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START YOUR OWN RUBBER STAMP BUSINESS
Rubber stamps are one of the necessities of a mail order business. You need
to have at least a rubber stamp with your name and address on it, not only
for envelopes, but also for commission circulars and ad sheets that you co-
publish. Other rubber stamps you may want to have on hand are ones that say,
in large block letters, things like "SPECIAL!!!," "ORDER NOW!," etc. If you
read ad sheet and mail order publications, you may see dealers selling rubber
stamps. How are they doing this?
There are three ways to sell rubber stamps. The first, and easiest, is to
act as a broker for a rubber stamp producer. This is similar to being a
printing broker, outlined in an earlier report in this series. Contact a
stamp maker in your area, and outline your plans for selling rubber stamps
by mail. Explain that this will add business for him that he wouldn't
otherwise get. The stamp maker should offer a commission to you (or free
stamps) for taking orders. Then, advertise your stamp-making business in
ad sheets and other publications that mail-order dealers regularly read.
When you receive an order, take your commission off the top and forward the
rest with the order to the stamp maker.
The second way is to produce the stamps yourself. This is something you
can set up in your basement or a spare room. Spread the word around the
printers in your area that you are looking for used rubber stamp making
equipment. If you can, find someone who is currently in the business who
is thinking of getting out. Learn the process from them, and you can
probably get good terms on the equipment.
The third way can be done if you have a computer and laser printer, or
access to one. There is a company called Grantham's Polly Stamp (418
Central Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721 218-773-0331) that sells a
machine called the Polly-Stamp. This machine makes rubber stamps from
your laser printed artwork. Anything you can print on your laser printer
can be made into a stamp in 20 minutes. It uses a light sensitive rubber
-like liquid resin and is very easy to use. As of this time (July 1994),
a new unit costs $1095, but you can get a good refurbished unit for under
Rubber stamps are a vital tool for mail order dealers. If you offer this
service, you will greatly expand your customer base. Be sure to send your
latest and best offers with the customer's stamp, and you'll get even more