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Old 12-15-2016, 09:34 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I give out the Amsterdam boxes and always swap in EasyFlow 9000 refills. I just figure the cost into my pricing. I also add in for consumables and and my supplies shipping costs.

Just started doing shows this year and strangely, wooden boxes are pretty good sellers on their own. Have not actually sold any WITH pens, though.

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Would you mind sharing that code with me? They may have sent me a code too, but haven't looked.
Tony , here's the coupon code -- CR641
15% off plus free shipping
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This all started from what I read with Jon from Signature Pen Company buying boxes. I read this on FB last night. Dan was talking about it also. Scroll down a couple posts.

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Good feedback, I will have to look at getting some of those, have you found any other sources worth looking at?


Just a word of warning. Dan is having a problem with a couple others that just ordered some boxes and it seems the size has been changed and they are still advertising as pen boxes but they are too large for pens to fit naturally in them. So wherever you look, make sure you check and double check the sizes offered before ordering.


Is it the Amsterdam boxes that have changed (I hope not) or the other source for the personalized ones that Dan has talked about?


No. Gems on display is what we're talking about Changes.


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To answer the original question, every pen I sell comes in a box - unless I know for sure it's for personal use then occasional a velvet bag instead. If you upsell something for a few dollars I think it looks cheesy. I do offer more expensive boxes that can be engraved for additional cost. If it's a high end pen ($150 and up) I recommend including a nicer box - included in price. That's how I do it anyway.


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The "dollar boxes" look like cr....... dollar boxes!!

This helps explain the complaint I often hear, "My market won't support selling $50 pens". I agree, if you make them LOOK LIKE $5 pens---presentation DOES mean something~~~

To each his own!!
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In answer to the original question: I included the dollar boxes in all sales under $35, which was all slimlines. You COULD purchase the velveteen or leatherette for $5, if you wanted them. Just about what I paid, buying them 100 at a time.

If you purchased a larger pen (cigar, junior, whatever), you got a leatherette or velveteen box, depending on the cost of the pen. ALL had a business card inside. The cost of the box was included in the selling price of the pen.

I also used the box as a selling point--most pens were purchased for gifts, which means they had to wrap them. Ever wrap a bottle of wine--similar to a pen in a pouch, there is no easy way!! HOWEVER, in a nice rectangular box, you can easily wrap and adorn with bow(s).

Makes the gift-giving much easier!!
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The "dollar boxes" look like cr....... dollar boxes!!

This helps explain the complaint I often hear, "My market won't support selling $50 pens". I agree, if you make them LOOK LIKE $5 pens---presentation DOES mean something~~~

To each his own!!
I don't think the Amsterdam .50 boxes look bad at all. I've not had anyone ever complain that their nice pen arrived in a reasonably presentable (free) box, even my $100 fountain pens. Nor have I had anyone request a nicer box. On the contrary, when selling in-person, I've had folks remark about the "nice" box. I'm not saying there isn't a place for fancy boxes, but for day to day sales, I'm not sure it matters. JMHO.

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I experienced the box changed size problem. First they sent the correct boxes with my logo printed crooked. Sent them back and they replaced with the bigger box which I refused. And they told me to throw them away!
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