Inventors make their pitch for TV stardom

    They’re hoping to impress a company that sells everything on late night TV.

    towel inventor
    R.J. Hall came up with a towel with zippered pockets

    Inventors from up and down the East Coast are gathering in Philadelphia to have their chance at fame and fortune. They are making the sales pitch of a lifetime to be come the next “As Seen On TV” item.
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    About three dozen have been picked from submissions to Telebrands, a North Jersey based company that does everything from manufacturing to marketing of items such as the Ped-egg to Windshield Wonder. You might not know those items but you will remember these words from their type of commercials:but wait, there’s more.

    Dogcatcher
    Julie Pilas shows off her "Catch It" pooper-scooper.

    Yes the things you might not need but you buy anyway because of a smooth-talking pitchman who takes advantage of clouded judgment late at night. Inventors pitched items, such as this variation on the pooper-scooper that Julie Pilas offered called the Catch It!

    “When the dog is ready to eliminate you open it and you catch it, it has a light for evening walks.”

    R.J. Hall brought his invention, the tote towel.

    “The tote towel has two zippered pockets to hold your personal belongings.”

    The head of Telebrands is A.J. Kubani. He says the company finds products by giving people five minutes.

    “And they come in to pitch their idea and we can usually tell in the first five minutes whether it’s a good idea or not”

    Kubani says he’s found a number of promising ideas from the event and will try to get the rights to them.

    “We work out a royalty arrangement with them similar to a book deal and we pay them ‘x’ amount per piece.”

    Kubani’s next stop searching for inventions is Las Vegas.

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