EcoSwitch is an award-winning product that is a user-friendly and environmentally friendly way to eliminate standby power on appliances such as TVs and computers. Now available a profitable fundraiser, it’s great for groups who are looking for sustainable and healthy fundraising options.
In a Nutshell
Fundraising ideas: easy-to-use non-electronic switch that turns off standby power saving electricity and money
Suitable for: Australia-wide, all groups
Profit: minimum of $3.95 per unit up to $8.25 per unit (or 71% profit). Free shipping. See below for a special Fundraising Mums deal.
EcoSwitch is produced by a fully-Australian owned company.
You know that little red light that glows in the corner of your TV and computer, hour after hour, day after day even after you turn off the telly and go to bed? That little red light indicates you are using ‘standby power’ and is costing you lots of money and costing the environment too.
EcoSwitch is an innovative product that plugs into your appliances – and when you turn off its giant green button, you turn off all the standby power of any appliance it is attached to, potentially saving in excess of $100 per year per appliance or up to 10% of your quarterly power bill.
It can used for standalone or groups of appliances, requires no programming, can be used with existing power-boards and has a flat plug that allows furniture to sit close to the wall. The EcoSwitch not only saves money but also offers practical and easy access due to its long cords. Double sided tape and clips are also provided to keep cords tidy.
Costing and payment info
RRP for EcoSwitch is $19.95.
There are a number of different plans available for fundraisers – the main point of difference being whether you pre-purchase the products and on-sell them, or if you take orders.
There is a minimum order of 14 units, and the more EcoSwitches that are purchased, the greater the profit for the fundraising group.
The most profitable plan is to pre-purchase 70+ units for $13 each, and sell them for a $6.95 profit, however this requires your school or group to have a minimum of $910 upfront, and it also has the increased risk if you unable to sell all the units.
A less profitable but safer option is taking orders in advance and asking customers to pay EcoSwitch direct ($3.95 profit per unit). There are also other options that sit between these two plans.
The EcoSwitch is a great option for groups looking for an alternative fundraiser to the usual cake stalls and chocolate drives. It can be tied into school environmental campaigns and is easy to sell because everyone wants to save money. Kids in particular can get quite enthusiastic about saving the planet and putting the hard word on adults.
There are many selling points including the sustainability and environmentally arguments, plus the fact they are easy to install and use, and they save money.
From the fundraiser perspective, people often buy more than one unit – as they have multiple televisions, stereos or computers in their house. Three units is the average sell.
Having the units upfront not only increases profitability but is allows you to demonstrate them, and customers can take them immediately.
EcoSwitches would be suitable to sell at a fete stall or via door-knocking around the local community.
Timeliness of process
For pre-purchase plans, EcoSwitches are dispatched within three days of receiving payment from the Fundraising group.
For plans where orders are taken, products are dispatched within 30 days.
For all plans there is FREE delivery.
Relatively high price point.
Not everyone prioritises saving electricity and/or the environment.
Positive points of difference
Highly rated and awarded product, 4 stars by Choice Magazine.
Kids can use nagging power to bully adults to ‘save the planet’.
Has potential to save the customer the cost of purchase within a few months.
Practical and safe for elderly and disabled.
No concerns about food storage or refrigeration and won’t spoil or decay.
Special Fundraising Mums offer
EcoSwitch is offering a limited time 10% discount for pre-purchase plans.
If you pre-purchase one carton of 14 EcoSwitches, the price drops to $12.85 and the profit per unit is $7.80.
If you pre-purchase 70 or more units, the discount will bring the cost to $11.70 per unit and profit per unit is $8.25 (or 70%).
To be eligible, you must let EcoSwitch where you heard about them: on Fundraising Mums!
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Updated November 2017
*Disclosure: Fundraising Mums were sent two EcoSwitch samples for the purpose of this article.