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  1. #1
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    Default Good honeybear or bottle source?

    A coworker of my wife operates a small gift shop at an area attraction and approached us to ask if he could carry our honey in the shop. Although I had no intentions of doing so, it appears that I have been presented with an opportunity to sell my honey. This is a good thing in my mind, and I plan to take some small steps into this aspect of beekeeping to see where it takes me. If it works well, I will keep it up.

    Based on the buying patterns and habits of guests (I have access to number of visits, buying preference and average spending per guest data), both 2 oz and 8 oz plastic squeeze top containers (no glass) would be the best way to offer the honey for sale. Paneled honeybears seem to be a natural choice, but the classic design would also work well in the gift shop setting.

    Can anyone recommend a good source of these smaller containers? There do seem to be quite a few options. For now, I am thinking about lots of 100-200. I realize that "good" is a subjective term, and means different things to different people, but any experience that you can pass along would help me out quite a bit. Thanks so much.

    Pete
    Pete. New 2013, 7 hives, zone 6a
    To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.

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    Default Re: Good honeybear or bottle source?

    I buy containers from Mann Lake, Sailor Plastics and Gamber Container. I check pricing at all 3 and buy from the one with the best deal at the time. One thing that I have learned.......75% plus of my honey sales are in the 2lb. containers. Second best is 12 oz. honey bears and third are the 2 oz. honey bears. I hardly ever sell 6 oz. containers or 1 lb. containers. I usually end up giving away the 6 oz. honey bottles to kids, just to get rid of them.

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    Default Re: Good honeybear or bottle source?

    For a smaller amount I was buying off ebay.

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    Default Re: Good honeybear or bottle source?

    Pete,

    It is hard to beat the prices Simpsons have: http://www.simpsonsbeesupply.com/

    They will sell in what ever quantity you want.

    Tom

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    Default Re: Good honeybear or bottle source?

    Thanks, everyone. I appreciate your help.
    Pete. New 2013, 7 hives, zone 6a
    To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.

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    Default Re: Good honeybear or bottle source?

    Quote Originally Posted by TWall View Post
    Pete,

    It is hard to beat the prices Simpsons have: http://www.simpsonsbeesupply.com/

    They will sell in what ever quantity you want.

    Tom
    I hate to say it but they are probably your best bet with the price of shipping anymore. I would recommend low expectations on the service. Every time i go in its like i am putting them out to have them take my money.

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    Default Re: Good honeybear or bottle source?

    Conrad Hive and Honey is about an hour's drive from you.
    http://hiveandhoney.com/images/conra...14_catalog.pdf
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    Default Re: Good honeybear or bottle source?

    If you want a great company to deal with, then consider: http://www.blueskybeesupply.com/

    Prices are good too.
    Horseshoe Point Honey -- http://localvahoney.com/

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