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  1. Here is a trick I like to use on ebay to play with the pricing of my shipping. This is a classic example in the industry of price manipulation to get your customers to purchase the more expensive product and/or spend more money then they usually would have. What we are doing is creating two "fake" products we don't expect the customer to actually buy, then creating one real product we actually do want the customer to buy, but pricing it higher than usual to give the customer the idea this is a better "value". Let's give an example.

     

    AMC Theaters sells popcorn for he following prices:

     

    Small: $4 (4oz)

     

    Medium: $10 (10oz)

     

    Large: $24 (12oz)

     

    Obviously the medium is the best value, but our goal is to get as much money as possible out of our customers. Now you might say "we'll, how can we get our customers to spend more money on the same product?"

     

    Believe it or not, the answer in this situation is to raise the price of all our products to look something like this:

     

    Small: $5 (4oz)

     

    Medium: $16 (10oz)

     

    Large: $24 (120z)

     

    So how does this technique allow us to charge more for the same product?

     

    You see, we need to stop our customers from having a "lowest price" mindset. Competing on lowest price is what eats away at a businesses bottom line and drives them to bankruptcy. What we need to do is teach our customers to think of "value" proposition, or what product is going to provide the best value. We did this by raising the prices across the board, making the medium popcorn look more appealing to the customer. 

     

    For example, the small one is only 5oz but barely gives you any popcorn, so our hope is consumers will ignore this one. The large is $24 but contains 12oz of popcorn, so that is too expensive. But then there's the medium popcorn, which contains nearly the same amount of popcorn as the large, but for $8 less. This makes the medium popcorn look like a much better value, even though we have just raised instead of lowered our original prices. This will cause the customer to spend $16 on the medium instead of just buying the cheapest $4 popcorn in the first example, meaning we end up making a bigger sale.

     

    I have done this with my ebay sales. Ebay will give you two shipping options, economy and expedited shipping (priority mail). Now there are two ways I could price shipping. I could do something like this (nearly all ebay sellers do this)

     

    Economy: Free

     

    Expedited: $10

     

    What does this do? Since our customer cares about getting the most value, they choose economy shipping which impacts our bottom line. But what if we did this instead?

     

    Economy: $14

     

    Expedited: $12

     

    What have I just done here? I have managed to raise the price of my shipping by at least $12, and make more money for the same work in the process. What we have done is made the expedited shipping a higher value proposition, since it is actually not only cheaper for the customer to buy expedited shipping, but it appears to be a much better value than economy shipping, even though it is the exact same product as before. All we have done is nudged the customer into thinking this.

     

    Price manipulation is everywhere, especially in fast food. Oftentimes many products on a food menu (while they are actually made and served) are really there just to make the "value" of a product seem better. Mcdonalds and Wendy's do this all the time with their value meals. Yes you can get a drink for $1 from the menu, but the $4 combo meal from wendy's seems like a better value even though it only has a small drink.

     

    Lessons in pricing: Create three products, the try to sell your customer on the "value" item (the thing you actually want them to buy). This way you can get  away with raising prices without looking like a gouger.

     

     

     

     

    1. Spotty

      Spotty

      Quote

      AMC Theaters sells popcorn for he following prices:

      Small: $4 (4oz)

      Medium: $10 (10oz)

      Large: $24 (12oz)

      Obviously the medium is the best value

      Small: $1/oz
      Medium: $1/oz
      Large: $2/oz

      Small and medium offer the same value. $1/oz.
       

      Quote

      Small: $5 (4oz)

      Medium: $16 (10oz)

      Large: $24 (120z)

      So how does this technique allow us to charge more for the same product?

      For example, the small one is only 5oz but barely gives you any popcorn, so our hope is consumers will ignore this one.

      Small: $1.25/oz
      Medium: $1.60/oz
      Large: $2/oz

       

      "Well this doesn't take a genius"
      Buy 3x Small Popcorns for a total of $15 and you get 12oz of popcorn. You get more popcorn than the Medium, and it's cheaper than both the Medium and Large.
      Not sure if you messed up the prices you made up for your example or if you are suggesting that people are that stupid they can't figure out which gives the best value?

      Here in Australia we have unit pricing on price tickets at supermarkets, so under the price it will also show $ per L, $ per KG, etc.
      The ticket for something like a bottle of Coke will say $3.50 for 2L, then will also have on it $1.75 per Litre written underneath. Makes it easy to compare to the 1.25L bottle of Coke for $2.50 which says $2 per Litre

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    2. wANKER

      wANKER

      Your examples make no sense. 

       

      Economy: Free

       

      Expedited: $10

       

      vs

       

      Economy: $14

       

      Expedited: $12

       

      There's no trick in that, you're effectively just forcing them to buy expedited lmao 

      You may as well just not offer economy 

  2. Oh god, i'm gonna have to upgrade my computer to run Tensorflow. I am trying to build software that can detect text like "PC3, PC4, DDR4, and DDR3" or text like "i7, i5, i3, i9, FX" in milliseconds. Apparently tensorflow requires ridiculously powerful hardware (if you want it to run very fast).

     

    May pull the trigger on Xeon E5-2697 v2s along with 2x GTX 1070s. 

     

    Looks like that 128GB of RAM may have come in handy. 

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    2. CUDAcores89

      CUDAcores89

      @Crunchy Dragon Some RAM does not always have the text printed on it 100% of the time. I need the software to be able to detect the notch position on the RAM, which is MUCH tougher to do.

       

      I think there was this one time I write "hello world" in C++. I know a ton about computer hardware, but very little with software. Time to learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can.

       

      Also I need 1000 pictures of Desktop and laptop DDR1, DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4.

    3. Crunchy Dragon

      Crunchy Dragon

      You need to work on shape recognition, probably rectangles specifically.

    4. Origami Cactus

      Origami Cactus

      Doesn't the new Nvidia 2000 series have the Tensor cores specifically for this use case?

      Raytracing is meh, but using tensor cores for tensor workflows might actually be useful.

      So i would maybe get a 1x rtx2080, or 2x rtx2060, whichever has the most tensor cores.

      @CUDAcores89

  3. The most popular software used at scrapyards right now is ScrapRight. It is capable of weighing in and out of products, recording inventory, accounting, clous integration, and more. 

     

    The software currently sells for $1500, a MONTH. Not to mention the hardware (for what is essentially a $1000 dell server) is priced at upwards of $10,000 EACH:

     

    https://scrapright.com/content/sales-pricing

     

    And yes, I have met several yards who happily pay the cost of this because it saves them a massive amount of compliance headaches.

     

    I am currently cramming everything I can possibly learn about image recognition. If I could build software that would sort the "good" (resellable) from "bad" (truly junk) scrap, that could be a game changer. 

    1. CUDAcores89

      CUDAcores89

      Oh, should I add this company is bringing in 5.5 million in revenue a year?

    2. Schnoz

      Schnoz

      pirating time

  4. Here is what I like about entrepreneurship. its not the power, its not the fame, its not even for the money. Its not even for the fteedom it may or may not bring. 

     

    Its because being an entrepreneur is the hardest thing you will EVER do. Being an entrepreneur also completely flips everything we have been taught in school, in work, and in society right on its head. That it is really okay to FAIL.

     

     

    It is OK to fail

    It is OK to lose it all

    It is OK to feel like a worthless human.

    It is OK to lose your house, car, and life savings.

    It is OK if your wife leaves you.

     

    It is OK.

     

    To quote from the book "you have to be crazy to start a business":

     

    The worst thing they can do is eat you, and thats illegal.

     

    In fact, I encourage people to fail every day. Because every single failuee made brings one closer to success.

     

    There is a common saying that "9 out of 10 businesses fail".

     

    How most people think of it:

     

    I shouldn't even try to start a business. I pnly have a one in 10 chance of success!

     

    How I think:

     

    So what you are saying is I only have to fail 9 times, then the tenth time I can build a multi million dollar business?

    1. Schnoz

      Schnoz

      Me: Throws $1 into a fire each day

      Day 10: *crushed by $100 bills*

    2. CUDAcores89

      CUDAcores89

      @Schnoz That's how the lottery works. 

  5. If you have problems coming up with ideas to start a business, try this:

     

    Here are some random business ideas I just came up with today. Do as you please with them:

     

    I was leaving my business today and I had another problem as usual: i had a ton of computers to unload. Then I thought "what if there was moving service like uber?"

     

    How it would work is anyone who had a truck would be connected with you, and help you move. This essentially cuts out the entire need for middlemen like moving companies. They would be paid based on the trip distance and time took to move.

     

    Idea two, a power bank for the apple watch:

     

    The apple watch charges through wireless. Imagine making a tiny power bank that attached to the back of the watch and only required the user to expand the watch band slightly. The power bank could easily be removed for seperate charging or stay stuck by virtue of something i havent thought of yet.

     

    The more you ise a muscle, the better it gets. In other words the more ideas you come up with (even completely absurd ones), the better you will be at coming up with good business ideas. 

     

     

     

     

  6. 95% of the time i watch youtube at 2x speed. Then i can get the same information 2 times faster.

    1. lewdicrous

      lewdicrous

      If only they gave us the option to make voices deeper, only then would I be able to watch an LTT vid without thinking that Linus is a baby..

    2. wANKER

      wANKER

      ^^ think that would actually increase their viewership. 

       

      Part of the reason I stopped watching was legitimately because my ears couldn't stand it anymore 

  7. I met the CEO of machinetools.com today at startup nation in Michigan today.

     

    He is a pretty quiet guy, but I learned today he is also an angel investor.

     

    I am taking CircleTech in an entirely different direction: Making image recognition software and sorting machines to sell to recycling centers. The software would do the sorting for them and we would charge the recycling center monthly subscription fees. The recycling center ends up creating a new revenue stream and we get to run a SaaS product. Seems like a win-win for both parties. This idea could be VERY big, and would revolutionize the computer recycling industry. 

     

    He seemed to be interested in it, and hopefully we will be in touch.

     

    @Crunchy Dragon you are still on listing duties. I will bring in parts for you to list but I will be working on this software of my own.

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    2. CUDAcores89

      CUDAcores89

      @givingtnt

       

      I am looking to build image recognition software that can read the text on a motherboard (like a Gigabyte X99-SLI board) then search the text in a database. If the value is above X dollars, it will be resold. If the value is below X dollars, it will be recycled.

    3. givingtnt

      givingtnt

      You're making your own ?

    4. CUDAcores89

      CUDAcores89

      @givingtnt yes, i know absolutely nothing about programming so I have a huge learning curve. But this could easily be a million dollar idea.

  8. “You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for $1.50 in late fees at the public library.”

    ― Matt Damon

    1. Tech_Dreamer

      Tech_Dreamer

      i remember that scene lol, either-ways it's a blunt stuff now that i learn more & more, i mean look at google doctors for example. no point in having random information & having access to complete database for free. recognition is another.

  9. My work has assigned us our own laptop and work phone. I was given an iPhone 7 plus for the summer (of course I have to turn is back in).

     

    It now makes me realize there are an equal number of maddening things about both apple and android products and each are garbage in their own special way.

     

    iPhones don't have a back button

    Sometimes apps crash on my galaxy S9

    iPhones have shitty battery life

    I can't uninstall BS apps on my galaxy.

    Google really tries to shove news down your throat with android and filled up my feed with BS I don't need to know.

    iPhones have no file system

     

    Yeah like I said, I have both of these companies phones in their own special ways.

     

    One thing I give to google is they make it very easy to seamlessly transition data between both devices because google services are available on both IOS and android. I wish apple would do something similar.

     

    One I will give apple is they are straight up more secure. I do not blame Rockwell Automation for going with iPhones for this very reason.

    1. Techstorm970

      Techstorm970

      Google SUCKS at security.

       

      Having used (but not owned) Androids before, I always found that back button to be very annoying.  Personal preference thing...

       

      Apple's attempt at a file system in iOS 11 was very, very sad.

       

      Quote

      iPhones have shitty battery life

      iPhone XR says hi.

    2. CUDAcores89

      CUDAcores89

      @Techstorm970 i'm just glad to have the privilege of complaining over such meaningless things. I am really far more concerned about how to pay the rent and run the business than what phone I use.

    3. Jtalk4456

      Jtalk4456

      Quote

      Google really tries to shove news down your throat with android and filled up my feed with BS I don't need to know.

      what exactly are you talking about with this? I've never even seen news on my android phone, let alone have it shoved down my throat

  10. I am the kind of person who would pay a prostitute just to talk about their life for a few hours then get them lunch.

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    2. Mr. horse

      Mr. horse

      in most of the world no the poor can not. Not Every palace is like the EU or USA.

    3. BuckGup

      BuckGup

      Lol that’s pretty bias and not true for basically anywhere not the US or Canada. By that logic why’s there homeless people then

    4. CUDAcores89

      CUDAcores89

      @BuckGup you have seem to have forgotten places like the EU, UK, and australia exist. India and china are also on the rise.

  11. website is up:

     

    https://circletech.io/

     

    My goal is to teach @Crunchy Dragon everything I know this summer so he can replicate what I do while I am living in Southern Illinois. In exchange I will take a small commission of the sales but everything else is his. I also plan on getting him a car as well.

    1. Crunchy Dragon

      Crunchy Dragon

      We'll see how that goes.

       

      I'm gonna be pretty darn busy next year.

    2. CUDAcores89

      CUDAcores89

      @Crunchy Dragon that or find someone else to do it.

       

      Either way I need to find a partner in business who is willing to operate the firm while I am in Illinois.

    3. Jtalk4456

      Jtalk4456

      i'd love to do something like this, but i think taking on another venture is beyond the time i'll have for a while

  12. it's just the little things that blow my mind every day that many people don't even acknowledge the presence of.

     

    Today I went to Wendy's and bought their 4 for $4 deal which get's you a burger, 4pc chicken nuggets, fries, and a drink, all for a meal that costs under $5 (Michigan just had to steal it's 24 cents from me). Many other fast food places have even better deals than that. You can go to Taco bell and get a shredded chicken quesadilla for only $1, or Arby's and get two sliders for $3. Mcdonalds often runs coupons on their mobile app for BOGO deals on their sausage and egg meals for around $3.

     

    Now is the food healthy? Of course not. But you don't go to a fast food restaurant to eat healthy. You go to to grab something fast to cover up the pain from hunger.

     

    Now let's go back about 100 years to when my grandpa was born. Did any form of not only fast but cheap food exist back then? Hell no! Many of these folks were still farming, and good, fast, and cheap food wasn't even on peoples minds then. Back then people were concerned Mostly with just having food at all (especially during the great depression).. But these days in 2019 on the other hand, I can walk into a restaurant and order an entire meal that multiple humans have to prepare, have the food ready for me within minutes. and get something filling for less time and money than it takes me to write this post. Yes nobody seems to think that is just incredible?

     

    Same with grocery stores. I can walk into Walmart or a whole foods and have a dazzling selection of cuisine from all over the world for prices in the single digits, when just 200 years ago trading for spices with India was all the rage and only reserved for the upper middle class and very rich. Meanwhile today not only do I have access to the same spices they do, but also all sorts of fruits and vegetables i've never even heard of. Did anyone know that dragonfruit is actually a thing? Oh, and I can buy it on sale from kroger for $6.

     

    If we compare out lives to people from 200 years ago, we are all living like kings. Even the very poorest among us in the US have access to almost unlimited food of every kind, free education (in the form of grade school) and in many cases subsidized housing and childcare. Many lower income families also are eligible for health care under the ACA. If we go back 100 years, some of these entitlement programs would appear to be straight out of a Utopian fiction novel in comparison to where they came from.

     

    In the past 30 years, we have lifted over a billion people across the world out of extreme poverty. Yet everyone seems to think this is the work of governments rather than markets finding more efficient ways to organize resources:

     

    https://qz.com/798481/over-a-billion-people-have-been-lifted-out-of-poverty-since-1990-but-the-next-billion-will-be-harder/

     

    sometimes it's nice to be thankful for what we have, and look back on where we came from instead of being jealous of those who have more. Because even compared to 200 years ago, everyone on this forum is a king. You have more access to wealth creating tools than anyone in the history of mankind in the form of the internet. Use it well.

     

     

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    2. kelvinhall05

      kelvinhall05

      10 CAD = 7.50 USD...

    3. Schnoz
    4. CUDAcores89

      CUDAcores89

      @Schnoz this is capitalism doing what it does best: driving down the cost of goods and services while increasing their value to consumers. 

       

      We all live link kings compared to 200 years ago not because of what government has done, but because of what markets have done.

  13. I mean IBMs POWERPC arcitecture uses SMT with 4 threads per core and are some of the most secure processors out there. Clearly SMT can be done securely if implinemted correctly.
  14. Try number two: I visited the same recycling center a second time.

     

    I went there a second time and explained we are a smaller recycler looking to buy parts for reuse. 

     

    They basically told us to politely f*ck off because we are not R2 certified. I then asked them again why they cant sell parts to me and they gave me a generic response of "we have to protect our customer data and we do not trust you".

     

    I then asked them "well, can you give me some hints as to who your up and downstream recyclers are" and again, they said no as it would be a "conflict of interest".

     

    I explained to them "look, we are a small non-R2 certified recycler trying to make a mame for ourselves. R2 certifications only hurts us instead of help us because we cannot afford to spend $30,000 on certifications because we are a small operation. You do understand R2 certifiations only hurts innovation in the recycling industry right?

     

    Her response: times are changing. Customers are expecting their data will be destroyed and computers will be consistently recycled. R2 provides that and we cannot risk being caught in a non-compliance situation by selling to you.

     

    Fine then lady. Im gonna find out who your boss is and try to contact him. If you are giving me the runaround, I am not going to stop until the very highest up at your firm says "no".

     

    From here, I have four options:

     

    1. Reach upper management: i am going to contact the "big cheese" of their firm and talk to him directly. Only when I get a firm NO from the CEO of GLR will I give up.

     

    1. Find out who their clients are. This could involve cold calling or straight up spying. I will probably employ a mix of both these taxtics. I am going to cold call many offices in the area and outbid them on their hardware. I also want to plant a hidden camera near their location to see who is delivering hardware and where is it going.

     

    3. They will eventually say yes. I think at this point it is very unlikely, but I have to keep trying.

     

    4. Get above them: one thing I want to do is develop software that will pre-sort scrap at recycling centers and enable individuals to easily resell the parts. I could easily price the software at $1000 a month per user since scrap yards would make much more money off of resale, but they lack the manpower to do so. I know nothing about programming so this is going to be hard.

     

    I am either work with these people, or I can work around them. Either way, they have no idea who they are going up against.

     

    Also @Crunchy Dragon you know that really big yard we went to in saturday? Those guys are R2 certified, and they sell us parts. There is no reason why the yard I visited today can't either.

    1. kelvinhall05

      kelvinhall05

      Damn this is cool, lol. If you ever make an update that's not in a status update, please tag me. This is interesting.

    2. LienusLateTips

      LienusLateTips

      If only I had a way to access the state recycler.....

    3. Jtalk4456

      Jtalk4456

      hmm, so it seems like it may be more of a legal thing than anything else. CYA if you will

  15. I just started my job at Rockwell Automation and the most productive thing i've done all day is look at dank memes on the company laptop and iphone assigned to me. 

     

    I mean I did sit in on a few meetings today, but I could have learned all the acronyms they used from a book in about 10 minutes.

     

    I guess the real secret to moving up in the corporate ladder isnt to actually know more stuff, its to appear to know more stuff.

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