Sunday, January 10, 2010

Snowberry Creek Newsletter

Hope everyone’s year is off to a great start! We have many ideas for promoting our e-tailer’s products this year, along with offering giveaways on our blog. If you are a consumer rather than an e-tailer, this year will be a fantastic opportunity for you to find some new products or a new store. I do love finding new places to shop! I especially like supporting small business owners, as I feel they are the backbone of America.

For those of you not familiar with sample boxes…I will take a few moments to explain how they work. An e-tailer (someone who operates an online store) sends in samples or full-sized products that they wish to get into the hands of the consumer. We include these items in our monthly boxes ( to market or promote their fantastic products. We offer many free promotional opportunities for our e-tailers on our blog. The minimum number of samples for a company to be included in the box is 10. This is a low minimum and you may send any number that you wish. Some people have inquired if all the products must be the same and I will assure you that you may send in a variety of your products or you may send all the same. It depends on what you wish to promote from your store. I would encourage you to take the time to make an appealing presentation with your products, as you wish to stand out & have the consumer notice your item.

Now as for the consumer, what is the advantage of a sample box? For me, the advantage is being able to “sample” products from stores I’ve never heard of or “sample” a new product from someone I have purchased from before. I have found many excellent products from our e-tailers and purchase from many of them. The sample box is a medium flat rate box packed full of products – you will receive a good variety of products and each box will have several full-sized items. The consumers (each month) are entered into the mystery prize drawing and a drawing for a free Snowberry Creek Sample Box (given away the next month).

If you wish to send in items to be included in the Sample Box, please remember the deadline is the 15th of each month. The box goes on sale the 25th of each month. We do not ever put the boxes off sale – if you purchase and we are out – we will let you know & you will be in line to receive one when more products arrive. This lets us keep our e-tailers products flowing out to the public on a continuous basis. As products arrive all month long – we are able to keep boxes going out to the consumer very quickly. Very rarely will we be completely out of products. Most times your box will ship out the next day after you order, with a delivery of 2-3 days. Shipping is included in the price of the box. We do ship internationally & we charge the actual shipping costs of the box.

We do not keep samples for our own pleasure as this is not what they were sent to us for. We only try an e-tailers product if they specifically tell us that they are sending us something to try. All products are shipped out to the consumer. Consumers may order with confidence as we have never had a box lost by USPS.

To our potential e-tailers: we promise to promote you to our utmost ability with the only cost to you being the cost of your samples. Please note that the e-tailers participating in the February Box (samples due by Feb. 15th, but may be sent in anytime after Jan. 16th to qualify) will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Wal-Mart Gift Card.

E-tailers: We are looking forward to working with you. Consumers: We are excited to be sending you some fantastic products.


Debbie & Julie


The Muse said...

As a past purchaser of the gift boxes,I can testify that these are great way to get to know the vast array of goodies out there!

My DILs loved them!

And the companies got direct orders because of that :)

So, yes...I totally agree with your post :)

The Muse said...

now th biz comment is done...HOW ARE WRANGLER???
LOL :) :)

The Muse said...

oh my gosh... I left off the "e" in the, completely did not type the word "you"....


LV said...

Thank you for your visit and some great information. I was not aware of the gift boxes.

Snowberry Creek said...

Dear Muse, you are too funny! So happy your DILs loved the boxes. They are lots & lots of fun to receive. The companies surely appreciated your direct orders. I have found more great places to shop! :)

Biz aside - I'm doing great...just like a WRANGLER should. :) Rolling with the