May 11, 2017 at 9:06 am #33368
Because of these dam things all my bearing sources are trying to raise the bearing prices repeatedly. I keep doubling my bearing order quantities to try and lower the cost back to normal and the lead time keeps increasing as do the prices. So pissed off. 4 orders in a row. I will be so pissed if after all of the things I do to keep the price the same fidget spinners causes me to have to increase my prices.
Well I have a freaking stockpile of about 10k bearings right now, I might try and wait it out. When these stupid things fade into the distance bearings will be next to free at that point.
Bets on how long this thing will last? I read an article last night about a ton of factories in china ramping up production like what happened with the hoverboards. I have a feeling by the time that first large freighter arrives the market will be flooded and this will end. 2 months because it takes 1 month on the water for them to get here.May 11, 2017 at 9:34 am #33371
Why not just design a 3D printed bearing for the fidgeters? That would solve it.May 11, 2017 at 9:48 am #33375
What will really suck is when the bearing MFGs don’t lower cost after the fad fades.May 11, 2017 at 9:55 am #33377
So far that hasn’t been how China seems to operate, a fad kicks in, more manufactures ramp up production then lowest price wins. Once they all have the item in stock (bearings) the prices fall as they try to get rid of them. That is why I can use the leadscrews now. When I built the first machine they cost a fortune, now almost the same price as a all thread. Hiwin rails are dropping fast as well, well the lookalike hiwin.May 11, 2017 at 10:01 am #33378
I just seems lame. Boca called me a few weeks ago “looks like your fidget spinner sales are increasing”….nope, cnc machine kits. Remember giving me $5k for my design winning your company’s competition using your bearings?
Then last month I double my bearing order because shipping them is slow from another company. They email back, sorry the price has increased. Really I double my order any increase my per piece price, when has that ever been a thing? The bearings arrived a few days ago, that company just emailed. “I see the bearings have arrived. the last price we gave you will not work we need to increase it. Since you are selling fidget spinners we would like to offer you a different bearing for the center”. Nope, not selling fidget spinners…cnc Machine kits.
GrrrrrrMay 11, 2017 at 10:25 am #33380
Hmmm. You’ve got me thinking. Maybe I should start selling fidget spinners…May 11, 2017 at 10:27 am #33381
Im sorry… 🙁May 11, 2017 at 10:44 am #33382
I love people making them, that is the best, but running down to 7-11 and buying one for $2 is pretty weak sauce if you ask me.
If you need a fidget spinner to keep your hands busy, keep them busy by making something.
On that note, Alec Steele made a damascus one, or all the crazy hand made/designed ones on the site here awesome. Some of the magic just disappears when you see 100,000 injection molded toys that cost $.20 each made to keep your hands busy. Kinda like the old executive desk toys. I am fine with people buying really nice versions of something like this, but the wave of shitty ones that is just starting to arrive is going to get boring really fast.
I’m gunna get off this soapbox now.May 11, 2017 at 10:57 am #33383
The shitty ones are killing me too but it’s not stopping me from selling whatever I can make.
I avoid the one design if they ripped from thingiverse though
And I’ve been designing my own too get away from everybody design so I’m the only one of themMay 11, 2017 at 11:04 am #33391
I love that. Keep making them, offer some bearing oil, some super precision bearing upgrade kits, sell some balancing kits, customizing stickers, carbon fiber upgraded frames/bodies, ect. I’m all for this aspect of it, just not the plastic ones that will end up in the trash in no time.
If you have #2 pencil you got out of the machine for a dime, you will pencil fight with it and throw it away. If you wash your dad’s car to earn the money to buy a mechanical pencil it might serve your needs all the way through college and still be considered your lucky pencil…May 11, 2017 at 11:21 am #33395
Actually… with as cheap as the spinners are… just buy a bunch of those and cut the bearings out 🙂
I designed a custom one for my daughter, but I won’t be making any more.May 11, 2017 at 11:51 am #33400
I’m at a loss to interest in these, i must be old. I remember when they sold pet rocks. The bearing quality might drop due to demand as well.May 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm #33402
They did try to sell me the bearings that I had refused in the past, again. Some of them I wouldn’t say are bad, for our purposes, but one brand would just puke out it’s lube on the first use. Somehow they used the wrong stuff. So there are only 1 kind that I really like right now and I think I am actually getting them from the manufacture or only one step from them.May 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm #33406
It’s a well-documented fact that if you use the same pencil on the test that you used to take the notes, it will know the answers. Unfortunately, I always failed to take any notes in college.May 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm #33408
I tried sleeping on my spelling book opened up to the page I had a test on in third grade….osmosis?May 11, 2017 at 12:28 pm #33410
I need a good supplier, going the ebay route for reliability make me nervous.May 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm #33411
I’m having a hard time figuring out where the sudden hype came from to. But I know for me when I sit there and play with one it actually helps me clear my mind.May 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm #33413
PM me how many you want, and what you are willing to pay and I will see If I can help you out.May 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm #33414May 11, 2017 at 12:40 pm #33415
Bike ramps (piece of plywood and a few bricks) and slingshots…#oldmancrewMay 11, 2017 at 12:57 pm #33416I know for me when I sit there and play with one it actually helps me clear my mind.
In my day we learned how to flip a pen on it’s center of gravity, or roll a quarter down your knuckles. /old man voice.
Well i did the same, flip pins, stack random stuff that might be around me, folded paper. What ever.May 12, 2017 at 3:48 am #33462
Bike ramps (piece of plywood and a few bricks) and slingshots…#oldmancrew
There always that one time you didn’t get the plywood and riser set right and made a fulcrum, so when you hit it, the plywood popped up in front of the back tire. Pretty sure I still have scars from that one.May 12, 2017 at 4:20 am #33464
Or the time the board snapped and locked the front tire up.May 12, 2017 at 5:47 am #33465
My wife works with special needs kids in an elementary school and while she sees the benefits of the fidgets for some kids with anxiety issues, the majority of the school staff is fed up with the fidgets. The kids are constantly playing with them and then trading them like Pokemon cards. And some kids are fighting over them.
With only a few week of school left they are going to keep tolerating them, but all are hoping the fad ends over the summer break otherwise they might be banned next fall.May 12, 2017 at 7:06 am #33466
I gave my daughter her’s but forbade her to take it to school. We even went so far as to having a spot in the kitchen counter where it has to be put before she leaves for school.
It’s kinda a shame, as I was a little proud of how well it came out.May 12, 2017 at 8:35 am #33468
Doodling>fidgeting, it helps develop fine motor skills, that makes your mousing hand more precise later in life when you start using CAD or becoming a tattoo artist, or I guess maybe even a surgeon.
The worst ramps experiences I had were when we started making them just a big bigger and the front tire would just drop from going too slow (I’m a sissy) instead of the awesome jump you had in your mind and over the bars you go. That’s when I took up the skateboard, typically when you crashed you didn’t land on it like you do with a bike.May 12, 2017 at 9:02 am #33473
Skateboarding killed my back. I did it for about 10 yearsMay 12, 2017 at 10:39 am #33476May 12, 2017 at 10:49 am #33478
I was a skater. We got into inlines and got in trouble on those. We had a launch ramp we’d try to clear cars with… sometimes even successfully. Took a jump bad one time and landed hard enough to rip the truck off the bottom of one of the boots.May 12, 2017 at 10:55 am #33480
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