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Old 08-31-2006, 09:19 AM   #1  
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I recently have decided to become a demonstartor. However, I literally have a ton of non su stamps that haven't even been used. My questions is, do I return them (I still have the receipt for quite a few and the rest I bought at Michaels so I can get a store credit) or do I keep them and still use them for making cards to send out and save my stampin up stuff for my workshops and stamp camp purposes? I have sooooo much non su paper and stamps and it just kills me (not to mention my hubby too) to see all of this stuff go to waste.
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Old 08-31-2006, 09:22 AM   #2  
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Well, unless you have kept good receipts and the product is in unused, new condition/sealed, etc. you may have difficulty returning it.

Some places (non-chain) will not accept returns at all, or have a 10 day limit within which they will accept returns for merchandise in the above condition.

You might consider having a "paper crafting" garage sale (or resort to selling it on Ebay???) to get back some of your investment, and clear out that which you won't use any more?

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Old 08-31-2006, 09:23 AM   #3  
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Here is my advice, I would return those stamps that you believe that you will never use. You really can't use them to demo, and probably won't use them enough to make it cost effective to keep them. I would take the money saved and purchase the SU supplies and stamp sets that you think would be the most helpful building your business.
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Old 08-31-2006, 09:26 AM   #4  
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yeah I would say that 90% of them have NEVER been used. I thought that I would use them and never did and don't know too much about selling on e-bay so maybe I'm stuck with them =(
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Old 08-31-2006, 09:34 AM   #5  
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I would try the BST here on SCS.
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Old 08-31-2006, 09:35 AM   #6  
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do people want non SU stamps tho???
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Just want to add that if there are any stamps or crafting supplies that you can't sell, if you have a women's shelter in your area they are usually very glad to get donations of stuff like that for the women and children to use!

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When I started with TAC, I thought I would use all the Stamps that I had before joining.
Well some of them sit..On the shelf looking at me.
I have sold most of them on Ebay and done pretty well with selling them.

Now my collection of Stamps are TAC and SU , House Mouse, Current Critters, and PSX.
These are the ones I am not parting with. I use these the most.
I heard somewhere or read it.
To sell your stuff on Ebay or any other auctions you should sell them for a 1/2 off what you paid for them.

In most cases you will not get your money back, But you will not have all those stamps sitting looking at you..Wondering when you are going to use them.

As for paper and other supplies you can sell them bulk.
Or Donate them to a shelter.
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I think the idea of a crafting garage sale is a great idea. I would advertise in your local newspaper and list a few of the things for sale -- lots of stamps, paper, etc. etc. I would think you would draw great interest from people who are interested in crafts. I would certainly jump at the chance to go to a sale like that. I would think that your prices would have to be quite reasonable ... however, whatever you make is better than having them sit there staring at you!

The bst here is also another good idea. There are people who are looking for stamps other than just SU! If possible, include a link to pictures of them or ask people who are interested in them, to email you and you can email them a picture of what they are interested in. Doesnt hurt to try!

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If you can't return them, you could try donating them to local schools or nursing homes, pre-schools, churches--they are always looking for fun stuff. Good luck with being a new demo
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You could also make up nice gifts for friends and family members using the stuff you won't be using any longer. Include a few stamps, card stock, etc. Announce that you're now a Stampin' Up! demo and would love to teach them how to make their own greeting cards, scrapbook pages and gift items, etc. I think it's a great way to put the stuff you've already purchased to good use AND use it as a cool way to get people to support your new endeavor.
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:18 PM   #12  
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that's a great idea, maybe I will do that especially my family and friends who haven't gotten into stamping becasue either they didn't know how or because of the cost. Maybe this could be their carrot =D
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I would take everything back that you possibly can. Once you start buying SU stamp sets and are demoing to clients you will probably never use them. Do you really want to send personal cards to people only to have to explain that "no actually, that isn't an SU stamp... and no you can't order it from me...".

If you only get store credits then purchase stuff that can be used while demonstrating (for example a fiskars trimmer) or stuff that is invisible once used (like glue). Any cash received can just be respent on SU.
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You could also try selling on Craigslist. It's free!
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Do you have a LSS? Mine has a sale twice a year where you can sell your gently used stuff and get store credit or some places pay cash, maybe you have a near by store that does that?
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