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Suzie Q

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Hi!
It has been a busy summer and have driven myself nuts over 2 rooms and a full time job (with a few days off here and there, I might add!) Now I'm down to w/e's only.
I'm considering making gift baskets with shrink wrap. My cost for the basket with 2 cheap wine glasses, "grass" Bath and Body Works lotion, homemade bath salts, wrap and sachet is $21. I've also done another basket with 4 theater candies, basket and wrap. Cost is about $6. How much would you suggest I sell them for? I will also consider custom baskets as well.
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Carol
 

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Most people charge double what they spend, but $42 seems a bit much for what you describe and what I see. A good rule of thumb is how much would it be worth to you?! How much would you be willing to pay for something like what you are offering?
 

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I agree that double seems like too much for what you're offering. Chances are that your basket will be left behind by your guests (I've done a spa basket and no one takes them), so you might not factor in that cost. I would say $8 on the candy basket, if you threw in a microwave popcorn package you could go for $10, and $25 on the other basket. Would be nice to see a loofah, sponge or bath pillow in the one basket. (You can get those at the $1 store.)
 

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If possible I would add wine or champagne to the spa basket. the wine glasses are sort of a tease without it.

If you cannot do wine, maybe a couple of cute mugs with your logo or a pattern that helps identify where you are (for example in Hawaii I would put something with tropical flowers or fish - something you could find in a tourist shop) with some nice tea and cookies or chocolate would be a good substitute.
Also I would put the glasses /mugs together and put the BBW lotion more in front, I don't know what that is in front of the lotion.
Same with the candy basket, movie tickets should be in front.
 

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If possible I would add wine or champagne to the spa basket. the wine glasses are sort of a tease without it.

If you cannot do wine, maybe a couple of cute mugs with your logo or a pattern that helps identify where you are (for example in Hawaii I would put something with tropical flowers or fish - something you could find in a tourist shop) with some nice tea and cookies or chocolate would be a good substitute.
Also I would put the glasses /mugs together and put the BBW lotion more in front, I don't know what that is in front of the lotion.
Same with the candy basket, movie tickets should be in front..
Thanks for your replies. In front of the basket are a sashet for a drawer, a jar of bath salts and a nylon bath puff. The big $ item here is the lotion for $10. The jar probably cost about $3. Glasses $1 apiece, puff, about 25 cents, plastic $1, grass $2 and basket about $2.
I'm sure I can't do wine, but thought about a gift certificate from the winery, less than 5 minutes away.
I'm getting the baskets from Goodwill and Dollar Tree, for $1-3.
Carol
 

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If possible I would add wine or champagne to the spa basket. the wine glasses are sort of a tease without it.

If you cannot do wine, maybe a couple of cute mugs with your logo or a pattern that helps identify where you are (for example in Hawaii I would put something with tropical flowers or fish - something you could find in a tourist shop) with some nice tea and cookies or chocolate would be a good substitute.
Also I would put the glasses /mugs together and put the BBW lotion more in front, I don't know what that is in front of the lotion.
Same with the candy basket, movie tickets should be in front..
Thanks for your replies. In front of the basket are a sashet for a drawer, a jar of bath salts and a nylon bath puff. The big $ item here is the lotion for $10. The jar probably cost about $3. Glasses $1 apiece, puff, about 25 cents, plastic $1, grass $2 and basket about $2.
I'm sure I can't do wine, but thought about a gift certificate from the winery, less than 5 minutes away.
I'm getting the baskets from Goodwill and Dollar Tree, for $1-3.
Carol
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I think a pretty bow would be a good addition. The basket "look" needs some jazzing up. Or maybe a nice gift bag from Dollar Tree...they have some real cute looking ones.
 

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If possible I would add wine or champagne to the spa basket. the wine glasses are sort of a tease without it.

If you cannot do wine, maybe a couple of cute mugs with your logo or a pattern that helps identify where you are (for example in Hawaii I would put something with tropical flowers or fish - something you could find in a tourist shop) with some nice tea and cookies or chocolate would be a good substitute.
Also I would put the glasses /mugs together and put the BBW lotion more in front, I don't know what that is in front of the lotion.
Same with the candy basket, movie tickets should be in front..
Thanks for your replies. In front of the basket are a sashet for a drawer, a jar of bath salts and a nylon bath puff. The big $ item here is the lotion for $10. The jar probably cost about $3. Glasses $1 apiece, puff, about 25 cents, plastic $1, grass $2 and basket about $2.
I'm sure I can't do wine, but thought about a gift certificate from the winery, less than 5 minutes away.
I'm getting the baskets from Goodwill and Dollar Tree, for $1-3.
Carol
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Oriental Trading has a special right now on Easter Basket grass - 12 oz for $5.99. That should help cut your costs.( After Easter sales I can usually get it for 25 cents a pkg at the grocery. Do not know how many ounces but that stuff is light!) With the wine glasses either the coupon for the winery or a bottle of sparkling cider. They sound like great baskets.
I think 50% to 100% mark-up is not out of line. I know many things are 100% mark-up. I once worked for a lingerie company and the retail price (attached to the item at the factory for the private label items - they did Sears, Wards, and others) was double the cost. Employees could purchase for the same 1/2 retail price the stores paid.
 

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Who will you be marketing these to?.
Sorry, guests only, at least at this point. I was thinking something like "bath basket," "movie basket," etc.
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Do you have a microwave to add some of the "movie butter" microwave popcorn?
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Mmm. Are you suggesting adding an individual package or a box to the basket? Yes, we do have a microwave. It is funny that going to the movies is one of the top 5 things that guests do when they come here. You'd think they could do that at home. (I do provide about 50 DVDs for them to enjoy while here.)
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If possible I would add wine or champagne to the spa basket. the wine glasses are sort of a tease without it.

If you cannot do wine, maybe a couple of cute mugs with your logo or a pattern that helps identify where you are (for example in Hawaii I would put something with tropical flowers or fish - something you could find in a tourist shop) with some nice tea and cookies or chocolate would be a good substitute.
Also I would put the glasses /mugs together and put the BBW lotion more in front, I don't know what that is in front of the lotion.
Same with the candy basket, movie tickets should be in front..
Thanks for your replies. In front of the basket are a sashet for a drawer, a jar of bath salts and a nylon bath puff. The big $ item here is the lotion for $10. The jar probably cost about $3. Glasses $1 apiece, puff, about 25 cents, plastic $1, grass $2 and basket about $2.
I'm sure I can't do wine, but thought about a gift certificate from the winery, less than 5 minutes away.
I'm getting the baskets from Goodwill and Dollar Tree, for $1-3.
Carol
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I think a pretty bow would be a good addition. The basket "look" needs some jazzing up. Or maybe a nice gift bag from Dollar Tree...they have some real cute looking ones.
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As you're probably realized by now, El, I'm a little dense from time to time. Are you suggesting that I put 1) a bag in the basket; 2) basket in a bag; or 3) forget the basket and put everything in a bag? I might be able to add a bow to the front of the basket. I've tried to keep it a feminine pink color.
C
 

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If possible I would add wine or champagne to the spa basket. the wine glasses are sort of a tease without it.

If you cannot do wine, maybe a couple of cute mugs with your logo or a pattern that helps identify where you are (for example in Hawaii I would put something with tropical flowers or fish - something you could find in a tourist shop) with some nice tea and cookies or chocolate would be a good substitute.
Also I would put the glasses /mugs together and put the BBW lotion more in front, I don't know what that is in front of the lotion.
Same with the candy basket, movie tickets should be in front..
Thanks for your replies. In front of the basket are a sashet for a drawer, a jar of bath salts and a nylon bath puff. The big $ item here is the lotion for $10. The jar probably cost about $3. Glasses $1 apiece, puff, about 25 cents, plastic $1, grass $2 and basket about $2.
I'm sure I can't do wine, but thought about a gift certificate from the winery, less than 5 minutes away.
I'm getting the baskets from Goodwill and Dollar Tree, for $1-3.
Carol
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I think a pretty bow would be a good addition. The basket "look" needs some jazzing up. Or maybe a nice gift bag from Dollar Tree...they have some real cute looking ones.
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As you're probably realized by now, El, I'm a little dense from time to time. Are you suggesting that I put 1) a bag in the basket; 2) basket in a bag; or 3) forget the basket and put everything in a bag? I might be able to add a bow to the front of the basket. I've tried to keep it a feminine pink color.
C
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OH I was just suggesting another alternative depending on what kind of package it is. Some might be appropriate given in a tissue lined cute bag and others maybe good in a wrapped basket. Bows could match whatever the package. I wouldn't necessarily go with pink unless it is a girly gift package. Take a look at some gift basket sites to get some good ideas of ways to package things
 

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Who will you be marketing these to?.
Sorry, guests only, at least at this point. I was thinking something like "bath basket," "movie basket," etc.
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Do you have a microwave to add some of the "movie butter" microwave popcorn?
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Mmm. Are you suggesting adding an individual package or a box to the basket? Yes, we do have a microwave. It is funny that going to the movies is one of the top 5 things that guests do when they come here. You'd think they could do that at home. (I do provide about 50 DVDs for them to enjoy while here.)
C
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I would add 2 portions (to clarify what I mean by 2 packs) of nuker popcorn. Popcorn and movie tickets go together like bread & butter.
 
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