your hot sellers. It’s kinda tough going and very time consuming. And if you’re selling them, the profit margins don’t improve with volume – which is all a bit sad.
You could try finding a friendly manufacturer, but good luck with that. They have a serious business to run and unless you can commit to a minimum order, then forget about it.
This is where Ponoko comes in – the world’s only place where you can shop for designer crafted goods, made and sold online.
So the question again – how easy is this?
Well, let’s take a look at how John took literally 2 minutes and 57 seconds to get 10 individual items of jewelry made for $2.20 each:
Watch the larger version here
So what’s holding you back?
The easiest thing to do is download this design file for free and make it for yourself, as many times as you like.
You can also get creative and make your dream product from scratch.
When you’ve decided on your design, just follow the quick process in the video and you’re done!
So tell us, when you compare this with your other making options, have we made it super simple for you to get something precision made for real that is completely unique to you?
We really want to know about your making (war) stories … Just hit the little ‘comments’ button directly below right now, type in a quick response, and then press “Submit Comment” button.