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    Silly question, do people like freebies?
    Do you give out freebies?

    I order from a particular site and they give me a couple fo extra beads with each order which is very handy.

    I ask as I made a pendant last week which would cost me about 50p each.They are nothing special but I quite like them and thought they could be an added extra when(if) I start to sell.

    Whadyathink?
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  • #2
    It's a nice thought and it will certainly be appreciated by the customer. I've received little scraps of paper as a freebie and as a card maker they are most appreciated! I would ensure that you send the freebies out to 'special people' eg if they spend a certain amount/are repeat customers etc. I will get round to making little handmade thank you cards to send out with my orders but it's getting round to it!!
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    • #3
      Freebies are a nice Idea but people come to expect them if they are there all the time. Put them on as special offers like what was said previous. For purches over a certain amount, at certain times of year, say when purchases are running dry or may be for first time customers.
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      • #4
        I always send a little freebie with orders, I think it's a nice little thank you to the customer but i like it to be a suprise so don't advertise the fact .

        Also sometimes it gives you the chance to 'up-sell' - for example I sent a little pack of silver hearts to a lady who was ordering similar items, the next week she came back and ordered another 6 packs of the hearts.

        I think as Swirly and goldy says with something like jewellery you need to be a bit choosy with your freebies - maybe only offer them for orders over a certain amount and make it a selling point.
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        • #5
          So say a £20 purchase(as I will have £10/£15 things to sell as well as £20+)will entitle them to a little freebie.
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          • #6
            Same as Nattynetty I usually send a little something but dont advertise the fact so that its a nice suprise.

            Over the Christmas period I was sending out a handmade gift tag for every item purchased.

            Years ago I used to get things mail order from a company called Cosmetics to Go and they always put a little chocolate bar in with the delivery!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by the felt fairy View Post

              Years ago I used to get things mail order from a company called Cosmetics to Go and they always put a little chocolate bar in with the delivery!

              Hehe, that reminds me.I got an order from the USA and it had a Worthers Original sweet along with it!!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Seahorse View Post
                Hehe, that reminds me.I got an order from the USA and it had a Worthers Original sweet along with it!!
                A friend suggested I include a little pack of sweets in each parcel but I can't decide if this is a good idea or a bad one.

                Personally I'd love it but then I am the person who bought 48 small bags of mini creme eggs at the cash n carry and polished the lot off in less than 2 weeks
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                • #9
                  Mmmmmmm creme eggs.
                  Im wary of food, hence we didnt sell some sweets as a promotion that kids could make when I worked in the toyshop.
                  If someone comes back to you and says the sweet that you gave me made me ill its just gona be a load of hassle.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Seahorse View Post
                    If someone comes back to you and says the sweet that you gave me made me ill its just gona be a load of hassle.
                    Gotta admit that's the main thing that puts me off the idea
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                    • #11
                      Giving away sweets is a tricky subject. My best friends son is highly alergic to nuts and has to watch every sweet that goes into his hand (never mind mouth), you'd be amazed by the range of food/drink products that contain nuts.
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                      • #12
                        Chocolate...

                        When I sold huge amounts on eBay coming up to Easter last year, I put a tiny cellophane bag of foil wrapped mini easter eggs, tied with a scrap of ribbon and a tag with my details on it, in with all the orders. I got some lovely thank yous, and lots of repeat customers. I'm sure if was the chocolate that did it!

                        They were Lindt Easter eggs, bought cheaply at Sainsbury's because the box was damaged but the chocolate was absolutely fine, I just put them into tiny bags. About 5 in each.

                        I do think people appreciate the thought.

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                        • #13
                          Ive come up with a freebie idea.A little corked bottle decorated(in some way) with the company name on it.
                          Would having the company name on it be unappealing?Is it too cheeky?
                          Is a little bottle not what people would like?Its about 5cm high and 2cm in diameter, quite sweet.
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                          • #14
                            I've been thinking about this for a while now. I buy from a site that include a small bag of haribo sweets with every order and it really did make them stand out.

                            I am certainly going to have a dish of mini eggs or something on my stall at the easter fairs i am doing.

                            My other consideration was doing something like a raffle; take a numbered business card and get entered into a prize draw. Do people think that the loss of one product would be worth the free advertising?

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                            • #15
                              A dish of mini eggs on your stall is a brill idea. I'm going to do that too (I know call me a copy cat!!).

                              Do you think you are safe enough with branded food stuffs. I know if you are making food to sell yourself there is a whole load of health and safety procedures and things you need to do - I really hope Cadbury's have passed theirs!

                              I would also like to know if a raffle is worthwhile. How do you get the people to stay about long enough for the raffle? Do you give out a ticket with each product bought or do you give one to each person who stops at your stall?


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