The DOW is Crashing, And Inventions Are Soaring!

What do lipstick, chocolate, Pepto-Bismol and inventive merchandise all have in prevalent? They all sell far better during recessions. There is been very a media buzz about inventive products during this recession from infomercials becoming the topic of documentaries, to front-page newspaper and website profiles of new innovations, never prior to have inventions been so hot. Newsweek even went so far as to declare The Snuggie, that soft blanket-like robe with a hit infomercial "an emblem of our times", as the sensationally funny, yet beneficial product became the source of jokes for Jay Leno (The Tonight Show), Saturday Night Live, countless blogs and YouTube videos. No matter whether they comfort or entertain, save income or time, inventions give newness in a marketplace full of products customers may perhaps already own.  The challenge for the inventor is to tap into the requirements and desires of the consumer in crisis, so that we could produce goods that support him in a time of will need.
Market research shows that whilst customers in a recession could have small capability or will to invest cash on major purchases like appliances or vacations, they still reward themselves with smaller indulgences like fancy ice creams, chocolate, modest gifts, or individual amusement and selection items. Simply because monetary desperation is scary, there is an atmosphere of insecurity and anxiety. Candy, and other stress-relievers, such as liquor and movies, aid alleviate that anxiety, and make people feel superior temporarily.
Saving dollars by "do-it-your self" (DIY) approaches is, of course, the most obvious trend in recessionary goods.  This includes inventions that are suitable for reuse and those that enable consumers to repair other items (both of which are cost-saving and environmentally green measures). It is no surprise that gardening has come back in vogue- the success of the "Topsy Turvy" hanging tomato planter and Aquaglobe automatic plant watering device are examples of this. Michelle Obama has even planted a vegetable garden at the White House- the very first ever considering that the victory gardens of World War II. Gardening appeals to consumers who want to save income, but also to our survivalist, pioneering, do-it-yourself ethos. Gardening associations predict this trend to go up by 40%, even though vegetable seed sales have already jumped 30%. This is also a continuation of the green environmentalist trend, and urban, container and rooftop gardening are other niche markets inside this category.
A lot more Americans are stocking up on food, concerned about shortages and inflationary cost gauging. Self-sufficiency is of the essence here, so inventors who create accessories for hunting, fishing and camping equipment could also do fairly properly.  Items that help consumers stow away, store, or can goods are beneficial. For a extra exciting approach to grocery shopping, the fashionable Itslastik spandex bag expands to over twice it's size, and holds up to 45 pounds flexibly in any direction, whilst bouncing with the step of the user, generating the load feel lighter. The item is meant for reuse, and is consequently certifiably "green". It is also affordable, bright and appealing to present 'hipster' fashion trends, and proudly made in the USA.  
Where there is fear, there is a need to have for safety. Crime rates are already spiking in these desperate times, so sales of security system and personal protection goods are up. Meanwhile, the Snuggie did nicely because of our apparent need to have for a "security blanket" to comfort us. Stress relieving items (think the "Squeeze Ball") might do especially well. Sex, love and romance also relieve stress, and, historically, romance has thrived throughout recessions, as there is much more social upheaval, and the need to have for security drives consumers into the arms of another. That is why condom sales and ads for individual dating web-sites are up. The Snuggie, major enough for two, and clearly geared towards cuddling and nesting, also speaks in the language of adore.
Because countless buyers lack the disposable income to vacation or go out to restaurants, they are spending even more time at household, entertaining, cooking, and organizing, so that their household is far more pleasant and functional. Property organization goods are critical, as consumers start to control what small they still have- the property and their current possessions. Organizing and cleaning give a sense of control in a chaotic and unstable world. The extremely productive ShamWow super-absorbent, reusable cloths are intended to replace disposable paper towels. Another favorite nesting item performing well is The Wonder Hanger, an organization product that triples closet space by holding up to five garments on standard hangers in a vertical cascade. Customers throughout recessions are pushed to take stock of, inventory and repair what they already own, as opposed to going out and acquiring far more stuff.  As low-cost credit has virtually dried up, the number of Americans driving drastically older used cars has observed a dramatic boost. These older cars frequently have to have more repair, so accessories related to auto repair and maintenance could see a enormous spike in sales.
 'Trading Down' to cheaper items is a given during recessions. To acquire a new look, quite a few ladies replace acquiring a new outfit with the cheaper trick of buying a new lipstick or accessory. The "Lipstick Index", a term coined in the course of the Excellent Depression, has in no way been so high as it is now, as women flaunt their require for visibility, and desirability, by buying and wearing lipstick (often red). In recessions, there is a greater want to look one's perfect- no slouches will be tolerated in the already precarious job marketplace. Clothing repair and reuse is huge, as are 'DIY' salon/beauty replacements. For example, the REM Spring facial hair removal tool has turn into a large hit, as several women who commonly would pay for someone to wax off their unwanted hair are now employing this reusable, battery-absolutely free metal spring instead. Meanwhile, acne and wrinkle reduction treatment has been revolutionized with the invention of at-property light therapy kits. Verilux provides the ClearWave® Soothing Skin Program, a hand-held light 'wand' that uses Natural Spectrum® light to kill acne bacteria and lessen fine lines. Unavailable a number of years ago, the market for this only stands to grow.
With accessories being paramount in the course of recessions, Tweakerz bra clip, Bosom Button and Winkee cleavage covers have all turn out to be popular for their ability to aid consumers alter clothes they already own. Tweakerz bra clip creates a 'lift' in a woman's cleavage, re-energizing worn bra straps. Bosom Button is a gem-like pin that enables shirts that are too low-cut to be created much more suitable by fastening fabric together. The Winkee is a piece of fabric that attaches to bra straps and covers the gap in cleavage revealing shirts. These goods make women's wardrobes extra wearable and functional, saving cash and facilitating re-use.
The advertising of inventive items has by no means been more visible than it is now. Main drugstores now have prominent spaces devoted solely to 'as observed on TV' and inventive goods. As conventional advertising budgets are slashed, infomercials have gained access to the more high priced primetime ad space on television. The additional unemployed and underemployed individuals there are, the extra consumers there are staying at residence, watching Television, and thereby watching infomercials. The world wide web also expanded the market for inventive goods. is a great place to find out about inventions on the marketplace.
I have been in the invention licensing, advertising, consulting and sales organization for over 15 years. This month, in the heart of the recession, my business experienced our highest sales ever. The bottom line is that unique and inventive products do fairly nicely in a poor economic climate. If history is a guide, then innovation and invention will be important to getting us out of this recession. Inventions could not be more relevant the time to launch yours is now.


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