Nope, I know this guy and I know what his overhead is or I wouldn't have linked it.Walt Graham,
I'll send the CASH to VP&RA instead. - Better than buying another OVERPRICED coffee cup. = That "deal" sounds like a MONEY-MAKING SCHEME to me.
(I used to sell "imprinted" coffee mugs as a sideline & they usually are marked up at least 500% of actual cost.)
SORRY. I had no idea that your operation was that small. = When I was selling "advertising specialties", my minimum order for delivery to a retail client on "imprinted mugs" was ONE GROSS & often 2-5 gross.
(I once delivered an initial order of the firm's trade-style on "gold on gloss black" 2500 pieces to a large law firm & about a year later the firm made another similar sized order.)
For such a small order at wholesale, I'm NOT surprised what high prices that you are paying per piece.
Note: "Giveaway coffee mugs" in return for political & other fund-raising "donations" often are procured in HUNDREDS of GROSS or more per delivery to the organization. - For example, for the RNC, RNSC, DNC or DNCC.
(At "giveaways" of that size the S&H generally costs the organization MORE than the mugs or other merchandise's wholesale price per piece.)