Small Business Spotlight: 'Bug Off' Seat Covers
How entrepreneur turned bedbug problem into profit
- Duration 5:29
- Date Aug 10, 2011
How entrepreneur turned bedbug problem into profit
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Deputies here with us right now founder of -- off -- cracks me up by the way.
So before we even go any further tell me when this story of how -- Pelosi cover.
Casey thank you for us to have me on I'm pleased to be here.
It's always quite instincts and -- that many of us can relate to.
But a year ago my wife and I had plans see a movie -- real excited it was a Thursday left work early.
We've got four kids so movies like a big.
The theater has bed bugs similar to what the bed bug and a video go today nobody even with that but Morris.
Sure enough we don't we -- if you disclosed in the station close down the south Jersey.
This can make any sense so I think it's gotta be done.
Where ancestors and Monmouth county I'm from north simply because -- act as its pilot and broken it was a summer home and -- you know.
I think here we -- so -- based bed bugs in the movie theater.
And she does not want to go to the movies we get even worse if He stood aboard racial monthly that she needed -- plastic tablecloths to sit on.
But get get this comments high fives people asking questions all the -- to people who exactly why we came in with a tablecloths.
At people like she majoring classic tale of the end and you know the to get I wasn't given way I see that lets you do you sit and read my detective absolutely at that point I went home.
To a part type.
Say that the China.
Had few samples made.
Took it back to -- months later.
We -- -- focus -- studied in commission people were going crazy where you find this would you Paper where can I get it.
So then look at moving -- moving and so I don't particularly for the do some research and.
We have available -- I can't wait let's back Tucker -- what you're sitting I want yes I am.
It looks like a big.
Yes it's made up polypropylene.
It is disposable lightweight.
And most of what -- comfortable.
Yeah of the two part -- I made I said on the plastic one my wife got this one and needless to say by need show I was a little bit uncomfortable plastic is not the most readable fabric -- not something you really want to sit on amateur picture -- on the on a chair now the bugs cannot get through this no we have a team of entomologist that we consult with.
And they've given us the go ahead the civil tests that we we've gone -- what did you do before this.
I've been exporting manufactured for twenty years this is just one item of over thousand items that we import.
My companies called geely group.
-- -- dot com you can find a well we'll see covered but we'll see covered dot com.
So really it's not like this is my business I develop this because I had an idea.
I get ideas all the time and that's -- you got confusing you went to China I mean that's that one question any aspirin or small business owners have all the time.
How do -- get into China.
Well flexible getting into China today is a lot easier than getting into China ten years ago and a with the advent of Internet and all kinds of contact information you can pretty much.
Google product -- sourcing.
And ultimately find someone that can either make it will find someone that can make it why did you go to China life community here.
Good question so being that it's disposable and it's really a one time use only nobody who want to put it cover on -- champ bring home it's probably.
The course is the single biggest reason.
You know at this point is not a matter of manpower and volume production of course and really -- -- the cheapest place to make its terrorism personally write a peso which isn't retail for.
OK so on my side -- see covered dot com you can get as -- the dollar 99.
And that for a short time we're running a free shipping promotion should -- -- the two weeks.
Some Madonna and not because you and I understand you have -- out you know taken this thing home you know.
Some buying them I guess any time I go to the movies they go to the theater -- and restaurants still.
You could you could add all depends on the level of gross siren and you know it wasn't.
Two weeks ago GMA -- a -- a survey of public seats in this is really not just the bed bugs.
The bed bug problem propelled you make this and find this but the fact is and this has -- -- -- 20% of the public seats it tested.
Found to have traces of E.
Coli on them and get this folks.
58% of the seats -- -- had traces of fecal matter now I'm not gonna tell you fecal matter is if you don't know who will it.
Now I assure you lieutenant on Good Morning America yes Good Morning America did this survey OK so I think that on fox -- outside the united front given -- GMA.
All right so.
The -- selling yes same -- human.
Not yet -- -- -- that we just want smoking campaign about a month ago sites up.
We have on a product in distribution had been -- and beyond and it Amazon.
And we are continuing to called top food and drug retailers and airport shops and others that we think could be.
-- airports -- air proclaims yeah absolutely.
That's it that doesn't happen -- community center when you take an avenue also Leo has grossed an is -- -- beautiful -- Well other things why selling -- on -- -- I never did as well that is the last time they wipe them back insignificant I think you've been I like sitting in my hair half the reality is he's he's absolutely not my now.
British Airways granted.
I think too if we -- Back to Heathrow due to bed bugs and all kinds of other problems these -- are not clean their never cleaned they're vacuum for the stuff on the bottom of the -- -- by no means that they wiped.
This and why -- you -- of woman with three kids place systems from head to head to head so I get that but thing here I think like Jack I think you got something going on here -- -- very.
Well ordinance Jackie -- founder above book that website is gone -- -- covered dot com it's up again.
But -- unite behind.