Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Kits vs Singles vs Digis

A great happy Tuesday to you all. I have a lot of packaging today, which I dread. And I'm going off tangent here but here's a business tip for you guys. If you ever decide to start your own business, you may be want to look into electing your business as an S-corp so that you don't get so heavily taxed at the end of the year. It's something I wished somebody told me when I started this. Wahhhh. Oh well, live and learn.

So thank you everyone for your input from yesterday's entry in regards to the big kits. Today I wanted to touch base on a few points that was brought up yesterday.

A Little FYI on the bigger kits
The kits are 8.5x11, untrimmed rubber on cling foam, just like the normal TGF stamps. I actually have the samples in my hands right now and they really are gorgeous. The spacing between each character is wide enough so trimming will be easy. And yes these characters are the same size as all the other Wild Sprout characters so altering is limitless. haha. I'm sure no other stamp characters get head-swapped as much as TGF images.


Why Bigger Kits
Although the majority is fine with this kit and chose 'A' as their answer, I know there are some who are less thrilled about it. Unfortunately I won't be able to release the characters in the kit as 'single' images, due to time and production and re-packaging costs. The biggest reason why I'm testing out the kit is because we have so many characters and so little time and so many people wanted certain digis to be rubber, I figured it was a good option to get a good mix of that into a bigger set for a discounted price. But as stated before, we are still going to have singles as usual and if we do more kits, it will be probably only 3-4 times a year. The kits will only be a 'once in a while' thing.

Will the Bigger Kits affect Shipping?
At this time, shipping will remain the same. If there is ever any changes regarding shipping, I will always let you know ahead of time.


Can We Get Them as Digis?
Another point that was brought up was if not singles, why not digi? I have a pretty strict policy on keeping digi as digi and rubber as rubber and not crossing over images. The biggest reason being that I like the exclusivity. I honestly feel that if an image is available as a digi, many will most likely not purchase the image in rubber since they already have that image. And being that TGF is a rubber stamp company, I really want to focus on getting as many in rubber as I can. There are exceptions though however, if I get enough 'demands' of a certain digi to be rubberize, I will do that. As you can see, in the Roll Call kit, there is the 'Flirty Edward', 'Jeremy', and 'Odette'. These 3 will be taken off the digi section once Roll Call releases. I generally do not turn a rubber image into digi... BUT I am considering maybe doing that with the discontinued images. So we will see. We do currently have an extensive digi collection and am very proud of that too.



Why Don't You Offer all  TGF images in both Rubber & Digi?

As stated in the above answer, I prefer to keep both platforms separated. Also as an artist who has had several images stolen in the past, I am always a little bit more skeptical when I turn my images into digis. Digi images make it really super easy for 'stealers' to manipulate and reproduce into practically anything. A few months ago, I actually found someone who turned one of our digis into rubber stamp!!! So by separating part of the images into rubber and then the other into digi, I feel it lessens that possibility a little more. And a little more means a lot to TGF.

But Marie! It's not fair!!!
I know. I know that there will be some of you that only want maybe a few of the characters in the kit and it is not worth it for you to purchase the entire kit. I really really thought about this, that is why we decided on the pricing to be as it is instead of its real value. But we'll do something extra for those who are on the fence about it, after the Battle contest is over, I will have a presale on it and I will do it for $45 plus free shipping. This will help save a couple more bucks. :)


Ok so I hope that answers a few questions. If you have additional questions, on just anything, just let me know. Tomorrow is Wednesday! Are ye excited?! I am! Until then, have a great day!

48 comments:

GobeaGirl said...

I am very excited, and I can not wait to get the big sheet of rubber! I love all your stamps,but I really love the rubber in my hands and in my collection. Thanks for all your hard work and your time and thoughts that go into it. You are very much appriciated! Hugs, Lisa G

lorena b. said...

Well Marie, thanks for your insight into why/how you do what you do. I think a lot of us on this side of it don't realize what your reasoning is, etc. and it's nice to get your viewpoint as a business owner and artist! I'm a rubberlover all the way, digi is cool but for some reason having that red rubber smell & feel (i'm weirdo-i know)in my hands is just unexplainable. Anybody? Bottom line, it's just FUN and I appreciate all you do! Now to get my hands on that BIG set . . .

Kristy Young said...

Marie I think you are fabulous! And i dont know any other company that cares so much about their customers so well done on that! I CANT WAIT to purchase the kit, would be awesome to even have a subscription thingy that you could pay for all 4 kits a year and automatically have them sent out as they come out!
Anyway keep up the good work.
Kristy xx

Fran said...

Thanks for covering everything Marie, you have anwered all my questions and a few more :) As for altering, I once swapped heads on two Magnolia images and you would not believe the response this got(all postive) so thanks for the great altering tips and sggestions :) I am soo excited for tomorrow, I love how interactie TGF is with all the comps and games, yippi!!!

LastChael said...

I've been wondering about the whole Digi Vs Rubber thing, so thank you so much for making that clear! I would absolutely LOVE to see digi's of the retired stamps as I've been desperately searching the web trying to find the ones I've seen people use but aren't on the site! It's totally understandable that you're so careful about your work to prevent theft! It's one of the lowest things someone can do, but it still happens sadly!

I personally prefer digi stamps as I love being able to manipulate the size and if I stuff up, I can just print out another one! Though I'm also pretty new to the whole stamping thing so I think rubber intimidates me a little!

I'm so excited about the comp starting tomorrow! Though I just wanted to double check that it was ok for me to switch to Sammi's team?

Abi

crafty amy said...

Hiya Marie ,
I think you are amazing this kit is such a great idea and I think you could do like other companies and have a spring, summer autumn and winter kit. I love to hear how you make your decisions and think you are so generous with all the give aways you have and all the sales. I for one really appreciate them and will always take advantage of them as you may have noticed lol.
I love digi's but also love the rubber and personally would buy both but I know that I am not everyone things that way but the idea of some of the deleted stamps as digi's is very exciting I hope it does happen.

Hugs

Amy xx

crafty amy said...

Oooh just ssen Kirsty's idea of a subscription or club great idea I would be up for that :D

Caz said...

Thanks Marie....you know what a huge TGF fan I am, and have been since the beginning. I agree if I buy the digi I am unlikely to buy the rubber....although I think I own almost all your Club Anya & Friends images....both rubber and digi.

I love the idea of the kits and also the idea of a subscription kit like Kristy mentioned.

The thing I love about the digi's is that I don't have to wait for them to ship....they are straight in my inbox.
Keep up all your hard work....I so want those new Creepies!!!!
Hugs
Caz
x

~Rach said...

Thanks for the explanation!! Can't wait until tomorrow :0)

Susan said...

Is it Wednesday yet?? Oooo, the anticipation is driving me bonkers!

Here's a round of applause for giving us such insight into your why's and why not's of doing business at TGF. It's apparent that you strive to meet your customers' wishes without sacrificing your creative spirit & business goals. That's not always an easy task, but one that you're tackling exceptionally well!

Oooo, I love Kristy's idea of a subscription for the special sets! The price alone makes it an amazing value, and while there may be an image or two that I wouldn't buy as a single, rather than let them go uninked and unloved, I would just gift them to one of my stampin sistahs to enjoy! OH and seeing retired rubber available as digis would be fabulous!

Is it Wednesday yet?

Lynda Nielsen said...

Wonderfully written Marie, I'm behind you 100%. You truly do care about your customers, and those precious little dolls. We are all so lucky to have our opinions heard, and we usually get what we want. What company does that?
You rock girl! Keep doing what you're doing!
Big Hugs
Lynda

Sonya said...

I am totally exited about tomorrow!!! I love the idea of the big rubber set, especially that we get such a super fantastic deal. An what I always figure, If there is an image I'm not particularlly fond of - I'll use it as a gift. I love rubber and digi's so I'm just super glad to have the images in whatever format you bring them out. Totally understand the reasoning and it is an great call on your part. Perhaps we should have some cheese with the next question!!! LOL We all obviously love TGF so let be happy that regardless of the business decision of rubber vs digi Marie continue to keep TGF in all it's fabulous glory. Not sure what I'd do with out TGF, cry for sure!!!! NO LOL on this one.

~*Joni said...

Wow! This was TGF Big Set 101. Awesome explanation Marie! And yes, it is all fair, as Head Farmer, you know what is best for your company. I honestly believe that those on the fence will cave once they realize how incredible this deal is. :D And although I am a digi lover, I am always worried that my computer will crash and I'll lose them all. At least this way I know the rubber is somewhere! {Doh! That sounded totally wrong!} yay for Wednesday! TY Marie for your continued energy here.

Jac said...

I love the idea of the roll call but am nervous about buying in dollars (I know this may sound silly to lots of people) its also easier to hide the £s from OH when I'm not supposed to be spending so was just wandering if the roll call sets will be available to purchase thru your UK retailers.

beth said...

Thank you for a wonderful post explaining the process,thoughts from the retail point of view. I love the rubber myself, but have purchased some Digi's too. You answered a lot of questions I thought of later of course, I would love to see a checklist of all the rubber TGF stamps, new/retired as this collection has grown big time.Can't wait for the big set myself

Rachel said...

:)

Carol said...

I just love how you always respond to your customers questions and concerns with thoughtful explanations. You truly represent your company in a positive light and I as a customer appreciate that so much! I personally love digi's and LOVE that you have a great selection to choose from. I love to print up a whole sheet of each digi I purchase and I put half in my daughter's bin so that she can create while I am!

Jenn Borjeson said...

I totally understand your reasonings for everything, makes perfect sense. It's a shame that "one bad apple ruins it for the bunch" but unfortunately, it happens and you gotta look out for your business above all else!

Thanks for all you do to make us happy! :)
Peace & Hugs, Jenn

Silly Stamper said...

I did NOT like the idea of Digis at first, but now I have a boatload and they are fantastic! However, there is nothing like a little rubber & ink. I LOVE what you do! Thank you for all your generosity and I look forward to the new releases!

Michelle

AShu93 said...

Those answers sound quite fair & after all, you have a business to run. And if that's how you have to do it to produce all your great images, I say keep up the great work!

April said...

I love the idea of the set...I might not use all of them alot, but I'd have them if need be! And, I need stamps. I like my digis, but I think of it more as stress relief - the coloring of them. There is still nothing better than getting out the ink and getting a bit messy with RUBBAH!!

And, I woke up today asking DH if it is Wednesday....lmbo

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

I think it's terrific that you give us so much info behind your thinking on such decisions. That way, even if something isn't exactly the way we hoped, we still know you have considered our thoughts and concerns. So thanks!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Marie, I think you are fabulous!! You take such good care of us TGF addicts!! :D

Gwen said...

Wow! I think this would be a great way to extend my collection. As Jessica said yesterday, I'm just "GIDDY" over TGF and she wasn't exaggerating!

Thanks for the in depth explaination regarding the kits and production of rubbah vs. digi. It is so nice to see you. Trying so hard to keep all of your fanatics happy and informed. You just don't get that with other places. I really appreciate you doing that.

Smiles!
Gwen

Kimberly S said...

Can't wait for this awesome set to release! I love that you keep the digi and rubber apart mostly. I started buying digis (and now love them too) specifically because I couldn't get those cuties in rubber. I do hope that you decide to release the retired rubber into digis, even if they're for a limited time, as there were a few early sets I totally missed. :)

Stampi said...

Marie thanks for being so honest and considerate of your TGF followers. I think you are correct in keeping rubber and digi seperate and I love the fact that some of the stamps are exclusive it makes them that much more appealing to me anyways...take care lady sorry about the tax thing...yikes...and yes I'm freaking out for wednesday..lol

Desirée said...

I'm really excited about the Roll Call set, the images all look great and you get a lot of value for your dollar! It's a fantastic way to extend your collection of images :)

For those who want only a couple of images in the set, maybe you have some rubberstamping friends that you could split the set with? So for example, you'd take 5 and your friend would take 5 images, and you can split the costs.

cardcrazy said...

I can not wait to get my hands on this set! And I am super excited to start tomorrow! :D

Bobbi said...

Thanks for the information, it clears up a few questions I had. I think the kit at the price you offer is a great deal. Thanks!

Sinihilkka said...

How about clear stamps? They are usually somewhat cheaper than red rubberized, easier to storage, and one can stamp exacly where they want :) No, I'm not suggesting this to mess your head xD

Tanya said...

Thanks so much for taking the time and explaining your thoughts and answering questions. I love the idea of the sets and to know the images are still the normal size is even ebtter.

Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!

autumn0725 said...

Thanks for the explination Marie. It's so awesome that you do that as most company's would say what my mom always said.. " Because I said so," and leave it at that. It's cool that you rally care what we think and also makes great business sense! I can't wait to get my hands on those cutie's! Can't wait until tomorrow! Thanks Again, Autumn

MommaJess said...

Thanks for telling us all about your reasonings for why you have t he company the way you do. Its nice to know.
I will say it would have been really cool to release a large set of ALL the twilight inspired stamps. Not that I could afford it. LOL. I better buy those digis before I can't get them anymore

MommaJess said...

Thanks for telling us all about your reasonings for why you have t he company the way you do. Its nice to know.
I will say it would have been really cool to release a large set of ALL the twilight inspired stamps. Not that I could afford it. LOL. I better buy those digis before I can't get them anymore

Shaela said...

I am one of those who don't like the kit idea, haha. But I know and understand that it is YOUR company and you will do (and should do) what you feel is most beneficial for TGF. And if the majority loves the kit, than go for it! (and I'm a rubber fan too... I can't stand digis unless I have no choice. Even if I have a digi and the rubber comes out, I ALWAYS buy the rubber!) :)

donna mikasa said...

Thanks for such great information, Marie! And for asking for our input as well. I completely understand the rubber vs. digi platform and I'm shocked that someone would turn your digi into rubber!

I don't think some realize how much they're saving by buying several images on one sheet. I think if you label the kits as "limited edition", it would make them even more special!

JenRaff said...

I totally understand and appreciate your desire to protect your creations! I can't believe that someone took a digi and created a stamp. Horrible! I think your the best so whatever you do is fine by me. :)

weewiccababe said...

ooooooooo I like the idea of retired rubber making a return as digi's - that's a really good idea
thanks for everything Marie
Debz
x

momcgw said...

I am excited about the new kit release as well...I am hoping to have the extra to purchase but either way...you need to protect yourself..I am just dumbfounded and a little angry that someone would take a digi of yours and turn it into a rubber stamp without considering or gaining permission from you...it just makes me furious to see someone else trying to take the benefits of your hard work...you have awesome stamps and digi's and I appreciate you and your work...Keep doing what you are doing, keeping your best interests at heart...I have purchased the digis and am using them although I am struggling a tad with printing...but I keep trying and I think I may get it mastered...lol...anyway, thanks for all you do and for sharing with us the struggles you face...Hugs and thanks to you...

Mrsqueenvee/mrs-flopsybunny said...

I'm such a dunce. I shud read things properly. I though $90, yow! 45 is way beta...

JessicaRabbit said...

Thanks Marie for the insight into the behind the scenes processes. I love rubber. I do a few things with digis but to me they never turn out as nice as a rubber image. I would definitely purchase rubber versions of digi stamps I already have..so I'd love to see more of that happen!

Renie said...

I can't wait until tomorrow!!! Thanks for the inside look!

Amy said...

Thanks so much for always giving us such thoughtful answers to all the questions Marie! You know I'm a huge proponant of all your designs eventually seeing rubber so bring on the kits! I'm already thinking a My Guy/Miss Anya kit would be off the hook (could include the Autumn digis) and a Creepy kit would be cool too... LOL :)

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Kelly said...

I personally think that the sets are an awesome deal and savings. You would be crazy not to get them even if you have a digi version of some of them, Its like getting almost half for free.

Marie you are awesome and thanks for everything you do.

Kelly

Lacey Stephens said...

One more question...will the large kits be available through wholesalers (aka, can I buy it for my store)?
~Lacey
www.stampandcreate.com

SandyPie said...

I understand your reasoning. I just wish I could play but again am allergic to the rubber/latex so it's a no can do for me. So I guess I'll just have to be happy with whatever digi stamp scraps you throw my way. I honestly think anyone that wants to steal your work and sell it will do it regardless of whether they are digi or rubber.

Chelsea said...

No questions here but I still don't know that I'll be able to afford $50 in stamps in one shot :(