Invention Market Scam – Don’t Waste Your Money With Davison.

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 4.02.28 PMI discovered a scam while researching methods to develop new ideas. Like many people, I have ideas but unsure how to make them real products. I found firms offering research, prototype development and marketing services for inventions. I decided to run a few ideas through the top advertised firm on Google known as Davison Design & Development.

Experience with Davison

Davison presents itself as a successful invention firm. Their website has customer quotes, products they brought to market (see HERE) and videos from popular TV shows like Lifetime’s The Balancing Act (see HERE). If you search Google for Davison customer feedback, you will find endless complaints and lawsuits. I question Davison about the negative feedback and was provided rebuttal videos targeting the Better Business Bureau as a means to defuse the bad press (see HERE). 

I submitted two ideas under different aliases to put Davison to the test. The first idea is something I believe is great while the other is ridiculous and should be discarded. I filled out an online form for both ideas and eventually spoke with a sales rep. One interesting part of the process is Davison requires users to accept that they have reviewed Davison’s success rate.  As you can see, they are open about how unlikely they can bring your idea to market. My gut tells me this protects Davison from future lawsuits.

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Users Must Agree Before Submitting Ideas (click to enlarge)

The interview for both ideas were similar. I gave lots of details for the good idea and little effort explaining the bad concept yet both moved to an investment request. Davison requests $795 dollars to provide copyright research, quote to build a prototype and potential companies for marketing the idea. The overall feeling of the process is having a car salesman push you to spend money on research. I was given links to a handful of videos and presented an “act now and save 10%” program.

I inquired about future steps and additional costs for developing my idea. The second phase for Davison is developing a prototype that typically requires $8,000-$15,000 dollars unless I have an existing prototype. From there Davison may require additional endorsements depending on how many rights to revenue I would sacrifice if the product becomes successful.

Research on Davison

Searching “Davison scam” brought up complaints on message boards, lawsuits filed against Davison and websites dedicated to warn people to avoid them (lawsuit example HERE). Customers complained Davison’s research was poor and presentations were generic. Prototypes rarely met expectations and some required additional funding. A few Davison customers were given a five days notice to invest $7000-$10,000 additional dollars on top of the initial prototype investment before having their project terminated. Many customers posted warnings that Davison avoids documentation by using verbal commitments which later are difficult to prove in court when requesting a refund.

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Davison Lawsuit example

Research on Davison employment had red flags. Monster only had one sales job listed promising 100+ k per year. Glassdoor showed low salaries for director level positions. Research on Davison employees didn’t have a digital footprint. I was assigned agents with titles “director of new products” and “Executive assistant to the president” yet they didn’t exist on Linkedin, Facebook, or any people finding services. Most likely employees make up there own titles and switch names to avoid refund requests.

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Davison Monster Job Posting

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Glassdoor Showing Davison Salaries 

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Glassdoor Showing Davison Employee Feedback

Davison badgered me with multiple calls and emails warning me my 10% discount was about to expire. They would lead with “Davison is the most successful company in the invention industry, and the proof is in the stores” yet only 15 of 689,568 customers have made money in the last five years! My advise is save $15,000 or more and do copyright research yourself. Invest with a graphic design firm to develop a concept and see where that takes you. Avoid invention companies like Davison. You are better off playing the lottery.url

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14 thoughts on “Invention Market Scam – Don’t Waste Your Money With Davison.”

  1. Oh my! This Davison thing is really terrible. I just hope this kind of scam would not prosper since this really sucks. Thanks so much for posting your terrible experience with this company. This helps a lot.

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  2. A disclaimer is ethically only good if they do not continue (STOP) doing what they did before they were ORDERED to put up a disclaimer. Because of the latent nature of this disclaimer, many are fooled into proceeding because they just didn’t see the “TINY” link on a second page from Davison’s homepage. Many get excited about the prospect of getting their idea started they miss it entirely. They are such experts at inventing that they re-invented their name to “INVENTIONLAND.” What does that say about their BRAND?

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  3. Davison is one of the most untrustworthy companies I have ever came to know. Especially David Di Pietro! Do Not Trust him! He will tell you one thing and do another just to steal your ideas. I cant tell you enough that he seems nice in the beginning but its only to stomp on your dreams in the end no matter if you are poor or going through hard times.

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  4. Too bad I didn’t research this company better before I lost my $13k through them. A total rip-off Back in 2017-18. What vexes me is how they still tried to hustle me to pay them more to pitch my idea to other companies this year.
    I told them upfront that I have many ideas and I wanted to choose a better one earlier on before the development. They didn’t care obviously because they acted so confident about this initial idea being successful. It was BS.

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    1. Yep I found the same and do not suggest to work with them. They tried to have me pull down this blog post but I continue to fight the good fight.

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      1. Hi there, I am currently in conversations with Davison. They mismanaged my invention, it took 5 years for them to do half the work and I am seeking to get out. I invested $12,000, and they are offering me an exit payout of $3,500. But I have to sign an ironclad waiver. Is there any agency that can help in taking low risk legal action or should I just be happy to accept less that a third of my investment back?

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        1. See if you can file lawsuit all by yourself, no lawyers, request twice what you’ve lost and then start negotiate. Maybe they will pay you back in exchange for dropping case.

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  5. Hi, I was suckered from Davison for the “app fee”. I was entertaining discussions, until most recently I got Covid and asked to pick up conversations. It became more like buying a used car, all the red flags. The threatened to cancel the contract. Needless to say, I was skeptical, but don’t have the time to pursue.

    Couple questions- is there any class action or other claims I can do to reclaim my $695. Im concerned they will steal my idea. Are there any “legit” companies that can help?

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    1. Hi. I’m not a lawyer and had legal action placed against me for this blog post. I continue to fight the good fight and keep this post up to keep people aware. You will have to consult with a lawyer to see your options at this point. Sorry you have to go through this and I wish you the best.

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    2. we feel cheated and lied to also….same push. same lies. same demands for more and more money. we want our money returned and a signed affidavit Davison will not steal our idea nor give it to any third party.

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  6. Has anybody had success with this company ever?

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  7. Omggg I just started with them what should I do I had multimillion dollar idea.. I just paid the 613… it just started what should I do ? Where should I take my idea ??? Help me please

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  8. I read all the negatives about Davison Company then saw their lawyers replies. I had hope because I figured that those who complained weren’t up on their game. I had product complete up to marketing, have patent and product on hand when Davison offered to introduce me to 45 out of 400 prospects. After $3400 to them, and 5 months later, they sent an email to five (5) companies out of 13 they identified. Of these 5, they had never approached nor sold to ever. Five months later, they have contacted none others. They don’t return calls, they don’t work for you, but they do collect your money. Contact me, I may be able to help. Tom at armadee.com

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    1. tom can we join forces with all the complaining people on this site? everyone feels and believes this company to be up to their old fraudulent tricks again.

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