One of the things I’ve been striving to do is to send thank you notes to Mr. A’s customers. I try to watch for them on clearance at the store, and as long as they are blank inside I’ll buy just about any design. Well, within reason. I can’t buy anything too feminine looking for a man to send out as a thank you to customers.
I haven’t found any on clearance lately, and set out looking on the Internet so see if I could find a good deal. The cheapest I could find were twenty cents each. That’s expensive compared to the clearance deals I’d found in the past. Especially when I added in the cost for shipping! That nearly doubled the cost.
So I decided to try a dollar store on the way home from work. I am picky about the dollar stores I’ll shop as some of them are of the “99 cent only” variety, while others are multiples of dollars. Those “dollar stores” rarely have good prices.
My favorite dollar stores are “99 cent only” and they usually have cards two for a dollar. It took me a while of looking but I finally found their blank note cards. They were $1.00 for a pack of eight cards and envelopes. With tax they end up being $1.08. The final cost ends up being thirteen and a half cents each. That’s not too bad.
I also purchase the Liberty Bell Forever stamps which are really quite lovely for people who actually use stamps, especially since the cost of stamps seems to go up so very often nowadays.
One of my coworkers found a place online where you can order a thank you card and have it customized with your own message. She sent one to me, the thing I liked the least about it was the font used to address the envelope. You know how nowadays junk mail comes in an envelope with what looks to be a handwritten address? But it’s really just a font that looks like someone scratched out your name? That’s how the envelope was addressed from the online card company she used. It just didn’t look real.
One of Mr. A’s acquaintances is fierce with jealousy due to the fact that I help Mr. A with his business. His wife works a regular job, like me, but she doesn’t do anything at all to help him with his business. He always makes comments to Mr. A like, “That’s nice. I don’t have a secretary.” I like that he fusses about it, because it makes Mr. A realize how much work I do for him. For someone like Mr. Fierce, this custom card company might be an option. I couldn’t find the one my coworker used, but I wouldn’t be comfortable using this company. At the time of this writing, they had a “thank you for your business” card, with the following sample “inside verse”: We appreciate your business and the confidence that you have placed with us. Please conyacy to us whenever we can be of further service”. I believe they mean that word to be “contact”. I don’t know, it just really hurts my confidence in using this particular company.
The best deal I ever got for blank thank you cards was a clearance deal from Joann’s. They were blank white cards from the bridal section. There were 50 cards and envelopes in the pack, regularly $9.99 but marked down to 99 cents! So I paid a whopping two cents each for those note cards. I still have some of them but I really like the idea of using a note card that’s a little more cheery. I suppose I could haul out Big A’s watercolor paints and paint a pretty design on the front.
Do you send out thank you notes of any kind? What’s the best deal you’ve found?