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Dec 19, 2012 11:25 |  #16

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Alimony.

Cheaper to keep her


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Dec 19, 2012 11:35 |  #17
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cbknight wrote in post #15385616 (external link)
Cheaper to keep her

You have to consider the savings in headache tablets and alcohol.


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cbknight wrote in post #15385609 (external link)
I know, you can buy sturdier boxes (like Apple product boxes) with your company name printed with company logo on ribbon with a boutique bag for about 4 bucks which looks a lot better (of course you have to buy a minimum amount).

But, as far as WHCC premium packaging, taking in consideration the free shipping, I just charge the $7 as Shipping and Handling when we did use it.

I am in no way knocking WHCC.....love them and use them solely for product they supply......except their premium packaging.

I have enough markup on my prints that I don't mind swinging for the premium packaging fee. I also have absolutely no desire to manage inventory. I did that in a past life and I'm soooo over it.


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Dec 19, 2012 11:40 |  #19

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You have to consider the savings in headache tablets and alcohol.

....but it is my wife that is popping the pain killers and chasing it with alcohol. Wonder why? I got this!!


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Dec 19, 2012 11:50 |  #20

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I have enough markup on my prints that I don't mind swinging for the premium packaging fee. I also have absolutely no desire to manage inventory. I did that in a past life and I'm soooo over it.

I agree, managing the inventory is what's kept me from doing it thus far. But this:

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It doesn't really fit my branding

I want my branding to be consistent.


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I agree, managing the inventory is what's kept me from doing it thus far. But this:

I want my branding to be consistent.

I hear ya. It bugs me a little that my packaging is froo-froo but my branding is not. But I'm just so ridiculously anti-supply management that I live with it. I used to do a lot of bulk ordering to cut costs and maintain the brand but it bit me in the ass because that inventory would sit unused or get damaged. I don't have a good, out of the way yet easily accessible place to keep stuff like that.

Plus I can't tie a nice bow to save my life.


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Dec 19, 2012 12:03 |  #22

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Plus I can't tie a nice bow to save my life.

Hire Sexy Assistant? Oh...that can tie bows.


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Dec 19, 2012 19:25 |  #23

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I get my boxes from there (red ribbed), prints are placed in bags based on size from clearbags.com and the box is lined in purple tissue. I then wrap the box with a purple ribbon bow, slap some stickers about here and there, and package wallets in metal wallet tins.


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Dec 20, 2012 04:22 |  #24

cbknight wrote in post #15385609 (external link)
I know, you can buy sturdier boxes (like Apple product boxes) with your company name printed with company logo on ribbon with a boutique bag for about 4 bucks which looks a lot better (of course you have to buy a minimum amount).

But, as far as WHCC premium packaging, taking in consideration the free shipping, I just charge the $7 as Shipping and Handling when we did use it.

I am in no way knocking WHCC.....love them and use them solely for product they supply......except their premium packaging.

I've decided that I'm going to go this route eventually, in the meantime I'll buy them in as a when if I can find a good supplier in the UK


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Dec 20, 2012 04:24 |  #25

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I get my boxes from there (red ribbed), prints are placed in bags based on size from clearbags.com and the box is lined in purple tissue. I then wrap the box with a purple ribbon bow, slap some stickers about here and there, and package wallets in metal wallet tins.

Thanks. Love this store, it's hard to find places like this in the UK that have a range like this.


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Dec 20, 2012 23:56 |  #26

Anyone thinking of using iPads as a way to present your images to your clients? By this I mean they'd buy an iPad from you, pre-loaded with lo-rez images of their wedding already on it. For a decent markup, of course.


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Anyone thinking of using iPads as a way to present your images to your clients? By this I mean they'd buy an iPad from you, pre-loaded with lo-rez images of their wedding already on it. For a decent markup, of course.

I thought about it, but ultimatly it didn't make sense to me. There's the annoyance of actually filling it plus the fact that not everyone loves Apple...so then you have to decide what alternative to go with in the Android or MS space. Keeping up with orders, consistency, etc... just not worth it, IMHO. Plus the last thing I'd want is people thinking I'm the guy they can return it to or get tech support from because I was their "retailer."


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Dec 21, 2012 00:22 |  #28

Yes, all very true. I was really just thinking of offering it as an option in addition to an album, not in lieu of one. I'd only offer Apple products, since they last forever and their fixed prices would allow me to set a fixed markup percentage. But yeah, the tech support thing would get to be a drag.
I really only thought of the idea after so many of my clients, during initial interviews, were so smitten with the wedding slideshow I have loaded on my iPad Mini.


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Yes, all very true. I was really just thinking of offering it as an option in addition to an album, not in lieu of one. I'd only offer Apple products, since they last forever and their fixed prices would allow me to set a fixed markup percentage. But yeah, the tech support thing would get to be a drag.
I really only thought of the idea after so many of my clients, during initial interviews, were so smitten with the wedding slideshow I have loaded on my iPad Mini.

Apple products do not last forever. I don't know where you got that idea. Nothing technology related lasts.


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Dec 21, 2012 06:56 |  #30

I've talked to some photographers who tried that. All those I've talked to have dropped it. Yes, they did have clients come back to them for tech support even though their contract denied it. If it wasn't support for the tablet operation, it was support for the slideshow itself.

They also had clients challenge them up front about the cost of the iPad to the package--which they knew quite well. If you could get a wholesale price for the iPads, it might make a difference in that aspect, but otherwise it's almost never worth adding a product that you can't mark up. It costs you more to provide an iPad mounted product than just the iPad itself. You have to have a markup to make it worthwhile, but it's hard to markup a device that has a known price.




  
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