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    (Foot) Market research

    Hello friends!

    Long time foot lover here.

    Wanted to put the feelers out there.

    So me and a friend are going ahead with our own foot fetish business. We basically take moulds of women's feet and make highly detailed rubber latex versions of them for people to enjoy. We're going ahead anyway but wanted to invite your thoughts.

    I based this on times where I had foot droughts and all I could get were pictures of feet to enjoy. Their were times when all I wanted was the physical thing in front of me rather than an image on a screen and I didn't want to pay for escorts.

    We're nearly done with the website so it's getting there.

    Would love to hear back from my foot loving brothers and sisters.

    Adam

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    So what exactly is the question?

    If I'd buy latex rubber feet? No.
    Because a woman just don't end at the ankles for me - not even from the "fetish only" point of view (I don't even talk about pussy here, but I'd miss personality, interaction, female domination, the weight in my face, wiggeling toes... and last, but not least, natural foot odour of course). I know this is thought for droughts, "no women avaiable" as you described. So even if I keep that in mind, buying videoclips or going to a mistress would do so much more for me. One keeps my fantasy going, the other is REAL. Sniffing latex feet would just make me wake up.

    There are already some latex foot sellers out there (just type "foot sex toy" in youtube), but I'd never had the wish to buy one. Not even in the loneliest times.

    But, heads up! If the question is, what you could do better than your competitors, I'd probably have some useful ideas for you as well:

    Don't sell only a pair of feet replicas, but also sell the whole fantasy as well. Like I said, it's not about the latex foot. To do so, sell other stuff from those footmodels you make moulds from, as well. Photosets videoclips, worn socks you can put over those feet... stuff like that. If you can watch a photo/video, read her sexy thoughts on footfetish or hear her commands on audio, while sniffing her socks on a foot, built after her original foot. I'm pretty sure, this might do something for some lonely footfetishists out there.

    Good luck with your business!
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    Thanks man, all good points and yes we've got lots of ideas like that but you'll understand why we don't want to put them out there at this early stage.

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    Well, you asked for thoughts. My thoughts are that this "business" is a fool's errand - for many reasons but primarily because others have already tried to sell latex feet and other body parts and failed because the majority of people aren't interested in buying disembodied rubber facsimilies of parts of women. The connotations are obvious. (Chop, chop, AARGH!)

    Low-volume production can succeed for extremely high-value, high-profit products, but presumably you can't be looking to sell rubber feet for much more than cost plus overheads, so you will need to sell in high volumes to make production worthwhile... How are you going to do sustain a business on a product that makes you little profit and will barely sell?

    You will also need to look at production methods. How will you do this? Will you make moulds from feet from which you can cast multiple facsimilies? If so, are you experienced in such production, have you researched ways to make the moulds quickly and without causing trouble to your models, and reliable methods of casting repeatedly from the same mould? (Moulds will deteriorate depending on what they're made from.) Do you have a substitute material suitable for latex allergists?

    Making a "highly detailed rubber latex version" of a foot isn't as simple as making a mould and popping out latex feet. You'll be looking at delicate artistic work after the base foot has been produced; subtle colour variations, toenail polish (clear? coloured? unpolished? french-tipped?) and so on and so forth. If you want to make something realistic you've got to think about this - or you'll just be selling crude pieces of latex in the shape of a foot.

    Purely from a business perspective, pertinent questions would seem to be:

    a) Were you aware that this has already been tried and failed for closely documented reasons?
    b) If you were aware, what differentiates your product to the extent that you think it will succeed?
    c) If you were unaware, why on earth are you looking to enter a marketplace which you appear to have not investigated and researched, and how do you plan on making a success of a business founded on such a nebulous foundation?
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    Had to look nebulous up: vague and hazy fashion. Probably appears that way because the opposite would be to reveal every detail of our plan. I assure you we've researched and planned it out. We're not in it to make millions, we both have other incomes. It's more for the fun of it at this stage. We just want to see what happens. If it doesn't work, we haven't lost much but I believe it's worth a try. My partner is already well established in a similar line so has all the equipment already.

    Appreciate the thoughts though.

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    I'm sure there is SOMEONE out there that might go for the whole idea, but the real question is "how many???" buyers can you count on. Will it be enough to cover marketing/production costs? I never would have thought that life size replicas of women would sell, but apparently there is a market for them.
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    Thank you for taking my thoughts in the spirit they were intended.

    So often, people think of "an idea" and they decide to go "into business" with the thought that this time next year they'll be living in a mansion on the beach in Jamaica with twenty butlers. It ain't gonna happen and I'm glad you're not under any misconceptions.

    I still can't see how you're going to get many customers, but I wish you the greatest success.
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    Cheers man. So far it's been a laugh. Meeting women to take moulds and pictures. Few wines to ease their nerves. It's been light and jovial so far.

    SPF - Fair point about what people will buy. Quite amazing really. There's something for everyone. At the very least our website will have the same community spirit that The Den has. We're aiming to pay tribute to pioneers and take some of the shame out of the whole thing - still exists in some people but certainly nowhere near like it was when I was a lad.

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    I'll be honest and say I'd probably never buy one for actual use, but I might consider something like that as a sort of joke, an open and entertaining display of my fetish. Price depending of course. I could definitely see a disembodied foot sitting on my desk for all eternity

    Well, when all is said and done, if you have fun with it and make a few bucks it's probably worth it in the long run. Best of luck!
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    I personally think it's interesting. How much will you sell them for?

    I have to be honest. I think you will find that when it comes to sex, there is a market for nearly everything. It may not be a big market...but there is surely a market for anything you can imagine in the realm of sex. Japanese sex shops are full of, let's just call them, "oddities". I've been to more than my fair share of Fetish "establishments" in Germany as well and if you think "latex feet" is bizarre or unusual....holy shit!

    I fully support what you do. Hell, I might even buy one if you have good pictures of it and sell through a secure vendor like ebay. I originally assumed you were doing it for fun and not to "strike it rich". In my experience, most people who do/make/provide stuff like that do it for fun.

    To get to the point....I say go for it....and share with us (including pictures) while you go. I'd love to see more.


    Best of Luck Pal....

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    We have like, nothing here where I live. As a matter of fact, the one sex shop we have in my town(a dirty, run-down old place) is only there because it was grandfathered in. No sex stores are even allowed in my town by city ordinance -_- prudes.
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    The struggle to is real

    We recon around £200 for a pair. We're exploring extras like 'smellables' for certain models too. Pictures of each will be on the website along with an interview so you can get any idea of the person behind the feet.

    Adam

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    I am only interested in the smell, so unless you can make latex feet that smells like real women smelly feet, I would not buy.

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