I have a million ideas for products. Literally.
Ask anyone who has ever worked with me, especially Andrew, who I’ve dragged along on a million cockamamie plans to strike it big.
(My biggest fault is that I have difficulty following through with new ideas, but that’s a whole other story.)
Now when it comes to product ideas, it’s easy to think of something that serves little to no purpose and has no chance of making money (see: Web 2.0).
So when I was browsing the DVD rack at Best Buy last year, I came up with what I thought would be a useful and potentially profitable idea.
You see, I always have this problem of not knowing when a “deal” is actually a good deal. Is that TV show boxset actually a good price? Is that thing cheaper here? How would I know?
These days, the answer is an iPhone (no, I did not have the idea for that — someone else did). But if you don’t have an iPhone, how can you comparison shop when you’re no where near a computer?
Simple: SMS information about the product to a service, which spits back prices from Amazon, Froogle, Buy.com, etc. Then you know if you have a deal or not.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Too bad I was one year too late on it.
Obviously, it’s a good idea, if there at least three services doing it (or something like it). I’m not convinced it’s a dumb idea to try and run with it, but I’m not nearly as excited about it as I once was.