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2005-06-14 19:48:02.82399+00 by Dan Lyke 11 comments

A quick shout out to The Clip Store, and a bit of full disclosure: A few days ago they sent me an email asking if they could ship me one of their Smart Clippers, no obligation on my part. It arrived today, I've started to organize my desk, and I could see myself buying reloads for this puppy. "Clipper" is a bad name, it's really a stapler substitute, and it's not a general purpose binding substitutte, but I can see myself buying reloads for it. Especially since the utility may extend beyond just dealing with paper (which I'm extremely ineffective at and try to avoid) and be useful for things like chip bags...

We'll use it for a few days and report back, thus extending the effectiveness of the cheapest ad buy ever.

[ related topics: Consumerism and advertising Machinery ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-14 22:00:37.127065+00 by: meuon

Sucky e-commerce website. I'd probably buy one and some refills based on your recommendation if they had some decent product pics and their domain name belonged to an entity other than Domains by Proxy. - I'm weird, I just want to know who/what I am dealing with.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-14 22:04:04.30203+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Found good pics at source: http://www.ohto.co.jp/english/...ts/clamping/gachuck/gachuck.html

1 minute business plan: Give them away with advert/logo on one side, and website address on other to order supplies from.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-14 22:23:05.97752+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I'm finding myself thinking about cost of clips. It came with 11 clips, if you buy 'em and load the cartridge yourself (not a big deal, actually just slipping the clips in the back) then additional clips cost $.08 each.

Not inconceivably high, but I will have to see what we really use it on before I can recommend it unreservedly. Right now I can say that it does what the video on their web site shows very nicely, doesn't do more than the stated number of pages, and we'll see how useful it ends up being.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-14 23:48:32.967113+00 by: Diane Reese

*11* clips?? We'd go through those in about 10 minutes if we were cleaning up the desk. I thought it was a cool gadget until the refill clip price came into view. Until the refills are cheaper, I can't imagine actually purchasing yet another gadget that requires expensive supplies to stay more than a worthless paperweight gathering dust on a desk.

How'd you get on their mailing list for a freebie, anyway?

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-15 00:18:40.860259+00 by: Dan Lyke

The email said that the proprietor was a regular Flutterby reader, so perhaps they're actually reading this feedback. And as I mentioned in that other thread, even if the explosion in "blogging" means that the traffic we see here is pretty paltry compared to the big names, 7 years of accumulating links means other people think Flutterby is rather more influential than I did.

I'm learning. Slowly. Apparently a link that stays on the front page (like the "Sites Dan Reads" or the links to the participants' web sites) could be worth over $100/month...

So while the car makers aren't yet signing me up for junkets to exotic places to write lifestyle articles about driving convertibles through beautiful scenery, it makes a lot of sense to send me ten bucks worth of free stuff in the hopes that I might mention it once or twice. I'm seeing a need to revamp the design to encourage more longer articles, and maybe some categorization so the content that's just obscure geek trivia (like when I go off on graphics rambles) doesn't overpower the more general purpose stuff.

Or maybe I just need to pull back and keep this my space for personal expression. But we're running far afield from the topic on this heading.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-15 03:27:19.009059+00 by: meuon

But we're running far afield from the topic on this heading. - Well. this IS Flutterby? Isn't it? Short attention spans and all!

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-19 02:28:15.85481+00 by: ryantk


I'm the one with the "Sucky e-commerce website". The site is rather new; I work full time in a research lab, so I don't have time to code up a nicer setup, with a real credit card gateway. I'd rather it remain secure via PayPal than have to worry about crackers stealing credit card info.

As for product pics; again, taken quickly. If you know of any cheap professional photographers, I'll send them a few free products in exchange for professionally done pictures.

Domains by Proxy... I don't want to give out my home address to the Internet. A bit worried someone will do a WHOIS and get all my personal information. :)

Yes, clips are a bit pricey. I complain to my supplier about it all the time. :p I thought the product is useful though, so figured I'd buy a couple hundred dollars worth of product and make my first stab at e-commerce :)

Thanks, Ryan

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-19 04:26:52.742437+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Ryan, it'll be tomorrow before it's done, but check out: theclipstore.cybrmall.com - If you want the site, and some really good product pics, send me some clippy's and refills to take pics of. The site is all web based manageable.. I'm emailing you directly. I'm using you to show off.. What I did took 20 minutes, including variable qty pricing, and lots of images on the smart clipper,

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-19 05:30:13.752477+00 by: Diane Reese

meuon, link doesn't work

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-19 14:01:54.227705+00 by: meuon

Thanks Diane, it does now.. That's what I get for doing the site, and the post to Flutterby after a long night at the RiverBend Festival.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-19 15:14:31.100746+00 by: meuon

And just to complete all this one place: http://www.smartofficeproductsllc.com is another site of this product, but the online .ASP driven shopping cart is broken.