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A PopSocket is a phone grip and phone stand that expands and collapses using an accordion mechanism. By adding a PopSocket to the back of almost any mobile device, you can transform its capabilities. PopSockets "pop" whenever you need a grip, a stand, a headset management system, or just something to play with.
PopSockets attach to most phones, cases, and tablets (the main exceptions are silicone or waterproof cases). PopSockets are easily removable without residue (by pulling up slowly on the platform), and can be repositioned over and over.
PopSockets, a Boulder Start-Up, Poised to Sell its Millionth PopSocket
January 4, 2016 -- Boulder, Colorado
PopSockets LLC is a Boulder-based company that designs and manufactures mobile accessories. Its central product, the PopSocket, is a phone grip and stand that is collapsible, customizable, and re-positionable. PopSockets also serve as earbud-management systems.
The company was formed in 2012 when CEO David Barnett glued two buttons to his phone, in hopes that they would help keep his earbuds wrapped and neat. As odd as it looked, the idea worked. Barnett began experimenting with putting the buttons on plastic accordions, so that he could pop them out to provide a phone stand and grip. It was then that he realized he might have that fabled million-dollar idea.
The first PopSocket was sold on PopSockets.com in January of 2014, and the company has since experienced a growth rate of 1,500% annually, almost exclusively through word of mouth only. “When a product experiences this level of popularity, this rapidly, with essentially no advertising, one can only step back and ask whether it has the makings of a viral phenomenon,” says Barnett.
In 2015, PopSockets made their debut in all Sam’s Club and T-Mobile stores in America, and they also made their way to stores in over twenty countries around the world, including a chain of retail stores in Japan, where PopSockets are called JoySockets.
Now, two years after sales started, the company is poised to sell its millionth PopSocket. The sale is projected to happen in the first half of January, possibly during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the company will unveil its new Aluminum Series PopSockets.
We are happy to provide a virtual mockup of a PopSocket with your logo (like this one) at no charge. To request a mockup, email email@example.com and attach your logo, ideally in .eps or .ai format (vector format). A .pdf file is also acceptable, at 300+ dpi resolution. We will email you a virtual mockup within two business days. Feel free to email us with any questions about this process.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
Your packaging will look like this (front and back):
Where are PopSockets manufactured and printed?
The individual PopSockets pieces are manufactured in China. Your custom logo will be printed at the PopSockets production facility in Seattle.
How long will It take to get my order?
After a 1-2 business day initial processing time, production for up to 1,000 units typically takes 5 business days. Add one business day for each additional 1,000 units.
Orders will be sent from Seattle via UPS Three-Day.
How much is shipping?
We will provide a shipping quote upon request. PopSockets are light so shipping costs are quite minimal.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes we do.
Do you do rush orders?
We may be able to fulfill orders more quickly -- email email@example.com with something attention-grabbing like "RUSH ORDER" in the subject line.
What color options can I choose from?
Standard production uses an off-white button, accordion, and platform. For an additional cost, other accordion and platform color options are available.
Can I customize the packaging?
Yes, for an additional cost -- contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
What are your payment terms?
Full payment is expected upon shipment of all orders. We prefer check or bank transfer, but we also accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
Will my customers like PopSockets?
The odds are high that your customers will love PopSockets -- a typical comment from our customers after using PopSockets for a couple days is, "I'll never go back to using my phone without a PopSocket."