News Flash! ... The Rhody Cruisers is SOLD OUT
While at the Fall Picnic, I met 3 new potential Rhody Cruisers members. They were a pleasure to meet, and bring even more great cars and fresh faces to the Club. When called to order their jackets, I was told there are exactly 3 back Patches in stock. Hmmm. As a jacket i a standing requirement for membership, then the club is Sold Out. I spoke with our vendor Scott at BNT Promotions about our options going forward. In the past BNT Promotions purchased the patches in advance from their vendor then stored them pending our new orders. They would then get reimbursed for the patch in the order process. Scott said they could not now advance the cost of $500 for a minimum order of 25 patches. I asked Scott to check out our options and let me know. This is what he said...
...I'd be happy to help on the project by charging our cost for the patches to get here. We'll be happy to store them and keep them. You can request them anytime if you chose to use another embroidery company.
If you ordered 25 Patches, our net cost is $20/Patch w/the Freight In, so there would be $500 outlay. We would charge you only our cost to keep costs down to you, and we'd make the markup, and application charge when you did your orders. Jackets would be $20 Less ($100) when they are ordered.
We could do direct embroidery on the jackets. We would need to send the logo out and have it programmed. The programmer is estimating the stitch count at 130,000 stitches. The digitizing charge/one time embroidery setup charge is $325 from our current supplier. Once we have that file, we can do the embroidery in house at BNT. The jacket pricing would change to $150 per Jacket, with all logos done, increasing from $120. Each jacket would have direct embroidery on the back.
To me, buying new patches is the cheapest way to go, and keeps our jackets as low cost as possible, even though the initial investment is higher. Jacket prices stay at $120.
If we use embroidery, we own the program and it can be run at any embroidery shop. It could be applied to other apparel items. How about a cool leather vest?
The cost is $30 more per Jacket, plus $325 cost.
Um... Who is "We"? ...We are not a "legal" club and can own nothing...
-- lets talk more about that.
The real problem is that we are not a "Real Car Club", and have no dues. We have no funds to pay for anything. The option then, is to seek Private Funding. The Club needs $500 to order the next 25 patches. The interest rate is none, but will be paid back at the rate of $20 for each order. At the current enrollment rate that may take a couple of years.
Place contact me privately if you are interested or have comments..