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Old 12-26-2007, 10:17 AM   #1
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Default Does anyone sell cards on consignment?

Now that SU has loosened its policies regarding selling cards in retail locations I am considering giving this a try.

I am wondering what the usual split is between the crafter and the retailer.

Any other feedback from those who have done this would be great too!

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I haven't done it, but, according to some folks, selling cards on consignment isn't all that great because if the cards don't sell, but, end up being corner bent, or otherwise damaged from handling, you end up stuck with product that you never will be able to sell.

Given that, I would advise you to sell them outright, at wholesale, to a shop owner, than deal with the above hassle . . .

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I haven't done it, but, according to some folks, selling cards on consignment isn't all that great because if the cards don't sell, but, end up being corner bent, or otherwise damaged from handling, you end up stuck with product that you never will be able to sell.

Given that, I would advise you to sell them outright, at wholesale, to a shop owner, than deal with the above hassle . . .

Good luck! HTH,
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In November & December I sold over $1500.00 worth of cards...I was so tickled. Hope the rest of the year goes as well. This was just through word of mouth at my sons high school.
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Wow, that sure is encouraging to anyone wanting to sell cards. Congrats--that's a tidy sum!

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In November & December I sold over $1500.00 worth of cards...I was so tickled. Hope the rest of the year goes as well. This was just through word of mouth at my sons high school.
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I sold cards on consignment and the split was 70/30. The 70% came to me and the 30% went to the store, which I thought was really fair.
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Old 12-28-2007, 06:06 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the input. Anyone else?
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Hi, Debbie! I also sell on consignment and have a 85/15 split. They initially wanted a 80/20 split. When I mentioned I was looking for 85/15 they didn't hesitate to give it to me. You can re-negotiate, too, once you both see how business is (maybe do a six month trial?). Hope it goes well for you!
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So what do you sell them for $$$??? I know they are priceless but what can you expect for a card?
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I'm curious what people are selling the cards for too. I have a friend who works in a gift shop (not a chain) and I want to try and sell some cards there. Just not sure what to ask for.
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Oh this is interesting! Can those who have experience give us more info, such as how large is your town/area, which styles are popular (layered, punched, water color etc. or does it matter?), what do you charge, do you sell in sets or individually, do special days sell better (Christmas, Easter, Birthday, Mother's Day) or more generic - Thinking of You, Get Well, Sympathy, etc.
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A couple more add-on questions. What type of locations do you sell at? How did you get in with them? and finally, how did you negotiate the split?

Thanks!
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I am interested, too. I have been approached about selling before, but have avoided it. Has anyone sold bulk cards for a holiday or birthday to a person who is in business for themselves ? How do you price them?
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Please - anyone have info they can share?
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just before Christmas I sent 60 cards to work with my husband. There are about 100 working in his office and he came home with $120 and people begging for more. Sent 258 with him yesterday and he says we are raking in the $$$ which is great because I use the $$$ for postage to keep sending cards to the troops.
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Our town has a lot of artsy shops and a full range of income levels. I see nicer, mass produced cards sold all over for $5-10.

I am new at selling my work and not expert at the pricing and stuff but will share what I'm doing:

I have been selling cards to my friends for $4 each. I have calculated my materials costs at $.60-1.00, depending on the individual design.

I am putting my cards in one store where I know the owner, on a consignment basis. I still want $4 out of them and will let her price them as she sees fit...I think she is planning on $6-7.
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This sounds very interesting.. I would love to do something like that but we are so far from the nearest Store (besides what the Base has) and I don't really know anyone yet...
Debbie I am wishing you good Luck. Hope it works out for you .
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Just about when SU announced that we could sell items in permanent locations, a woman I work with opened a shop that sells antiques and hand crafted local items. She takes most things on consignment and didn't have anyone doing hand stamped items. I showed her some of my cards and she agreed to carry them. They are simple 4.25 X 5.5" layered cards without any embellishments. We decided on $2.50 each selling price and she gets 30%. She hasn't sold many yet but she is only open weekends and is just building a following. I gave her some 5x7 calendars to see if they would sell. They are a lot of work for the $20.00 selling price we settled on. It's not going to pay any bills but it is nice to know strangers like my work. I haven't tried anywhere else and the company I work with doesn't like for us to pass things around for sale.
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I sell cards right out of a basket I carry with me. I sell them for $3 each or 2 for $5. I always have my basket in the car so when I am at the scrap store, etc., I can grab them if people want to see them. I always keep a nice variety in there.

I am looking into selling them at a LSS this spring. I would probably sell them to the store directly and let them price them out & sell them. I am not sure I would "trust" consignment. I would be worried my product would disappear.
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Debbie I am wishing you good Luck. Hope it works out for you .
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Can anyone else add their experience with selling cards?
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I sell cards just at my office (sometimes they are leftovers from classes/workshops, sometimes retired swaps, etc) for $4 each or 3 for $10 and they go like hotcakes! The ladies love getting handmade cards for a bargain compared to a card store! I do include envelopes with them as well.

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Question: I'm still trying to figure out all the legal/business logistics of selling cards. If you sell on consignment, does the store collect the sales tax so that you don't have to worry about it?

I would like that!

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I would like that!

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I used to have some cards in a coffee shop- I sold to them for $2.25, and they resold for $3.50. I agreed to swap out occasionally to keep the items "fresh".
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Just read through this post and though its four years old, I'm wondering if anyone as any updated info they can share about selling cards on consignment. Success stories, what works or didn't work,negotiating techniques etc.
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