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We are supplying Costco with a kit we designed specifically for them.

It's $69.99 at Costco.com and $109.95 on Amazon.com

LINK for Costco kit

Feel free to criticize the kit. That's the only way we can make it better!
 

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following prices taken from the Emergency Essentials catalogue ( Emergency Essentials - Be Prepared Emergency Preparedness Food Storage )

pg 32 High Uinta Gear Timp D700 4 zippered section + 2 external mesh pouches backpack = =$9

pg 33 Wavelength emergency radio, charger & flashlight = $17

pg 31 4 mylar 84"x52" 80% heat retention blankets = $5 (4x$1.25)

pg 27 51 pc first aid kit = $7

pg 21 4 Mainstay 2400 calorie emergency food bars = $20 (4x$5)

pg 37 High Uinta Gear 13 function utility knife = $3

pg 39 Mainstay(36) water pouches = $12.60 (36x$0.35)

couldn't find candles in there but I've seen = $1 for 6

all told estimated $68.60

I would go with the Datrex food bars, they're the same price & they're individually packaged in 200 calorie subsections, also maybe up to the 36oo calorie bars (additional $7 as opposed to $5)

I didn't see any matches in there ;) so add waterproof matches ($0.85) pg 30 & a 5-in-1 survival whistle (includes signal whistle, compass, flint firestarter, waterproof matchbox, signal mirror) ($1.50) pg 33

you might want to remove the candles & replace with a 100-hr candle (burns liquid parafin) pg 31

also 84"x36" 80% heat retention mylar sleeping bags ($3.50 each) instead of or in addition to the blankets... maybe 4 rain ponchos ($.075 each) pg31

maybe a 12-hr lightstick or two (can be found anywhere for $1 or less)

2 person 'tube' tent ($4 pg 31)

8-hr hand warmers 2-pack ($1 pg 30)

it's SO hard to cram everything into one of these things...
 

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Would you say that's the right price for the bag? It looks like it matches your price breakdown. The idea is for people to buy it as a starter to cover the basics and include other things they find helpful.

I agree, our designer had a hard time to select the best products without making the bag too big and heavy.
 

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Agree with Blob on the Datrex food bars. Looks like decent intro kit for a novice or someone who only concerned with short term preps. The first aid kit appears very basic.......might want to add a SAM splint!
 

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performing monkey
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Would you say that's the right price for the bag? It looks like it matches your price breakdown. The idea is for people to buy it as a starter to cover the basics and include other things they find helpful.

I agree, our designer had a hard time to select the best products without making the bag too big and heavy.
IMO the trick to selling anything is to offer a noticeably better (10%-20%) deal than people can get elsewhere for the same or comparable products

if you include a price breadown & total cost for what the components cost individually vs. the 'package deal' you offer & the difference is significant then your packs should sell themselves
 

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IMO the trick to selling anything is to offer a noticeably better (10%-20%) deal than people can get elsewhere for the same or comparable products

if you include a price breadown & total cost for what the components cost individually vs. the 'package deal' you offer & the difference is significant then your packs should sell themselves
Did your figure include shipping?

The pack weighs 18lbs which costs almost $10-15 however you slice it. That is included in the $69 so your actually getting it for just around 20% less than buying the products by themselves.
 

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Did your figure include shipping?

The pack weighs 18lbs which costs almost $10-15 however you slice it. That is included in the $69 so your actually getting it for just around 20% less than buying the products by themselves.
I don't know how much access to other venues your customer-base has so I did not know if S&H was an issue or not, but the catalogue I pulled the prices from has listed shipping based on how much (in $$$) you purchase:

orders < $60 = $6
orders $60-$120 = $9
orders $120-$400 = $12
orders > $400 = FREE

now, granted, they are a large distributor & have the means to 'eat' the S&H costs

also, the prices I listed were for individual components purchased singly, every one of those items has significant discounts (anywhere from 10%-40% depending on the items) when purchased in multiple quantities (anywhere from 4 to 24(?) depending on the items) so that making multiple packs would be cheaper than making them one-at-a-time (of course ;) )

best of luck, hope this information helps :2thumb:
 
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