Posts Tagged ‘increase in product prices’

The question, “Do you offer free samples?,” is a frequent inquiry.

In the past, we did send free samples with each order, until we realized how expensive it was for our company.

In this economy, with supply prices increasing frequently, our best bet is to only offer free samples when a purchase is made.

This is the reply we gave to our most recent inquiry (today):

Due to the cost of packaging, shipping, and product manufacturing – to keep prices as low as possible for our customers, we do not offer free samples.  Upon request, we do offer samples with purchases.

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We have been working on several activities this year to ensure we keep our product prices as low as possible.

We have conciously focused on purchasing supplies in as much bulk as possible, truly short of needing a fork-lift.  By buying in bulk, we keep the bottom-line cost of base butters and oils, fragrance and essential oils, and even caps and bottles, to a minimum. 

The cost of shipping fees, ingredients, utilities, and even fuel costs have increased rapidly over the past 2 – 3 years.  We shielded our customers from the increased costs by running bulk promotions such as The Brown Bag Special, The 5-Bar Special, and Soap Logs.  We did not increase the retail price of most of our products. 

There comes a time when a company needs to increase product prices to stay afloat.  With that in mind, Annie’s Goat Hill Handrafted  Soaps plans to head back off of the slippery slope by scrutinizing the manufacturing cost of each of our products.

Our pricing will no longer be based on an average cost of ingredients, instead, each product price will be based on what it costs to produce the actual item. 

So, to bundle this up, some of our prices will decrease, such as the 4 oz goat milk lotions, and some of the unscented goat milk soaps.  Some of our prices will increase, such as our pure Patchouli Goat Milk soap.  If the cost of patchouli essential oil suddenly drops in the future, so will our pricing.

Our promise to our customers is to continue providing quality, good-for-your-skin products.  Our quality will not, and has not, changed.  A bar of our soap weighs just as much, if not more, than it did in past years.  You can count on it!

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