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Old 08-18-2008, 11:50
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People just LOVE korkers. So far ALL of my sales but one have been korkers. The problem is they take FOREVER. I have been letting people choose their own colors but honestly that is a pain. I spend close to an hour and a half on each one when you count the time wrapping the ribbon around the dowels, baking, cutting, and tieing. Then I have to seal the ends and starch them. People don't want to pay much for them. I don't know what to do. Last week I had a woman order piggy korkers, 2 pairs, then change her mind on the colors after I had them baked, cut, tied, and ready to put on the clips. I really have better things to do with my time than work THAT long for $5, but I also want happy customers.
I'm thinking of taking korkers off my listings OR stopping the M2M on korkers. Am I just not charging enough? I am charging $5 for a set of small piggy korkers and $5 for a big ponytail holder korker. I dunno what to do but I know I'm spending WAY too much time on the korkers. I end up baking EVERY day because I get another order and it is the same process again.
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:03
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I never understood why people sell them for so low (I have seen waaaaay lower then your prices)! They are a lot more work, and ribbon, then people realized I think.

Maybe try slowly increasing the price until you get them to a price that you think is fair for both you and the customer.
I agree!! I would do at least $6/set. I sell mine for $8/set. sometimes even $10.
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People just LOVE korkers. So far ALL of my sales but one have been korkers. The problem is they take FOREVER. I have been letting people choose their own colors but honestly that is a pain. I spend close to an hour and a half on each one when you count the time wrapping the ribbon around the dowels, baking, cutting, and tieing. Then I have to seal the ends and starch them. People don't want to pay much for them. I don't know what to do. Last week I had a woman order piggy korkers, 2 pairs, then change her mind on the colors after I had them baked, cut, tied, and ready to put on the clips. I really have better things to do with my time than work THAT long for $5, but I also want happy customers.
I'm thinking of taking korkers off my listings OR stopping the M2M on korkers. Am I just not charging enough? I am charging $5 for a set of small piggy korkers and $5 for a big ponytail holder korker. I dunno what to do but I know I'm spending WAY too much time on the korkers. I end up baking EVERY day because I get another order and it is the same process again.

That's what I've been charging to. Except I have had to make them as shoepoms for entire cheerleading squads. UGH I HATE KORKERS. I don't think I will be advertising them next year for the girls, & if I do the price will definately go up.
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Have ya'll seen that they are now selling little korker about 1 1/2 in wide in wally world now!!!
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I saw some last week at wallyworld for 2.97, I personally feel that they were okay but they were not heat sealed!
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Is it cheaper to buy them already korked?
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I must be weird- I LOVE to make korkers. I have a whole system set up though. Kork when it's cool and I am watching TV- then assemble later when I have time.

I do agree that your prices are low. I sell mine for $4 each or 2 for $7. But I am increasing all my prices at the end of the month.
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You should just pick a day when you have a long period of time, and kork some ribbon of every basic color. If you have even more time, cut the pieces and put away in bags. If you have even more time, seal the ends. That way you can just grab the pieces out and assemble the bows.

I can't stand making korkers and I tend to only make them for my sister in law or her friends because they love them.
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I hate making korkers. I am not planning on selling them when I open up my website because they are such a pain to make.
I have seen RABOM has the korker ribbon, so you could always purchase the ribbon already korked but that might cut into your profits.
If it were me and I didn't want to do them, I'd price them so it's worth my time and if people don't want to spend the money then 'oh well', but if they DO spend the money at least you know you're getting paid a fair amount for it.
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