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Would it be spam if...? Answered

Ok, I'm writing an ible on something I intend to sell at some point and I'm certain that that would be considered spamming, but there is a lot more to it.
It's on the adventure through the whole process of taking your idea from your head and onto a production line and having it be 'open' and then attempt to sell it at the end of the ible and/or pepper hints throughout it.

I'm pretty sure the way I'm doing the ible isn't spammy at all, but I just want to make sure.

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BurfBest Answer (author)2010-10-21

That's a tricky tightrope to walk, but I have an opinion, which is worth almost as much as free advice.
So here goes; the way I see it, if you post an actual instructable, that is, one that imparts the knowledge, tools and techniques to accomplish or recreate what you do, I don't see a problem if at the end you also add that you are willing to sell a finished product to anyone that doesn't want to take the time or hasn't the skills to do it for himself or herself.
That's not, by any stretch of the imagination, an official statement or even a consensus opinion, its only my personal thoughts on the subject.

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The Ideanator (author)Burf2010-10-21

Thanks, that helps. I will be imparting knowledge for the most part.

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kelseymh (author)2010-10-21

What Burf wrote. There is no problem with doing this at all, and it's not spam.

There are a lot of Instructables of this type, very often electronics with PCBs. Users can do it all themselves, or they can buy a premade kit (or even finished product) from the author. That's what the Etsy store is about.

I've even seen (and Featured!) a few I'bles like this from commercial companies (LED Supply is one that I recall), where they say up front, "you can buy this from us, or you can build the whole thing yourself. Here's how." Good luck!

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jeff-o (author)2010-10-21

I think it would be fine, as long as someone could follow your Instructable to produce something of their own, without having to expressly buy your product. Try to keep the "my product is awesome, please buy it!" language to a minimum.

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