Re: [rp-ml] Crystalix

Date: Thu Apr 28 2005 - 16:44:34 EEST

Thanks for your input. Your observations are very much like ours.


 --- On Wed 04/27, Bathsheba Grossman < > wrote:
From: Bathsheba Grossman [mailto:]
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 14:44:32 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [rp-ml] Crystalix

On Wed, 27 Apr 2005, wrote:<br>> <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><br><br>Not personally, but one of my suppliers had until recently a mall<br>retail outlet that did the laser-etched faces, and he talked a lot<br>about it.<br><br>As far as I can tell, it's not a real easy to make money. The product<br>isn't that great, it's priced awfully high for your average walk-by<br>buyer, the production is a lot of hassle, and the entry costs are huge<br>compared to selling
almost anything else you can sell in a mall.<br><br>My impression is that there are probably some locations where it can<br>work, but I wouldn't want to own a franchise in an ordinary mall or<br>town.<br><br>-Sheba<br>--<br>Bathsheba Grossman (831)429-8224<br>Sculpting geometry<br><br>


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