Profit from wooden novelties

Written by ajaypats

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As you progress in your wooden toy business you will discover more and more "shortcuts"-- that producerepparttar same quality (or even better) at a lower cost. You will also learn of other items that are in demand and will make more decisions on whether to expand or add new products.

Wooden toys can be sold retail through ads, displays, and by using a little extra imagination.

For example, show a child playing with your toy in your ad (to help "plant"repparttar 116834 idea that your toys are fun to play with). Plan different ways to "push" your line -- give prizes at community affairs (raffle, children's competitions), try cable TV ads andrepparttar 116835 local newspaper.

Use a good camera to take black & white photos and haverepparttar 116836 newspaper make "cuts" of some of your best efforts to put in ads and brochures. Whenrepparttar 116837 market warrants, add color brochures with illustrations and little write-ups of your toys.

Perhaps some of them are authentic copies of antiques, or can be associated with interesting stories or history. Don't hesitate to experiment with different wood combinations and patterns.

For example, two plywood with opposing grains for strength and effect; tongue & groove glued larger pieces; checkerboard patterns (like parquet floor pieces) or anything else you can think of.

Wholesaling brings in less revenue per item but eliminates much ofrepparttar 116838 cost of advertising and time needed for dealing with potential buyers of one or two items at a time (you may be able to make much more turning out toys than selling them). Here are three proven methods for wholesaling are:

1. Store sales, Take samples and price lists to retail stores in your area and ask them to order. A variation is to mail out price lists and brochures to stores that carry similar merchandise. In this case, write a "cover" letter of 1 - 2 pages on good quality letterhead paper. Describe your products briefly (stress their quality) and their availability. Include a price list and an ORDER FORM. For stores in your area, follow up this first contact with a personal visit, phone call or another letter 2 weeks later!

2. Catalog sales. List your products with an existing catalog sales firm (printing your own is expensive and should be tried only when you are experienced).repparttar 116839 procedure is similar to mail sales to stores (above), but you also need to include your charges for packaging and shipping of a single item becauserepparttar 116840 mail catalog store can either buy your products outright or have you drop-ship them as orders come in.

3. Fair sales. arrange for a booth at trade shows, large flea markets and community fairs. Take a good selection of your merchandise, business cards, brochures, and order forms and set up an attractive display.. Althoughrepparttar 116841 objective will vary withrepparttar 116842 type of activity.repparttar 116843 general idea is to retail, make contacts, gain recognition, and to take wholesale orders.

Be especially watchful for ways to profitably use every scrap of material and reducerepparttar 116844 amount you spend for supplies.

Make little toys from pieces left over from big ones, even if it means modifying a pattern or designing a special toy so it can be fabricated mostly from materials that would otherwise be wasted. Using these materials efficiently isrepparttar 116845 purest form of profit!

The, calculate your best prices on paint, sandpaper, wood and even tools and supplies. It may be that buying glue in 5 gallon cans will save you a good deal -- unless there is a spoilage problem. In this department,repparttar 116846 most expensive thing you can do is to keep buying fromrepparttar 116847 same source without constantly checking -- and figuring how to get more for your money.

One source for fresh ideas would be subscribing to a couple of good trade magazines.

One ofrepparttar 116848 more obvious potential problem area to watch out for is overstocking items that don't sell.

The cause of this problem is invariably personal taste -- although poor sales techniques and/or shoddy work can also be contributors. Just remember that before you invest too heavily in any one product, do asrepparttar 116849 professionals do -- test market it (see how it sells).

Just because you like something is NOT a good reason to make up 10,000 of them (rememberrepparttar 116850 Edsel? -- but if your customers like them -- that's different! If your problem is shoddy work,repparttar 116851 CHEAPEST thing to do is get rid ofrepparttar 116852 problem -- wholesale them to an outlet (burn them if necessary), but don't allow them to spoil your reputation and confidence.

Finally, if they aren't selling, alter your method of advertising. If that helps, work on that aspect until you findrepparttar 116853 winning combination

Ajay Pats is a professional manager.He manages community for home based business entrepreneurs(url- and inspirational ezine(

Where to Buy Used Cars at Bargain Prices!

Written by C.L. Spartalis

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Public Car Auctions are open torepparttar general public and do not require you to have a Dealerís License. Public auctions can be an excellent place to purchase cars at wholesale prices. Some of these auctions are: Auction Repossessions of Credit Unions, Banks & Lending Institutions. Some public auctions also auction Police and Local Municipalities, City, State, & County vehicles.

Estate and Bankruptcy Auctions can be a very good place to purchase vehicles at wholesale prices. These auctions are usually advertised in newspaper classified section Or handled by Probate Estate Auctioneers.

Government Auctions are an excellent source for bargin vehicles. They include vehicles from DEA drug raid seizures, FBI, IRS, U.S. Customs Auctions, Department of Defense, General Services Auctions, Resolution Trust Corporation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Postal Services.

Rental Car Companies often sell their fleets of cars by auction. They can be a great source of cars. Contact these large companies and inquire.

Dealer Auctions can be one ofrepparttar 116833 best sources to cars at below wholesale prices. Most of these auctions require that you have a dealerís license. These auctions include lease cars, trade-ins, rentals, and fleet vehicles.

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