help me decide / packaging:

September 15, 2011

Hi Friends! I need your help with packaging for my rubber stamps :)
So this is my current packaging:

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The stamp and tags fit in a cello bag, it's tied with seam binding and a tag with the stamp design on it.

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But I have these cute handle boxes and think this packaging is cute too. My only thing about this packaging style, is that they can't see what is inside. The label says "rubber stamp" .. but still makes it unknown unless they actually open up the box and look inside.

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So what do you think? Do you like the current packaging or new style with handle box? Thanks for your input, I truly value each and every one of your opinions! :)

89 hello's:

  1. Hm...they're both adorable... but I think if this choice was mine, I'd go with the new packaging (just because I'm one of those customers that reuses everything).

    Hope this helps you decide!

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  2. oooo I really like the new packaging! do it do it do it! =)

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  3. I definitely vote in favour of the box!
    It's so cute!!!
    & don't we all love the kind of packaging you're going to want to keep?!
    ^_^

    {hearts}
    k.

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  4. Love both, but I think the box is super cute. One idea down the road could be a handled box like the one you have that has a "window" on it (like a baker's box) so you can see what's inside. I adore your tags, too!

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  5. I think I like the box. Just because I could find a way to reuse it for another gift down the road. Super cute!!

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  6. the box is so cute... and reusable!

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  7. I do love the box but I like the first one more because it's different and more professional. Anyone can use a favor box (they are very common) but it stands out when you use the little bag. It's just a little different and more impressive because it shows your composition skills.

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  8. I love the little box - so cute.

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  9. They're both lovely, but I like the look of the box a bit more. It feels a bit cleaner without all of that visual stuff going on. However, I can also relate to liking the cello bag because I'm one of those people who likes to see what they're buying.

    I like Happy Cactus Designs idea of putting a window on the box. It could be something to consider.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  10. I agree... I can think of sooo many things I could use that cute box for.... I love it!!!!

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  12. Just thought about it a bit more. I think I would like the cello bag a more if the ribbon and tag weren't covering up the contents of the bag. Perhaps you could consider a smaller tag and moving the ribbon up above the label. Just a thought.

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  13. I LOVE the box, and the idea of being able to reuse it is cool. I agree with the others that cutting a window could be an easy solution if you want people to be able to see inside. Either way, both are adorable so it's win win :)

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  14. i love both!!!! then again you packaging is always amazing, danni :)

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  15. The box is very cute, but maybe impractical? It's bigger, might be trickier to pack/transport/ship and I like that the cello is see through. I'd stick with the original.

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  16. I like the box but it may be more cost effective to ship the other one...but both are REALLY cute so you couldn't go wrong with either.

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  17. Maybe in the box you should put another nice white sticker and "Stamp" the model of the rubber stamp, so in that way you don´t need to open the box. And I think both package are nice one is for you and the other is for a gift

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  18. I would say it depends upon where you're selling them, Dani. If you're selling them online, the box would work fine because the buyer will already be getting a preview of what's inside when they buy. If you're selling them at shows, you might want to do the cello bags. However, overall I like the boxes better and think they look more refined and cohesive. If you want to use the boxes at shows, maybe put a platter/tray with the stamps lined up in front of the boxes so people know what it is? Does that make sense? :)

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  19. Both cute, though I'd go with the cello bags for easy mailing purposes, or the cardboard boxes for stores. :)

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  20. I really like the box! You could always have a "tester" sitting in front of it if you are selling them at a show so people could use it and see what is actually in the box.

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  21. I love the box. It's just too cute to pass up!

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  22. I like the box because it has a "cleaner" look. But I like being able to see the product. What about streamlining the cello look so it has that "cleaner" feel too?

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  23. Ahhhh so cute! I am pinning both :) I am no help bc I really like both!!

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  24. I love the box because as they say, it looks more cleaner. And I love the element of surprise. ;o

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  25. I like both, its really hard deciding on which I like best! I would enjoy receiving both! I guess I'll vote for the box though, only because I could reuse it for a cute gift! Your packaging is beautiful and you always outdo yourself! :)

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  26. It's hard to say. They are both adorable, but I think I am leaning more towards the handle box. Although they cannot see the actual physical stamp, by including a tag on the outside stamped with each particular stamp, I think that's ok. And maybe for people who like to know the style of the stamp, i.e. with or without a handle, maybe include a silhouette image of the shape of the stamp as well. Plus I agree with BeeBopp23, the box is more easily reusable which is always good! Good luck!

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  27. I like the new packaging! -Meredith

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  28. The box is amazing.

    How about a b&w sticker styled like a "Nutritional Facts" (food packaging) with a silhouette photo of the contents of the box.

    The sticker can be placed on the backside or discreetly on the bottom.

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  29. i love the little gable box. love it.
    +++
    but more importantly - how do i get my hands on some of those stamps?!
    love, lindsay

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  30. Of course both of the choices are cute!!! I would go with the bag because you can see all the components and it makes for easy shipping :)

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  31. the box is cute but as a consumer, I would be more apt to purchase the stamp in the bag. I want to see what I'm purchasing.

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  32. I like the box!

    Margaret from Canada

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  33. I LOVE the old packaging. The new one is cute as can be, too, but the old one is so EXCITING to be able to see everything! :)

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  34. hey danni! love the old packaging BUT the new one is even more awesome! i say you switch it up and go for the new one. :) love it!
    -brittni

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  35. oooh touch one! I say I looove the box. If you're selling these in person at a show, leave some out for display that people can actually pick up and play with. If that's not an option, get glassine bags that are a little more fresh and modern, but still give a little peek to the inside. ;) Good luck!

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  36. hi danni! i LOVE the new packaging, but for craft shows I think the original packaging is best... are you selling any stamps in your Etsy shop? The new packaging would work for that. PS I would totally buy more to go with the THANK YOU stamp I already have :)

    Nan

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  37. The box is cute, but the first form of packaging would be much easier (and likely cheaper) to send! I know if I bought that and it was posted internationally, by the time it arrived on my doorstep the jiffy envelope would've been crushed so many times that the brown box would be a mess :(

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  38. Go with the box :)

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  39. I think you could do both...the box is sweet for online orders. I'm one of those people, though, who likes to see items in person. I like to see what the stamp looks like...the wood on yours is so cool! I'd be more likely to pick up the clear package if I were shopping in a store or at a craft market. I hope to own one of those stamps someday soon!

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  40. I really, really love the little box packaging. It's like a present!
    But here's the thing - where do you sell your stamps? If you sell them in markets and fairs, then it would make more sense for them to be already packaged in a clear cello bag, where people know what they're getting. It would probably save you space in your table and during transport, too.

    If you sell them online, the box packaging is more enticing to see, personally. The question then is can those boxes be shipped cheaply and securely? They might get crashed or would require a more expensive and troublesome packaging solution from you to withstand international mail delivery.

    What attracts me about the box packaging so much is not only its vintage, DIY charm, because that's your brand and it runs through all your packaging and products. It's more the fact that the box is like a gift! I know what I'm buying, because I've seen the display on the table / picture online, and I trust that you checked what's in the box when you sealed it. But I still want that Ooh! SURPRISE! energy when I take it home and open it. It's just fun. This coming from someone who will always ask for something to be gift wrapped if possible. It's a gift to myself / someone I love, why not?

    Maybe the box can be the more expensive gift packaging option for people who want it (especially now when the holidays are near)?

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  41. I love this packaging. I want to redo my company's packaging. XO, Rae

    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

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  42. love the BOX. seems more like a "treasure" than a just a purchase. but of course your original packaging is sweet too.

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  43. I adore the cello bag because I like being able to see the stamps. I think the box would be hard to ship too.

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  44. i love the box!!! i package all of my cookie orders in green gable boxes with a sticker and customers LOVE the boxes!!!

    www.sugarlilycookie.blogspot.com

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  45. I agree the box is cute but I personally think the first packaging is the way to go. I think a buyer definately wants to see the product, I think it's very nicely presented anyway and for online orders the flat pack is a MUST to keep postage costs down. Are you unhappy with your original packaging? I LOVE it:)

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  46. is this for a store or shopping online? shopping online - you can include pictures of what would be in the box. result: second packaging!

    store front: you can always leave one out on display. result: second packaging!

    side note on second packaging (box), maybe it could use some yellow tissue paper in it?? :)

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  47. Personally, like a cute design geek, I love the box, but thinking about practical issues, I would go for marrying the two styles.
    For examples, you could cut of a piece of cardboard from the box and make it transparent (steady cellophane or light rice paper). This cut of can be only on one side of the box or both parallel sides.
    Another experiment you could do is change the plastic flat bag for something like half kraft paper and half simple plastic, or one side kraft paper and the front side with plastic in 1/3 in the middle (to see through the package) and kraft on two other sides. Hope I did not overwhelmed you :)
    Anyway, your final chose should be something you like and would buy as a normal person. Good luck!

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  48. The current packaging (the cello bag) seems more practical...but I would use both if I can, depending on the occasion :)

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  49. They are both super cute but I do like the idea of being able to see inside.

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  50. I must say I am a fan of the current packaging. It's less bulky than having a box for just a stamp set. Plus, the current packaging is adorable. When will your decal stickers and these cute stamp sets be available for purchase online?

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  51. I vote for the box - it adds to the fun and excitement, like opening a little present! :)

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  52. I love the colors going on with the little bag, but love the box also. I can see a tad bit of shredded paper going inside to cushion the stamp!

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  53. I love the box packaging - but what about box with a see-through window!? x

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  54. Just a suggestion, but maybe you should try a simpler approach. The current packaging is cute, but it's just so busy. There's so much going on and tbh, the word 'lovely' throws me off because I just think there's no need for it. if it's lovely, people can see that it is without needing you to state it. I think you should try making it simpler. Elegant.

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  55. I like the box, but I'd want to see what's in it though, so I think the cello bag is more practical. It's also more practical for shipping, as it'll keep costs down.

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  56. love the box! would definitely buy it!

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  57. I love the box :) but I think the comment about seeing what's inside at a show is important too :)

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  58. l.o.v.e. the boxes. but some ladies present some really good thoughts about pros and cons. if you have a display model and can sell in the box at fairs or can ship it, it's fantastic!

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  59. I personally love the new packaging. While the current one is cute the new package gives the allure of a present with not being able to see the stamp. And it is simply adorable :]

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  60. I love both packages! Not much help on deciding though :)

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  61. definitely the box :) print the design of your stamp on labels and paste it on the box. alternatively, use the stamp u r selling and stamp on the box itself :)

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  62. I like the old style better - it's more original and unique - just like your blog! The box seems a little bit more run-of-the-mill.

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  63. the box is much better!

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  64. I think that both have their own delightful qualities but I personally find the new box packaging has a little more charm as it is already perfectly packaged ready for giving to a friend or, my favourite option, as a special gift for yourself!

    As for the not being able to see what's inside, you could always have a display example or photographs of what is inside? Either way both options are exquisite! Thank you for sharing! :o]

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  65. I love them both, though I do think your new packaging is adorable! I love the little box, so cute!

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  66. They are both nice, but I prefer the box because you cannot see what's inside. It's like opening a surprise package.

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  67. I really love the handle box! To me, its exciting to not be able to see everything immediately! I love the mystery!

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  68. i really love the bag! That doesn't mean that I wouldn't be happy to see that sweet little box, I just love the bag a little more. It does seem unique.

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  69. I'll have to agree with most everyone else, the cute ADORABLE box. The box reminds me of what a slice of cake would come in...how yummy is that! Love your blog btw!

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  70. The little box is very cute! But I bet the price for shipping it will be costly versus your old packaging which is slimmer.

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  71. The box is adorable. I would think that perhaps if the tag on the front was stamped with whichever stamp is inside that could be lovely!

    Love your blog and read it faithfully. I'm celebrating yellow week by repainting and patching a mustard colored chair I just bought!

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  72. i think both look great, but i'm especially loving the box. i like the window idea that was suggested by another commenter.

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  73. I love the box! You could always punch a "window" with one of Martha Stewart's 'Punch all over the page' punch. Not sure how thick the box is and if it would punch through, though.

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  74. Personally, the box is my favorite. I LOVE craft paper, & would DEFINITELY use the box again! However, I like that you can see into the bag. I like Valerie's idea - punching a window through the box! :)

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  75. @Erin Erin I agree with you on the packaging idea!

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  76. I prefer the box - it looks very professional and sturdy but still with the vintage charm :)

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  77. The box seems more luxury - and not only that but I would personally reuse the box but not the plastic bag. The bag would probably go in the trash after opening! I vote BOX!!

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  78. i definitely love the box packaging. though the shipping costs would rise immensly and that would most probably prevent me from buying such a set. so maybe you could use the box for your craft shows and for the online shop the bag (which is adorable as well)

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  79. Hello, This is a wonderful post. I loved your bags... Truly a wonderful work!

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  80. I like both, but I think if I were buying for myself I would prefer the cello bag, because I would like to see what I am buying. The box is probably higher in cost for you... Maybe you can sell the box as a separate item for packaging gifts?

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  81. I vote for the box! Though both are awfully adorable...

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