Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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PLEASE READ

Greetings again friends. I need your thoughts on this subject today regarding our paper packs. If you have already received your paper, you will noticed that the shipping cost was significantly higher, especially all the international orders. Shipping is pricey because of the paper size. So I wanted to know if you think it will be fine if I chop the 12x12 sheets and offer them in 6x6 packs instead of 12x12? I think this will really help in lowering the shipping costs for all of us, otherwise I will probably have to raise my shipping rates, which I'm really reluctant to do.

Chopping it will probably take me a few days and I will also have to order new plastic packaging for that size unless it doesn't matter if I put them in little ziplock bags. In that case, they'll be available on the 1st with everything else.

Let me know what you think please! Thank you so much!

47 comments:

Rachel Hope said...

I personally cut my 12x12 to 6x6 the minute I get to save space and make it more Useable...I tend to horde big uncut pieces :-S So I am all for the 6x6

Erin K said...

I'm more likely to buy them if they are 6x6, I tend to use them more that size.

kadie said...

I generally only use my patterned paper for cards, so the size doesn't matter to me, but it may make a difference if people are going to use the paper for scrapbooking. I'm all for keeping lower shipping rates though!

Tammy said...

I usually use 12 x 12 as background paper for cards so I cut then down anyway. The 6 x 6 would work great.
I do love the 12 x 12 as it's thick enough to make boxes and 3-d projects with which is nice but I do use it more for cards.
6 x 6 is my vote!

Sandra MacLean said...

I wondered about that when I saw the postage on my package. I think it's fine if you crop the paper down to 6x6. As a customer, I wouldn't want to see the shipping price increase just for the paper even if I wasn't ordering it.

Sparkle said...

I usually use my paper to make cards, so 6 x 6 is great for that. :)

But if someone wanted to use to scrapbook, I think they'd lean more towards the 12 x 12.

Sprytebyrd said...

Personally fine with 6x6 and even fine with ziploc baggies... I would probably be more likely to buy them in 6x6 even!

Cindy Haffner said...

Cutting is fine with me, I with everyone else and use the paper for cards. Ziplock is great, I think whatever saves money, why pay for shipping and packaging in these hard times, if you don't have to. --Hugs Cindy

Margie said...

I agree with everyone! 6x6 is a great size to work with, even for layouts!
Anything to save $ ;)

crafty amy said...

I think that 6 x 6 would be great as I was holding back due to the postage costs even better would be digital papers as then there is no shipping at all and no worry about bags :)

That way it can be printed as big or small as needed for the project and you don't need to worry about adjusting the sizes. I will buy them either way as I love them but I have a really thing for digi papers at the mo and already have the other 2 sets in the shop.

X Amy X

Carisa said...

I don't want to see you go digital b/c not all of us have worthy enough printers. LOL But I do love the idea of going to 6x6!!! I'm finding myself buying smaller paper packs b/c I rarely scrapbook!

Tori Wild said...

I wouldn't mind the 6x6 at all-- I use them more often that way as well! I'm a fan for keeping the shipping low as well!

Tonya said...

I say 6x6 too. I hate having to store 12x12 sheets anyway. I don;t care what they come in as long as they are in good shape when I get them so ziplock would be fine with me.

Heather said...

Scrapbookers would want 12 x 12, but I am finding for scrapbooks I want a solid background so smaller is O.K. however I am finding lately I often need 7 inches or 8 inches on things so 6 x 6 ends up being to small.

Maybe you could set somthing in the shop to automatically charge more for orders with 12 x 12 in them. I think a great way to find out is to offer both 6 x 6 and 12 x 12 for a month or two and see what gets ordered more or at all and then you will know for sure what people want.

I personally tend not to buy double sided paper because it is so much more expensive then single sided and you are waisting half the designs anyway!!! I prefere single sided designs and more sheets so I can use all the designs not glue half of them down!!

Sorry I am not sure that helps much!!!

Heather

Angie said...

I like 6x6 papers. I know I'll buy them. Would thie images on the papers be reduced also? I don't think I'd mind that actually, but since I haven't seen the papers in real life yet, I'm not sure. I would rather buy 6x6 papers instead of paying higher shipping rates... being international is expensive!

Mary(OhioMary) said...

I like the 6x6 sizes as I normally only make cards. The normal bubble wrap shipping is fine with me. Anything to keep costs down.

the whimsical butterfly said...

I do the same thing as Rachel, I buy lots of 6x6 pads and cut my 12x12 sheets into a 6x6 size and then organize them by color/brand in a box I got from Home Goods. I think that the 6x6 size is great and don't know anyone who wouldnt' want to save on shipping, too. If you decide to keep a bit of 12x12 just to offer it as an option, that would prob be fine but becaues of the oversize I'm sure it's costly to ship. I just LOVE the paper! I can't wait to see what everyone does w/ it!!!!

Nancy said...

I mostly buy 6x6 papers...love how Basic Grey shrinks their 12x12 down to 6x6. Maybe that would be a possibility? Just a thought!

Will Stamp For Food said...

6x6 would be great and I have recieved cardstock wrapped in sran wrap from companies before. The packaging is not a big deal.

Joy said...

I'd definitely sell them at 6x6 sizes. I took the papers off my store since the 12x12 sizes were killing me on shipping! I like to help my customers save money and this was not working for me. Definitely sell them at 6x6 sizes!

Good luck!
Joy
www.tamikos.com

Jen said...

I have the papers from the Farmers' Market sale (YAY!) and they are great papers. I think that selling them at the 6x6 size wouldn't be a problem because the images lend themselves to that well. Also, they are so cute that I think people will still want them no matter what!

Mel said...

I love 6 X 6 because it's perfect for cards!!!!

Bee said...

It all depends on what I would use them for. But I would buy if they were either size. But if cheaper 2 ship 6x6 I would choose that. Saving money is more important right now.. lol

Jennifer said...

I would order 6x6, but I would prefer 12x12, even though I cut them down most of the time, sometimes I do 5x7 cards, and sometimes I make boxes etc. I agree with an above comment that maybe you could add a surcharge of an additional $x if you order 12x12. That is depending on what the final shipping is. For me in Canada I paid $6 for my shipping, so I wouldn't want to pay a lot more than that, but some more is good. Maybe offer both for a while and see which is most popular. Hope that helps.

Michelle said...

I don't care if mine are 6x6, great for cards still, etc & it doesn't matter to me what they come in!!! Ziploc bags, bags, whatever, what kills us in Canada is the cost of some companies shipping, so I'm all about keeping shipping costs down!

Sarah said...

I would use the 6X6 over the 12X12!

scrappypug said...

another Canadian checking in... I would like the option for 6x6 personally... anything to keep shipping reasonable.

Kerry said...

It don't matter with me either. :)

Mz Kel-z said...

I would like the option of buying 12x12.. Could you offer both and increase the cost of the bigger one to cover the extra shipping so only those who buy it have the increased price?

Lisa Foster said...

I'm good with the 6X6.

Linda said...

Definitely voting for the 6x6 since I cut my 12x12s to 6x6s anyway. I'm a card maker so I like to 6x6 size better. It's also easier to store/organize. Anything to keep the shipping costs down! Thanks for listening to your customers!

montygonza said...

I too would like the option of 12 x 12 paper. If it cost more so be it. People have to understand it costs more to ship odd sizes.

I use the 12x12 paper for cards but I like the option of being able to cut it the way I want it, especially if it is print say stripes eg horizontal or vertical.

angeljakki said...

I must admit that 6x6 is my prefence x

Elena said...

I think it is great idea, Marie to chop them.
You maybe can make two options one with 12x12 and another with 6x6, so this way people can chose what they want. Probably also you will need to put inforamtion about the shipping cost next to each paper pack.
Thank you for thinking about us!

Mariska said...

As you already know I think that's a perfect idea.

xxx
Mariska

Chris said...

Love my papers I ordered last week! I scrap and make cards so I do like both 6x6 and 12x12. I understand wanting to cut shipping costs and making the paper 6x6. Would you be willing to keep some paper 12x12 and allow people to pay an extra couple $ for shipping on those orders?

Novell said...

I noticed the actual shipping charge right away and felt really badly that it cost you more to ship it than you had collected. I'm all for 6x6 packs but I would really prefer that the images were also scaled down accordingly.

Frank said...

I'd prefer the option of getting either....while I do make alot of cards, I also do other projects in various sizes that don't lend themselves to the 6x6 format.

Just my 2 cents...and thank you for asking for our input. :)

mumi said...

Pleeeease do not cut them. I do both scrapbooking and cards, but I only use scraps for cards. I would be really dissapointed if you cut it. I have Waited for those papers :)
I live in Norway and will pay what it takes to get them in 12x12

Maureen said...

I don't mind either size, but if you're going to be cutting them into 6x6 size, for future printings, I would love the design to actually be shrunk down to the 6x6 size. The smaller image size is more suited for cardmaking.

Kristine said...

I like 6x6 better too!

Linda w said...

I use 6 x 6 papers so much more than 12 x 12 papers. I say go for it.

thanks much

Barbie said...

i agree with everyone...i make cards so 6x6 would be fine, but there are instances where i need a larger size. perhaps you can do what others have mentioned, offer 2 sizes (option) and assess a higher shipping rate for the larger size?

i received my paper and it's beautiful...love the 'weight' of the paper.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

6 x 6 is good with me!

Cheryl Walker said...

Marie that would be good to do some 6 x 6, and like some said maybe keep a few on hand for the next couple of months to see how they sell. I love the paper and all the prints!!!! Thank you hun!!!! Good luck and have a wonderful night!!!!

Hugs,
Cheryl

Carrie said...

I prefer 6 x 6. :) Thanks Marie!

Mephisto said...

Wow True, your Creations are all so wonderful! Love them!

Hugs
Dominique