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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Prices -- CAD vs USD on: August 24, 2005 05:14:54 PM
I don't think its unfair in the least.  I've always sold online goods in USD to Americans and CAD to Canadians.
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Re: Any Canadian Indie Shopping sites??? on: July 28, 2005 06:32:35 PM
I make custom one-inch buttons, but I've also got over 100 original designs available for 1$ each.  Canadian dollars, of course.

A link swap would be great; I'll add you guys tomorrow.  You can link to www.memeco.ca

Anyone else?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Button / Badge / Pin Makers on: June 15, 2005 04:34:35 AM
No problem!  Its hard to say exactly when I made back the money I spent, but within four months of buying the machine I landed a big order (2500 pins) that put me into the black.  How fast you make your cash back is going to depend on what you charge, what your expenses are and how much business you can find.  I don't think its unreasonable to make your money back within 3-6 months (conservative guess).  Its important to charge a price that lets you sustain the business and still make some extra cash for yourself.

But I have to assume LA is probably a different scene from Atlantic Canada.  You might have a much easier (or much harder) time finding business than I did.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Button / Badge / Pin Makers on: June 14, 2005 04:23:09 PM
Hey llama,

I think I responded to one of your button questions in another thread.  But here's another heap of button wisdom!

1.  I got a button machine from Dr. Don's Buttons.  From what I can tell, its about the same thing they have for sale at buttonbiz.com, for the same price.  So that's good.

2.  It's not that hard.  If you want good buttons you need a printer that can handle high resolution color.  I use a color laser printer and I usually print buttons at 300 dpi (dots per inch).  I use Photoshop and Paintshop for my design needs.

3.  Paper is graded by brightness and weight with different types of paper specifically geared for certain types of printers.  Depending on how you're printing, try to get something slightly heavy and very bright.  I use paper with a brightness of 98 and a weight of 32 lb.

4.  The circle cutter, like the button machine, just takes some getting used to.  Its tricky at first and you'll botch a lot of buttons, but it gets easier over time.

5. Price depends on how and where you're selling your buttons.  If you're around LA/Hollywood then there's probably a good number of button makers already making a living (or trying to) in your area.  Find out how much they charge and that will give you an idea of what you can get away with.

Don't undercut your competition by 5$.  Nobody likes that.  I've always found its a better idea to match prices with your competitors but offer better services.

If you're selling over the Internet then you've got to cope with at least a gross of button makers (that's a dozen dozen, or 144) who've been doing this for a few years already.  So they work for cheap.  I don't know what the going rate is in the States, but its 35$ for 100 color buttons in Canada (on average, including shipping & tax).  I charge 35$ for 100 full color, 30$ for 100 B&W.

If you've got any other questions, jest shoot.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Attention all button makers! Advice needed! on: June 14, 2005 03:42:01 PM
I make buttons and I detail the whole process right here.  As far as the money thing goes, you can recoup your expenses pretty quickly if you're smart.  A button machine can make some good cash (but not really enough to live on or anything). 

You can always make money on local orders, especially if you're in a larger city.  The Internet does have a lot of button makers and it's hard to get noticed when you're starting out.  You'll get at least a little random business if you wait long enough.  Trust me.
6  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Re: Canadian Button Parts on: March 30, 2005 06:31:31 AM
Thanks.  I placed a small order with Canadian Engravers just last week, and it was only 10$ more than a shipment from USA Buttons.  Plus it got here a few days faster, and they let me pay COD.  Nice folks, I'd recommend them to anyone.

But you're right; ordering from the States is still cheaper on big orders (dammit!)
7  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Re: any one in nb? on: February 14, 2005 02:33:02 PM
I'm in Fredericton.  I don't really feel like saying anything nice about it, but its not bad.  Small, fairly dull, clean and toursity.
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Canadian Button Parts on: February 05, 2005 04:12:51 PM
Is there a cheap supplier of one-inch button parts within Canada?  All I can find is www.macaron.ca, and they're more expensive than ordering parts from the US. 
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Magnet help? on: February 05, 2005 12:41:29 PM
I've used super glue and a glue gun to make magnets of my one-inch buttons, but both are lousy.  I'm planning on giving it another shot with ceramic magnets (scored a bunch from the Dollar Store for cheap) and double sided sticky pads.  I was using them to stick CDs to the walls a few weeks ago and they bind pretty solid.

My 2nd post, and it says the same thing as my first.  Nifty!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Magnets from Badge Maker on: February 05, 2005 12:35:11 PM
I've done this before with my one-inch button maker.  I got a bunch of circular magnets from the Dollar Store and used glue to stick the magnets in place where the pins usually go.  I've used super glue and a glue gun, but both are pretty lousy.  If I do magnets in the future, I'll use some sort of double sided sticky pads instead.

Use ceramic magnets.  They're strong and they last.
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