Monday, December 19, 2005

On changing markets

Off to the frozen north (actually, warmer than here according to the weather frogs (as the Germans call them)) tomorrow morning to meet a major distributor of hobbyists' supplies. He thinks that were we to make a really simple, cut-down version of our database for 29.99 Euros, he could sell ten thousand copies. Ridiculously cheap as this is, it still represents around 60,000 Euros for each of us (after subtracting production costs and his share of the profits). I would have to invest around two months' fulltime work in making this new mini-version.

The thought of earning 60 thousand Euros for two months' work does have a certain appeal. I have so far earned a tenth of that for four years' work on the database.

On the other hand, I find his estimate of 10 thousand sales to be extremely optimistic. On the third hand, he knows his customers and has lived very well from them for many years now, so his confidence may be justified.

It's all very exciting.

The sleeping pill has been swallowed, the alarm is set for 4:15am, the computer will be packed into the briefcase just as soon as I finish posting. Let us hope that I don't sleep through the change of trains in Essen!

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Blogger CarpeDM said...

I hope this works out for you and that you don't sleep through the change of trains. That would be bad.

December 20, 2005 at 12:40:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger brooksba said...

Exciting! Best of luck in getting the mini version put together and hopefully the sales predictions are correct. I hope you make the train connection!

December 20, 2005 at 8:48:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Anxious said...

Sounds very promising
Good luck!

December 20, 2005 at 8:56:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger sirbarrett said...

In with the new, out with the old! Accomplishments, accomplishments. You are a busy man. It's good someone's doing the market research. The thought of waking up that early makes me shiver, but I'm sure the adrenaline has carried you!

December 21, 2005 at 4:09:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Anonymous eV said...

60K euros!

Very nice. I need a job with income potential like that!

January 3, 2006 at 12:49:00 a.m. GMT+1  

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