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Ideal Size for Custom Plush Toys

Ideal Size for Custom Plush Toys

If you’re like most people, you probably chanced upon this page because you’re looking for stuffed toy ideas. Yes, it’s true. There are now a lot of people who are on the lookout for the next big thing in custom plush toys. It’s hard to blame you or them. They do look very attractive from a profitability standpoint. As a bonus, it’s very easy to come up with ideas. You just need to sit back with a pen and paper and the ideas will start flowing in.

But once you do have your ideas, there are a few things that you have to consider. Some people think that good stuffed toy ideas are the only thing that they need to be successful. This is true to some extent. Armed with custom plush toys that were taken from great ideas, you can earn a lot of money from them. However, why settle for good if you can go for something great? All you need to do is to find the best idea that you have and work on it to make the best even better.

For example, did you know that the size makes a lot of difference? If you really put some thought into the size of your toys, you can make them more attractive. This is why you should really plan the size. Here are some things that you have to consider:

Who is your target market?

Sure, you can just create custom plush toys for everyone. It’s not really a bad idea, per se. After all, kids and adults of all ages appreciate them. However, you can come up with better stuffed toy ideas if you’re going to zero in on a specific age range. For example, it’s a good idea to make something smaller for toddler. A good size is 12″ because it’s big enough for cuddling while it’s small enough not to overwhelm them. It’s also a good size because kids can put them inside their bags. We all know that toddlers and kids develop emotional bonds with their stuffed toys so it’s a good idea to make something that they can bring wherever they go.

If you’re targeting an older market like teenagers or young adults, you can make really big ones. They would be a hit during Christmas and Valentine’s Day because they’re perfect as gifts to loved ones.

Do you want it to be a collectors’ item?

One of the best stuffed toy ideas is to make custom plush toys that are collectors’ items. If this is the case for you, it’s a good idea to make something small. Think “Beanie Babies” small. They were phenomenal because collectors scrambled to complete the whole set. It’s safe to say that the small size added to its appeal. After all, it would be pretty hard to collect toys that are 2 feet in height and width.

How much do you want them to cost?

If you put out great products, people will check them out no matter how expensive they are. Generally speaking, bigger custom plush toys cost more because production cost is higher with them. It would depend on your budget. If you have a big budget, then you can put out bigger and more expensive toys. If you only have a small budget, you can focus on something smaller and just target collectors and toddlers.

Still, everything will start with stuffed toy ideas so come up with your own ideas today.…

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Management Improvement Philosophies: Ya Gotta Love The Bigots

Management Improvement Philosophies: Ya Gotta Love The Bigots

Modern social media provides immediate interaction and the ability to observe an immediacy of attitudes. Recently, this author observed a back and forth set of blog posts on LinkedIn. On one side was a person who appeared to be an experienced and thoughtful business professional. On the other side was an expert in Lean Accounting. Both obviously knew what they were talking about.

Lean Accounting is a management philosophy that extends the Lean Manufacturing philosophy. In turn, Lean Manufacturing seeks to eliminate waste in manufacturing. Lean Accounting extends Lean into costing systems.

Eliminate waste! Now that is something that every business should strive for. No one supports encouraging waste. Everyone in their right mind must strongly support eliminating waste wherever it is.

However, the problem comes when an improvement philosophy becomes the “only possible solution” to all problems. And ultimately, if you’re not doing X (the favorite improvement philosophy), you are just not with it. Now we have a bigot. An even worse situation is when a bigot misrepresents competing philosophies to build up his case or cause.

Personally, this author is an advocate of Activity-Based Cost(ABC) and Activity-Based Management(ABM) and their combination Activity-Based Cost Management (ABCM). (Obviously we have our share of three letter acronyms.) ABC also strives to eliminate waste but adds costing methodologies to the equation. Properly used, ABC will help attack waste first where it matters most.

ABC has its share of bigots too! There was a time when, according to some, ABC could do everything – even slice bread.

For another example, while working for a software company, I was working on a project to model according to Theory of Constraints (TOC) methods in software originally designed for Activity-Based modeling. To over simplify, TOC seeks to improve business results by focusing on managing production constraints. TOC also has a significant number of powerful supporting methods. TOC advocates also claim to be eliminating waste.

On the project, we had the assistance of experienced top notch TOC advocates. We succeeded in creating a cost model that followed TOC principles. However, it was difficult at first to find the common elements of both methodologies. We had to peel back our rhetoric to find our points of agreement. We found a common enemy – Waste.

The challenge to all business professionals and consultants is to compare your methods to the best methods of competing philosophies. Do not compare your best to the worst of someone else. Much more can be gained by comparing the best to the best. In all business endeavors, waste is our common enemy. Waste is the enemy of profits.

Maybe we can even learn from one another and adopt what makes the most sense for our operating environments.…

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Questions About Broad Spectrum CBD You Might Be Afraid to Ask


There are several aspects to consider when thinking about broad spectrum CBG products. The benefits are varied. CBG does not contain THC; it is a natural alternative with numerous benefits for the body and mind. This substance is used in several products for health, skincare, and mental benefits.

Question: Does cbd contain THC?

Full-spectrum CBD oil is more potent than CBD isolate, but it is not the only type. CBD-rich products contain various cannabinoids that work together to provide superior health benefits. It is known as the entourage effect. In addition, a broad spectrum cbg has only trace amounts of THC, making it a safer option for people who avoid THC.

Broad-spectrum products are best for those seeking a full-spectrum effect while avoiding THC. CBD-rich products contain multiple types of cannabis plant extracts and can include terpenes and essential oils. In addition to CBD, these products can also have a small amount of THC, but not enough to produce the intoxicating effects of marijuana.

Full-spectrum products have a higher potency than isolates, as they are dense. In addition, manufacturers of full-spectrum CBD oil try to retain all the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the host plant. This diversity is essential for the entourage effect when multiple compounds work together to boost each other’s potency. However, full-spectrum products contain up to 0.3% THC, so they aren’t ideal for people who want to avoid THC.

What do employers look for when deciding between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD? The answer is: it depends. Many factors affect your body’s reaction to cannabinoids. Your health history, physiology, and lifestyle will affect how your body responds to these chemicals. Some people have a high tolerance for THC, while others don’t want it in their bodies.

Whether or not broad-spectrum CBD contains THC depends on what type of hemp is used. Cannabis-derived CBD and hemp products have less than 0.3% THC. They’re legal for purchase, use, and production. Each state’s laws vary.

There are several advantages to employing CBD oil. It has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. However, the psychoactive effects of THC make it illegal in most countries.

Question: Does cbd contain narcissistic words?

Did you know that there are words that have narcissistic connotations? One such word is “take it easy.” Unfortunately, this phrase has a negative sense. It’s a form of denial and is used to justify selfish behavior. It is why you should be careful when using it.

It’s easy to become too selfish. One of the best ways to combat this behavior is to change your attitude. It can be done through positive reinforcement. It’s also an effective way to reshape your relationship with a loved one. Try to be more thoughtful and proactive. Don’t give up easily.

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How Rapid Prototyping Is Used

How Rapid Prototyping Is Used

Rapid prototyping is a group of techniques that can be used to quickly build a scale model of a part, or a finished product, using the latest three dimensional computer aided design applications. The first RP technique was developed in 1986, and was known as steno-lithography, since then there have been other related techniques introduced and made available to professionals.

Rapid prototyping is also known as computer automated manufacturing, layered manufacturing, and free-from manufacturing. RP models have improved the efficiency of various products as testing is made easy. For example, if an airfoil shape needs to be tested to ensure the correct aerodynamics, an RP model can be built which can then undergo various performance analysis tests in a wind tunnel.

Usually, an RP component would not be strong enough to be used as the finished product, this is because the material which it is made from may not have adequate strength, though in certain cases it would be possible to fabricate a part which would be put to direct use. An RP model makes an excellent template for molds and casts which are required by the tooling industry.

There is a wide selection of experimental RP techniques now in use or being developed. It is believed that in the not to distant future, processes such as selective laser sintering, laminated object manufacturing, solid ground curing, ink jet printing, and fused deposition moulding will revolutionize the manufacturing industry and the world we live in.

There are many advantages available through the use of rapid prototyping design technology. For a start the process can help to reduce development time considerably, it is also believed to help reduce the occurrence of costly mistakes during the design stage. The lifetime or longevity of a product can be extended through the use of RP by eliminating any redundant features and making changes that would increase a product’s take up.…

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Becoming a Lean, Green, Waste-Eliminating Machine

Becoming a Lean, Green, Waste-Eliminating Machine

Can leaner be greener? Absolutely. We already know that lean manufacturing focuses on the elimination of waste, but when done in a manner that results in less material waste and less wasted worker effort, lean manufacturing efforts can result in the creation of a more environmentally friendly business as well. To maximize green effects, specialists recommend making environmental sustainability and lean manufacturing efforts co-top priorities, resulting in an effort where green is just as important as lean.

What kinds of organizations have made the commitment to both lean and green? Examples include the State of Washington Department of Ecology, which has even published a “Lean and Environmental Toolkit” explaining how to use lean procedures, Value Stream Mapping, and Six Sigma strategies to help other organizations become greener.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also laid out guidelines for companies looking to become both leaner and greener simultaneously. Their website includes literature on incorporating lean with environmental efforts, including protocols for the handling of hazardous waste and how using less energy results in both leaner and greener outcomes.

A success story of a company that set out to become leaner and greener is that of Beachley Furniture, a business that produces upholstered furniture. After Beachley Furniture implemented the EPA’s Green Suppliers Network Program, the company reduced their scrap production by $200,000 worth, saving both money and the scrap from ending up in a landfill. Through these and other efforts, the company was able to save $461,100 overall annually. President and CEO of Beachley Furniture, David Beachley, spoke highly of the changes. “We have not only streamlined our process and reduced rework, but we have seen a dramatic improvement in our quality,” he stated.

Lean manufacturing efforts often resulted in environmentally conscious outcomes by their sheer waste-eliminating nature, however, when green outcomes are made an equally high priority as lean outcomes, both ends can benefit significantly. See how your company can become a lean, green, waste-eliminating machine!…

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Putting The $$$ On Your CD

Putting The $$$ On Your CD

Artists are usually happy enough when their music is heard by lots of people. What is often overlooked is pricing their work. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to put a price on your CD, but this should not be taken lightly as well. You’ve gone under a lot of effort and expense to make that CD, and you deserve something for your trouble. But be careful, this should also be weighed against several other factors. These are the basic things you should take into account when picking a price for your CD:

– CD production cost

– The perceived value of the CD

– The general average selling price for CDs

First, determine how much it cost you to make those CDs and average it out to a cost-per-unit. Let’s say you’re trying to break even with the first batch of CDs which cost $5000, and your first printing is 1000 units, then the base price per CD is $5. Anything above that amount is profit and bear in mind that you should not go below that amount. How to make bigger profit? Use low-cost resources so you can lessen the base price while still making a fair profit.

Second, this is the most important factor, is creating perceived value for your CD. Buyers have to believe that they are getting good value for the price. The thing with music is, this is highly subjective and it’s also a balancing act. If the pricing is too high, you risk that people won’t think they can’t afford it. But, if you put a price too low, you can also hurt the perceived value because it’s like you’re telling your fans that the CD is not worth that much. What to do? Choose a fair price somewhere in between.

Third, do a research on how much other CDs are being sold for. Usually, music CD’s are sold for between $8 and $15. That’s the ballpark range for perceived value. Want a simpler principle? Based on download prices, most people don’t seem to mind to pay about a dollar per song. Say you have a 12-song CD and sell it for $10, chances are your fans will perceive it as a fair deal.…

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The Curse of the ‘D’ Cup

The Curse of the ‘D’ Cup

It is a misconception that big boobs are a blessing. I sometimes fantasise about my reincarnated self and she is everything I am not. A perfect 32B. Small, blonde, dainty, a jaw dropping hourglass figure and a manipulative seductress. She (I) will stand around airport terminals looking sweetly incapable of lifting anything heavier than a credit card whilst looking for ‘Mr Big and Muscle-ly’ to carry my bags.

Such is the stuff of dreams! The truth is that blokes look at me and expect me to help them with their luggage.

This deviates a little from today’s gripe which is all about bra wires. I can almost hear the collective “I hear you sister” from those of you cursed to wear an underwire bra. You understand the discomfort, and appreciate our chief complaint regarding these feats of modern engineering; that devastating moment when years of faithful, unappreciated support turn nasty and that wire tries to stab you to death.

That’s right it’s ‘The Revenge of the Bra Wire’.

There are some simple solutions to extend the life of an underwire bra. Read the washing instructions ( oh, stop laughing!) which tell us to wash by hand in luke-warm water. Reality is the majority of us will chuck it in the wash with everything else playing ‘Russian Roulette’ that this won’t be the load where those pesky wires work loose and blow up the washer! You can save this supportive friend by popping it in a lingerie bag and using the gentle cycle. This, however, will only delay the on-set of the dreaded boob stab.

I once had a bra that I wore out. It lasted for years and the only reason it had to go was because its elasticity finally exhausted its capacity to recover after years of wrestling a bouncing pair of “DD’s” .

Naturally, amazed that it had never tried to impale me, I conducted an autopsy and discovered something fascinating. Unlike every other bra wire that had attempted to kill me with it’s sharp, raw metal edge these wires were plastic tipped. Smooth, plastic coated wire tips. No wonder it couldn’t cut through!

The solution obviously lies in it’s manufacture. A one step addition to the production line. The fix is simple, inexpensive and surprisingly, rarely used. I can only assume our lingerie manufacturers don’t want their product to last any longer than our expectations would dictate. I now take the time with every bra purchase to feel the wires and I only buy those that are tipped. If you’re an Underwired Gal, do yourself a favour and learn to check before you buy!…