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Eek!  Why do your
crackers cost so much,
Gillian?
 
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How do you arrive at your prices, Gillian?

It is only rarely that I have customers question the cost of my crackers - most folks realize they take a lot of time and money to make and I try to use only quality fillers. AND I do pay North American wages to the Elf Staff - not overseas cheapie rates like nearly every other cracker company on the planet!  But this week one customer enquired about this and a corporate customer last week wondered why I couldn't produce them for 60 cents each!  Oh, my goodness! So I have decided to share with you my costing formula by illustrating how much the crackers might cost YOU were you to make them at home!

TRY THIS - MAKE 10 CRACKERS:
1) Find, purchase all of your materials (time, materials)
2) Create your activity page - designing the puzzles, trivia. (time)
3) Print the pages out (time, materials - coloured printing = $$$)
4) Cut tissue to make hats, cut & glue. (time, materials)
5) Find holiday jokes. Print & cut each one. (time, materials)
6) Fold activity pages (time)
7) Pack activ. pages, hats, jokes, pencils in cello. (time, materials)
8) Cut tissue to wrap rolls (time, materials)
9) Wrap and tape tissue (time, materials)
10) Cut ribbon to tie ends. (time, materials)
11) Tie one end (time)
12) Pack puzzle packs, chocolate, decorations & goodies into crackers (time, materials)
13) Tie remaining end.

NOW...
- What were your total costs for the supplies?
- How long did it take you it total to make those TEN crackers?
- How much do you feel your time is worth per hour? Take that hourly wage and divide it by however many crackers you can create in ONE hour (including ALL the tasks involved above). Add the cost of your cracker wages to your per-cracker costs.

A
big chunk of time needs to be paid for to cover the time taken up with shipping. It takes time to carefully pack the crackers with tissue, add other little goodies and a card, seal it all up and then do the on-line shipping, printing & attaching the postage labels. And more time for filling in customs forms for boxes going to the USA. The boxes are puchased to fit the crackers ensuring they arrive at your door in the best shape possible - another necessary cost.  The result is both a shipping AND a handling fee

Being a business, I have further expenses. There is a very considerable amount of time spent emailing and chatting with customers, answering questions, checking on deliveries, talking to suppliers, doing paper work, bookkeeping, taxes, employee paydays, website design and updates, social media updates, historical research for new cracker varieties along with supply sources and cleaning the workshop. Then there are costs such as rent, shelving, cabinets, office supplies, telephone, heat, hydro, multiple printers, computers, software, adding machines, weigh scales, tools, scissors, print and web advertising, web hosting, lightbulbs - you name it!  I'm sure I've forgotten a slew of stuff.

I also try (but don't always achieve) a tiny profit margin for re-investing into the business and as a payday reward for being a very hard-working Chief Cracker Elf! 

So, now ya know!  There is a LOT packed into that $7 or so price tag!

Cheers Everyone!
Gillian













SHIPPING NOTES:

Important - Please Read.
You will be asked to agree to these terms in the shopping cart.

We cannot fill your order unless you agree to the terms in the Shipping Notes. Thnx!


 


All Regular Season Deliveries



ALL orders are considered 'CUSTOM' orders.
Because of the fresh candy and personal nature of our crackers,
we do not have boxes of crackers
sitting on inventory shelves ready to mail out.

Every order takes time to fill, pack and ship.

Please do NOT assume a delivery date
.
If ordering crackers required in less than 3 weeks, check with us first via EMAIL.

Because each order is custom-filled,
we do not accept cancellations nor do we refund orders once they are placed!



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Shipping - Important!




Shipping Methods
ALL orders are now shipped via the Canadian and USA Postal Services.
We no longer will ship via any courier services.
Customers who live in 'gated' communities where only couriers deliver
should make alternative shipping address arrangements

Local orders can be picked up in person - please arrange a time via
EMAIL.



Tracking Numbers
Very small, lightweight packages may not be shipped with a tracking #.

Otherwise, when your order is shipped, you will receive ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
EITHER:
Confirmationn from PayPal including a tracking number.
OR
An email from GillianCrackers with a tracking number.





Delivery Times
MOST boxes take 2-12 business days to arrive at your home or business
unless you have requested and paid for Express shipping.


Smaller, out of-the-way or extreme northern communities may take longer for delivery!
Holiday mail especially the 2 weeks before Christmas can be a bit slower.

**** DELIVERY TIMES FOR REMOTE OR SMALLER DESTINATIONS ****

For Hawaii, Alaska, NWT, Yukon, Nunavut and some areas within Labrador - please order extra early.

For delivery to Britain or Europe, please allow 2 full months MINIMUM.
Christmas orders to the UK should be placed by September 15th at the very latest.

 


Didn't Receive your Box?

If you have a tracking number and have not received your parcel within the expected amount of time and have concerns about receipt after checking that tracking number online at: www.canadapost.ca.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POST OFFICE.
PLEASE DO NO CONTACT US FIRST!


The responsibility for delivering your parcel rests with your post office and they are the best ones to help you. When you contact them, be prepared with your tracking # and the shipping date.





Delivery Destinations
Smaller, out of-the-way or extreme northern communities,
may take longer for delivery!


For Hawaii, Alaska, NWT, Yukon, Nunavut
and some areas within Labrador - please order extra early.

Holiday mail especially the 10 days before Christmas can be a bit slower.

For delivery to Britain or Europe, please allow 2 full months.
Christmas orders should be placed by September 15th at the very latest!

Otherwise express shipping costs will be applied
.


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Check Your Information!


Ensure the following are correct:

Billing Address
Shipping Address
Phone # of sender
Email Address (This is VERY important! Please check carefully!)

Your shipping label will be printed exactly as supplied by you.
Please ensure it is correct!

Every year at least a few parcels are mis-delivered
due to incorrect address information.


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Travelling?

Consider giving us your destination as your shipping address
or let us know when you expect to leave home for the holidays.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BOARD AIRPLANES WITH HOLIDAY CRACKERS.
You likely will be required to leave them behind!

Let us know EARLY where you are going and we will,
if it is within our abilities, ship them on ahead of you to your destination.



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Signature Receipts

FOR THE USA & UNITED KINGDOM: We know that not all of our customers want a signature receipt however it is required by YOUR country's post office when your box is delivered. This is a post office requirement and unfortunately we are unable to request that your box be left without someone signing for it.

FOR CANADA: It may be possible to have your box left at your home without a signature required. However, this is always left to the discretion of your postal carrier who will only leave the box if it is deemed to be safe. It may help if you leave a note on the door with the tracking number, your name and the date requesting the box be left on your porch or some other safe location around your home.
If you would prefer "No Signature Receipt Required", please note this in your shopping cart when you place your order.

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Thanksgiving Deliveries


Canadian Thanksgiving is October 14th, 2013
Thanksgiving
crackers will be shipped for expected receipt 10 DAYS preceeding Thanksgiving or earlier.
Canadian orders must be placed no later than September 15th.

Canadian orders will be accepted until September 15th only.

USA Thanksgiving is November 28th, 2013
Holiday crackers will be shipped for expected receipt 10 DAYS preceding Thanksgiving or earlier.
USA orders must be placed no later than October 1st.

USA orders will be accepted until September 15th only.

For all Thanksgiving deliveries
We cannot guarantee a particular delivery date -
only that we will have your box at your preferred delivery address
during the week preceeding Thanksgiving or earlier.

We leave the packing of holiday crackers until right before the holiday
in order that the contents, candy in particularly, will arrive fresh and delicious.

If you have travel plans or an early Thanksgiving celebration
and are concerned about your crackers reaching you in time,
send us an EMAIL and we will see if it is possible for us to ship earlier
or to forward on to your holiday destination..




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Christmas & New Year Deliveries

We have changed our ordering policy for 2013,
Please Read Carefully.



Canadian orders:
:: All orders placed prior to October 1st will be shipped by November 29th.
Expected Delivery Date: by December 5th


:: All orders placed between October 2nd and November 15th will be shipped by December 13th.
Expected Delivery Date: by December 19th.


Orders placed after November 15th will incur additional Express Shipping Charges
and will be shipped mid-December.

Expected Delivery Date: by December 24th.
Express shipping charges for orders placed in December may apply.
You will be notified of the amount & charged at shipping time


USA orders:
All orders placed prior to October 1st will be shipped by November 29th.
Expected Delivery Date: by December 14th

:: All orders placed
between October 2nd and November 15th will be shipped by December 10th.
Expected Delivery Date: by December 23rd.

Orders placed after November 15th
and will be shipped mid-December.
Expected Delivery Date: by December 24th.
Express shipping charges for orders placed in December will apply

in most cases. You will be notified of the amount & charged at shipping time

CHRISTMAS CRACKER SALE

We have only ONE
Thanksgiving/Christmas cracker sale per year - usually sometime between Easter and mid-July.

Some items offered throughout the sale are not othrewise available
on our website.

The salelasts for about 10 days and
it is available only to subscribers
of our monthly newsletter.

If you wish to benefit from our annual sale, please sign up HERE.



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Shipping Zone Chart
Please select your shipping zone from the chart below.


USA ZONE CHART

Please choose your state to determine your Shipping Zone for the shopping cart.

  CANADIAN ZONE CHART

Please choose your state to determine your Shipping Zone for the shopping cart.
State Zone   Province/Territory Zone
Alaska 5   Alberta 4
Alabama 3   British Columbia 4
Arkansas 3   Manitoba 3
Arizona 4   New Brunswick 3
California 5   Nfld & Labrador 4
Colorado 4   North West Territories 5
Connecticut 1   Nova Scotia 3
District of Columbia 1   Nunavut 5
Delaware 1   Ontario 1
Florida 3   Prince Edward Island 3
Georgia 3   Quebec 2
Hawaii 5   Saskatchewan 3
Iowa 3   Yukon 5
Idaho 4      
Illinois 2      
Indiana 2      
Kansas 3      
Kentucky 2      
Louisiana 3      
Maine 2      
Maryland 1      
Massachusetts 1      
Michigan 2      
Minnesota 3      
Mississippi 3      
         
Missouri 3      
Montana 4      
N. Carolina 2      
N. Dakota 3      
Nebraska 3      
New Hampshire 2      
New Jersey 1      
New Mexico 4      
Nevada 5      
New York 1      
Ohio 1      
Oklahoma 3      
Oregon 5      
Pennsylanvia 1      
Rhode Island 1      
South Carolina 3      
South Dakotaa 3      
Tennesee 2      
Texas 3      
Utah 4      
Vermont 1      
Virginia 2      
Washington 5      
West Virginia 1      
Wisconsin 2      
Wyoming 4      


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