Tuesday, July 23, 2019

BB Games Scroll Saw Pattern.

Cheap, easy, fun, and challenging. These BB puzzle games are made from 1/4" thick Baltic birch plywood. The top is .093" acrylic. The games are 3.5 inches square. The toughest part is accurately cutting the rings. Just go slow and be as accurate as possible. Sand if necessary.

I bought 350 BB's for under $2.00. I got the acrylic at Home Depot. It's named Optix Plaskolite. I bought the 11" X 14" X .093" for $5.98. I used up my scrap Baltic birch plywood. I always keep the small cut offs just for projects like this.

The total cost of one of these games is around $1 in supplies. You could take these to your craft shows but they have to sell very inexpensively to get buyers. $3 or $4 is about the top price. When you include the time to make your margin is very small. If I batched them out I could probably make 4 or 5 an hour. Even at $15/hour that accounts for $3.75/game. If you are a laser or CNC owner you could batch these out with far less hand labor. 

These games are great for sitting on a coffee table to keep the grandchildren busy. Perfect for Christmas stocking stuffers and even fun for yourself. If you do toy charity work make sure you add these to that effort. These are probably best for eight-year-olds and up.

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How I ship products:

If you sell crafts online, you have to ship them to your customers. This can be expensive unless you do your homework and find the cheapest(best value) shipping supplies. You will be adding the cost to the product but you don't want to burden the customer with excessive shipping. 

For postage, I use www.stamps.com. Actually, I use www.endicia.com but they were bought out by stamps.com and are now the same. This is a great print at home postage service. It is highly configurable and easy to use. It depends on the package but I save approximately $.90 to $1.00 per package over buying postage at the post office. I do pay a $19.95 monthly fee on top of the postage price to use the service so you need to ship a few packages to break even with the savings. 

I hated going to the post office every day and standing in line. Stamps.com eliminated that hassle. It was worth the $19.95 per month just for the convenience. Again, it depends on your volume of shipping if it is worth the price. Don't forget that you will need a postage scale. They vary in price but you can find decent deals on Amazon. Make sure you buy one that will weigh your largest package. 

Stamps.com also provides tracking numbers for the items I ship. I can see instantly which packages are in transit or delivered. It does not work 100% of the time but is still pretty good. It helps my anxiety when I see it has been delivered. It's also nice to be able to give the number to your customer so they can see where it is.

I buy all my shipping supplies on Amazon. I get my labels and packages sent in bulk. I also buy my thumb drives for the catalogs from Amazon. They are way cheaper than I can buy anywhere locally. I can find these supplies cheaper on other websites but Amazon is fast, fast, fast and not much higher in price. I am an Amazon Prime member so shipping is free for one or two days delivery. A prime subscription is not cheap but I place orders a few times a week so for me, it is worth the price. I use it primarily for business but it has several other nice features that I use also. Music, movies and more.

If you are going to be shipping boxes don't forget the price of tape. It will cost you about $2 per roll for the thicker package tape. Don't buy the cheap thin tape. The post office will handle your package rough. I have seen the cheap tape come off more than once so I never use it. 

I don't have the need to use UPS or FedEx but for larger packages make sure you check their prices.

Always try to buy in bulk when possible. Those pennies add up. Selling crafts is a low margin game for most crafters. You have to pay attention to the details of the cost. Calculate the actual cost for every package size you ship. 

Even if your business is small you should still try to manage shipping costs. You may not be able to use a home postage service but buying shipping supplies at the best value makes a difference. 

A little behind:

Actually, I have a large behind but that is another subject. I was able to get all the orders shipped today that did not come in today. I'll get the rest of the orders out later tomorrow.

As usual, I am way behind on email. My wife had a medical procedure today and we were at the hospital for a few hours. She is fine but I did not get much time to go through the email. I'll work on it more tomorrow. 

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