We are a family run on line retailer. I started the business in 2017 as an educational tool for my twin grandchildren (and if this goes well, I have other grandchildren I will be looking for business models). The plan is to develop a business which will provide funding for their college education and beyond. Though in elementary school today, they have provided input and have made out orders for some of the merchandise we sell. They receive a quarter for every item orders, the rest is re-invested in the company to increase our inventory and selections.
We want to being friends and family back around the table for face to face conversation either through puzzles, game play, science projects, etc where there is interaction and fun. Plan a time week;e, bi-weekly or monthly for activities centered around interaction by turning off the electronic screens and having time together. Have a game night, invite people to "drop in" and have some fun games to play where you can laugh, snack and build lifetime memories and friendships. Puzzle together, glue and frame the puzzle when its done. My parents had a puzzle table where when you drop in you could add a piece or two (they preferred you add more). When I visit today, one of those puzzles I added pieces to is framed by the door, a reminder of family time together.
We have experimented with various price models. Today, exclusively online retailers are multiple stipulations placed on their ability to buy and sell. Many suppliers will not allow us to sell on Marketplace sites (Amazon, Ebay, etc.), of those that do, a number require a MAP agreement (Minimum advertised price) which does not limit what we can sell an item for, just what we can list it for (that's why some retailers say to inquire for price). We want to list our price so we have decided to retail at MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail price) with a discount for buying on our site rather than the marketplace sites we list on. We realize there are numbers of companies who sell at far less (we tried and it did not change the amount we sold, we just had less to reinvest). We do have additional discounts available to you through signing up for our newsletter, a rewards program and shipping.
We found one of the biggest expenses is freight. Shipping costs to us for what we sell, and shipping costs in sending items to you. While we are limited in what we can provide, shipping international is a high cost (usually 2-3x's the retail price), plus what might be charged at customs which we also have no control over, we decided we could do something within the lower 48 states (Continental United States) by offer flat rate shipping at $7.99 for everything under $50 dollars and free for $50 or more. Our hope is to maintain this structure, though we know we are at the mercy of the carriers we use, USPS and FED-EX (mainly smartpost). We usually ship priority because we want your package to arrive ASAP.
We ship almost everything same day if ordered by 5 pm (the post office ships out next day though we drop packages off at a pick-up point til 7 pm and to FED-EX same day except weekends).
If its out of stock or you don't see it listed email us, we place regular orders with our suppliers to replenish and increase or stock.
We hope you become regular customers, send us suggestions for lines you would like to see (firstname.lastname@example.org).