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thecandlehut



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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 7:01 pm    Post subject: Do you pay for packaging? Reply with quote

ok,

looking at packaging...would you rather pay

$3.50 for this
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m137/chrisasst/red.jpg

or

$4.00 for this
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m137/chrisasst/votivebox.jpg

candles are the same etc...the first one are shrink wrapped. The second ones are in a plastic box type thing.
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thelivesandlovesofmaggiethecat



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure what you are getting at. Are you asking if we absorb the cost for the packaging products or add it to the item or shipping price?

In your example, the first pic looks like something from a garage sale and the second looks like new merchandise.

There is a lot of packaging that goes into any sold item whether it is wrapping an item in tissue paper before putting it into the box or bag or choosing shredded paper, peanuts or bubble wrap.
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bigtallmensclothing
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think she is asking if you would pay
$4.00 for this
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m137/chrisasst/votivebox.jpg
or if you think that's to much and would rather pay
$3.50 for this
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m137/chrisasst/red.jpg

The 50 is due to the different packaging. Is the packaging important enough for you to pay more for an item to have it packed nicer.


Personally, I would prefer it NOT shrinkwrapped as the candles look squeezed together. Why not just forget about shrinking and put it in cellophane with a twist tie I think would look better.
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thelivesandlovesofmaggiethecat



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In that case, the first doesn't look like it would protect the candles. They would get rubbed and roughed up in transit.
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poopsheet



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know much about shipping candles but if they're that close together what happens if the truck gets really hot?
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thecandlehut



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigTallMensClothing wrote:
I think she is asking if you would pay
$4.00 for this
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m137/chrisasst/votivebox.jpg
or if you think that's to much and would rather pay
$3.50 for this
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m137/chrisasst/red.jpg

The 50 is due to the different packaging. Is the packaging important enough for you to pay more for an item to have it packed nicer.


Personally, I would prefer it NOT shrinkwrapped as the candles look squeezed together. Why not just forget about shrinking and put it in cellophane with a twist tie I think would look better.



Yes that is what I was asking. That is a good Idea about the cellophane..thanks I may try that out.
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thecandlehut



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thelivesandlovesofmaggiethecat wrote:
In that case, the first doesn't look like it would protect the candles. They would get rubbed and roughed up in transit.


Actually they are tight together. (I am not the best shrink wrapper, but they are tight and non movable)
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thecandlehut



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

poopsheet wrote:
I don't know much about shipping candles but if they're that close together what happens if the truck gets really hot?


Knock on wood, but I have never had a problem shipping candles. In June, july and august I usually only offer priority mail or a disclaimer if they want to ship first class.
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bigtallmensclothing
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IF you decide to shrink wrap -- since the candles are tapered - why not flip one so one has the wick at the top and the other has it at the bottom.

Unless the second one- the plastic type box has built in spacers in it - those candles are going to do alot more moving around then the shrink wrap ones.

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In June, july and august I usually only offer priority mail or a disclaimer if they want to ship first class.

103+ high temps and candles in a truck - they will melt, priority mail or first class.
As for the disclaimer - LOL, it won't hold water. It's the sellers responsivlity to make sure the buyer gets the item in the condition in which it was ordered.
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thecandlehut



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigTallMensClothing wrote:
IF you decide to shrink wrap -- since the candles are tapered - why not flip one so one has the wick at the top and the other has it at the bottom.

Unless the second one- the plastic type box has built in spacers in it - those candles are going to do alot more moving around then the shrink wrap ones.

Quote:
In June, july and august I usually only offer priority mail or a disclaimer if they want to ship first class.

103+ high temps and candles in a truck - they will melt, priority mail or first class.
As for the disclaimer - LOL, it won't hold water. It's the sellers responsivlity to make sure the buyer gets the item in the condition in which it was ordered.



well, like I said knock on wood...The wax I use has a melting point of 142 degrees...so...
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wiresandcrystals



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the plastic boxes would be worth the extra .50 cents. Makes a nicer presentation and a nicer gift. You could shrink wrap the candles that you want to sell cheaper and faster. I like the idea of one up and one down too
I'm always thinking about packaging and the presentation to the customer. I'll keep you in mind for Christmas.
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customcandles



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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get cello bags at Dollar store. Sometime clear & some "party prints".
Now for votives I get small ones from walmart in the wedding area.
My pillars fit great in the "party loot bags". Then I ship in bubblewrap.
Now mine are a bit different than yours... Mine are more used as favors & the designs are the more important part. So I don't have to rely on packaging as much.

That reminds me that I need to get new designs up.
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thecandlehut



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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

customcandles wrote:
I get cello bags at Dollar store. Sometime clear & some "party prints".
Now for votives I get small ones from walmart in the wedding area.
My pillars fit great in the "party loot bags". Then I ship in bubblewrap.
Now mine are a bit different than yours... Mine are more used as favors & the designs are the more important part. So I don't have to rely on packaging as much.

That reminds me that I need to get new designs up.


well my walmart for some reason does not sell them. I can buy 1000 of them online for about $6, so I will get some and try it.
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thecandlehut



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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, here is another option

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m137/chrisasst/votivewrap.jpg

I don't know, I am kind of leaning towards the box. Looks professional.
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Seamless-Switchplates



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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the box best Very Happy
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