Friday, February 04, 2011

Why I’m never going to be a millionaire

A hand-made card sells for £3 via a popular artisan website


Listing fee of 7pence and selling fee of 15pence comes off.

Popular online payment method used – transaction fee of 30pence comes off.

Packaging in the form of card-backed envelope at 50pence each comes off

Postage to the customer comes off at 47pence

£3.00 – 0.07 – 0.15 – 0.30 – 0.50 – 0.47 = £1.51 to the maker


Plain card and envelope are purchased for 62pence each.

Retail packaging of plastic cover / case are 7pence each.

Materials in the form of glue, printing ink, rubber stamps, inkpads and postage stamps are negligable but certainly accrue, for the sake of argument, at about 2pence per card.


Making the card, photographing, packaging and storing the card, listing it online and managing any sales, wrapping, invoicing and queuing to mail the card, as well as all and any profit  I care to claim…



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