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  1. CraniumDesigns

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    Thinking about offer greeting cards for sale. One of my prints would be on the front, then all white on the inside and back. They would cost me about $1.55 each to produce after printing and shipping. How much would you pay for one? I'm hoping at least $3-4 to make it worth it. Maybe a discount if you buy 3 or more. Like $4 each, or 3 for $10?

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    Dont waste your time on that. You wont be able to compete with Costo or Shutterfly (with their personalized picture). I say scrap your idea.
     
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    You can always open your own (free) Zazzle (or similar) shop, link it to your site. You can upload any of your shots onto products (including cards) and sell them that way. People search the marketplace and if you have standout stuff, it will sell.

    Good luck.
     
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    horrible advice. i know several photographers who do exactly what i wanna do and they sell very well at shows. people want NICE stuff on greeting cards, not their crappy pics.
     
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    thanks. this would be good for selling online, but moo is cheaper, and once zazzle takes their cut it hardly seems worth it.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    So why are you asking here?

    Ask the several photographers you know that are presumably in the same market area you are!

    What sells well and for $3 a pop in LA LA Land, may sell for $5, or $2 here in Iowa.

    Asking pricing recommendations while providing so little information about the product, on an international forum no less, is near useless.
     
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    There are a lot of nice blank cards sold at stores already. I am just saying. It sounds like you have made up your mind.
     
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    My wife sells limited edition photo gift cards though a small mailbox and shipping stores in a local mini-mall...she gets $3.00 each for them, and they are basically a small print glued to a piece of folded card stock...not even "printed". They are sold as "authentic, artist-created cards." For some reason, in today's market, the word "authentic" has cachet with customers. It's actually quite a racket for her...
     
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    Why not but I don't get the cost. You could do it at home on your own printer for less than that.
     
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    yeah, but it's a lot less work this way. less paper buying, cutting, etc... i just want something i can order and sell right out of the box.

    i've decided on $4 each or 3 for $10. talked to several women today and they said that seemed like a good figure.
     
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    There are a few photographers in Sedona, Arizona that sell cards for $3-$4.50 each. The problem is that they had to supply a display (those free standing, spinning wire racks or Plexiglas counter top displays) which cut into their profits. I would suggest selling pictures of the local scenery where tourists shop to maximize your sales.

    Have Fun,
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    yeah, im order a display too, but its only like $60 one time. if ur making $2.45 profit per card, thats paid off in 25 cards. :)
     

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