When Corona arrived and it overstayed its welcome it became apparent that the face masks are going to be in our lives for a while. I mean a while.
I’ve been wearing those throw away masks but that made me sad for the environment. We got one from material from the government but as it is required to wear one every time you go on public transportation, every time you go into a store or visit a place where social distancing can’t be done.One isn’t going to cut it.
But Kacha, you’re ill and stay in all the time. Yeah think again, do you know how many appointments an ill person can have? The psychiatrist, the apothecary, the unemployment office and the list goes on. But I digress, what I’m saying is that I need to out a few times a week. So I wanted to have a fun mask but as I can’t sow very well, I started to look for masks on the internet.
Amazon takes the first results on Google but then in came ‘Teespring’ , where you can ‘design’ your own mask. Designing is a big word for it as you upload a cute picture, press ‘apply’ and there you go. You have designed your own mask. To order you pay the price of the mask itself, a handling fee and shipping costs. No problem there, you may think, but it is exactly where my problem started.
As I made some t-shirts and a tote bag for ‘Food.for.Thoughts’ I mean, how cool is that to have your own merch? I wanted to order a few items for myself for my birthday. As I recall well, I wanted the tank top, the tote bag and two masks. All said, chosen and added to the basket, the total was a big surprise. Why you may ask, as I set the price as low as possible. I needed to pay for shipping for every item. Only and only when you order two of the same kind, your shipping will go down. So, to be transparent: a golden face mask (for the upcoming festive season, I’m really a head of my game here) costs 8.99 euros. 17.98 for two masks plus 0.65 euros (handling fee) + 5.84 (shipping fee) makes 22.31 euros for two masks which seems to be a reasonable price if quality is good. So far so good. And 1 euro per mask goes to a charity. That is something that I like very much. Roughly 20 euros for 2 masks and 2 euros to a nonprofit organization to help feed children in need.
Let’s try my initial order. I wanted a tote bag with the logo of my site which comes in at 15.00 euros, a t-shirt with the logo (17.00) and a green leafy mask for 9.99. When I proceed to check-out this all will cost me the whopping amount of 55.44 euros. Did I miss something in elementary school?
I don’t know if I’m being frugal here but I’m used to pay for shipping one time per parcel. Unless like when you order something heavy at let’s say IKEA and they bring a new table with four chairs to the convenience of your own home. With IKEA you pay more when it’s a heavy package. You pay more one time, not per chair, keep that in mind.
Back to Teespring. 15 + 17 + 9.99 = 41.99 plus shipping [3.99x 3 (!)] + handling fee (up to 0.57 per item) = 55.44 euros! And that falls in the too expensive category for me. Although I really would like to have that tote bag …
You pay shipping costs per item that you buy. Is that the way things normally work?
What do you think about this? Are you surprised as well about the shipping fee or do you think that I’m overreacting here and that it is a reasonable price to pay because you have the liberty to design your own things. Which it very fun, I must admit that. Let me know in the comments please, as I’m still a bit confused.
My very personal opinion about it is, is that as you choose your own logo, colors etc, you become emotionally invested in the bag, mug, mask or umbrella and you think you want it more, which makes you throw money at it. You’re also invited to promote your own designs through your social media accounts. So actually, you are working for them by making promotion. On the other hand if you are good at it, you can ask a higher price and keep the profits. Did I mention already that it’s confusing to me? Over to you in the comments for your piece of mind. Do you have any experience with that brand? Is the quality good?
Note: As I am not thrilled about the whole experience, I guess I will remove my store soon. First I want to read your opinion on it, maybe I’ve missed the whole clue here.