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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Love Token Cost


I bought issue 23 of "Mollie Makes" a few months ago. It's British so I guess I paid about $7, I bought it for mild amusement but decided to spend a miserable Sunday afternoon making the little fox character for my daughter in Hobart....just a little love token much to the bemusement of our son ("Yeah but what do you do with it?" "Well she'll just put it on her desk for a couple of weeks and think of me and then she'll give it to someone else or give it to the dog or spill coffee on it and throw it away"). I start to wonder if this is a silly idea because part of me agrees with Mr. Practical.

The relevant instructions are roughly five pages out of 100 so 5% of the magazine cost would be 35 cents.
I purchased one piece of orangish coloured felt for 90 cents and used a third of it so we'll call it 30 cents. 
I used leftover floss and felt from my stash so lets call it another 10 cents worth.
The stuffing was a couple of handfuls 
So I am going to cost the actual little piece of affectionate folly at no more than 80 cents. It is about 7cm x 5cm, just a small trinket.

I want to surprise my daughter and post it to her 200km away in Hobart - same State - just a 2hr drive....
$6.45
It weighs only 3g but it is more than 2cm thick so it can't be classified as an envelope item but must be classified as a parcel. I'm definitely thinking this is a silly idea.

So I took it home and gave it some thought and then squished the life out of it between the pages of a small many years obsolete mobile phone instruction book and taped it to a flat 2 cm yet less than 125g weight envelope size. 
So I got my love token cost done to $2.00 in total.
Seriously Australia Post there has to be a better way of rate calculation. I have just added 120g weight and reduced my cost by $5.25 but the extra weight to petrol ratio has cost you more.

Are you re-thinking your parcel post this Christmas?
What are your ideas for low cost far flung gift ideas? 


4 comments:

  1. Hey Tanya, don't get me started on Australia Post and their ridiculous postage rates.
    Your little fox is just gorgeous and if it brings a smile to someone then it is totally worth the effort.
    Think i would've just popped it in a normal envelope and thrown some stamps on it and fingers crossed, hehe.......
    I've found that a small pincushion that I would sell at a market for approx. $7.00 would cost $15.00 to post to the UK, because of the thickness of it!!So if I wanted to sell one online, I would probably 'flatpack' it and suggest the purchaser stuff and stitch it themsleves!!
    Not happy........

    CLaire x

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  2. I do hope she appreciates it after so much love, determination and hard work has gone into the making and posting of it!! Our postal service is just as ridiculous here. M x

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  3. Its gorgeous !

    I found cd boxes were the cheapest for postage slightly plumpy things. $1.00 to post (last year).

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  4. I did the same thing when I wanted to send a miniature cushion to my daughter in America. I put it into a ziplock bag and expelled the air. Also something that I am not sure what she is going to do with it, but as I said it was sent to her chock a block full of my love which I hope oozes out wherever she places it. Sometimes it is nice to be unpractical.

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