A Product Imprinting Idea Ripped From The Headlines

This money-making, creative idea was the idea of Texas home business operator, Ken Miller. In September, 2001, using his Texas-style humor along with his hand operated pad printing machine, he imprinted golf balls on one side with a photographic image of Osama bin Laden, and on the opposite side of each ball he printed, “Osama Been Gotten.” Despite the fact that the slogan did not immediately come true until now, those golf balls became a huge hit in Ken’s gift shop and in the gift and craft shows and fairs they frequent with their home business lifestyle.

Ken priced the printed golf balls at $3 each. Through a whole source he was able to procure the blanks at 60 cents each. With the hand operated pad printing machine, he was able to print about 90 golf balls per hour, and that lead to a few hours work. To date, he has sold over 10,000 of them. That profitable math is somewhere in the neighborhood of $24,000 in net profit, for a bit more than 100 hours of manual labor on that machine.

Of course, it all began with a simple creative idea. The pad printing equipment was merely the means to turn the idea into money; quite a lot of money. Creating the design only took a few minutes. Single color photographs are easy to render with a pad printer, and the text is whatever one wants to type on a computer. The system makes the template for the machine in about ten minutes. The result is that the equipment can print almost anything on anything.

With the recent breaking news about “getting” this villainous figure who has caused so much pain throughout the world, Ken now enjoys a renewed marketplace for his golf ball idea. Now the villain really has “been gotten,” and a new market emerges for this old idea.

Many creative ideas have been turned in to great cash returns with such simple home-based imprinting equipment. Anyone who can find the poignancy, humor, or social resonance in a current event, can use this as a lucrative form of expression. Ken and others have also created powerful fundraising products by creating designs pertinent to current events. Examples would be products for Haiti earthquake relief for the United Nation’s UNICEF Fund, and Tsunami Relief tee shirts for the American Red Cross. The sales outlets are endless as well, including gift shops, fairs and craft shows, charity fund raisers, and on-line websites. I share Ken’s idea and many others in additional articles to inspire and encourage your own creativity and success.