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Quirky’s Metal Cordies: Necessity is the mother of invention

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Quirky’s Metal Cordies


Ever had a great idea for an invention? Well, you might consider posting that idea on Quirky’s website. Their online community not only votes on the best inventions (tune in Thursdays at 7PM EST) but also guides Quirky on how to price, name, and color the finished product. Then, the inventory and the online contributors share in the profits from sales.

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This novel use of crowdsourcing the invention and design of products has “paid off” for Quirky in the past few years with many of their products appearing in famous brick and mortar stores, such as Target and Home Depot. According to Businessweek, General Electric sees a lot of promise in Quirky and has invested approximately $79 million to further grow this company and its ideology.

While shopping at Staples, the one Quirky product that caught this author’s attention was Cordies. The aforementioned is a simple idea for managing computer cables that leaves one asking, “Why didn’t I think of that!” Based on Quirky’s website, Cordies was invented by Stephen Stewart earning him $238,124 and $332,393 for the contributors from the website.

Currently, there are three models: Cordies ($9.99), Metal Cordies ($14.99), and Cordies Executive ($24.99). This article reviews the Metal Cordies model that appears similar to the original Cordies model, except that the former has a weighty, metallic gray trim piece. Moreover, Metal Cordies is only available in black, while Cordies comes in black, white, pink, and blue. Contrastingly, Cordies Executive adds more slots as well as a built-in tray for more storing options.

Metal Cordies performed exceptionally well in organizing this author’s “snake pit” of USB, audio, and A/C cables. Prior to using Cordies, when not in use, these wires would either fall to the floor or be entangled around one another on the desk. The secret to organizing is in the Cordies design – four, rubber-coated slots, each of which narrows to additionally aid in holding a cable. Depending on the thickness of the cable, each Metal Cordies could hold somewhere around four to twelve wires.

Cordies is a simple idea that promises a cleaner workspace and it delivers well at an affordable price. Thus, this product is highly recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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