The majority of websites tend to offer the same type of product or service, just with a slightly different twist. However, there are plenty of highly original businesses which buck the trend and pride themselves on delivering something completely different. They provide products and services that stand out from the crowd. Being unique is key in saturated markets. Here’s a look at five of the best websites:
Whether it’s in memory of a relative, to delight an aspiring astronomer, or simply to surprise a loved one, at Buy a Star, customers can purchase a real piece of the cosmos, in a constellation of their choice. The five packages on offer start with a standard Starlet, then move to a brighter Starlight, followed by Zodiac, which is the key star in a constellation, then Twin stars, and finally a dazzling Supernova. Each option comes complete with an entry in the international Starling Star Registry, as well as a gift folder including a map, a Star Certificate, virtual planetarium software and more.
Launched by husband and wife team, Neeraj and Vishaka, who both come from the Darjeeling region of India, Tea People gives customers the chance to design their own special blend and have it presented in a tailor-made package. They have a huge range of bases and ingredients to choose from, so anyone who loves a cuppa will find it easy to craft a unique blend with a specific taste. Once the mixing is complete, it’s possible to upload a unique image for the label, or commission one of their in-house designers to create a one-off.
Quirky, fun and unusual, whilst still retaining an element of practicality, the wares at Monster Supplies include ‘Bespoke and Everyday Items for The Living, Dead and Undead’. Positioning itself somewhere between the imaginative adult and the child market, this Hoxton-based company has woven a complete brand story around itself that’s somewhat inspired by the Harry Potter universe. Browse magical themed clothing for all ages, pharmaceutical products like Fang Floss, or go for edibles like Dragon Treats and Cubed Earwax if you dare.
The outsourcing of travel may seem odd, but by using the Omnipresenz service anyone can become a global trotter from the comfort of home. Whether it’s to learn more about certain locations, gain new experiences or to take part in a key seminar, this company gets a client there, virtually. Information is gathered by a network of local residents, before the audio and visual data is passed to the end user. Omnipresenz says this allows the user to ‘become an avatar’, enabling them to move through far-off destinations in real time.
For people who dream of building their own board game to play with family and friends – or to take the world by storm – Game Crafter provides the perfect opportunity. Using the website’s software, budding game designers can upload their own graphics and rules, then select the pieces to be used, along with a box which enhances their vision. Once everything is complete, the game can be produced in single or multiple copies and even marketed through the website.