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Thanks a lot, very clear explanation. Now I have a good idea on how to do it :D
I am very happy I found Easy Stone and you at the forum. You have been very helpful Tim.

Best regards!

You're welcome!!  Like sskeetr1 said... feel free to ask anything at any time.



Great info Tim, even us vet's can use some info as well so dont ever feel bad about asking a question on here Malena..


Hope it helps ya out!

Tim




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Malena, 

First, you are welcome.

As for pricing or how much you should charge, that really depends on what you are going to do and your game plan. I will try to explain how We do things.


Selling to a School or specific client:
When I create a design that is unique to a specific client that no one else can use... Like Mary's Salon, or A School or whatever... I will charge a design fee of $45 per hour or part there of... regardless of what type of shirt or product I produce for them.  So my art charge is always $45 per hour... or $30 for 1/2 hour.   when doing bling... I add the cost of the template material... I basically double my cost... and I explain it is a one time cost... and if they ever need to re-order... even if it is a single shirt... that template is already made... so there's no other cost.   I have never ran into someone complaining about the cost for the template.   As for pricing on stones... I try to do stick with 3 - 6 times the cost depending on the business.  So if the stone design costs me $2.00 I want to sell it for at least $6.00  Some schools I can get more because they are selling it for a higher profit margin too.  So a regular T-shirt I sell to the schools for $7.00 for 1 color screen printed shirt.  They resell for $12.   Bling I sell for $17.00 for simple designs and as high as $20 for a more complicated design... They will resell for $24 - $29.

So doing it this way where you are figuring all your costs and making a profit margin across the board... then you cant get hurt.  But there's no right or wrong way of doing pricing as long as you are profitable and feel you are making enough at the end of the day.  I hope that makes sense.

As for doing pre-made designs, pre-cut templates, etc.   This is tricky because your design process, which most of your time will be invested... how do you determine how to profit to make on that when you dont know how many of the design you will sell?   Currently I dont sell that way... but thinking about it.  In thinking about it I think the way I would do it for selling transfers is I would come up with a set figure per 1/2 hour to assign a valuation to my time for designing.  And as long as that is covered with the sale of 2-3 templates... everything beyond that is gravy.    So for example... Lets say I evaluate my time to $20 an hour.  Which is $10 for a 1/2 hour.  That would be approx $3.30. per template if selling 3 templates.  Plus add the cost of the stones.  So if your selling a template for $6.50 after the 3rd one your profit per template increases dramatically... because the cost of design is no longer figured into it.  You will have to play with some  numbers which works for you.  If you are selling a lot of designs and templates... then the design aspect should not be a issue for you to recoup your time investment... and not something you need to be concerned with as part of your pricing structure.  But then you have stones and time frame to cut templates or making transfers to consider.   Now you know why there's not a simple answer.  :)

In short the way I think I would do it...

If selling Designs... That is simple... I would take valuation of the time it took and sell it like that.  So if it took me 1/2 to design... then I would sell the design for $12.99 or so.  If it took only 15 minutes $6.99.  Took an hour.. .maybe $20. very similar to how kevin prices his out at.  So if one sells thats it... your time is paid for and everything else is profit!!!

Selling templates... gotta add the cost of the template material to that... and dont forget profit on the template.

Selling Transfers... you have the initial cost of template material and then the on going cost of stones and transfer tape etc.

As long as you are paid back for your time within 1 - 3 sales then you are in great shape.   So you want to create designs that will be useful. 

If there is anyone else with some feedback who sells as Malena wants to.. .please chime in.

Maybe I will try to figure out a formula for these things in my Pricing Calculator.



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Hello again Melana,

On a lot of Kevin's product pages you see the stone color & size break down as well as stone count and the cost for the design based on 50 gross stones.  You can see what I mean here:  http://www.easystonetemplates.com/HTML/store.htm#!/~/product/category=3538280&id=25303548

This can be done using the Easy Stone Macro.

On the Misc tab, right click on the Set Stone Sizes and Spacing button.
You will get the stone pricing set-up dialog box with form fields to fill out.
In the drop down make sure you have Standard selected.

Now depending on what you want to do determines what you will need to do next. Do you want to use the tool to get your cost for stones for a specific design or provide customers with the cost for stones for a design?

If you want to know your pricing... on that Stone Pricing Set-Up dialog box there is a button label Get Online Stone Pricing.  Simply click that and you will see that the prices from Easy Stone's pricing is automatically filled in for each color and each size for you.  The pricing is per gross... based on purchasing 50 gross at a time. After you get the online pricing click on save pricing and your done!

Then when you create a design... select the entire design... on the Misc tab in Easy Stone... click on Stone Use Report.   You will get a new Stone Count Report diolog box that will show the measurements and what stones and sizes are used and how many etc.  Under that you will see a button titled Calculate Price.  click on it and your cost for that design is shown.  You can then choose to add to document. 

Note:  if you do add to document you may not see it... you have to zoom way out... as there is a error is the scripting that Kevin is aware of and working on to correct.  But when you do find it and move it to the proper location you will see all the same information is there plus the pricing.

Now if you want the price to reflect your retail price... you will need to manually enter your retail price per gross for stones.  So if you pay $1 per gross but you are selling at $2 per gross for crystal SS10... then you would enter that $2.00 amount in the Crystal SS10 field.  Make all your changes and save and when you run the report... your retail pricing will now show.  :)


If you are looking for a way to figure all aspects of the design, including transfer tape cost & profit, Template material cost and profit, heat press material, etc.  There is a way to do it via MS Excel... and you would need to know how to do formulas and macros pretty well to get it all to work together.  Or you can do it for design by design case.

The basic formular would be first to determine your cost per sq. inch for material.  then take that cost times by the amount used and then take that figure and add your profit to it. 

So for example... lets say you pay $1 per foot for 12" transfer Tape.  Thats 144 square inches.  that works out to .007 cents per sq. inch.  So if you used a 9 X 12 piece for a transfer... thats 108 Sq. inches... so that would be .$0007 X 108 =  $0.76 is your cost for that transfer tape.  If you have 100% mark-up... then your retail price for that portion of your template would be $1.52.   Follow me?

You would do that same thing for template material... and for any heat transfer material.... or anything else that you use up square inches of.   Dont forget to include waste in your figuring sizes for square inches.  Or you can simply add X amount of a percentage for waste.

Add up all the different figures and theres your pricing.   I know I know sounds complicated... and it is a pain in the butt to do for each and every design. 

Well there is some good news.... Im working on a Excel Pricing Calculator to be able to determine cost, pricing and to see what your profit is.  Simply by filling in a few fileds.  I dont know if that would be of interest to you or other users?   

A couple of years ago I created and use something very similar for our screen printing, embroidery and Business Printing Businesses and it works great.  So I can make one for rhinestones rather easily.  Something nice and simple and fool proof... and hopefully others may find it useful  :)

Tim

 


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Hello Melana,

It is a pleasure to meet you.   Its almost 3 am here in NY... and Im about to turn in but I will respond tomorrow wit more information.

Thank you for being a member here on the forum and if there is anything you have questions about... feel free to post them.

Tim


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Easy Stone v3.0 - Beta 6 Preview...

I know many of you are waiting on this feature and we have it partially implemented today...

This is the Glitter Fill for Mockups...

Yes you can do it in CorelDRAW if you know how but even if you know how it takes many clicks but now with this new Glitter Fill option in Easy Stone you just pick your shapes, pick your glitter color and one button bam!... Perfect glitter fills design by Tim R. from Print-N-Tees.   Thanks Tim!

Check it out here...

http://youtu.be/7akFVEoAmcw

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Design of the Day / Design of the Day for July 8th, 2013
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:14:24 pm »


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Design of the Day / Design of the Day for July 7th, 2013
« on: July 07, 2013, 12:36:35 pm »


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Design of the Day / Design of the Day for July 6th, 2013
« on: July 06, 2013, 10:05:42 pm »


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Design of the Day / Design of the Day for July 5th, 2013
« on: July 05, 2013, 04:27:50 pm »


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If you are a Design of the Day Membership Subscriber,
you can download this image today for free at www.EasyStoneTemplates.com

Are you not a subscriber yet?  Try it out for 7-Days for FREE!
Visit the Easy Stone Design Shop and click on the Freebies category to start your 7-Day Free Trail.

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Easy Stone Macro - Show Off Your Work / Re: Cancer Design
« on: July 05, 2013, 04:23:15 pm »
Thats Great!   If there's anything else I can do for you... let me know.

Tim


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Hey Liz, Skeet is correct, Just drop Kevin an eamil at info@easystonetemplates.com and he will get you fixed up.  This happens sometimes on the Beta versions.

Tim

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Easy Stone Macro - Show Off Your Work / Glitter Textures for Mock-Ups
« on: July 03, 2013, 06:49:26 pm »
Hello Everyone!

As you all know Kevin over at Easy Stone Templates has started designing Multi-Decoration designs featuring glitter heat transfer material.  Here is an example of a couple of how one of the designs look when you change the color of the glitter material.  Great for mock-ups.  You can see the detail and notice that the pattern does not repeat... nor does it mirror.  :)

Very easy to change for making mock-ups for your clients.

Tim

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This came out really well!   Really awesome.  Like the bling as accents on the butterfly.

Tim

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Easy Stone Macro - Show Off Your Work / Re: Cancer Design
« on: July 03, 2013, 03:23:51 pm »
Wow!!!  This came out awesome!!!  One of the best cancer designs... and we do a lot of cancer stuff.   Amazing!!

Great job!!!   Thanks for sharing it!

Tim

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