Is Your Shop Ready For Valentines Day?

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and people will be splurging on gifts. Last year, spending hit the second highest in 15-year history, as per the National Retail Federation’s survey.

About 55% of the population will likely celebrate the day this year with the biggest spending by millennials (25-34 age group). The top spending category is usually jewelry!

Given an uptick in seasonal sales, companies selling Valentine’s Day products will see a boost in sales no doubt.  Show your love, and exploit the near-term trend…  Stock up your shop with some of our best selling products!

Rose Gold is one of the hottest trends in jewelry within the last 6-12 months, and it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!  We’ve got some great ideas to help you stock up for gifts to provide something for every budget

 

Rose Quartz and Sandalwood malas & wrist malas make great, low priced gift items.  Add on a few Rose Gold plated accents, or pink tassels, and you’ll be in tip-top shape!

Peach Moonstone, Rhodonite, and Lepidolite are great mid-priced items to keep your sales “in the pink”.

Last year Americans spent an average of $143.56 (or a total of $19.6 billion) on Valentine’s Day.  This is up from $18.2 billion the previous year but lower than the recent record of $19.7 billion in 2016.

For those customers who may want to spend a little more for some really exclusive gifts, check out our Kunzite and Ruby malas & wrist malas.

If you’re not yet signed up for a wholesale account with us, click on the link to our website at https://greateasternimports.com/customer/account/create, and fill out a few details so we can get you set up and ready to go!

The Wrist Game

Men’s and women’s beaded bracelets are an ongoing trend, in and throughout the different sectors of style and fashion that are currently prevalent worldwide.  As an adaptation to the usual malas, wrist malas (in varying designs) and Shamballa bracelets we’ve been selling (over 10 years in the game), we can also make them in combinations of different stone, wood, seed, and metal beads.  We really enjoy coming up with new styles and designs, which we’re obliged to test!  We use them, wear them (you’re welcome, our pleasure), to see how they work, how they look, how they feel, and how they endure, and then find ways to improve them!  We don’t feel that fashion and spirituality need to be separate, and yet we’re always aware of the problem of spiritual materialism (aka- how “spiritual” products are marketed as a solution to the first noble truth, dukkha).  Hard pill to swallow for retailers, I know, but let’s not try to win the game by foiling the audience.  Let’s win the game by inspiring wakefulness!  And the good news is that we are seeing a lot of really great advertising and promotions throughout the retail sector in the yoga/boho/spirituality marketplace.  The mindfulness and yoga revolution is in full force folks!  Take a look at what we’re vibing on these days, and let us know what we can do to help you get some of our products into your store.  As always, our focus is on custom designs for wholesale supply, so please feel free to come to us with your own designs, and we’ll make them!  So, dear shop owners, save yourself the time, energy, labor, etc., and order them from us!  Sign up to be a retailer by filling out the request on our website at greateasternimports.com/customer/account/create.

We Think Outside the (Shipping) Box!

Importing products from overseas can be costly, let’s face it! Shipping costs aren’t getting any cheaper, that’s for sure. When you buy from us, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands! We think outside the box when it comes to packing and shipping your order!  We must have played too much Tetris when we were younger, because we’re maniacs when it comes to packing a box full.  We want to make sure that you get the maximum bang for your shipping bucks, and that’s why we’re so innovative about packing and shipping products to our customers.

It all starts when you order.  The first thing we do is to coach our customers to “order smart”.  If you order a combination of  larger, bulkier items, smaller items, and light weight, textiles, then we don’t have to use as much packing and padding materials; the textiles can provide the padding for the larger items, and the smaller items can be used to fill in the gaps.  In a promotion rate express box by FedEx, they allow up to 10 kg’s in the small box (which is 15.81″ x 12.94″ x 10.19″ [40.16 cm x 32.86 cm x 25.88 cm]), or 25 kg’s in the big box (which is 21.56″ x 16.56″ x 13.19″ [54.8 cm x 42.1 cm x 33.5 cm]).  For most of our customers, these are the ideal shipping boxes.  The rate they offer is cheaper than post office shipping at those weights, and they also deliver faster than post office or other courier services.   We can fit a lot of products into a 25 kg (55 lbs.) box @ ~$9/kg (depending on the country), and it’s a better value than the 10 kg (22 lbs.) box @ ~ $14/kg (depending on the country).  For customers who only want to order smaller items, like malas, wrist malas & jewelry, we ship by post office express mail (EMS) flat rate boxes, or by regular airmail.  The tracking capabilities of EMS shipping are also better than your average post office shipping, and they usually deliver within one week.  For customers who want to order in smaller quantities, there’s always the standard airmail shipping, which delivers in 2 weeks, and also has tracking capabilities, and is reasonably priced.  Anything under 2 kg’s can be sent by a classification called “Small Packet Airmail”, which is even cheaper.  For those of you who are good at planning ahead, there’s an economy airmail (SAL) service through the post office, which is a cheaper rate, and delivers within three to four weeks.  And for those rare few who are really good at planning ahead, there’s a surface mail service through the post office, which is an ultra low rate, for delivery within three to four months!  The nice thing about post office mail and FedEx, UPS, or DHL shipping is that there’s no external agent to deal with regarding customs clearance, which means you get the shipment delivered to your door without going through a bunch of hassles!  Post office shipping can be great for items like meditation cushions, which are big and bulky, but not all that heavy considering the size.  Since post office shipping is based on the weight, those big bulky items can be sent in a big box, and if you plan far enough ahead, then you can get them sent for a very cheap rate in relatively small quantities.

Since we know all the pros and cons of all the different shipping methods, we can help you figure out the best service for the products you want, to get them to you in the time frame you need them in!  If you’re a meditation and/or yoga products retailer who’s looking for an innovative supplier, you’ve come to the right place!

New Double Dorje (Viśvavajra) Pendants

Take a look at our new Sterling Silver Double Dorje Pendants with Swarovski Crystal!  This original design has immaculate attention to detail, and is double sided for a nice 3D effect.  Now available for (wholesale) order; minimum quantity 5 pieces!

More options are available too, so you can order in the material (metal & stone type) of your choice.  Take a look…

http://www.greateasternimports.com/jewelery.html

Wrist Malas, Power Bracelets and Shamballa Macrame Bracelets in Pop Culture

Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it … Vogue!  If you put the words “iced out” before the description of any stone bead type, you’re sure to get more sales! Seriously though, the popularity of wrist malas and macrame, Shamballa bracelets is soaring, due to their use by hip-hop/rap stars, models, actors/actresses, etc.  which are being shown in the media more often these days.

We’re happy to announce our new line of macrame Shambhala/Shambala/Shamballa bracelets; true to their origin, with gemstone beads and precious metals (not the clay beads with CZ’s glued onto them, that many shops are selling).! All are available for you to custom order for your store.  These are just a few examples of what we’ve been up to.  So if you’re not already on the band-wagon, contact us about ordering some right away (email sales at greateasternimports.com).  Wholesale only… thanks!

The Tantra of Wrist Malas

Continuing on the evolving thread of wrist malas… the “tantra of wrist malas” if you don’t mind the pun (ha ha)… we’re now making these shamballa style, adjustable band macramé bracelets for wholesale order. Chinese knotting cord goes mainstream (wholesale) from Thailand! Macramé is not just for owls 😉 anymore! Take a look at a few example pictures here (http://www.greateasternimports.com/jewelery.html). These can all be ordered in the same selection of stones as we have listed on our wholesale wrist malas page http://www.greateasternimports.com/wristmalas.html. And, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask!