Smencils and Smens are smelly (in a good way) pens, graphite and coloured pencils which can be sold individually or in cases. Made from recycled newspapers they are environmentally friendly and calorie free.
In a nutshell
Fundraising Ideas: graphite pencils, coloured pencils and pens (biros) made from recycled newspaper and plastic and infused with gourmet scents
Suitable for: schools, groups
Profit: around 30% depending on product
There are three products available for fundraising and different ways of selling them.
Smencils are traditional #2 graphite pencils with erasers, made with recycled newspaper which is soaked in a range of gourmet scents such as jelly donut, bubble gum, root beer, strawberry cupcake and lemon-lime fizz. The scents are supplied from an award winning fragrance company, and guaranteed to last. They have cute little end caps with stickers showing which flavour they are.
Coloured smencils are similar, except they are different colours and different flavours including cinnamon, black cherry, sarsaparilla and cinnamon. Each coloured smencil comes in its own corn-based, biodegradable freshness tube.
Smens 2.0 are black ink ball point pens, also made with recycled newspaper and come in flavours such as mocha, creamsicle and passionfruit.
Prices and Profits
All fundraising products are bought by the case (500 smencils and 300 smens).
Individual smencils are bought for $0.84 and sell for $1.20 each.
Individual coloured smencils are bought for $0.84 and sell for $1.20 each. Alternatively you can sell pre-packed bags of 10 coloured smencils for $14.00 each (purchased for $10.40 per bag).
Individual smens are bought for $1.90 and sell for $2.50 each.
These prices include the $19.95 per case shipping charge.
A case is 500 smencils in ten buckets (ie enough for ten sellers); 300 smens in ten buckets; and 500 coloured smencils in ten buckets or 500 coloured smencils in 50 bag sets.
It is recommended that each participant is given one bucket to sell.
For example if a school of 100 children were selling coloured and graphite smencils, the cost would be $4,199.50 including shipping, the sale price would be $6,000 with a profit of $1,800.50 (or $180 per child).
If those 100 students each sold a bucket of smens, the profit would be exactly the same, but they would sell only 30 smens each, compared to 50 smencils (but the sale cost is more than twice as much).
There are two main ways to fundraise with smencils.
In-hand fundraiser – where the products are bought in advance and students sell them to friends/family and collect the cash immediately.
Order taken fundraiser – where each student is given a form to take orders for products, the money is collected at the time of the order, and once all the orders have been collated, the product is sent to the individual sellers to be distributed.
Payment is required by credit card at the time the order is taken, which can be done via fax, phone or online. Products are generally received within seven business days.
Although available on eBay (more expensive), this is a unique product that kids will love because they are fun (and smelly) and parents should love because they are inherently practical and useful and they are sugar free. Despite the individual packaging to maintain freshness, they are also relatively environmentally friendly because everything is either made from recycled products and/or is biodegradable.
This would be an easy and profitable stall to run at a school or community fete/market.
No returns are accepted but since smencils and smens are non-perishable and the scent is guaranteed to last two years, any products not sold during the initial fundraiser could be kept for a later event or fundraiser.
You cannot order a specific scent, as everything is pre-packed.
The pencils are lead-free, latex-free, non-toxic and hypoallergenic.
Although twice as expensive as normal graphite and coloured pencils, they are unique and appealing. The fact that they come in different flavours encourage people to buy ‘one of each’, making it easier to sell. However, when selling individually, it is easy to imagine that more popular scents will go first, leaving behind the less popular flavours that might be difficult to sell.
For more information
Visit the website http://smencils.com.au/