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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Earth to Linda
I am such a creature of habit. Sometimes I forget to take a second look at things to see if there is a wiser way to achieve the same result. Thank goodness someone put me in front of a PC or I'd still be using a typewriter. This same approach just came to light with jump rings. Why keep taking all those finger steps to achieve a goal when there is an easier and quicker way? Not to mention customers won't care.
I was taught 'why buy jump rings when you can make your own'? Well, certainly that makes sense - sometimes. Perhaps this makes sense when I need one or a hand full or if I run out of inventory. But today the light bulb finally went on. I think I had a brown out. I was in production making 5 necklaces. Each takes about 30 jump rings for a massive 150 jump rings. I found myself coiling, coiling, coiling and thinking, wow I need to cut and align each of these. Light bulb time! I can buy them! And buy them cheap! Input a picture of me banging my head against the wall. Where or where did my common sense go?
I can buy 100 jump rings, already antiqued, 18ga at 6mm for a whopping $1.37 I bet if I do some research I can find them in bulk for even less money.
So I can spend less than 2 cents a jump ring or I can spend a lot of time making them. I figure it is now costing me about 10 cents a jump ring based on my rate and materials. Did I mention that I used to be a cost accountant? Good thing I changed career directions!
Thank you for visiting my blog. Now I am signing off to order some jump rings!