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How big are your orders?

  

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  1. 1. On average how much do your orders (from TRL) cost?

    • <$50
      3
    • $50-$100
      5
    • $100-$200
      16
    • $200-$300
      8
    • $300-$400
      2
    • $400-$500
      2
    • >$500 (what are you shopping for???)
      7


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I've been geting more invulved with the forum and just finished my largest ring order so far (only my third and it's $150), so I got to wondering... How much do you spend per an order?

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They've been close to $100 these first few times. Now that I have a more solid idea of exactly how much it takes though, my next orders for future projects will probably be for more. The only reason I started out buying less than what I'd be needing and ordering more later this time is because I was brand new to the craft and wanted to test it out a little and see how I enjoyed working with it before committing to something big. So yeah, my future orders will probably be closer to $200 or more so I can avoid having to pay for shipping more than once. Shipping is expensive!!!

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I have managed to get the Max discount 2X since I started ordering from TRL so about once a year I have an order of over $500, but the rest of them are usually at least $100. I hate not getting a discount. if I really need something in a hurry for a special order I have placed smaller orders, I think last year I had one order a month. This year I have only had 7, I missed a month somehow. there are people here who place even bigger ones though. BUt they do chain mail for a living.

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I always go over the $500 mark for the max discount. But its really easy to do if you're main focus is on armor. I also like to have a fairly large inventory on hand so that I can fulfill many orders without needing to make a special order. If I get a good commision, I'll make a smaller order, but I prefer to get the max discount..it makes a huge difference over the course of a year.

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I haven't hit the $500 level yet, but that's my goal...to order enough at once to get maximum discounts and minimal shipping. But I have managed to get the past several orders over the $250.00 mark. It's funny...it's not at all about not having enough stuff to order that's the problem...it always winds up being about taking stuff out of the cart to get it down to a point which I can afford it!

Though I gotta say, it sure is a cool feeling when you're shopping, and you bump over the plateau to that next spending level, and see how much "free" schtuff you're getting!

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85.17

117.84

155.12

117.88

180.59

124.00

196.16

131.75

335.32

6.55

623.18

121.08

750.17

135.27

Average: 220.0057

That is only starting May 11, 2011 when I began this obsession. Half of the cost is for the dress I'm working on.

Edited by Brimley's Mom

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if you have friends also into mailing in your area you can try to get them to order with you to save on shipping, a couple times a year I offer my minions the chance to do this so we can all get the better discounts ( and I get the points, lol) then they come to my house for their little baggies.

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I only make suits of scale, so orders fall between 100& 200. I've been trying to buy itn all in one shot, but until I wrote my excel sheet which i use to design my pattern, i always seemed to fall short, and have to pay more shipping boooooo

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I try to hold off ordering anything until I have an order of 500+. Otherwise it's a hassle to make several small orders. I don't do this for a living, its still just a hobby and I only order three or four times a year if that.

Whitesmoke

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Three digit orders are a waste of shipping cost. Four digits are normal. The occasional five digit order does not come as much of a surprise either. But then, my situation isn't exactly typical.

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Right now my orders have all been around 50 but that is just because I don't have the spare funds to order more. I have to make orders with just the money from previous sales. And unfortunately that has not been near as much lately.

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Not big enough (who says size doesn't matter?).

Progression went something like below, with a few smaller $20-30 orders in between to make up for times I didn't get enough rings.

50

150

190

250

300

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First order was $40. Next order will likely be almost $100 (if they every actually add the rings that is... I'm getting impatient to get rings I can work on these orders I've already gotten!) Will likely try to keep my orders to around $100 or my hubby might just kill me!

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unless I need something super fast for a paying customer or some sort of competition, I never place an order under $100. With the cost of shipping, I really want to maximize the discounts. I usually buy somewhere between $100-200 per order but I think my biggest thus far was a bit over $300.

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if you have friends also into mailing in your area you can try to get them to order with you to save on shipping, a couple times a year I offer my minions the chance to do this so we can all get the better discounts ( and I get the points, lol) then they come to my house for their little baggies.

...like crack addicts. lol.

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My largest single project order was well over $1300, but it was not a single order because of stock levels at the time. Most of my orders are not even close to that, the average being around $250-$300.

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