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Posted 21 May 2013
Posted 21 May 2013I have an opportunity to sell some mugs to be used in a local coffee shop. However I am unsure how much to charge per mug. I know what my retail price is for the mug, but do I charge them retail or wholesale prices? Is wholesale typically 50% of the retail price? Also, do they need to pay sales tax if I sell them at wholesale?
I also have a local brewery interested in purchasing mugs for a "Mug Club". I have the same questions as above. Somehow I see this as possibly being different from the coffee shop. The coffee shop buys them direct for use for whoever gets a cup of coffee. But the Mug Club users actually purchase an individual mug (through a brewery "club" membership) that is kept at the bar and used for the same individual each time they come in. I'm I wrong in thinking this is a different pricing situation?
I have sold mugs to a coffe shop
-all the way accross county to North Carolina.
As they where selling them I wholesaled them-and my usuall formula is to knock about 1/3 off my price as I'm already at a lower price point to start.
Another way to think about this is what they should sell them for the final price and ask 1/2 of that.
I have sold pots to caterers and then it was full price as they are end users.
As far as them using them themselves I would not care but would not wholesale them as they are the end user-maybe 10% off in quanity.
The mug shop is a wholesale deal all the way as they are reselling them as buy and sell.
Posted 21 May 2013Hi all, I am still refining my display as each show passes, but it is a work in progress and is coming along nicely. I do mostly Raku and Horse Hair pottery - items that are non-functional for the most part, and items that perhaps not everyone understands. Oddly enough, some of my venues are at high ranking horse shows (thus custom horse hair work) but I am noticing a lot of people either:
1) do not know what horse hair pottery is (Raku as well)
2) are confused by it
3) don't know what to think about it
I have made short 1/2 page informational blurbs to explain what each one (the horse hair and raku) are; but no one reads them
I have tried making a very short pictorial "story board" of what the horse hair is, and no one reads that
So - my question is - for those of you that display and sell more non-functional/art work - how do you display your work so people understand what it is, are not confused by it, and are attracted to it?
I only do funtional work but can suggest you have a small display board with photos of how the work is made which shows the process and its scrictly visual not cluttered with words. It just has clear photos.
Keep in mind the public is mostly clueless
The way they are displayed will help-it has to be a fine art display in my mind.
Posted 21 May 2013I have seen collections for sale in the classified section of Ceramics Monthly (CM)
Keep us in the loop as I have few big name folks pots and the day will come that they must go.
Posted 19 May 2013As far as silent wheels I have yet to hear one more so than a shimpo VL whisper. These make the pacifica's seem very noisy which they are not.
Brents are up on the noise scale. I own 4 of them so I can say that easy.
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