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April 28, 2015
Maybe it is the end of the school year for you, your group trip is fast approaching, or you need that last little push of profit. Whatever the reason, you may be in a rush to get in that last minute fundraiser. Have no fear! Not only do our orders ship out within 24 hours of ordering but we've got years of experience helping fundraising coordinators like yourself plan and get the most out of their last minute sales. Here are a few of our best tips for getting the most out of your last minute fundraiser:
Choose a Fundraiser With the Highest Profit
Going for the highest profit can be a good starting point to get the most out of each sale when you are in a time crunch. We have a large selection of items with up to 50% profit or higher, some of which are listed below, but also be sure to take the selling price into consideration. For example, our LED Flashlights are at 50% profit as are our $1 Chocolate Lover's Bars, but you make more per individual sale on the flashlights. Knowing how much profit you need to make within your time frame can help you to determine what price point would work best.
⁃ Donation Dots® 87% profit
⁃ Large Chocolate Lover's Bars 60% profit
⁃ LED Pocket Flashlights 50% profit
Choose A Top Seller
Selecting a known top selling fundraiser is another great way to make fast sales and quick profit. If you've had fundraisers in the past, you may have an idea of what you've had the most success with. If you are new to fundraising or not sure where to start, we've listed some of our top selling varieties below as a starting point. Do a little scouting around to see if there are any other fundraisers happening at the same time you will be holding yours. See what those groups are/will be selling, that way you do not inadvertently put yourself in a sales competition and oversaturate your customer base with the same items.
⁃ Supreme Selection®
⁃ $1 Chocolate Bars
⁃ Monster Variety
Making your fundraiser known to as many people as possible can only lead to more sales. Put up flyers at your organization/school/church, etc. You can also put sales flyers on the outside of your sellers' boxes, which you can download and print for free from our Tools section here. If you have a stationary setup at an event, make large poster signs to put up around you to attract customers and passersby.
Broaden Your Customer Base
Supplement your individual sales with a group sale at an event. School/group sporting events, recitals, competitions, anything where there are spectators is a great opportunity to tap into for sales. If you plan to be set up all day or multiple days, have sellers sign up for time slots and rotate out. You can also contact local businesses and see if you can set up a table outside during weekend or prime traffic hours.
March 20, 2015
One of the things we enjoy doing most is answering your fundraising questions. Whether it is 1 or 100 questions, we are happy to answer all inquiries on anything fundraising. We can even assist you in setting up a fundraiser, but if you only have questions, no worries - our no-hassle fundraising experts are here for you. Below we've assembled some of our most frequently asked questions that come through our call center and online outlets:
What is a case?
A case is the overall box/container that holds your items. You can find how many pieces are in each case on the product page for every variety we carry. In most cases, it is just one carrying box. Each case is meant for a single seller, so you would order the same number of cases that you have sellers.
Is there a minimum order?
There is none. You can order one case or as many as you need for your group size. The profit charts on the variety product pages show increments, but these are for information only, not to suggest that these amounts are the only order sizes.
How do the prizes work?
You earn prize points based on the amount of fundraising products you order from Old Fashion Candy. Typically, each case is worth one prize point, and prize points are listed on each product page. Prize points are automatically accumulated as you order so you can use them after each, individual fundraiser or save them up from multiple orders. Once each invoice has been paid in full, you will be mailed a letter notifying you of how many prize points you have earned. Prizes are listed in categories organized by number of prize points, which you can view here. To cash in your prize points you can call 1-800-500-1234 or visit us online here.
How do the Smart Snacks in School Rules affect my school fundraiser?
Candy and snacks can still be sold in schools by following the regulations, which you can find more information of here. We also offer the Smart Variety and the Choice Variety where every item meets all USDA standards to be sold on campus, during school hours. For other alternatives, our brochure and product fundraisers are also all safe to sell at school and have no restrictions against them.
Do I have to pay upfront?
We have a 30 day billing available. Most schools in the public school system have already been pre-approved with us. Some schools do require their teachers to use purchase orders. You may want to check with your bookkeeper prior to ordering, to see if this is a requirement of your school or state. For all other schools, groups or individuals, you may be approved for the 30 day billing. Contact us at 1-800-500-1234 or when ordering online select the 30-day bill option. If you select this option, we may need additional information from you to see if you qualify. We accept other forms of payment including credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal. If you call in your order, you can also send in a check or money order or pay with a check by phone.
Do you accept returns?
We only accept unopened cases of non-food items that are in good condition. Food items are not accepted for return. You should call in advance to arrange your return. Additional inspection and restocking fees of $2.00 per case will be applied to all returned merchandise.
If you've got questions, please give us a call at 1-800-500-1234 or ask us on Facebook. Our fundraising experts are happy to answer any and all inquiries you have regarding the fundraising process, as well as our products.
January 30, 2015
Make More Money
When coming up with candy fundraising varieties for you, we keep two key things in mind: quality and profit. The whole goal of fundraising is to make more money for your group and we want to help you maximize the money you raise. You can view profit margins for every item we offer on our website on each product page. We stock many fundraisers that bring you up to 50% profit including lollipops, snacks, candy varieties, brochure fundraisers and many other items. We also have OVER 50% profit items such as our large chocolate bars and Donation Dots® cards.
Be a Successful Fundraiser
Our goal is to help you be a successful fundraiser and get you to your goal! We strive to make every fundraiser as easy as possible by making your ordering process hassle free, your selling process simple and quick, and raking in that profit faster than ever. We have fundraising experts ready to answer your questions about what fundraiser to choose and how to best meet your goals. Our blog is a great resource for tips and ideas and the Tools section has downloadable and printable total sheets and other items to make your fundraiser fun and exciting.
Less Work For You
We've streamlined the fundraising process to make less work for you. You can place your order online, fax it or call in. If you call in, one of our fundraising experts can help you pick out a fundraiser and the quantity you'll need. We have a range of fundraisers to choose from so you can stand out in the crowd and have a range of selling prices so you can get items based on your customer market. Our assortments are delivered, ready to hand out to your sellers in handy carrying cases. Reorders are easy with saved previous orders in your online account, and we have no minimum order so you can order as many as you need.
Top Name Brands
We fill our cases with only top name brand products, so you never miss out on a sale. Popular products such as Reese's®, Kit Kat®, M&M's®, and more, bring you recognition and familiarity when making sales. Add to that, our selection of $1 and $2 varieties in most brands to widen your fundraising choices even more. We organize each variety to maximize selection, assortment, and quality.
Ships in 24 Hours
Most of our orders ship within 24 hours of ordering, and many go out the same day. Our quick shipping means you get started raising money faster. All products are shipped directly from our facility via UPS and are delivered 2 to 5 days after shipping.
By ordering fundraisers through Old Fashion Candy, you automatically build points toward free prizes. Each case/card has a prize point value and automatically accumulate as you purchase fundraisers. We will send you a letter notifying you how many prize points you have earned. You can also call 1-800-500-1234 and speak with one of our customer service team members.
You can use your prize points right away or save them up to cash in for larger items. You can use your prizes as rewards to top sellers, class/group gifts or even to auction off at a raffle to earn more money for your cause. Prizes are listed by point quantity, and you can see all of our prizes here on our website.
No matter your selling group size, profit goal or experience with fundraising, we are here to help you succeed! Please call us at 1-800-500-1234 or reach out to us on our Facebook page with any questions or to get started on your best fundraiser yet!