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I started a cannabis accessories company. It's called tribe.

Discussion in 'Cannabis Forum' started by alexd, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    I don't want to sell the cannabis. It is the ancillary businesses that interest me. The accessories.

    Over the last six months, I have been quietly designing 2 lines of products. Both lines are in production now, the first of which should be available for sale toward the end of March.

    My main goal was to produce my products in Canada, of the finest Canadian sourced materials. Designed & Made in Canada. Immediately I discovered how few things are made in Canada anymore. What an adventure it has been to find Canadian producers and makers for these new products. I had to dust off old forgotten craftsmen, and bring people out of retirement in order to get the kind of quality I wanted.

    It is an ideal time for new cannabis related businesses in Canada now. Start one. We can leverage this legal cannabis thing to invent and develop new products to sell to the rest of the planet.

    All the weird shit I have learned throughout my life seems to have come together in a focal point for this project. Photography, magazine publishing, pipe making, psychotherapy, jewelry making, treasure hunting, internet technologist... This strange, mixed-bag life has me seeing niches everywhere.

    Starting something from nothing is hard, but if you have done it once before it is easier.

    I know the most random assortment of smart and creative people. When you are as old as I am, I guess, you meet them and they add up. This is the first time in my business life that I've reached out to nearly all my friends for their impressions of different elements at various stages of this project.

    And now that the designs have been locked down and the first units are in production. I have to think about marketing. I will post updates here as the launch gets closer.
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  2. catilyst

    catilyst TRIBE Member

    Holy Tease!
  3. Mondieu

    Mondieu TRIBE Member

    Huge market. Very populated. Mostly garbage. I look forward to seeing what you’re offering. It’s gotta be something pretty special, if you’re willing to lead-off with 100% vague - backed by “When you’re as old as I am”. Lol!
  4. Re: Shoe

    Re: Shoe TRIBE Member

    Shoot me a PM if you want a west coast sales/marketing rep.
  5. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

  6. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

  7. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    You'll need to enlist the services of some Instragram influencers who will promote your products while wearing bikinis.
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  8. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    Not going that route for this new line. Not really the vibe I am going for from the outset.
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  9. Mondieu

    Mondieu TRIBE Member

    Total respect for this decision. Love to see what you’ve got happening that stands apart and above!
  10. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    The 'chair-girl' is pretty lit right now
  11. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    I am so excited! I will have my first product in my hand in a week's time!
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  12. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    As a heavy cannabis user, I am interested in your forthcoming products and wish to subscribe to your newsletter!
  13. ndrwrld

    ndrwrld TRIBE Member

  14. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    A little more detail. I am launching 2 different lines of products, both are primarily aimed at the US market but will also be available here.
  15. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    Super good news today. I've received permission, in principal, to use Canada's National Precious Metals Mark on my qualifying products.
  16. catilyst

    catilyst TRIBE Member

    So, some sort of (wearable?) pipe or smoking/vaping tool, made from metals you have recovered within Canada, possibly as apart of a larger weed related holistic package? Throw us a bone here lol.
  17. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    Its part of hype building catilyst.

    Alexd is a master of marketing.

    THat said, we like, your little pet sounding board surely we've proven our worthiness to know more about what these products are before anyone else??

    How and where do I throw my money???
  18. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    One of my new products is made of stainless steel. I just got off the phone with my local MP. I wanted to know what the tariff picture is like now and how it will impact my steel product exports to the US . Currently, any steel instruments I will sell into the US would get hit with a 25% tax that the buyer has to pay. This must just be killing big steel exporters. It instantly makes my own products 25% more expensive in the US market.

    There has been some talk in the last few days about them lifting it but it's still just talk so far.
  19. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    Product one is complete, and looks awesome. Now I am designing the packaging for it and then will do the photography. The stainless products are 3 weeks away.

    I managed to photograph product one being made and also captured it in HD video, which will help with content for the storefront page.
  20. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    WE still have no idea what you're talking about!

    When is the big reveal??
  21. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    In a week or two I can probably post some pics of some of these products, although I might not have a live storefront for a month. Aiming for a 420 hard launch.
  22. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    BTW for high end grinders - my dad found out about this from my bro-in-law in Winnipeg since its a winnipeg startup - he got onto the kickstarter for a custom, bronze addition which is sexy as fuck.

    Once he got it - he was like - too much grinder for me! And his default was like, already pretty good.

    Anyway, he gave it to me instead and I LOVE IT:


    Just an example of high-end, good metalwork in a fabulous 420 product!

    I would never have thought to spend so much on a grinder, but now that I have it? I totally see the value.
  23. Mondieu

    Mondieu TRIBE Member

    Been through dozens of grinders, of all kinds. My sticky-ass nugs tear apart aircraft-grade materials in no time. My friend gave me a CHEECH grinder about 3 years ago. Basically thought it was just a cute marketing ploy. I was wrong. It’s a tank! I think they retail for about $35-40.
  24. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    Ya i guess thats the issue with so much spend on a grinder - like you get "pretty damn good" grinders in the 40-100 range.

    Its just the ultimate level has this permanence to it - all pieces are big and well made and use the quarter turn method to snap together right - i just feel like this is a decades-long grinder to use, easily!

    On that scale it starts making more sense - all pieces that touch the weed are full steel so there is none of the wearing off of outer layers of shit you get on aluminum pieces that are coated (cheapest grinders use aluminum teeth to grind the plant matter right). And ultimately since its just a spinning blade this is more a "weed cutter" than a grinder.

    Anyway, luxury purchase for sure, and something I would never have used probably were it not a gift!
  25. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    There's lots of room for innovation in the grinder market. I've used a few different types, most of them very expensive, cool-looking but not that effective. The one I use now is an aluminum KUBE grinder by a Canadian company called Medmar.

    It is innovative because the teeth are in kind of a shark's-tooth shape, sharpened on both sides. It is OK, but the anodization is wearing off. There may be health implications to using colored anodized aluminum in grinders because the coatings come off and grind into your flower over time.

    I think I will design one eventually, or make one from an innovative Canadian designer to add to our product line.

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