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« on: October 23, 2007 08:23:19 AM »

I don't frequent coffee shops enough to get a handle on this but I do go enough to know that they run out of those cardboard holders too often and I'm stuck with a heckahot cup of coffee to carry!  If I was a more frequent visitor, I might make my own to keep with me.

I have seen some pretty snazzy crocheted holders around here and am thinking of coming up with my own design to sell in the local shops and maybe on etsy - maybe crochet, maybe fleece or felt, not sure.  It seems to me the coffee shops would be interested in selling them because they could make a profit on them rather than springing for the ones they buy and give away.

What do you think?  And what would be a good selling price?

Thanks in advance for your input
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2007 08:39:05 PM »

I crochet coffee cup cozies...and sell them for 50 Philippine pesos. That's roughly $1.08per cozy. I know that doesn't sound like much...but acrylic yarn is pretty cheap here and people wouldn't buy them for higher than Php50! Sad

I have seen some nice sewn cozies online for $10, though.
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2007 06:48:22 AM »

Thanks for the tip!  I think I'll try out a few designs this weekend.
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2007 07:38:39 AM »

I think you will need to be careful on naming and possibly design - I know of one trademark/ copyright:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6744812

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2007 09:29:14 AM »

thanks for the tip!

Now.....what rhymes with cup.......
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2007 04:19:18 PM »

One of my friends makes and sells her own design of these on a craft website. She wanted at first to get coffee shops to sell them, but their paper holders are advertising for them when you think about it---so they wouldn't have interest in selling them at their stores.
Also the profit margin is sorta small, so sharing the profit with the store will cut into what your time is worth to knit them.

But, my friend makes a killing on them selling them on her own, and she doesn't have to split the $$ with anyone, AND she uses scraps leftover from her other projects so it's a great way to make extra cash.
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2007 04:51:43 AM »

Thanks for that info - it will help alot.  I don't have alot of spare time so knowing my time will probably be better spent selling on a website than going to Brick and Mortars gives me a place to start.

Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2007 04:21:57 AM »

If you try the little independent coffee shops you might have better luck; it might be interesting to try to place them in 1 or 2 of these while selling online. I wouldn't bother with a chain; much as Starbucks likes to attempt to be "green", they're too afraid of lawsuits NOT to provide their little paper collars.
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2007 08:04:30 AM »

I think that would be a great idea. Now would be the time to venture into that, since it is getting cold and it is the Christmas frenzy season. What I might suggest as well maybe to help your items sell, I noticed you sold candles via another post. You may want to put together a few gift baskets with candles and a cozy or two, and some other items to create a comfy Christmas basket. that might get the word out about all your wonderful items as a whole. Also selling cozy's by themselves of course is a market. I wish you luck!
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