Fridge Fronts on the Shark Tank
|Jan Augenstein Demonstrates the|
Fridge Fronts on the Shark Tank Show
|Fridge Fronts seen on the Shark Tank Show|
Jan brings out a less then desirable looking refrigerator and proceeds to completely transform the front in a matter of seconds. The magnetic backing can easily be taken right off and replaced with a very impressive list of other fridge fronts already to choose from. In 2005 Augenstein had her invention on Sky Mall catalog where they did $40,000.00 in sales, but it cost them $18k to occupy that space which ran them into the red.
In 2008 the Queen of the Kitchen, Rachael Ray ran an episode where the Fridge Fronts were featured on her TV show in front of millions of viewers.
The positive response was overwhelming with thousands of requests coming in before the show even finished. In fact so many people were interested in this very unique way to transform your entire kitchens look, they collectively crashed the Fridge Front's website.
With getting this priceless publicity from Rachael Ray you would think their problems would be solved and the Brother/Sister Business would finally turn a profit with all the orders pouring in. Not so fast. As the saying goes (especially with a new start up) if it can go wrong, it most likely will just to test if you REALLY have what it takes to succeed. Long story short, the company hired to do the printing went bankrupt before fulfilling the Fridge Front order which Jan already paid in full.
With not a hint of every giving up, three years later Augestein lands on this brand new business reality show, The Shark Tank. The two seasoned Sharks that were brought over from the Dragons Den in Canada, Kevin O'Leary and Robert Herjevic, both agree the Fridge Front is more of a product and not necessarily a business. Daymond John also agrees he doesn't think he can add any value and also goes out.
Apparently Barbara Corcoran did not agree with the custom made Fridge Fronts idea and want Jan to stick to her 3 best selling magnetic picture designs. For this Barbara says she will give Augestein half the $100k she is looking for if she can convince another Shark to invest the other half.
Kevin Harrington also has the same concerns. Jan has already spent $250,000.00 to develop and design the fridge fronts she is currently selling, and cannot see putting in more money to develop custom made Fridge Fronts made with the customers own pictures. Hm, I personally loved that idea.
Kevin agrees to go in on Barbara's deal for $100k but he wants them both to have a 25% stake or a combined 50% of the Fridge Front Business. Already $250k in the hole and no hope for a successful future if she cant find an investor, Augustin gladly accepts Kevin and Barbara's deal.
Fridge Front Update:This is quite an interesting update after spending maybe a little too long trying to find out what happened after the show. The good news is there's now dozens of different Fridge Fronts to choose from from several themes. The not so good news is finding anything where Barbara and Kevin actually completed the deal seen on the Shark Tank.
On Barbara's site she does list around a dozen successful deals she has completed, but the Fridge Fronts is no where to be found. Same with Kevin Harrington with no mention of him anywhere concerning this product.
It certainly wouldn't be the first time a deal was struck on the show that did not materialise during the due diligence phase, but I was not expecting this very cool invention to be one of them. Especially when the Sharks negotiated 50% of the company with such favorable terms. Maybe there lies the problem?
It's also kind of interesting there seems to be no FaceBook Fan Site or Twitter account for the Fridge Fronts. It may not of seemed like no big deal a few years ago, but these days it will COST you money if your not taking advantage of all the free publicity social networking has to offer. The good thing is it's never too late getting started building up a list of Fans for any product or service.
All in all I think the Fridge Front's have enormous potential as a product and as a successful business. I also think there is still a lot of money being left on the table until Jan realizes her ultimate vision where you can download your own picture and have it custom made into magnetic fronts for all your appliances. Obviously one would already expect to pay more for a custom fridge front verses a stock one, but on the other hand it's only $59.00 to completely transform a full sized refrigerator. An additional cost added on for a custom front would be well worth the additional expense to me. Even if it cost double to use an image that really meant something to you, it would still be a bargain at that price.
I look forward to doing more updates and uncovering what happened between Jan, Barbara and Kevin. If by chance you may know more details about what happened, please do share. I myself and other reader's of this blog would much appreciate any more information. Thank-you!!
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