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Old 01-15-2008, 09:30 AM   #1
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Default do you sell your cards? what do you charge?

I have been asked to make up sets of like 10 cards to sell for a fundraiser for my church. ....any thoughts?
they would supply the 'consumables' like paper and adhesive I guess, it's still in the works right now.....any advice? thoughts? yowza, the whole thing seems a little overwhelming.
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Old 01-15-2008, 09:47 AM   #2
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I have generally charged $2.00 to $2.50 each. I have now started to charge $3.00 each and they still sell like hotcakes. In November & December I made just under $2000. I hope to make even more a month now with the slight incrrease in price. Good luck!
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:12 AM   #3
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With putting your cards in sets..........which I have done............I wrap them with raffia.........and normally get $18.00 for a set of 6...........

so with a set of ten...........I'd put $30.00...........


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Old 01-16-2008, 07:37 PM   #4
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When I create packages of cards for silent auction at church, I estimate approximately $2-$3 per card and that gives them a starting point for the silent auction bidding to start.
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$2 ea or 3 for $5 unless it's a special made one or item.
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Old 01-19-2008, 05:24 PM   #6
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I sell individual cards for $4.50 each or Buy Three Get One Free. I sell packages of eight cards for $16...this is only for sets of all the same cards with not a ton of embellishments or layers.
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including envies I charge $2-$3 each depending on number of layers, embellies and time spent. My best advise is don't sell yourself short
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Another new question...what about sales tax? I am not a demo or in any other business so I don't already have something set up for this. I realize if you sell in a shop they collect/report it for you, but when you sell on your own how does it work? Or do you just report what you sell as extra income?

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...In November & December I made just under $2000. I hope to make even more a month now with the slight incrrease in price. Good luck!
$2000 -- YOWZA! Where are you ladies selling your cards?! Seriously -- would you mind sharing? I was going to open an Etsy shop but I am looking into alternatives. I'd be ecstatic to make 1/10 that!
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Me too, LOL!
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Old 01-30-2008, 01:40 PM   #11
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WOW!!!! $2K. I am constantly telling my DH if only someone would pay to do this all day!!!!! I would definitely be interested in knowing how/where people sell their cards. Online, craft show, retail shop, etc. How do you decide what will sell and what won't? I have been contemplating this for some time but have not found enough information to take the plunge!
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These cards in Nov & Dec were ALL sold at the one of the local high schools. My son took some to show a teacher and before I knew it I was selling them like hotcakes. I will get lots more sales there too. My hubby also keeps a box of all different kinds on his desk and it is not unusual for him to bring home upwards of $75.00 a day from them. Some days good some days not but it is all extra $$$ in my book. I use it for supplies and postage for all the cards I send off to the soldiers.
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I sell my cards at a consignment based shop of Designers for $6 each and I get $4. And I sell them to friends for $5. I figure people pay that at Hallmark, why not for a handmade card. And if I am selling them for that price, I'm not spending a lot of time making them. I have my card sketches and I get in the zone a create a way. The cards that take me a while to create go to friend's and family.
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im going to sell mine at the shop Mom's cousin owns. I will be selling them for $4 and Bev take 25% so i get a take home of $3. Can i ask what styles sell best?
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I sell mine for $2.50 each (including envie). A little more if it's a super neat-o card...as in special effects, technique, 3D, etc.
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Hey, folks! So glad to see this thread---I asked the same question and got very little response. Was really disappointed!
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I charge $3.00 a card, unless it's really fancy. I don't aggressively try to sell them, but at Christmas I sold a bunch!
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Hey, folks! So glad to see this thread---I asked the same question and got very little response. Was really disappointed!
Don be disappointed, alot of time unless its seen right away a new thread egts pushed to the back of new posts, new threads etc. the best way to get responses is to make sure you bump your thread to the top.
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I sell mine $4 each or $3.50 if buying 5 or more. I also sell gift sets which are 5 coordinating cards for $15, these are a simplier design.

I sell mine through my sister's work. She works for a big attorney firm and they have an online classifieds site. Other than that, I did a booth at my mom's group's annual craft fair.

Amber, good for you making around $2000!! Holy smokes, I thought I was doing good selling around $400 in December!!
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I too would like to know what type of card sells best.
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I have a bunch of blank, general purpose cards I keep at work. They sell for $3 each or 4 for $10. I recently put some $1 and $2 cards in the mix. Super simple, one or two layers. That got more people to come by, then they get hooked on the more expensive ones. Good luck!
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Thanks, bubblegum girl, for the suggestion! How to you bump your thread to the top?
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By typing "BUMP" in a post by itself.
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BUMP=bump up my post

or you can put "BTT" which means "back to top"
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That's good to know that I could sell my cards since I enjoy making them so much. I may try my hand at selling them some day.
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If you do a search of the boards = put in Selling cards...there should be a bunch of threads that pop up...

a basic rule of thumb is cost + 2-3X's your cost...of course that depends on your area and who you are selling them too...

Personally I price mine at $2.50/each or 6 for $10....but then again I live in an area where most people will look at cards - say they are nice and then mutter "I can get cards at the Dollar Tree for $1"

I keep a flat rate no matter what the card...it just makes it easier that way - i have some plain simple cards and some that are really embellished...in the end it all evens out (i.e. some cost me .30 in materials...others may cost $1 in materials...)

As far as people providing you with CS and adhesive to make cards I would be a little leery - only because sometimes people will go buy cheap cardstock and crappy adhesive - if I am going to have my name associated with something made I would want it to be with good materials and not potentionally fall apart...especially if this is an activity that you might be able to score some potential customers...
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