Shark Tank episode 629 features Julie Thompson as a momtrepreneur who proposes PullyPalz, a solution to the missing pacifier problem.
PullyPalz received a $15,000 grant from Huggies, but Julie’s unusual idea attracted so much attention.
The mother-of-two introduced the invention at the ABC Kids Expo 2012, and her booth was packed with individuals in the baby products sector who kept commenting, “why didn’t I think of that?
PullyPalz is a stuffed animal with two pacifiers attached to it by a string. The string functions as a pulley.
You can keep one pacifier within reach while your infant is sucking on the other. When a baby drops one of his pacifiers, he can pick up the other one and bring the one he dropped back into view.
PullyPalz teaches eye-hand coordination, cause-and-effect, and right and left-brain coordination to keep babies calm.
PullyPalz visited approximately 350-400 small baby boutiques before the show. They are available on both Amazon and their website.
It costs $19.99 for a PullyPalz and can be used with virtually any pacifier on the market. Thompson hopes to create a line of teethers and pacifiers sometime in the future.
Sharks may be her only chance to get into big-box baby retailers. Can she keep them at bay long enough to get paid?
What Is PullyPalz?
PullyPalz is a stuffed animal with pulley systems that can hold pacifiers and teethers, allowing parents to save time and frustration by retrieving lost pacifiers.
They can be attached to many other types of baby gear. Baby’s can keep themselves entertained for hours with the plush toys because there are several different personalities to choose from.
|Product||Stuffed animal line with built-in pacifying system|
|Investment Asking For||$100,000 For 20% equity in PullyPalz|
|Final Deal||$100,000 For 28% equity in PullyPalz|
|Episode||Season 6 Episode 24|
|Business Status||In Business|
Who Is The Founder Of PullyPalz?
Julie Thompson, an entrepreneur, founded PullyPalz in 2015. Thompson launched Pullypalz in 1995 after he graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Communications.
She served as the company’s president from 2007 through 2017 before moving on to other endeavors. Pullypalz enjoyed years of success until it was declared insolvent.
Pullypalz is still a massive hit, and we can expect Thompson to return with a new, cutting-edge product.
Julie Thompson is a perfect example of a successful business owner. Pullypalz was invented by a working mother who developed each product from the ground up while working full-time.
PullyPalz was sold on Amazon, at trade events, and in over 350 retail locations across the United States.
Buyers very well received the products she sold during that time, and she now has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon based on 41 customer reviews. She made little under $80,000 in sales during her first year of business.
PullyPalz Before Shark Tank
Julie Thompson, the founder of PullyPalz based in Atlanta, Georgia, has just entered the Shark Tank, where she is seeking $100,000 for a 20% stake in the business.
The pacifiers are meant to comfort babies, but the pacifiers fall out of the babies’ mouths all the time.
Julie’s babies’ pacifiers frequently fell out of their mouths when they were infants, which led to constant crying.
A pacifier would frequently end up behind the baby’s shoulder, but that is outside the baby’s line of vision.
How Was The Shark Tank Pitch Of PullyPalz?
Julie asks for $100,000 and a 20% stake in the company at the start. She shows a baby doll in a chair how PullyPalz works before handing out samples. Robert feels as though he understands the problem.
Julie has amassed a little over $90K in the past year. Julie says she makes the majority of her sales at trade shows.
The company introduces new teethers and toys that can be used with the pulley system.
Mr. Wonderful is curious about the annual birth rate.
He inquires what’s preventing Julie from moving forward, and she responds that it’s because she’s a one-woman show.
She acknowledges that she’s spent $125K on testing charges alone.
Robert is done since he can’t stand the typical clips that are available. Mark feels she’s overstocked, so he’s also out.
Mr. Wonderful is out because he feels the goods are too expensive. According to Daymond, the product doesn’t have “hanging appeal” in large box retailers; therefore, he’s no longer involved.
Julie hesitates for a moment before countering with a 25 percent offer. Julie accepts Lori’s offer of 28 percent!
Final Deal: Lori agrees to $100,000 for 28% of the company.
What Happened To PullyPalz After Shark Tank?
Lori’s investment in PullyPalz appears to be paying off. PullyPalz does not have any new products, but Shark Tank’s exhibited products have been reduced to $24.99 and are on sale for $19.99.
PullyPalz customers always give their pully pals 4.5 stars in Amazon reviews to prove their satisfaction with each purchase.
The fact that PullyPalz qualifies for Prime free shipping is a promising indication that PullyPalz will continue to offer free shipping for a long time.
Is PullyPalz Still In Business?
You can find PullyPalz products on Amazon and Walmart, though the websites have been deactivated, as have the Facebook and Instagram pages.