“Shark Tank” really had a little bit of everything shown off for its new episode Friday night: there were food products, technology, and even a hamper that could be used to help people with some back problems. We didn’t necessarily love every product shown off here, but we are pretty hungry right now for some dip.
Back 9 Dips – First things first, these two want $150,000 for 15% of their company. That was quite a bit, but this really didn’t end up being a tense negotiation process at all. This chicken wing dip (made with real chicken!) was actually a subject of a preview piece that we did, but what that did not show was how emotional this ended up getting. We really are torn about this in many ways, mostly because we prefer our “Shark Tank” pitches to be crazy, intense, and funny. We are happy for this couple, though, who got the opportunity to work with both Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec while keeping three-quarters of their business.
Lifter Hamper -This was another interesting idea for people who suffer from some serious back pain, as it is a hamper that you can use in order to pick out clothing without having to bend over and hurting yourself. It is a smart idea, but we also think it is limited in some ways. You would still probably have to do some carrying, and there was also no real proof that this could sell beyond just a few niche markets here and there.
Bag Bowl – It’s pretty funny how these two almost ruined their own hope at landing a deal for their plastic bag innovation that was designed to make life a little bit easier. We really do think that this product does make things a little more convenient for people who want to take their food on the go, but we’re also still a little bit unsure about whether or not this is something that is really that unique since we’ve seen similar modifications in other shape or form. The good news? They still got an offer from Lori.
Zomm – Here is where things get a little bit complicated. This was a product that really was fairly useful: a keychain attachment that could be used to keep your phone nearby … or to dial someone in the case of an emergency. As great as this product was, though, there were some problems all over the place when it came to the books. There was too much money that was spent here on research, and he really tried to do too many things at once. With this in mind, Bag Bowl and Back 9 Dips were the only successful products this week. This, meanwhile, was a cautionary tale of not looking before you leap.
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