Fandom Tea by beastly beverages

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exit-stage-crowley sent: I heard you were getting hate for your price increase. Frankly I don't think you charge ENOUGH! If you charged 20 I would still happily purchase it. That is why I don't bother with your promo codes, you deserve every penny/cent/lira/yen/whatever

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I really appreciate the kind words and support. Thank you so much, love. xXx

perfectlycat sent: I'm pretty pissed at the people giving you nonsense about a slight price increase. They're getting a HAND CRAFTED item from a brilliant independent producer and they have the raw nerve to say it's too expensive with a minor price increase?! I for one feel that even at £10 you're not charging enough for what is not only wonderfully blended tea but an all-round excellent product. I've had the pleasure of meeting you at MCM and I know how hard you work to give us what we love. Ignore the plebeians.

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Aw bless you, love. Thank you very much!

PSA: Prices

stammsternenstaub:

kingfancypantsthethird:

beastlybeverages:

Due to a rise in prices of materials, I am going to have to raise my prices again. It is something I really do not want to do, but if I don’t then I won’t be able to afford to do this anymore. The new price will be £10 each for both tea and coffee.

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

So it’s come to my attention that Mags been getting hatred from feeble individuals complaining about this price-raise.

Here’s some information, fresh from me, as an independent artist and self-publisher, to you, the general publics:

Indie makers/craftspeople/businesses are expensive as hell to run.  People’s time, labour and skill are expensive.  Seriously, have you ever tried to make money off a thing you made yourself?  You have to factor in all kinds of shit.  You’ve got your materials, your physical actual time-taken, your labour - Mags also has costs like commissioning artists for the label/mug/merch art to cover, and those independent artists aren’t cheap neither.  

Altogether, it’s a lot of work and a lot of money going into making this product.  So yes of course it’s going to be more expensive than larger-company produce!  They have the staff and money to keep costs low.  Mags doesn’t.  It’s just them doing the thing.

So let’s look at one bag of tea. I hav eone here, actually, let’s look at what’s gone in it:

Bad Moon Rising - a werewolf-themed black tea, and very nice it is, too. I have it every day at work.  It contains: silver sugar balls, oolong leaves, keemun leaves, lap sou leaves.  That’s one two three four individual ingredients.

Now let’s look at the bag.  There’s an outside brown bag, a gold wire, and two labels, custom printed, front and back.  The labels have to be applied by hand.  The back label is easy - it’s just text, but the front label has to be commissioned from an independent artist, and I can tell you as one of those, we’re not cheap.  This label was painted by me, actually. I don’t reveal how much commissioners pay for my work, but I wasn’t exactly a fiver a pop for this one.

Now factor in the amount of time and resources are going to go into making the blend of tea.  You’re gonna need to try a few recipes to get it just right. That’s more grammes of leaves down the drain for free that you can’t sell. Oh, and tea leaves and raw spices are expensive. If their prices go up, so do your product prices.

Then you’ve gotta store the tea, in what, your hand?  No, doofus, a big-ass jar.  You’ll need lots because it’s a business.  So that’s another wodge of money puked on big mason storage jars for the leaves. Byyyeeee.

Then you have to pack it. Monotonous, boring work, measuring out scoops of tea leaves to put into each brown bag and then seal with the wire.  I spent the entire weekend packing books on my own.  Repetitive work where you have to focus ever second lest you get something wrong is the worst.

THEN you have to make a profit on top of what you’re doing.  Because you can’t do all that, put all those hours in and make 20p a bag. It’s just not worth your while.  Life is expensive.  So £10?  Bargain, mate.  This is existence under capitalism.  Independent artisans can’t just make things for love.  We have to survive.

PSA: Prices

Due to a rise in prices of materials, I am going to have to raise my prices again. It is something I really do not want to do, but if I don’t then I won’t be able to afford to do this anymore. The new price will be £10 each for both tea and coffee.

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

kingfancypantsthethird:

This little brat took me all day. #beastlybeverages #loki #aoa #fandomcoffee
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ANOTHER! - Sweet Caramel

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kingfancypantsthethird:

Last one for today. Five days left till I have to have everything finished for MCM. Wish me luck! #beastlybeverages #bucky #wintersoldier #fandomcoffee
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