Re: [rp-ml] Crystalix

From: Bathsheba Grossman (
Date: Thu Apr 28 2005 - 00:44:32 EEST

On Wed, 27 Apr 2005, wrote:
> <br><br>We have visited two Crystalix (3D laser etching of faces in crystal) locations in the Northern Virginia area in the last two years, only to find that they have gone out of business.<br><br>The company indicates that they have thirty two locations in operation in North America.<br><br>Is the business of laser etching of 3D faces in crystal a viable business, or is it the latest reincarnation of the Pet Rock?<br><br>Does anyone on the list have any experience with this business or with the few mall based kiosks that will make a custom 3D face on an RP system.<br><br>Joe<br>

Not personally, but one of my suppliers had until recently a mall
retail outlet that did the laser-etched faces, and he talked a lot
about it.

As far as I can tell, it's not a real easy to make money. The product
isn't that great, it's priced awfully high for your average walk-by
buyer, the production is a lot of hassle, and the entry costs are huge
compared to selling almost anything else you can sell in a mall.

My impression is that there are probably some locations where it can
work, but I wouldn't want to own a franchise in an ordinary mall or


Bathsheba Grossman                                          (831)429-8224
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