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Paintguru last won the day on September 22 2020

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  1. Interesting, and they do have it already. I've never shopped at AFI...looks like you need to know what you're looking for when browsing their site. Thanks for the tip!
  2. Interesting idea. Does anyone have experience using Julie to dupe fragrances? I'd hate to be stuck with 7 lbs. of FO that is not useful.
  3. They are different sizes, and I'm sure the Candlewic chart is simply giving a general target for paraffin and natural waxes. As we all know, each wax is its own animal and the intention of the wick charts is to give you a starting point.
  4. So I'm nearing the end of my stock of CS Mistletoe (pre-reformulation), and I'm wondering what to do next. Based on the reviews on CS, the newly reformulated Mistletoe is not the same as the one I have. Has anyone found a suitable replacement? I know a bunch of other suppliers have "Mistletoe" fragrances, but I'm not sure if any are similar to the old CS one.
  5. May just be your FO choices, not necessarily the wicks. I personally simply found wicks that worked best for my wax and then identified which FOs played nicely with the combo.
  6. Just got this from Fragrance Buddy. 25% OFF ENTIRE SITE USE CODE GIVETHANKS
  7. Is anyone signed up for this premium Etsy service? $10/mth, but you get listing and advertising credits. No clue if it is worthwhile or not. Since I'm a noob on the Etsy front, I'm just looking into what I SHOULD be doing as I start out.
  8. Is there an easy way to see all the fees Etsy is taking on each sale? I had two sales and on both Etsy appears to have taken out more than it shows in my transaction history (looks like by $1 each time). I must be missing a fee somewhere. Perhaps my first monthly statement will be clearer? One would think they'd make these fees clear as one sells products, but who knows.
  9. I think I'm running at about 30-40% "good-great HT" rate for the FO's I've tested. Granted, I have a high standard, but I don't need to carry 100 fragrance choices, and there are literally 1000+ FOs out there. Unfortunately, what works for one may not work for another, so we're all forced to just test.
  10. This has always been my issue though...if a small volume maker wants to compete with any of the larger volume makers, they need to have similar pricing, in my opinion, at least to start. When one orders small quantities of wax, fragrance oils, or anything else, they really take significant cost hits compared to bulk ordering. Either the maker has to not pay themselves for a while until they start to reach higher volumes, or they have to hope people will pay the added cost of their product.
  11. Sounds good. I mean I already figured out that I'd have to sell at least 50 candles in a year to pay just for the HSCG membership and insurance, which seemed crazy to me as a startup candle maker! These are the things you don't realize you need to pay for, especially if you're doing things the "right" way.
  12. Need to add everything in, right? Labels, shipping supplies, insurance, etc. Or do you capture that in the 2x, 3x, 4x equation? Obviously cost of insurance inversely scales with # of items sold.
  13. Right. I set my website prices at the level I thought was appropriate once those fees were taken out, and I have flat rate shipping on everything. Etsy, on the other hand, has many additional fees, plus the free shipping, so, as you said, the need to raise prices is clear. Plus, again, I do think the price difference between Etsy and the shop's own website may help drive people to buy from the website directly, which is a win for both the shop owner and the customer.
  14. The free shipping thing is interesting. I just turned it on. Now Etsy is trying to get me to raise my prices. I don't quite understand the point of this? I guess it gets people to buy more stuff, which is money in Etsy's pocket. I'm using Etsy to generate business and hopefully get them to my website, so maybe having my Etsy prices $1-2 higher than my website makes sense.
  15. Well I finally got around to posting my Etsy store, so I'm only 10K sales behind you! I appreciate the openness of everyone on this board to help others to get started.
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