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I NEED THE HELP OF ALL FIDGET TOYS LOVERS :) Answered

Good morning,

my name is Benedetta Piazza and I am a master student at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan.

I am currently writing my final dissertation about “Consumer Entrepreneurship in the Creation of new Markets: The Case of Fidget Toys”.

I am contacting you since I have read that some of you took part in the creation of creative-innovative fidget toys. I would like to submit you a survey in order to get more specific information about your interesting project.

I hope not to disturb you and get a feedback from you,

this is the link to my survey, it only takes less than 3 minutes, I primise!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xfnj_kqI0R7sItWu5-YTPuzCcefRpUpGhB_9u8DSMyc/edit

Best regards,

Benedetta Piazza

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Downunder35m

8 months ago

See, with all this additional data your request would look much more convincing ;)
And, yes, I do understand your point and struggles.
Been there, done that, got the same results as you did so far.
These days people are not just lazy but also without and real interest, most simply can't be bothered.
One thing that should get at least the attention of the younger generation would be to create an open group on Facebook or similar.
And well, timing is the other issue, they fidget spinner hype in AU was hard but short lived.
Now you really need to search hard to find a store with left over stock if you want to buy one.
Same for people making them, they have done it at the peak of the hype and now most moved on.
So getting attention to such a topic is hard enough, getting meaningful and helping replies to finnish your work even harder.
Have you ever tried to contact the original inventer to hear her side of the story?

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Yonatan24Downunder35m

Reply 8 months ago

Perhaps too accurate... She PM'd me, I clicked and risked virusifying (now it's a word) my computer but clicked off because there were too many questions... If she was a long-time member it would probably be different, though...

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BenedettaPiazzaYonatan24

Reply 8 months ago

Hi! My survey is not that long, but some questions are accurate because I am writing my final dissertation, so the topic has to be accurate and detailed.

That's a pity because I found your project very interesting. Would you mind answering just few questions with PM? Thanks!

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Yonatan24BenedettaPiazza

Reply 7 months ago

I'm glad you liked it. I actually lost it a few months ago and am planning on making a new one. Really all I have to say is what I wrote in the Instructable.

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BenedettaPiazzaYonatan24

Reply 8 months ago

I am not a long-member because I found out "the world of crowdfunding" thanks to the final dissertation I am writing. It is really a good method to innovate with the help of others or just with the creativity everybody has

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BenedettaPiazzaDownunder35m

Reply 8 months ago

Hi! Yes, I have tried to contact the american woman who is expected to have developed the first fidget toy, but I haven't found any mail-account, even on Kickstarter, where she started her project to develop the "Classic Fidget Spinner". Unfortunately she isn't on that platform anymore. I am still trying to get some feedbacks, though. If they are too few I'll modify my research and maybe focus on what is told on these crowdfunding platforms about fidget toys :)

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Downunder35m

8 months ago

No offence but I see two problems:
1. You have really no reputation here, neither good, nor bad and not even any postings.
2. A survey is nice modern thing that got abused far too often already.

Together this results in the question why someone should risk clicking on a link that might as well go to a hijacker or worse.
The case is not really that hard to research either IMHO.
A nice british lady got ripped off by the chinese market and never saw a cent for her invention ;)
The rest is not really worth a story as it is just a created marketing hype.
Try it yourself when you still see someone playing with a fidget spinner:
Ask the person what the term "fidget" means ;)
The only difference between them, a tippee top, pokemon or just a barbie doll is marketing.
Otherwise the ads for these fidget toys would have reflected the medical benifits instead of showwing kids playing and doing tricks ;)

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BenedettaPiazzaDownunder35m

Reply 8 months ago

Hi!
I can understand your point of view, but try to understand mine: I am writing a master thesis about "Consumer Entrepreneurship and the case of Fidget Toys" and this means trying to get in touch with the fidgeters, ask them what made they innovate, how much time they spent on their innovation etc...
I have written on this platform because here there are lots of innovators, and I have the possibility to connect with proactive fidgeter innovators.

I have tried to send fidgeters innovators private messages, but trust me, no feedback. For this reason I have decided to write a new topic. My thesis is about this and if I don't get any feedback from the target of people I am studying, my thesis has no sense. Fidget toys were very popular last year in Italy, so I don't have any possibility to see people using them nowadays.

I can understand your point of view regarding problems with the link but this was the only method to get in touch with the fidgeters innovators and their reality. In the streets you just meet normal fidgeters, but not fidgeters innovators. They just fidget, but not innovate.
I have put my profile picture that is the same as the one I have on LinkedIn, where you can see that my personal datas match.