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LoneRanger
04-26-2004, 03:01 AM
I had an idea a few weeks back.

Shipping has always been a huge concern of mine. Its not so much the weight of the enclosures that's a factor, but rather the bulk. A medium sized box shipped to california is at least $60, which is a cost I'm forced to pass on to the customer.

Packaging enclosures is also an important issue. According to UPS guidelines, I have to packgage each box with corrugated cardboard and seal it up with mailing tape. Packaging enclosures is a costly and time consuming process, which again is an expense that gets passed on to the customer.

My idea is to sell the boxes as kits. Each kit would include everything you need to assemble a subwoofer box. All pieces precut and predrilled, 1 tube of liquid nails and a caulk gun, a cup terminal, enough screws to fit everything together and a set of plans that tell you how the pieces fit together. The kit would be packaged in a small box (much smaller than the assembled product) and shipped for a much lower rate. Another advantage is that people actually get to build their own box. I think a lot of people shy away from having their boxes built professionally because they want the experience of actually building their own enclosure. This way, you get to DIY and you don't have to worry about making straight edge cuts or cutting perfect circles, because that part is already taken care of.

Because I wouldn't have to fit the pieces together, I could build them quicker which in turn lowers the cost of the enclosure and gets them out to the customers quicker. If all my calculations are correct, I could sell the SI Magnum D2 12" enclosure (2cuft@29hz) which now sells for $99 after the caraudio.com forum member discount for about $75, and it could be shipped for about half the price that it currently costs to ship.

I will still offer ready-built enclosures for those who would prefer not to assemble their own box, however this gives my customers more options.

Let me know what you think of the idea. Good? Bad? Needs improvement? If you have any input or suggestions, please feel free to reply!

davidfre21
04-26-2004, 03:07 AM
seem like a very good idea

DBfan187
04-26-2004, 03:07 AM
Da*n good deal! Plus it will give the customers some experience at construction. I like the idea. It gets 2 :thumbsup :thumbsup!

osokrayzay
04-26-2004, 07:45 AM
I would buy one for sure!!

BooLeaN
04-26-2004, 12:48 PM
I think that is a GREAT idea. It will definately help lots more people out. For that price, it's almost as cheap as buying the stuff on your own and for people without saws etc it'll work out great.

You should go through with this for sure.

Good luck,
Craig G

sumone
04-26-2004, 01:42 PM
very good idea.

Liquid_Evo
04-26-2004, 03:05 PM
Sounds like a good idea to me

boister77
04-26-2004, 05:38 PM
good idea!!! you can even create handy dandy instructions like the kind you find in ikea packages...lol.

pudgewack
04-26-2004, 05:47 PM
I would buy one for sure. I made a sealed box, but the box was cut at home depot so the cuts are not that good. It still works, just does not look good. I would defenitly buy the precut wood to make a ported box for my e15a. Please make a post if you decide to sell these kits.

smokeoff
04-26-2004, 05:47 PM
good idea, I would buy one, not very good at cutting out the circles. Would you ever consider just selling the fronts with the circles cut out.

Oh and to be like the big guys you should put the instructions in like 10 different languages. ;)

Benny212
04-26-2004, 06:28 PM
great idea, but is it really necessary to put the liquid nails and caulk gun in there? that would just be extra expense for people who have that laying around, you should make that an optional addon for a couple bucks.

LBX2G
04-26-2004, 06:34 PM
yeah virtual tech does there boxes like that. It is easy process my brother has one.

LoneRanger
04-26-2004, 08:00 PM
I guess I could knock a couple bucks off if you didn't want the liquid nails....i was just looking out for the guys that don't have any tools at all.

as far as doing instructions in other languages....not gonna happen. i only speak enough spanish and german to order a beer and locate a place to throw up :)

ss3079
04-26-2004, 08:02 PM
as far as doing instructions in other languages....not gonna happen. i only speak enough spanish and german to order a beer and locate a place to throw up :)

I speak French. I'd do it if you were stuck :D

*insert Canadian comment here*

- Steve

78nova
04-26-2004, 08:20 PM
sounds like an excellent idea, especially for people that don't have the tools like me. I hope you go through with this idea

Indybassman
04-26-2004, 08:32 PM
Hey man!That's a very nice concept indeed!I think that it would do very well for sure.Should sell very easy.It'll be hot on the market.Something like those spinner wheels are!
Nothing to it;but to do it.It'll work!

iamamp3pimp
04-27-2004, 12:51 AM
anything that adds more ideas or product...originality and things like that to a business should be added, no questions asked. im all for it.

Acidburn
04-27-2004, 01:12 AM
i think that is such a great idea, and whoever said you could sell it without the liquid nails and things is right too, you could sell just the wood and the instructions

Bavarian3
04-27-2004, 07:34 PM
hey man this is kinda funny cuz maybe i inspired u to do this :) i emailed u last week for a price on the D2 ported box and then i emailed back for shipping price to california and i got scared away. This is a really really good idea and making the cuts out of wood is exactly what i cant do because i have no tools for it, i would definetly buy one, go through with this plan im sure u wont regret it.

78nova
04-27-2004, 07:36 PM
good idea, I would buy one, not very good at cutting out the circles. Would you ever consider just selling the fronts with the circles cut out.

Oh and to be like the big guys you should put the instructions in like 10 different languages. ;)
yea i **** at cutting circles to :blow_up: you should consider making the fronts with precut holes, we just tell you dimensions and what speaker it is :)

LoneRanger
04-27-2004, 11:13 PM
hey man this is kinda funny cuz maybe i inspired u to do this :) i emailed u last week for a price on the D2 ported box and then i emailed back for shipping price to california and i got scared away. This is a really really good idea and making the cuts out of wood is exactly what i cant do because i have no tools for it, i would definetly buy one, go through with this plan im sure u wont regret it.

You're not the first or only one who has been scared away by shipping price.

xchaosx
04-28-2004, 10:58 AM
very good idea

HawaiianHaole
04-28-2004, 11:09 AM
I think that is an outstanding idea. :handclap:

fv04as
04-29-2004, 01:11 AM
That's a horrible idea...J/K

I would definately buy something like that, I need a new box for my xxx but the last box i built my circle looked like it was supposed to fit an L7...lol

Great Idea...

sumone
05-15-2004, 01:02 AM
any word on if this will be implemented yet? I've got the drill now, so all I gotta do is drill the screws in place. Begging to hear how a box ported @ 27hz sounds like...

LoneRanger
05-15-2004, 11:36 PM
Does this mean I should stop designing enclosures for people and filling out the quote form for them on your site ?

hell no....it means you should do it more often :)

if i can get a healthy interest in these kits going, i'd like to start shipping them by the end of this month. if you will FOR SURE buy one, let me know now so I can know how many to expect. The way I see it, i need about 10 kits on the first run to make this profitable and worthwhile on my part. The first 10 will be heavily discounted, so if you're interested now is the time to hop on the bandwagon.

Acidburn
05-15-2004, 11:41 PM
how much of a discount? and what would the prive be normally?

LoneRanger
05-15-2004, 11:49 PM
i'm not even gonna talk percentage discounts on this stuff anymore because some fat head (you know who you are) accused me of jacking prices to make up for the discount. I'll just put it this way: If you get one now, anything less than 4 cubic feet internal (less than 3/4 of a sheet of MDF total) will be less than a bill shipped on the east coast. west coast you're looking at around a bill twenty-five at most.

Acidburn
05-16-2004, 01:36 AM
i got that Jmac....

Bavarian3
05-16-2004, 03:36 AM
i'm not even gonna talk percentage discounts on this stuff anymore because some fat head (you know who you are) accused me of jacking prices to make up for the discount. I'll just put it this way: If you get one now, anything less than 4 cubic feet internal (less than 3/4 of a sheet of MDF total) will be less than a bill shipped on the east coast. west coast you're looking at around a bill twenty-five at most.

i would do it if i could get it for 100 shipped. box is gona be a simple one for the D2. only 2 cubes. PM me man.

scheisse87
05-17-2004, 12:35 AM
I would most definitely buy one of those for my ed v2s that are on order at that price. Please send me a pm.

LoneRanger
05-17-2004, 09:45 AM
i would do it if i could get it for 100 shipped. box is gona be a simple one for the D2. only 2 cubes. PM me man.

$115 for 2 cubes shipped to cali

Bavarian3
05-17-2004, 06:59 PM
$115 for 2 cubes shipped to cali
howbout without any glue, screws, or caulkant?