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    has anyone tried appraching supermarkets to sell their cards? if so how did you go about it?

    sam

  • #2
    Hmm, never doen it but our branch of sainsburys has a gift shop attatched to it and it looks like they like to sell craft things so I have been tempted to ask there.

    Also my local craft shop looks liek they sell things that their customers make.

    I cant see big supermarkets saying yes as Im sure they can afford to buy in mass produced cards.
    Maybe try local charities, churches or Post Office.Smaller more independant shops may say yes.
    https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


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    • #3
      Hi,
      I did think about it a while ago but I decided that it wouldn't be worth it. Supermarkets are notorious for trying to buy their stock at rock bottom prices to maximise profit so you probably wouldn't make a great deal of money off selling your work. What you would get though is increased visibility of your stuff - particually good if you have your own website that people could visit.
      If you really want to go ahead then I would contact your local branch and speak to the manager there - they would let you know if it is viable. You could approach them as a 'local producer' - Asda in particular are into the whole local produce thing at the mo - well in my local Asda they are!
      What do you make and if it took off, would you have the time/inclination to keep up with demand - thousands of people a week potentially looking at your goods!
      Hope this helps!
      Lynsey
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      • #4
        hmmmmm good thoughts there, i already sell to a craft shop in the city library where i live but would really like to get my stuff into a place where people specifically go to buy a card, my local sainsburys do sell handcrafted cards as do morrisons, newsagents a bit too mean (no offence to newsagents out there who will sell them !!)to take anything as they say that they would have to charge too much for a handcrafted card and it wouldnt be competitive with their other mass produced cards. i have tried florests and bookstores without much luck craft fairs i think are where other crafters go to get ideas so i tend to stay away from those. soooooo any suggestions most welcome and any approaches that are tried tested and work also welcomed.

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        • #5
          Garages, as in petrol stations, Im sure ive seen hand made cards there and its convenient for people who always forget a present/card and need to get one quickly as they drive to the birthday event.
          https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


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          • #6
            hey good one never thought of that thanks

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            • #7
              it is a good idea,why not contact the manager of the supper maket to see whether it is ok to do so?
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              • #8
                Supermarkets and even department stores would all be work the question. What would you loose by just enquiring to the manager ?

                I know for a fact that in our local Boots that 'stands' can be set up (only for the staff) on a table in the dining room with a money box. People like what they see, put the cash in the box (A bit of trust there) and take the card. While its not selling to the public at large - if you make sure that there is some contact information available with each product (Web addie or normal address) each and every one of them could become repeat customers either through the stall or via your contact details.

                Good luck with it!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SteveG View Post

                  I know for a fact that in our local Boots that 'stands' can be set up (only for the staff) on a table in the dining room with a money box.
                  Schools too. Where I used to work we were always getting things left in the staff room - book clubs etc, so it may be worthwhile approaching the local school. Teachers are notoriously busy too so cards/small gifts would be great.
                  Last edited by swirlyarts; 05-09-2006, 09:27 PM. Reason: Did the thing with the brackets on the quote again!
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                  • #10
                    My hairdresser sells tons of cards in her salon
                    J x

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                    • #11
                      Try selling in hospitals

                      Just a thought and maybe a daft one but here goes....
                      Nearly all Hospitals now have a tuck shop as they call them where people can buy a newspaper, toffees etc for when they go visiting. How many actually go and forget to buy a " Get Well Soon " card, well why not try approacing the people in the shop or the hospital administrator ?

                      Any good to anyone ?
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                      A4 Silver Mirror Card 10 Sheets for £1.99 including p & p

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                      • #12
                        Another place to sell your cards

                        Hello again,
                        I have another few places for possibly selling your cards , maybe they are no hopers but here goes,

                        Florists,
                        Small Sub Post Offices, when you take your parcels in to post leave a few with them on a sale or return basis.
                        Estate Agents...You may have to work on this one but if you could convince the Agent to take a few off your hands he could hand them out to his clients when they make the deal and it's all Very Good Customer Relationships for the Agent.
                        Libraries.....Who knows ?

                        I have a few more but i will leave you with these for the moment, tell me what you think, i would love to know. I suppose targetting shops where you know there will be a Que, if people are stood waiting for any length of time their eyes do wander, so make them wander to your cards.
                        OAKTREE Craft Supplies

                        250 BEADS for 99 p

                        A4 Silver Mirror Card 10 Sheets for £1.99 including p & p

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                        • #13
                          Hi with Christmas coming up have you tried the school christmas fairs, you could also do yourself some flyers and give them out as well to get yourself known.

                          Another idea would be to try local hotels, restuarants and cafes if they won't buy your products ask if you can leave some flyers on there receptions desks or counters, I have had a lot of enquires through this sorce.
                          ~su~
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