Monday, December 29, 2014

Weekly Giveaway - 2014 List of Winners

Here is the latest list of winners for 2014

Congratulations to everyone who has won!

 NAME   STATE   GIVEAWAY DATE   SNAKE SANDBAGS™ WON 
Winner Notified! December 29, 2014
Debra Warila CA December 22, 2014 6 foot Black
Barbara Klett CT December 15, 2014 4 foot Black
Kelly OMalley WI December 8, 2014 4 foot Black
Sara Mariotti NH December 1, 2014 4 foot Black
Lisa Santos MD November 24, 2014 6 foot Black
Tammy Dudley WA November 17, 2014 6 foot Black
Kathy Hanley NJ November 10, 2014 6 foot Black
Cheryl Rahkonen AR November 3, 2014 6 foot Black
Rosa L. Cruz CA October 27, 2014 3 foot Black
Elaine Jenkins WA October 20, 2014 6 foot Black
Anita Kennett FL October 13, 2014 6 foot Black
debbie icebergsewell MO October 6, 2014 6 foot Black
Darlene Wetzel NY September 29, 2014 6 foot Black
Colleen Maul CA September 22, 2014 5 foot Black
Judy Hayes AR September 15, 2014 6 foot Black
Christina Kelbel MD September 8, 2014 6 foot Black
Shawna Saunders NJ September 1, 2014 6 foot Black
Andrea Britt FL August 25, 2014 6 foot Black
Barry Simpson FL August 18, 2014 6 foot Black
Arlene Mccurdy MS August 11, 2014 3 foot Black
Dana Love NC August 4, 2014 5 foot Fluorescent Orange
Sandra Ventura FL July 21, 2014 6 foot Black
Teri Hilger NY July 14, 2014 6 foot Black
Colleen Thompson CO July 7, 2014 6 foot Fluorescent Orange
Shelton Rogerson NC June 30, 2014 4 foot Black
Kasha Pierce GA June 23, 2014 6 foot Black
Joanne Thompson NV June 16, 2014 4 foot Black
Cheryl Rahkonen AR June 9, 2014 6 foot Black
Tom Behrendt IL June 2, 2014 5 foot Black
Tansy Diaz NV May 26, 2014 5 foot Black
Kimberly Joy Williams IN May 19, 2014 6 foot Black
Blake Tanner IN May 12, 2014 6 foot Fluorescent Orange
Greg Chaney IN May 5, 2014 6 foot Fluorescent Orange
Paula Stewart SC April 28, 2014 6 foot Black
Teresa Sulyok NY April 21, 2014 6 foot Black
Lori Bahn CT April 14, 2014 6 foot Black
DONNALYNN LAPOINTE VT April 7, 2014 4 foot Black
Makhbuba Boltaeva NY March 31, 2014 6 foot Fluorescent Orange
Ej Bognear MI March 24, 2014 6 foot Black
Denis kelley MA March 17, 2014 4 foot Black
Todd Rumsey NY March 10, 2014 4 foot Black
Lois Karmel NY March 3, 2014 3 foot Fluorescent Orange
Wendy Wallach NY February 24, 2014 6 foot Black
Karen DeGraaf MI February 17, 2014 6 foot Black
Sonya Sparks AR February 10, 2014 3 foot Fluorescent Orange

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SOLD OUT - Black Snake Sandbags™ on Amazon.com

There has been a huge run on Black Snake Sandbags™ sold on Amazon.com in all sizes! Wow! Though we forecast and manage inventory for sales on Amazon, this has caught us by surprise. Don't worry, we are working furiously on restocking all sizes and Amazon should have them available for sale by early next week. We appreciate that word has gotten around and many people are finding Snake Sandbags™ to be a valued product. We are humbled.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Industry Standards

When buying sandbags that are not filled, it is the norm that the dimensions provided are for the length and possibly the width. This seems to be the industry standard. When doing our research before launching Snake Sandbags™, we figured it made sense since you get an overall context of size from those dimensions. We followed suit.

We have Snake Sandbags™ that come in three, four, five, and six foot lengths and even custom sizes. There are times when we have to explain to customers that the industry standard is to provide dimensions of the sandbags when empty, not when they are filled. We realize that is somewhat ridiculous. If you want want six foot Snake Sandbags™, you probably want it to be six feet, not six feet minus an inch or two when filled with sand.

So, we are bucking normal conventions and to hell with industry standards (We also recognize industry standards play an important role, but Snake Sandbags™ is not really similar to anything out on the market today.). We are now sizing all Snake Sandbags™ to make sure they are at least the length specified when filled with sand. Yeah, sure it hits our bottom line a little since we need to use more materials and we are not raising prices because of this, but it just makes sense, especially from our customers' point-of-view.

Our manufacturing specifications are now taking this sizing into account, but our current inventory is still mixed. For many, an inch is not a big deal. If you have purchased Snake Sandbags™ and it is an issue for you, let us know and we will make it right.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Uses/Applications: Melting Snow

It's been a rough winter here in Indiana and it's not even over yet. There has been lots and lots of snow and below freezing temperatures over long stretches that seemed like an eternity. I know many in different parts of the U.S. have even experienced worse, so we really can't complain. But, now we have multiple days of sun and warmer weather (above freezing) which gives us another issue to deal with: melting snow. Water. And lots of it.

Here are some uses we know about and others have shared with us in using Snake Sandbags™ during this time:
  • Keeping water out of garages. Even though many garage doors have gaskets at the bottom of the door to keep out critters and water, water still seems to seep into that small crevice. Block it before it gets close.
  • Keeping water away from other things in the garage. Okay, we may be a little late for this one. A few customers have told us they use their garage for storing other items and they need to keep the melting snow that ends up on their cars from causing water damage to those precious valuables. Though, in my case, I try to get all the ice and snow completely off the car and even out of the wheel wells before putting the car in the garage, I do tend to have experienced puddles of water the next morning. I can just imagine what others have to deal with. 
  • Directing water in the basement. Many homes in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas have unfinished basements and with it comes the challenge of water seeping from the walls. Since Snake Sandbags™ are flexible, they are really handy when you want to direct water in the direction you'd like, most likely toward the drain.
If you have any other suggestions that Snake Sandbags™ has helped you deal with the melting snow, leave a comment below. We'd love to hear about it!

New Section: Uses/Applications

We get comments how individuals are using Snake Sandbags™ and sometimes we are surprised, in a good way. We do like to hear how Snake Sandbags™are helping solve various problems and realize that we should share that information since someone may benefit from someone else's insight. So, we are starting a new section on the blog called "Uses/Applications". It may cover a certain industry, locations Snake Sandbags may be helpful, or even a certain situation that they may come in handy for. Our first post will be revolved around something we are dealing with here in the mid-west: melting snow. After all the accumulation, the temperatures over the last few days rose above freezing quite quickly. Well, instead of snow, now we are dealing with a lot of water... and potholes, but Snake Sandbags™ can't really do much for that. That post will be next.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Weekly Giveaway

We had a lot of fun watching out for our listings to be updated on Amazon (see more about that post) and the opportunity to give a Snake Sandbags™ of the winner's choice for those couple of days. We enjoyed the experience so much that we have decided to have a weekly giveway. Same premise: winner gets one (1) Snakes Sandbags™ of their choice (up to $40.99 in value). Look for it as we'll have the first weekly giveaway up soon. Some more info about the giveaways:

* When will each weekly giveaways finish? Mondays at 11:59 am. We like the idea that we can brighten someone's day or even week right at the beginning of the week.

* How long will we run this? We don't know. We'd like to run it all the time, but factors may change it up.

* Who is it open to? Anyone in the United States, 18 or over. We do not like the idea of excluding anyone, but there are certain legal limitations that prevents us from opening it up to everyone in the world.

* Do you have to buy anything? Absolutely not. We'll even incur the shipping costs to your legal address in the United States.

* What do I have to provide to enter? An email address or a facebook login ID.

* Can I enter more than once each week? No, we have methods to identify entries that are automated and/or duplicate entries and will disqualify those entries as we see fit.

* How can one increase their odds for the each giveaway? There will be ways to get additional entries for each weekly giveaway (e.g., be a Twitter follower, FaceBook fan, etc). We'll try to make it interesting and fun for other ways to get more entries.Have any ideas, let us know.

* What are the odds? The totally depends on number of participants and entries for each giveaway. Remember, we start from scratch every week. So keep trying every week.

* Does one have to manually enter every week? Yes, each week is a different giveaway. It starts over every Monday at noon. All previous entries are deleted.

* Where can I enter? It will be listed somewhere on this blog. You can click on the uses/applications link found under Labels in the right hand column of this blog. You can also visit our Facebook page, and click on the 'ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY' image.

Well, there you have it. Enjoy and good luck! Let us know if you have any questions and if you want to know more about the Snake Sandbags™ you may choose if you win, visit http://www.SnakeSandbags.com


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Amazon listings are up!

Snake Sandbags™ listings are now active on Amazon.com! Inventory is spotty and should be updated in a few days, so you can now take advantage of free shipping for Prime members and qualifying orders over $35.

Special thanks to Tracy Foot, author of How You Can Maximize Student Aid, and owner of multiple web properties, LatinAmericaFocus, KidsandMoneyToday, and TracyTrends, for providing a way to get listings up sooner. It just so happened that a few hours after implementing her recommendations, Amazon updated their listings. How fortunate!

What does that mean about the daily giveaway for today described in an earlier posting? We're still having it today. Will get the giveaway it on the blog, but for those of you on Facebook and can't wait to enter, click here to go to our giveaway page on Facebook. Remember, it ends tonight at 11:59 pm, so get your entries!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Interesting reminder why we created Snake Sandbags™

Last week, a competitor called. Okay, maybe they didn't see it that way, but they sold sandbags and they weren't Snake Sandbags™, so I viewed them as competition. The gentleman asked if a specific model number was part of our product lineup and I immediately knew it's not anything we provide. Rather than end the call right then, without hesitation, I asked him to give more information about what he is looking for. He gave me some info, I took his contact details, and told him I'd get back to him.  I think he was a bit surprised. When first starting Snake Sandbags™, we performed much market analysis and even competitive analysis (and that gentleman's company was part of that analysis) and if there was anything in our research that could help him out, why not share it.

The call, happened during a conversation  I was having with someone who is not affiliated with Snake Sandbags™. I felt rude that our talk was interrupted and wanted to explain that I took that call for so long so I can help someone out; even if it's a competitor. She mentioned she would take the same approach. I was humbled and honored to be in her company. I know many others see business a cut-throat, grab all the market share you can get even if you steal it from your competitors. Snake Sandbags™ came out of a situation to help someone stop flooding issues in their garage every time a big storm hit. We wanted to come up with a solution because we saw the impact on not only the physical damage, but the emotional one as well. It was never let's create this company that specializes in sandbags; there's a huge market for it. It was about let's make something that helped someone and out of that we realized we should make it available to those who can benefit from its use.

I do feel the universe (or whatever you believe in) provides an abundance of opportunities and selling sandbags is not a zero sum game. I also believe this applies to many other industries. I refer to a Trevor Blake-ism to sum up how to go about it: "Make a positive difference in someone's life, have fun doing it, and share in the material rewards that come naturally as a result". Snake Sandbags™ may not be a solution for everyone, but I know we can do whatever we can to help others when needed. This call was a nice reminder why we got into this business.

Anyway, back to the call. I responded to the gentlemen with some information, but haven't heard back from him. It may have been the case that he was doing his own competitive analysis. In between all this time, maybe I was looking at his organization in the wrong way. Maybe he's not a competitor, but a possible seller of Snake Sandbags™.

Okay, gotta go make a call....

Friday, January 31, 2014

Amazon Fulfillment

Today we shipped a whole bunch of Snake Sandbags™ to Amazon so they can handle fulfillment for us. What does that mean? Not only are we listed on Amazon, but if you are a Prime Member or purchase qualifying products, including Snake Sandbags™, totaling over $35, you can get free shipping! Sweet deal!

Now that we have converted our inventory to become theirs, our listings have become inactive. It's a strange thing since our products are in transit and Amazon has an exact count of items we shipped, yet out listings are inactive and not searchable within amazon.com. We expect this to be resolved by next week, but if you would like check out the Snake Sandbags™ product page on Amazon, click here.

Since you can't buy them right now, we're planning to give a few away next week. Stay tuned.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Labels

Our labels that are sewn on all Snake Sandbags have evolved over time. Today, they are sewn right onto the Snake Sandbags so there is no tag hanging. It is also the case that our printers had challenges with initial runs of printing on canvas, which the labels are made of. Instead of trashing them, we said why throw them out and we used them. Some people got some Snake Sandbags with labels with lettering in colors like green. It doesn't affect functionality of the sandbags and those who have Snake Sandbags with tags or labels with funky colors, you should feel lucky. Those are not around anymore. I do have to say we found a small box of these funky colored labels, but they do not meet our production specs for size. Otherwise, more would be out there.

Another thing about the current labels is they are sewn individually and not by an automated machine, so they are not always perfect. It's a bit quirky, but we go with it. Once again, it doesn't affect functionality of the sandbags, but it's our human touch to it. It's not that we have standards, we do. So, if you look at the labels and it's a bit off, know that someone put their hard work into it even thought it's not perfect.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Amazon

Orders for the U.S. are now being process by amazon.com!

Though we enjoyed using our previous shopping cart, it had some limitations that were not going to grow with us. We are sad and excited at the same time.

Our next step is have our products fulfilled by amazon.com so prime members and qualifying orders over $35 get shipping for free. Yeah! Look for that in the next few weeks.



Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hello Snake Sandbags World!

Welcome to the Snake Sandbags™ blog. This is our first post after the re-install. Our previous blog crashed. Bummer. We look forward to get back on track and re-post all the previous entries from the beginning of 2013!