Let's change the face of dustpans forever by adding seriously cute design to this otherwise joyless product. Let's make sweeping fun!
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Dust Panda was born out of my lifelong love of word play and cuddly animals. I have loved panda bears for as long as I can remember, and the first time I uttered the pun "Dust Panda" it felt like being struck by lightning – in a good way! I scoured the internet for a panda-faced dust pan to no avail. To my surprise (and elation!) nobody has made one yet. I am SO EXCITED that I get to bring Dust Panda into this world.
OMG, CUTE! LLC
After becoming an attorney, but before going out on my own, I worked in retail operations at my sister's eco-friendly wedding resource start up, greenbrideguide.com, where I helped with every aspect of the e-commerce site: branding, marketing, packaging, and order fulfillment. Working there, I also learned how to navigate the business side of running a store.
In March, I was ready to start my own company, OMG, Cute! LLC, where I could start inventing and selling my own creations. I've gotten all of the appropriate business licenses I need to operate, sell and ship the stuff I make (the law degree has really come in handy).
I spent many hours designing and redesigning the artwork for Dust Panda. I have spent more hours than I want to admit studying the shapes of panda features in an effort to understand the essence of their cuteness. After determining the correct shape and placement for the pieces, I realized that dust panda would only look like a panda if the curve of the dust pan could be the outline of its face, and the ears were printed on the rim.
What’s a brand without merchandizing? In addition to Dust Panda, I’ve also created a pop art postcard, a bumper sticker, even t-shirts! I think the visual pun of Dust Panda works well in these other mediums, and these products all offer great ways to simultaneously raise capital and consumer awareness about Dust Panda!
With the help of family friends in the import-export industry, I found an amazing family-run factory in Shenzen, China with the capability of silk screening images onto dustpans. They gladly accepted the challenge of bringing my design concept to reality, and wowed me with their results! The prototypes look exactly like the schematics I sent them.
They’re ready to ramp up production, but they’re all about volume, so now I need to raise enough money to manufacture the first litter of Dust Pandas, process and fulfill orders, and deliver the various other investor rewards.
The design is set, the equipment is operational, and the factory is eagerly anticipating the first order for Dust Panda! Once the manufacturing process begins, I anticipate a 90-day production schedule, at which point I should have the stock in my warehouse ready to package and ship out to backers! At current capacity, we plan to fulfill around 50-100 orders a day, which means it will take another few weeks to get all of the orders out.
The factory can double the initial order quantity without affecting delivery time, and I can easily hire people to help with order fulfillment. So, all in all, I think this project is fairly low risk from an investment point of view. The only setbacks I can foresee are minor delays in the production schedule depending on how successful this campaign is.
The question is: Is there enough interest in Dust Panda to warrant production? We'll find out soon!
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Since we've only made a few sample prototypes, and this is the first time our factory has screen printed onto a dustpan before, there is definitely some risk of delays occurring during the early production phase. We will know a lot after our first quality control inspection, at which point I will update backers, but we don't expect any hiccups. The prototype production went according to plan, and we are confident that the process will go smoothly. Should something go awry, we have back-up equipment available in case we need it.
Order fulfillment will be done at our warehouse in New Haven, CT (assuming this Kickstarter is successful). There will be a lot of boxes to fold, and a lot of packages for me and my team to send out. I'm looking forward to daily trips to the post office!
Unequivocally, YES! We'll do whatever it takes to get Dust Panda to every country, on every continent!
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For a Lincoln you get my gratitude, an eternal shout out on my website as a backer, and two digital downloads: the "OMG Cute" sound clip by the incredibly precocious Sterling Harrison Muchnick, and a digital download of the "Dust Panda theme," composed by Max Boehlke to use as a ringtone, or to listen to on repeat because it's tops!Estimated delivery:
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For eighteen dollars you get the Dust Panda & Brush, and a handwritten Dust Panda Pop Art postcard thank you note!Estimated delivery:Add $4 USD to ship outside the US
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For twenty five dollars you get the Dust Panda & Brush, the digital downloads (see $5 award for details), a handwritten Dust Panda Pop Art Postcard thank you note, and the bumper sticker!Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Not in the market for a new dustpan but love the visual pun? Thirty dollars gets you the exclusive Dust Panda T-Shirt, the digital downloads, a handwritten Dust Panda Pop Art Postcard thank you note, and the bumper sticker!Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Forty dollars gets you the exclusive Dust Panda T-Shirt, your very own Dust Panda (without a brush), and a handwritten Dust Panda Pop Art Postcard thank you note!Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Fifty dollars gets you the Tidy T-Shirt, Dust Panda & Brush, the digital downloads, the bumper sticker, and a handwritten Dust Panda Pop Art Postcard thank you note!Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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One hundred dollars gets you a limited Special Edition T-Shirt with named backers (of this pledge only!) listed on the back; plus one Dust Panda & Brush, the digital downloads, the bumper sticker, and a handwritten Dust Panda Pop Art Postcard thank you note!Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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