Last week, on the sly...... we sort of beta-tested our new shipping rates at B'sue Boutiques.
We sneaked around and didn't tell anyone we'd already programmed them into the site---I think we did it, actually, sometime on Thursday.
Why didn't we tell?
Well, I figured it would be slow over the holiday, so if there were any glitches it would be easy to try and get them fixed and in place---as typically, just after the holiday many come in to restock after busy holiday sales.
They worked just super.....and now it's time to make sure you ALL know!
If you live in the United States and your order is any size up to 100.00, you can enjoy a flat low shipping rate of 3.95.
When your order reaches 50.00, we upgrade shipping method to PRIORITY MAIL at NO extra charge. If the order is very heavy, say you have ICE resin or tools, etc, we will upgrade to PARCEL POST SHIPPING. So the most you will ever pay is 3.95, if you live in the US.
IF YOU LIVE IN THE US and your order goes 100.00 or over--- WE SHIP IT FREE, whatever it is, whatever it weighs. If possible, we will aim to ship priority--- but if cost is prohibitive, we will send Parcel Post. FOR FREE. NO SHIP CHARGE AT ALL.
If you are OUTSIDE the US and your order is 50.00 or less and can be shipped first class international mail, you can enjoy the SAME flat 3.95 fee as US customers do. (Unless the order is very heavy, then we'll need to ship Express, see below.)
If you are OUTSIDE the US and your order is 50-150.00 we must upgrade to PRIORITY INTERNATIONAL MAIL. The literal cost of this is 13.45. The website will charge you 3.95. We will bill you for 6.50 more either through your CC or by PayPal, and ship the order, and we will take care of 2.95 of this extra shipping for you, as a little perk.
If you are OUTSIDE the US and we must ship Express, of course this is rather expensive and we will help a *little* bit but you will need to pay for most of it. Ask me if you need any clarification, happy to help.
Everyone who comes to B'sue Boutiques will receive a small goody bag of treats and few little findings or small charms along with one of our business cards. In January and February (and perhaps beyond!) we will also send a free sample of Organic Tea by Kate with all B'sue Boutiques website orders of ANY size.
If your order reaches 50.00 or more, we will send you a larger goody bag with some treats, tea and larger samples. Usually the value of these goody bags will be 3-4.00 or more and are a true gift, because you are never charged higher shipping for their weight, nor is the cost of them figured into what we charge for goods on the site. It actually comes out of my personal funds, it always has. Otherwise....it would not be a gift.
If you are a bulk buyer and your order reaches 250.00, you not only get the larger goody bag and free shipping, but you get 10 percent off.
If it reaches 500.00, you get 15 percent off, free shipping, and the larger goody bag. This discount is REAL.....15% of 500.00 is 75.00! Factor in your shipping will be 15-18.00 in most cases and then, the cost of the goody bag....you're looking at perks worth just under $100.
It's true we have had to raise some prices over the last year but it is NOT because of wanting to present flat-fee and free shipping perks to you.
The bitter truth is that brass went up yet AGAIN 12%....meaning that in the last two years, raw product, including ornamental stampings--- cost us 75% percent more than they used to. Couple that with the fact that we use the best finishes in the trade and that they carry 30-55% surcharges now, we absolutely had no choice.
So it took some thinking to figure out what perks we could continue to offer. We can't do the extra freebie bag any longer, and the BSUE2 discount goes away December 31, 2010. But I have searched and searched for something that I can do for artisan crafters that will REALLY help them with escalating prices and a tight economy.
Money back in your pocket for shipping with the volume discounts for those who work at their art for a living, seemed to be the best and most practical way.
We will also be offering one more FREE MUSE BOX this weekend (Jan 2, 2011 will announce the winner) and, from now on, one customer per week will win a 25.00 gift certificate to be spent on goods at http://www.bsueboutiques.com (website only.)
From time to time we'll have some little promos to throw into your box as a surprise. Here and there we will have them; sometimes we will announce them, usually we won't. Sometimes it might even be a little gift coupon given to a few random customers. So check those boxes....you just NEVER KNOW.
My biggest gift to you is that I care about your enterprise and your success. I truly struggle to keep my prices better than competitive.....we strive for bottom of the market. I will tell you: if you find similar product for less, I can guarantee you that the plated finish is the difference, and those folks are probably using platers I abandoned long ago. I want the best for MY work---but even more, I want the best for YOURS.
I will also continue to try to make myself as available as possible if you need real time help; and we will continue to produce our Messy Workshop Videos to help you will new ideas.
ONE LAST THING I must add: these ship perks are for orders made at http://www.bsueboutiques.com ONLY. I can't do it for Ebay orders; our Ebay store is our bargain basement, and as you know, they charge very healthy fees for sellers using their format. Those fees just cut me out entirely from being able to offer you any sort of perk there....except of course, bargain basement prices on closeouts, overstock and occasional vintage goods.
Sometimes we can ship an order from Ebay with a website order and cut the shipping down, but! it doesn't always work out, and I can't promise. Again, the Ebay format just isn't as customer-friendly in this regard as I'd like.
Thanks for understanding!