I would pay $5 for a full set of ZPIPs, but asking on this list is the very
definition of "preaching to the converted".....
The Looneys appear to be working very hard to market the Treehouse sets, but
their reknown is growing in a "slowly but surely" way. If they're not
setting the world on fire with such a solid self-contained product, so
specific an item as "vanity pyramids" are going to remain on the fringe.
My guess is we're waiting (and waiting, and.....) for the mythical new molds
before even the possibility of mass produced Zero pointers.
my 2 cents.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Blake" <dalek_no2@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 3:17 PM
Subject: [Icehouse] ZPIPs: An unofficial survey
I'm kind of digging the fact that ZPIP has become the semi-official term
for the things. I may be wrong, but I think that's my doing. :)
So, since the issue didn't really get fully addressed, I'd like to get a
little more input on it. Let's say that some hypothetical company was
interested in making some ZPIPs for sale, based on the earlier discussed
model of converting TreeHouse sets. Let's also assume that said company
was capable of effectively negating shipping costs from LLabs or a
What would you deem a reasonable cost for the pieces? If they cost more
per piece than normal Icehouse pieces in a TreeHouse set, would that be
worthwhile cost (A single piece in a TreeHouse works out to $0.60)? If
they cost the same as individual replacement pyramids on the LLabs site
($1.00), would that be worthwhile?
As already covered in a separate thread, a $5.00 5-piece set is feasable
to a retailer doing this as a small print run item. A $4.00 set
is -possible-, but less attractive. A $3.00 set is pretty much an
impossibility for a retailer to attempt without specialized manufacturing
So, two questions: Would you pay for pre-made ZPIPs, and if so, what would
you be willing to pay?
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