• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Naming question -- but not a horse this time! (New Saddle Soap Name instead)

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #41
    If it's a gift package together with some jam....yeah, I'd order it online

    But check out UPS, FedEx and some of the others as you may be able to get the shipping costs down. There are a lot of small business deals out there.
    ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

    Comment


    • #42
      You could always set your business up with a FB page and showcase pics, descriptions, and prices. People could message you with orders and you invoice through paypal.
      Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

      You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.

      Comment


      • #43
        Whenever I order a supply of soap from Lovely Bay (Foaling Around on FB), I usually have her fill up one of the usps flat rate packages with extras for gifts. I always have a nice variety of soaps on hand for guests to choose from or convenient token-type gifts....not to mention a stash of my own favorites for my use.
        Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

        You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.

        Comment


        • #44
          Yeah I'd pay that. We all know that small stuff like that, unless it's a bulk order, shipping costs are a big percentage of the "cost."

          I ordered an endangered can of Walsh's Blue Ribbon oil two years ago, the final total was $25 and I think the can was only $9.95 or $12.95. I told myself I was paying $25 for a really nice oil (and boy is it...) so I wouldn't gag on the shipping cost.

          Someone tell me more about this Etsy?? What is it? I have a friend who just started a custom saddle pad biz and she's on eBay, but would Etsy be a good place for her? I dunno. Since I'm horsey and don't know Etsy, would it be a good place for saddle soap? I think a one or two page Web site, only accepting Paypal, would be a better idea and still cheap right? I could be wrong... *clueless shrug*
          COTH's official mini-donk enabler

          "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

          Comment


          • #45
            Originally posted by bornfreenowexpensive View Post
            I would certainly try some. I'm always on the look out for the next great cleaning product....and seem to go through a lot. (so if you want another tester )

            But online and easy to order would be high on my list. Most cleaning products I tend to buy on impulse......it is in the tack store, smells good etc. Or a friend

            recommends it. I just picked up some really nice jasmine smelling conditioning soap at Dover because it smelled nice and my friend said it was good. Most
            marketing is really word of mouth....and in the horse world, that word can travel far

            and fast! Facebook as well as a web site may be all the marketing you need for a while!

            Good luck. I like a global name like Higher Standards Custom Leather Soap...and then you can use the "cute" names for each "flavor". Good luck!!!
            I got the Lavender and love how my tack room smells... That alone has sent several people off to Dover for same.....so,OP keep us posted on you launch..

            Comment


            • #46
              People love free or very cheap shipping, though. Since the product is handmade and probably small, if I were doing the pricing, I'd raise it enough to cover all but (say) $2 or so shipping and handling. People are going to expect a handmade product to be a bit pricier than mass produced.

              SmartPak got so big with its fixed shipping costs compared to Dover--or so I believe--once they branched out from just supplement packs.

              Amazon has limits on shipping costs through them. I know a lot of ebay people set unrealistically low prices and make their money on shipping & handling. Honestly, so do a lot of Amazon used book sellers, even with a $3 or 4 dollar shipping limit. Otherwise how could they sell books for a penny?

              Originally posted by TheJenners View Post
              Yeah I'd pay that. We all know that small stuff like that, unless it's a bulk order, shipping costs are a big percentage of the "cost."

              I ordered an endangered can of Walsh's Blue Ribbon oil two years ago, the final total was $25 and I think the can was only $9.95 or $12.95. I told myself I was paying $25 for a really nice oil (and boy is it...) so I wouldn't gag on the shipping cost.

              Someone tell me more about this Etsy?? What is it? I have a friend who just started a custom saddle pad biz and she's on eBay, but would Etsy be a good place for her? I dunno. Since I'm horsey and don't know Etsy, would it be a good place for saddle soap? I think a one or two page Web site, only accepting Paypal, would be a better idea and still cheap right? I could be wrong... *clueless shrug*
              "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
              Thread killer Extraordinaire

              Comment

              • Original Poster

                #47
                Ooooh, good point, Viney! Dover's shipping charges are exactly what drove me elsewhere.

                So much good info from you guys! Now to compile it all and make one more batch of sample size soaps . . . .
                I have Higher Standards ...do you? Find us on FB!
                Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap

                Comment


                • #48
                  Originally posted by Bensmom View Post
                  Ooooh, good point, Viney! Dover's shipping charges are exactly what drove me elsewhere.

                  So much good info from you guys! Now to compile it all and make one more batch of sample size soaps . . . .

                  Oooo....a sample set would sell well. I'd like being able to buy a set with different "flavors" and it would make a nice gift as well.
                  ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

                  Comment


                  • #49
                    Originally posted by bornfreenowexpensive View Post
                    Oooo....a sample set would sell well. I'd like being able to buy a set with different "flavors" and it would make a nice gift as well.
                    A great gift. I love the "samplers".
                    Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

                    The Grove at Five Points

                    Comment

                    • Original Poster

                      #50
                      Well, darn. I hadn't even thought about making a sampler set available to sell -- hmmmmmm. No reason I couldn't, though!

                      Time to run the DH out of the kitchen . . . hopefully my hearing will wrap up early tomorrow and I'll end up with an extra hour or so to grab some shipping supplies! Grumble, grumble, grumble, day job, grumble. But, of course, the day job *does* buy the pony pellets!

                      Thanks so much guys!
                      I have Higher Standards ...do you? Find us on FB!
                      Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap

                      Comment


                      • #51
                        Instead of using Etsy (even though I suggested it!), a FB page and a WePay.com account would work as well. WePay.com is an alternative to PayPal.
                        Life-long horse lover, dreaming of the day when I have one of my very own.

                        Comment


                        • #52
                          Oh yeah, when I'm on nights, I totally regret the real job sometimes because I stay on the same schedule on my weekends... Imagine all your off days starting at 2pm (or else you feel like a zombie). Suuuuuuuucks.
                          COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                          "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

                          Comment

                          • Original Poster

                            #53
                            Just an update for those of you who have so generously offered to test soap for me -- I had such a great response, I ended up needing to make some additional sample sizes! So, I am hoping to finish that and be able to ship by the first of next week.

                            Thank you all so much -- at this point, soap is going to arrive in disposable, grocery store plastic containers, as I've searched and searched and I think I've found something I want to use that will be better, but I have to order it in first.

                            Also, another question for you all -- would you prefer your soap to come with a sponge or not? If it was a dollar more, say -- would you spend it to get a fresh sponge with every container? Any feedback on type of container?

                            Thanks!

                            Libby
                            I have Higher Standards ...do you? Find us on FB!
                            Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap

                            Comment


                            • #54
                              I already gave my opinion on the phone, but here it is again:

                              I love love having a sponge in the shape of a container that stays IN the container.

                              Comment


                              • #55
                                Originally posted by Bensmom View Post

                                Also, another question for you all -- would you prefer your soap to come with a sponge or not? If it was a dollar more, say -- would you spend it to get a fresh sponge with every container? Any feedback on type of container?

                                Thanks!

                                Libby
                                Yes, a fresh sponge in the container would be great. . .I bought some saddle soap recently that had one in it and while I didn't think that the soap was any better than what I had used before I would buy it again because of that (that is, until I heard about yours. . .).

                                I also really like the idea of being able to order a sample pack.

                                Comment


                                • #56
                                  Originally posted by FlightCheck View Post
                                  I already gave my opinion on the phone, but here it is again:

                                  I love love having a sponge in the shape of a container that stays IN the container.
                                  Agree 100%

                                  ETA: I also love the idea of the sample pack. If I love this soap, I fully plan on ordering several to give as gifts to instructors, friends, etc.
                                  I have Higher Standards... do you?

                                  "For the love of my horse, I know who I am."

                                  Comment


                                  • #57
                                    I'm ambivalent on the sponge as I use washcloths 99% of the time. But I'd LOVE a container that could be reused or recycled after it was empty.
                                    Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

                                    You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.

                                    Comment

                                    • Original Poster

                                      #58
                                      One of the biggest problems with the containers is that they get grungy. I'm hoping to find a container that I can try to start out with that will hold up well to the lid being taken on and off and won't be affected by being around water -- in the past, labels that I've made have run because the ink jet ink (obviously printed at home) gets wet.

                                      The container will end up being one of the more expensive components and while I want it to hold up, I don't want it to price people out of the product, as many folks won't reuse it.

                                      I know this sounds like a crazy question, but if you wanted a sponge, would it matter to you what kind? I've been looking at options and a regular, natural color, round sponge seems to be the best option, but I've always been attracted to the tack soap that has the sea sponge included. Not enough to spend that much more for it, though, and maybe that is the deal breaker -- if the price would put you off, no reason to do it. Hmmmmmm.

                                      Thanks for even more feedback!
                                      I have Higher Standards ...do you? Find us on FB!
                                      Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap

                                      Comment


                                      • #59
                                        This. I would love to try some and oooh what a nice gift idea!

                                        Comment


                                        • #60
                                          Im sure I can provide a nice home for this stuff. For science, of course.

                                          Comment

                                          Working...
                                          X