10 Kisstixx - $500,000
This sexy lip balm sold the chemistry factor after encouraging a demo smooch between Corcoran and Mr. Wonderful (aka: Kevin O'Leary) . It was enough to solidify a deal with Mark Cuban, who seems to have a decent sense of humour. Owners Dallas Robinson and Mike Buonomo got a deal of $200,000 for Cuban's 40 per cent stake in the company.
9 AVA the Elephant - $1 million.
Long-time viewers of the show will no doubt remember this adorable pitch by young mom Tiffany Krumins. The product, which helps kids take their medicine in an elephant-friendly way, is noted as one of the first and biggest Shark Tank Success stories.
8 Daisy Cakes - +$1.2 million
Mother-daughter team Kim "Daisy" Nelson and Geraldine Adams brought their deal to the tank in 2011. Nelson, a South Carolina baker with a back-pocket full of old family recipes, had parlayed her skills into a popular mail-order cake business. While she pointed out, on the show, that the male sharks were gobbling up the cake but reticent to make a deal, Barbara saw the irony and stepped up with the offer of $50,000 for 25 per cent.
7 The Painted Pretzel – +$1.5 million
As a way to exemplify the pursuit of happiness to her young son, stay-at-home mom Raven Thomas decided to follow her dream of entrepreneurship and created The Painted Pretzel, a company that sells sweet and salty chocolate covered pretzels. Her product was such an instant success she found it difficult to keep up with the orders and appeared in the tank in 2012.
6 ChordBuddy - $2 million
As a music teacher for over 30 years, Travis Perry knew a thing or two about the challenges kids faced when learning chords on the guitar. In an effort to decrease the numbers of frustrated students quitting before they got the hang of it, he developed ChordBuddy, a simple device that mounts to the guitar and allows the player to work on right hand rhythm patterns until they've learned the chords on their own.
5 Pork Barrel BBQ - +$4.1 million
The sharks were skeptical when founders Heath Hall and Brett Thompson stepped into the tank in 2009 with their BBQ sauce and tempted the sharks with the announcement that they had 10,000 units ready to go. Kevin Harrington asked the obvious question, "What if they don't sell?" And Barbara Corcoran took a bite out of the businessmen with a quip that Hall would suit a pig costume. But it wasn't long before Corcoran was changing her tune, and she saw the potential for big business, eventually offering them $50,000 for 50 per cent.
4 Tower Paddle Boards - $5 million
The pitch that looked like it was drowning ended up swimming past most of the competition. Appearing on the show in 2012, Stephan Aarstol froze during his pitch. But he pushed through his jitters and made his business sound enticing enough to lure Mark Cuban in at $150,000 for 30 per cent.
3 Readerest - $8 million
One of the more memorable and enigmatic pitchers to the show, Rick Hopper tripped his way onto the set to demonstrate his product Readerest (formerly SpecSecure). The magnetic eyeglass holder was a simple and ingenious solution to an age-old problem. While Kevin O'Leary saw only "a piece of metal with two magnets," Lori Greiner saw dollar signs and secured a deal with Hopper at $150,000 for 65 per cent.
2 Plate Topper - $10 million
A doctor with an interest in food storage seemed an unlikely opener for this pitch from Michael Tseng in 2014. The storage device, known as PlateTopper, is a plastic, storage container-meets-suction device that keeps itself fastened to a plate and makes storing leftovers more convenient. Tseng, an engineer by hobby, was working on the invention for years before entering the tank. He piqued the interest of a number of sharks, who started a bidding war for the product and set a record for the length of time he spent on set - two hours - through the brow-mopping tension of negotiations.
1 Scrub Daddy - $18 million
And who could forget another one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" moments on the show with inventor Aaron Krause's bright happy-faced pitch for his product, Scrub Daddy. The cleaning product changes firmness depending on the temperature of the water to tackle any cleaning task you can think of around the house. It's superb versatility and infomercial-type pitch from Krause was a clincher for Lori Greiner who fought off Kevin O'Leary and Daymond John with a negotiated offer of $200,000 for 20 per cent. Since airing on the show in 2012, the product has rocketed from $100,000 in sales to $18 million. It's been featured on QVC a number of times, selling out in every instance, the first appearance taking less than six minutes to do so. It is currently in 1000s of retail outlets across the country, and Krause is now working with Greiner on new product lines including scrub blocks.
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