I think I finally, finally found a way to be able to afford to sell small packets of powder and small packets of herbs. I had to try out five different potential solutions, but I think the one I’ve got now will work. You’ll see a little widget on the page telling you about price breaks you get at certain tiers, like so:
Listing, site, and processing/transaction fees are breathtaking, and many of them are a flat fee per transaction plus a percentage. 50 cents plus 3.5% plus 2% off the top of every transaction is maybe not such a big deal if everything you stock starts at $20 or something, but if you want to offer an array of things under $5, you cannot actually afford to do it sometimes (and this isn’t even considering what it costs per item to list something, or per month to have the shop to list things in). But most people do not want or need 3 ounces of Cut & Clear powder, and they want to be able to get just one candle or just one pinch of something without having to buy a whole box or a whole ounce or whatever.
The amount you have to charge for a single item in this scenario is a little painful. But then if somebody orders multiples in a single transaction, they really get screwed paying the single-packet price for all of them.
So hopefully this allows me to offer sub-$5 items — without losing money in doing so — while also passing on the savings to folks who place orders with a variety of items in them.
This is currently turned on for hoodoo powders and herb sampler packs, so you can mix and match. I will probably be trying to come up with a way to make this work for at least some curios, too. Please feel free to make suggestions if you think I should tweak anything about this setup, and let me know if it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to be doing!
Currently available herb sampler packets:
- Althaea leaves
- Bayberry berries, leaves, bark
- Blackberry leaves
- Black walnut shells, hulls, bark
- Blueberry leaves
- Butterfly weed
- Camphor bark, leaves
- Cedar chips
- Clover, red
- Clover, white
- Dittany of Crete
- Elder berries, leaves, roots
- Fig leaves
- Grains of Paradise
- Grape vine, leaves (muscadine)
- Hydrangea leaves, flowers, root
- Joe Pye Weed leaves, flowers
- Lemon balm
- Lemon bark, thorns, fruit peel
- Magnolia leaves
- Master of the Woods
- Mojo Beans
- Mustard seed, black
- Mustard seed, white
- Oak bark
- Orange bark, thorns, fruit peel
- Pine needles, bark
- Poke leaves, root
- Raspberry leaves
- Rose petals
- Sage, lyreleaf
- Sage, pineapple
- Sage, scarlet
- Sampson Snake Root
- Sweetgum bark, leaves, seedpods
- Violet leaves
- Wintergreen leaves
About Our Herbs
While this is far too small of an operation to be certified organic or any of that stuff, we do not engage in large-scale, resource-heavy, monoculture farming practices here. So we try not to deplete the soil, use water irresponsibly, encourage lack of genome and biome diversity, deprive animals and insects of their habitations or migration paths, or generally act like assholes and bad stewards.
That means we do not spray our herbs or fertilize them with industrial chemicals – we use only organic fertilizers and natural biological pesticides on our land (stuff like natural neem oil or insecticidal soap that I also put on my food crops and that pose no risk for human contact).
However, these are not prepared in a commercial kitchen and are not packaged/sold as food items. My herbs are intended for spiritual use in incenses, oils, altar work, etc., not for human consumption.