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Unread 12-28-2012, 09:47 AM   #16
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A couple of years ago, I purchased a Sampler pack from Dizzy Pig team while at the New Holland BBQ fest. There were about 10 small zip-lock baggies with seasonings.

While it seemed like a good idea at the time, when we got home, there really wasn't enough in the small baggies to do much with.

For me, I would be willing to spend more for "sampler packs" if there was enough to coat a rack of ribs. That being said, I never really measured how much I use on a rack of ribs (I do know that of the 2 comps we have been in, it seems I am always short on some ingredient ).

I did purchase a bag from the 3Eyz team while at another competition and I did go thru that pretty quick. I think it was the 1lb bag; paid like $10.00 for it. (Good stuff!!)

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The Slabs used to have samples that came in a small ziplock, maybe 2"x3". I believe they had to hand fill them and then stuck a small label on each.

I found that people other than BBQ competitors liked them. While I agree that they usually don't contain enough to cook a brisket or butt, they do offer enough for the average person to use on something to give them an idea of the flavors. In talking to folks at contests, I have found that not everyone goes home and cooks a couple of butts and 3-4 racks but they will often cook a rack or 2, a few pieces of chicken and maybe a steak or something like that and the samples offered plenty of product to do that.

I think you are going to find that you have to make them yourself, it will get expensive pretty quickly if you have someone else make them up for you.
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I have done three batches of 2oz samples whilst getting started for approximately $1.25 per. The cost adds up fast, and I am not sure folks at comps feel that a sample is enough to make a decision.
However, I did see a return on my investment, when I would put samples in the mail orders for new customers when they bought our rubs. I would place samples of not purchased rubs in the shipment.
Steph is right - He actually thew my samples in his orders which resulted in increased sales of my product on his site. I can't remember if I got them done through my old or current co-packer. Shoot me an email and I will give you both names. Can't remember the cost but might be worth a call.
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I have done three batches of 2oz samples whilst getting started for approximately $1.25 per. The cost adds up fast, and I am not sure folks at comps feel that a sample is enough to make a decision.
However, I did see a return on my investment, when I would put samples in the mail orders for new customers when they bought our rubs. I would place samples of not purchased rubs in the shipment.
Steph is right - He actually thew my samples in his orders which resulted in increased sales of my product on his site. I can't remember if I got them done through my old or current co-packer. Shoot me an email and I will give you both names. Can't remember the cost but might be worth a call.
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The cost is prohibitive. It takes just as much time to pack and label those as it does a 1lb bag. That said if you get a place that does it cheap, please let me know.

Not sure I agree with the reasoning behind NOT doing the small sample packs. 1 or 2 oz of liquor isn't enough to get me drunk but I'll still drink those mini bottles......
Actually now that you mention it, I have used the small bags. I used a pouch of stephy style on my chicken once.. So maybe they do better than my thought process. Any publicity is good publicity. I dont think they are a bad idea, that was just my thought process. I get hammered off an airplane bottle, dont make fun of me!
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