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Author: Heather
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Subject: Re: mms_soap pricing suggestions
Thank you everyone, this definitely helps point me in a better direction of what to consider when pricing soaps.

I'm still fairly new to making soap and am trying out tons of different recipes to find that perfect one. Do soapers generally have that one recipe they use for all their soaps minus specialties and scent/color variation?



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From: Mark <mbfleisch@???>
To: MMS Soap List <soap@???>
Sent: Tue, October 27, 2009 10:03:54 PM
Subject: Re: mms_soap pricing suggestions


By the way, it costs me $1.50 to make each packet of 2-3oz bars in a packet, and this includes the cost of shipping, the base oils, lye, essential oils, paper, raffia and labels.  Your cost to make your product should be a consideration, of course.

Mark Fleischman
Fleischman's Handmade
(510) 502-4165
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-- Margaret Mead
----- Original Message ----- From: "Mark" <mbfleisch@???>
To: "MMS Soap List" <soap@???>
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 8:56 PM
Subject: Re: mms_soap pricing suggestions


> Hi Connie,
>
> I price my soaps at the Farmers' Market at $6, plus tax, and it comes as two 3 oz bars wrapped together in one sheet of handmade Thai paper and a bow of raffia.
>
> I've heard that they could sell for more.  So, I'd say a good price would be about $1 to $1.50 per ounce.
>
> Mark
>
> Mark Fleischman
> Fleischman's Handmade
> (510) 502-4165
> "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
> -- Margaret Mead
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Connie S" <idlecaks@???>
> To: "MMS Soap List" <soap@???>
> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 8:40 PM
> Subject: Re: mms_soap pricing suggestions
>
>
>> But I'm still a bit unsure on what I should price my soap at. I average a soap bar sz of 4-4.5 oz. Could everyone tell me what they price theirs at? Or what a fair price per oz should be. I don't want to over price but something that will make everyone happy.
>>
>> Heather
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>> Heather,
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>> I really try to break down my items for example Oils purchased ounces divided by cost = so much. I include shipping in my costs also.    Then how many ounces do I use for a certain batch...how much do I use of colorants, scents etc. I know this is a little detailed, but then I figure an average of a 4 oz bar and how many do I get out of each batch....
>>
>> So an easier answer is for me a 4 oz bar $4.50 if it is just basic oils... If you make a specialty bar with more expensive oils then you would have to price it higher.  You can compare by looking at other soaper's websites in your area.
>> That would be my suggestion.  I have found a 4 oz bar everywhere from 3.50 to 10.00.....but that is for different parts of the country...(New York for the 10.00)  Just review other sites and see where you might want to price your items fairly.
>>
>> Or like my husband says, it isn't so much what I price them at, but what will the people pay for them also....
>> Good luck!
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>> Connie
>> Idle Time Crafts
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One of the things I like to do to get ideas (and because I like to look at pictures of soap) is to go to www.etsy.com and do a search for "soap". You can see what everyone is offering for sale and how much they charge. Of course, selling on etsy may not be just like selling in your area. But it's nice to see what others are doing.

Bonnie in OR


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Thank you everyone, this definitely helps point me in a better direction of what to consider when pricing soaps.

I'm still fairly new to making soap and am trying out tons of different recipes to find that perfect one. Do soapers generally have that one recipe they use for all their soaps minus specialties and scent/color variation?