It seems that everybody is on this bandwagon of giving Everyday Edisons / EdisonNation a free pass. Somehow sucked into and caught up in the concept that the promoters and business engine of this group are upright all the way, and deserve not to be questioned about anything.
I think it is a reputation that has been blown out of proportion and gone unchecked and unchallenged. This Everyday Edisons show showcased about the same period as the American Inventor show. Since AI was quickly recognized as the enemy to many in the inventor community, there had to be something to contrast it with. Thus, Everyday Edisons was in the right place at the right time, and received a magical instant reputation of being "The good guys". (When you compare black to gray, gray looks very bright).
I have some points that I believe people overlook about this Edison group, when they are looking for their 15 minutes, or shot at the big time:
Just because the show is aired on PBS doesn't legitimize the fact that they do not need to boost ratings by any means available. For example, in their request for photos and/or videos of your invention, they relate something to the effect: "Preferrably, you the inventor should be the person demonstrating the invention in any photos and/or videos sent with the submission..." .....Why? If it is all about merit of the invention, what difference does it make who demonstrates it? This is a clear clue to me that looks and/or personality play into their selection/s of inventors / inventions selected to be featured.
On their web site, they (staff) actually mingle, chat, and/or network with members having a friend selection feature whereby the staff is not barred from being friends with members. I don't see how that no bias would then not be involved in any selection process. If someone played Monopoly at McDonalds, and won the grand prize... Later the media reports that such person was friends with either an executive at MickyD's or on the judging group assigned to handle such sweepstakes... what would at least the court of public opinion believe?
I saw one of those "Everyday Edsions" invented some kind of personal ping pong table. I mean really people... If you think that product will sell like hotcakes, I've got some ocean front property in Arizona. I can't even picture it being on the shelves at Wal-Mart. It will take a heck of a marketing machine just to allow them to introduce it on any major marketing venue. And if is still on the shelves 3 years from now it will baffle marketing experts to no end. The inventor admitted that he thought of the invention on a moments notice upon hearing about the show..... Wow, alot of "Edison thought" went into that... First of all, if it is something that nearly anyone can make fast and easily, even if they want it, there is no need to buy it.
I saw a fitness product that will sell. But then again fitness products are always introduced to the market, and do usually do well. But it is by no means an "Edison Invention" that alot of marketing professionals believe will most likely be around for at least 3 years.
Have you seen any evidence of any success rate? Of all the inventions that get submitted, what is the percentage that this company gets on the market, and perhaps more importantly, how long do the products stay on the market?
* This business seems to be building alliances that are dangerous to the inventor community as a whole. For example, getting exclusive interviews with executives at the USPTO; An incentive for Inventors Digest to write only favorably about the business (automatic subscriptions to the magazine for paying members). If any such kind of private business is established as "the authority" it will not be good for independent inventors as a whole.
Alot of their members seem to project a reality TV "survivor" approach, trying to establish favoritism with the staff, and eliminate other members. The gossiping that appears to go on, and the enabling of gossiping by the characteristics of the web site appear to promote such kind of behavior, which when you step back and look at it, could very well diminish the integrity of the merit of the final inventors selected for anything.
Of course, all of this may be just my opinion. But legitimate points that, sine nobody else seems to have challenged this machine, need to be surfaced.