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Search for Similar Inventions

There are no existing tools that we know of that will magically tell you if someone else is already selling your product idea out there in the marketplace.  You need to sniff around and see what you can find.

There ARE, however, some great tools that you can use to make this job of sniffing around a lot easier.  We list some of these below.


Shopping Search Engines

Let's say you wanted to buy a particular type of boots, and wanted to see all the places that sold the boots to see where it was the least expensive to buy. Where would you go? Shopping comparison search engines like PriceGrabber or Shopping.com. These tools search and index thousands of retail sites for products to be able to tell you where you can find what products for the least amount of money. Well it turns out these same tools are GREAT for helping you find out what's out there on store shelves in your product concept area. Try entering your product keywords in the spaces below to see what you find:

Keywords about your product (e.g. "lighted dog leash"):

Select a Shopping Site:

PriceGrabber
Shopping
Shopzilla
NexTag

Tip: Try entering different combinations of words to describe your product slightly differently – like try "bicycle" instead of "bike" – as the results might be different with different word combinations.

Online Shopping Sites

The major online shopping sites are also a big help, like Amazon.com and eBay.com. Try entering your product keywords in the spaces below to see what you find:

Keywords about your product (e.g. "lighted dog leash"):

Select a Shopping Site:

Amazon
eBay
Wal-Mart

General Search Engines

Finally, it's always a good idea to check out the search engines for your keywords too. These will return a lot more than products but it will give you a broader perspective on your product's market. Try entering your product keywords in the spaces below to see what you find:


Keywords about your product (e.g. "lighted dog leash"):

Select a Shopping Site:

Google
Yahoo
Bing

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