I hate to admit it but I fell for the invention submissions scam.
I was 21 years old and had my first great idea - well, first idea that I had the courage to pursue. I was in law school and too busy to try to learn how the the submitting process really worked, but I had a great idea and knew I would need help because I did not know my next steps.
Then, one day, like a message sent from above, I saw a television commercial for a company that called out to me to "submit your idea" and they would do the rest. The ad talked about how this company was in business to help people like me. They would evaluate my idea and present it to companies that were searching for new products. I thought that I had finally found the golden ticket to invention success so I gladly paid them hundreds of dollars for their services. After all, with their guidance and assistance, I was going to make millions! This was a small price to pay.
In return for my hard-earned money I received a fancy brochure and a flattering letter complimenting me on my creativity. They reassured me that they would surely help me realize my dream. Even better, all I had to do was sit back and wait to collect my money while they did all the work!
Today I would immediately see the red flags - it if sounds too good to be true, chances are good that it is. But at the time, I was desperate to get started and didn't know what I was getting into. I'm sure you can guess the ending of this small story. This company who was supposed to help me took my money and never called me again. This is absolute truth.
The moral of the story is that most submission companies operate similarly. You send in your well-researched idea that you spent a lot of time developing, they make you a promise of success, you feel validated so you send in a payment, and then...it's over.
Inventor's Success Tip
"Never pay money to an invention promotion company unless you have thoroughly screened it."
Of course not all of these companies will operate unscrupulously. You just have to know which ones to trust. Research into the topic turns up words like "fraud", "deceit", "scam", and "complaint." I am still looking for someone touting results.
My advice to you: do not pay money to an invention submission corporation. If you are not ready to do the work to develop your own invention then you are likely better off doing nothing. At least you will not lose your investment.
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