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MagnetJarBy MagnetJar
First created
MagnetJarBy MagnetJar
First created
$7,873
pledged of 30 000 $pledged of 30 000 $ goal
126
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 11 2018

About


A new version of MagnetJar is coming!

Visit http://magnetjar.com and sign up to be the first to know of the new version, and get up to 50% off Early Bird pricing.


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See below how the original Kickstarter campaign page looked

Before MagnetJar: Magnetic Container Blues

Back in the day, if you wanted a magnetic container, you had two options: You could glue a magnet to the bottom of a metal tin, or you could glue a magnet to the top of a glass jar. There are DIY guides out there to do this, and they are fun little projects. You can also now find those same DIY projects for sale on Amazon from Chinese factories.

But they were not great products.

Designing The New MagnetJar 

I talked to over 25 awesome USA factories, and ended up partnering with 4 of them to make the new version. Magnet Jar version 1 was awesome, but it had a couple things that I thought could be better. I have personally broken three of them, so I wanted the new version to be unbreakable. And version 1 had an unprotected magnet. The metal magnet could be slippery, and occasionally a heavier jar would slide down, and it could occasionally leave a mark on the surface. The glass jar was also heavy. 

This Kickstarter is to make the custom tooling for the Jar and GripCover

The new version will be a heavy-wall double thick plastic with custom debossments for the magnets and square sides for increased capacity. (100% BPA free, FDA-approved, and recyclable, of course). A custom GripCover made from a mid-durometer TPE will cover the magnet. This will keep New MagnetJar from slipping. The cap will be a patented USA dual-flip design, giving both options. 

This is literally where MagnetJar will be made. Machine 25 at M&H Plastic, in Winchester, Virginia. With these friendly people.
This is literally where MagnetJar will be made. Machine 25 at M&H Plastic, in Winchester, Virginia. With these friendly people.
              
              

The original MagnetJar, from 2016, went through over 15 different rapid-prototypes before I created a version that was good enough to share with others. This version was market-tested on Amazon for a year, to great success. That success gave me the confidence to design the version of MagnetJar that I always envisioned.

The new version would be shatterproof, lighter, hold more spices, and would resist sliding downward. It would protect both the magnets and the surface. Yet it would keep the vertical orientation, the sifter-cap, and the clear jar.

From the beginning, MagnetJar had to be "designed for manufacturing." For this, I enlisted the help of veteran custom plastic molders here in America. Their design help was critical in making a version of MagnetJar that could be produced at a reasonable cost, while keeping the high quality. The jar walls are double the thickness of a typical jar, and that requires specialized techniques. And the cover has millimeter-thin areas, which also requires specialized design. The dual-flap cap is the best available, and has patented components. MagnetJar itself is patent-pending for a utility application.


Origin Story: Mom's Cluttered Cabinets

It was December of 2015 and I was helping my mother prepare for Christmas Dinner. Her kitchen is nice, but can be a bit cramped, as is common for East Coast pre-war homes. Spices were in cabinets up above the countertops. Some were at the front of the cabinet, and some were all the way in the back. But everything was impossible to browse. We didn't know what spices we had or didn't have. And to find items in the back meant taking out all the items in the front.

I put on my DIY hat and asked, "What about the side of your fridge? What if we got some magnetic containers and put spices up there? That would be so easy!" I did what a lot of people would do: I looked on Amazon. There were little metal tins and glass jars, but nothing that was a "spice jar." I wanted a shaker top. I wanted it to mount vertically so it would be less prone to spills.

I have a background in product creation and ecommerce, and was looking for a new project for 2016. I thought, "I'm going to make a magnetic spice jar the way I want it, put it up for sale, and see what happens." This version wouldn't be my "ideal" version, but it would be in the right direction.

The response was awesome! An incredible near 50% of customers came back to buy a second (or more) set after buying one. In 2017, MagnetJar was taking up too much time, and I realized that I had to either get partners and make the version I always imagined, or shut it down. I found partners, and here we are!


Awesome Collaborators: Tony and Jenn of Roaring Fork Spice Company

Tony and Jenn, co-founders of Roaring Fork Spice Company, Colorado
Tony and Jenn, co-founders of Roaring Fork Spice Company, Colorado

I met Jenn and Tony while spending some time in beautiful Glenwood Springs, nestled on the western edge of the Colorado Rockies. Jenn was working a table with their kids at a local outdoor market, surrounded by vibrant spices and beautiful labels and jars. And the spice blends that she was selling, I soon learned, were even better.

I knew that I was planning a campaign to launch the new Magnet Jar, and I thought that Jenn and Tony would be awesome collaborators. As a small business startup myself, I want to do everything I can to support my peers. We kept in touch over the next few months, and then I told them about MagnetJar and my ideas. I asked about collaborating to do a set of MagnetJars pre-filled with their spice blends, and they said yes!

Risks and challenges

Beyond what most Kickstarter campaigns do, we have done everything we can to mitigate risks. 100% of design and tooling is complete. All factories have been selected. 100% factory final prototypes are complete. Assembly for manufacturing has been tested. Factory and production floor time has been reserved.

Design, design-for-manufacturing, and materials design risk has been meticulously addressed.

Even with that, there are always risks that could affect the timing of when we can get you your MagnetJars. There could be material shortages or supplier delays. There could be factory congestion. A supplier that we are relying on could run into trouble. Entirely unforeseeable risks such as transportation foul-ups, weather problems, or warehousing disasters are always possible.

What we promise to you 100% is that we have done everything we can to eliminate design risks, manufacturing risks, and cost overruns as reasons why you will not get your MagnetJars when we promise.

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    Pledge $23 or more About $23

    Early Bird: MagnetJar Set (Ships first)

    First to ship!

    Set of 5 MagnetJars at over 28% off expected retail price.

    MSRP $32

    + Downloadable PDF of spice labels that can be printed on standard letter label stickers

    Includes:
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    • PDF of spice labels for printing on standard letter-label sticker
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    MagnetJar Set of 5

    Set of 5 MagnetJars at 28% off expected retail price.

    MSRP $32

    + Downloadable PDF of spice labels that can be printed on standard letter label stickers

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    MagnetJar Set of 5 + Metal Panel

    Bundle of a set of 5 MagnetJars PLUS an easily mountable metal wall panel, perfect for keeping your MagnetJars anywhere that you want!

    The panel will be a white powder-coated steel and have counter-sunk holes for screwing into a wall. It can also be attached with mounting tape, to not make any holes in the wall.

    MSRP $61

    + Downloadable PDF of spice labels that can be printed on standard letter label stickers

    Includes:
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    • Magnetic Metal Wall Panel - 11 x 17
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    Roaring Fork Spice Company Collaboration

    Kickstarter Exclusive: Set of 5 MagnetJars filled with the best selling spice blends from Roaring Fork Spice Company. (Limited Edition)
    MSRP: $80

    + Downloadable PDF of spice labels that can be printed on standard letter label stickers

    Includes:
    • Roaring Fork Spice Company pre-filled MagnetJar set (5 jars)
    • PDF of spice labels for printing on standard letter-label sticker
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    MagnetJar Triple: 3 sets of 5 (15 jars)

    Get 3 sets of MagnetJars (15 jars total) for over 38% off expected retail. Wow! What a deal!
    MSRP: $96

    + Downloadable PDF of spice labels that can be printed on standard letter label stickers

    Includes:
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    RFSC Collaboration + Metal Panel

    Bundle of a set of 5 Roaring Fork Spice Company pre-filled MagnetJars PLUS an easily mountable metal wall panel, perfect for keeping your MagnetJars anywhere that you want!

    The panel will be a white powder-coated steel and have counter-sunk holes for screwing into a wall. It can also be attached with mounting tape, to not make any holes in the wall.

    MSRP $99

    + Downloadable PDF of spice labels that can be printed on standard letter label stickers

    Includes:
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    • Magnetic Metal Wall Panel - 11 x 17
    • PDF of spice labels for printing on standard letter-label sticker
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    MagnetJar Family Bundle: 5 sets

    Get 5 sets of MagnetJars (25 jars total) for over 40% off expected retail. Give a MagnetJar set. Make a friend for life.
    MSRP: $160

    + Downloadable PDF of spice labels that can be printed on standard letter label stickers

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    MagnetJar Big Bundle: 10 sets

    Ten (10) sets of MagnetJars (50 jars total) at over 45% off expected retail.
    Makes awesome gifts!
    MSRP: $320

    + Downloadable PDF of spice labels that can be printed on standard letter label stickers

    Includes:
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    Roaring Fork Bundle (5 pre-filled sets)

    Five sets of MagnetJars pre-filled with the specialty spice blends from Roaring Fork Spice Company. (25 jars total, 5 of each spice blend) (Limited Edition)

    + Downloadable PDF of spice labels that can be printed on standard letter label stickers
    MSRP: $400

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    MagnetJar Gigantic Bundle: 50 sets

    Fifty! (50) sets of MagnetJars (250 jars total) at 50% off expected retail.
    Our biggest discount!
    MSRP: $1600

    + Downloadable PDF of spice labels that can be printed on standard letter label stickers

    Includes:
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    The VERY FIRST MagnetJar set

    You will get the very first, numero uno, number one, production set coming off of the lines for MagnetJar.

    It will come with photographs of it being produced, and a signed certificate by Marc, the MagnetJar founder, thanking you for your support!

    Obviously, this package is limited to 1!

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