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Screen Mend on Shark Tank
Screen Repair Patch - Episode 507 - Week 4 - 10/11/2013
The Screen Mend invention was inspired by a very observant nine year old girl by the name of Lily Hooks helping her Dad fix a hole in their screened porch. The problem was the screen patches just didn't have strong enough self-adhesive to stick to the screen which resulted in a poor quality made product.
While Lily's Dad Brad Hooks was becoming frustrated trying to fix holes in the screens with these cheap patches and contemplating getting the entire screen porch re-screened by a professional, little Lily happened to be scraping candle wax off the porch table. She observed when candle wax hardens; it also has the ability to hold things together. As with most Successful Entrepreneurs trying to solve a problem with new a creative solution, Brad's little Daughter simply say's "why don't you put candle wax on the screen patch"?
At this point Brad was willing to try anything because the self-adhesive screen patches he bought from the Hardware Store was a complete waste of time. Using a hairdryer to melt the wax on the screen repair patch, Brad tried Lily's idea and applied it to a hole inside their screened in porch. Within seconds the wax hardened and the screen patch were securely in place as if a professional had just fixed it. This first original screen patch we know as "Screen Mend" stayed in place for exactly 1,243 days before a catastrophic storm finally did it in. Now being professionals in the screen repair business, the Hooks applied a new Screen Mend within one minute, and over a year later its on its way to outlasting the original which lasted almost 4 years.
Screen Mend Becomes Family Run BusinessWith such a simple solution to a very common problem, the entire Hooks Family went into business together and started selling the Screen Mend. If you've ever tried to fix a hole in a screen before and know what a pain in the you know what it is, then check out this video of Emma Hooks demonstrating how easy it is to fix a hole in her window screen. Yes, I do believe they are on to something Big!
Screen Mend Before Shark Tank Show
Obviously this is a cool invention that a lot of Shark Tank viewers are going to Love. I couldn't find the Screen Mend in any of the large retail outlets just yet, but the Screen Mend's now available at Amazonwhich is a good sign. With a retail price point of only $6.00, I can only imagine how busy the Hooks Family is going to be after this Friday Night's Episode. But what about the Sharks, will they be interested investing in a single product with such a low price point and seemingly no way to up-sale their customer's? Probably the most important question would be does the Hooks Family have a patent (atleast pending) on the Screen Mend process to repair holes in screens? If so, negotiating with the Sharks might get very interesting as most of them have direct contacts with the largest retail outlets and the ability to turn this inexpensive product into a Multi-Million Dollar Family Empire.
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