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    Quote Originally Posted by maple flats View Post
    Those selling 250 ML bottles for $5.00 make me wonder.....
    Good point. Standard handled 12oz bottles and custom labels front and rear cost me $1.37, 8oz bottles and labels are $1.29. I sell them for $15 and $10 respectively.
    1980 - 6 taps, stone fire pit, drain pan evaporator, 1 pint of syrup
    2016 - 55 taps on 3/16 and gravity, new sugar shack, 2x3 Mason XL, 16 gallons of syrup
    2017 - 170 taps on 3/16, 30 on buckets, 2x4 Mason XL, NextGen RO. 50 gallons of syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by maple flats View Post
    Those selling 250 ML bottles for $5.00 make me wonder. Are they the rather cheap handle bottles or similar priced glass or are they the pricey bottles like the fancy elk, moose, deer, and such or the Leaf bottles? If the latter, you pay from about $2 to over $3 for the bottles, if the cheaper ones you pay about $1 each. Are you figuring how much you make on a gallon packed that way, what the glass costs and the time it took you to fill the bottle along with the price of the labels on each? Are you making anything on the sale or are you just moving product so you can make more next year?
    You should calculate what each costs you to pack and label and the time it took for getting the syrup ready to pack, the filtering and all other costs (yes your time has a cost regardless if you take a pay or just fill idle time)
    Are you working for less than $1/day, that's what the pay rate was 120 -130 years ago or so. If you are pricing your product that cheap you will be better off selling your syrup bulk by the pound even at today's low prices and going fishing.
    I know that prices are different from region to region but I agree with Dave on this one, I wouldn't sell a Glass half pint/250ml for less than 8 dollars wholesale, I get 10$ for them and I get 7 for Plastic. Some sugar makers stop by and I can tell they think my price is high. But I never have any leftover come March. In fact most years I have had to buy syrup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsrover View Post
    Good point. Standard handled 12oz bottles and custom labels front and rear cost me $1.37, 8oz bottles and labels are $1.29. I sell them for $15 and $10 respectively.
    BTW, I'm hanging a sign that says; Don’t toss that empty syrup bottle! Return it here for $1.00 off your next one! with a little recycling emblem.
    1980 - 6 taps, stone fire pit, drain pan evaporator, 1 pint of syrup
    2016 - 55 taps on 3/16 and gravity, new sugar shack, 2x3 Mason XL, 16 gallons of syrup
    2017 - 170 taps on 3/16, 30 on buckets, 2x4 Mason XL, NextGen RO. 50 gallons of syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsrover View Post
    BTW, I'm hanging a sign that says; Don’t toss that empty syrup bottle! Return it here for $1.00 off your next one! with a little recycling emblem.
    Are you reusing the bottles? Depending on your State's regulations, reusing containers may be illegal.
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    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BAP View Post
    Are you reusing the bottles? Depending on your State's regulations, reusing containers may be illegal.
    Good point I guess....We recycle beer/soda/etc bottles so I figured why not syrup bottles? Of course they'd be washed with boiling water as I do with new bottles so they'd be just as clean, but then again, with the state of CT, who knows?!?!
    1980 - 6 taps, stone fire pit, drain pan evaporator, 1 pint of syrup
    2016 - 55 taps on 3/16 and gravity, new sugar shack, 2x3 Mason XL, 16 gallons of syrup
    2017 - 170 taps on 3/16, 30 on buckets, 2x4 Mason XL, NextGen RO. 50 gallons of syrup

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    One of the signs my wife made up for the farmers market;

    think beyond.jpg
    1980 - 6 taps, stone fire pit, drain pan evaporator, 1 pint of syrup
    2016 - 55 taps on 3/16 and gravity, new sugar shack, 2x3 Mason XL, 16 gallons of syrup
    2017 - 170 taps on 3/16, 30 on buckets, 2x4 Mason XL, NextGen RO. 50 gallons of syrup

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    Default It is all about the marketing....

    Here is my flyer. I am trying to direct sell to restaurants with it. It could be reworked, fairly quickly, for a farmer's market...

    https://goo.gl/photos/tBTTXzZKAcaLoqJcA

    (I re-read and found some language that needed changing, so the link had to change to the new .jpg of a .pdf of an open office document.)
    Last edited by amaranth farm; 06-05-2017 at 12:45 PM.

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    Great flyer, mind if i use it? This is exactly how we are going to grow the market........
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    I didn't try hard this past weekend just through out a 8' plastic table set some jugs of syrup on it. 30 for gal, 20 for 1/2, 5 for pints. It was a huge town wide yard sale weekend. I just dubbed around the house and garage when ever a car stopped I would run out. I had so many people say they are using syrup for more than pancakes. At that point i would start talking about how good syrup is for you than processed sugar.
    Virginia was the farthest state I sold too.
    Only one person who stopped didnt buy because they wanted Fancy.
    I cleared close to 200.00 this weekend just on syrup and not even trying. So I am thinking about having a large banner made with a logo on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markcasper View Post
    Keep in mind if your selling "candy", you need to be collecting sales tax.
    Oh right, yes pay more taxes- wheres the line I wanna be first. Support some more dirt bags, I would NOT pay taxes simply​because the stupid government is wasting money on these sanctuary cities when certain mayor's and governor don't seem to wanna uphold the law.. ya know what last year I got pulled over with no seatbelt I told the cop it wasn't a big deal he said it was the law.... apparently we can decide which laws we wanna uphold? Not good example for it's people- why can't I decide which taxes I want to pay.....put the cash in your pocket for the candy and put some food on your table or clothes on your back-to-back you must look out for yourself because noone else is going to it's a cutthroat world and government is #1
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