Do you offer bulk pricing on the matchsticks?
For 10 or more boxes, the bulk rates are below:
1.75" and 4" matchboxes - $2.75
11" matchboxes - $3.50
I am very well stocked in the 2", 4", and 11" matches in plain white boxes, but for the 4" matches in decorative boxes, I'm mostly setup for retail sales and my quantity varies by color. If you need more than 40 of the decorative boxes, you're better off contacting my suppliers below.
The decorative matchboxes are from HomArt. It is the wholesale division of AREO, a home furnishings company based in Irvine, CA. If you have a sales & tax use certificate, you can set up a wholesale account with them pretty quickly. Minimum order is $100, and their turnaround time is 1-2 weeks, if the item is in stock.
The plain white boxes are from Maryland Match, based in Baltimore, MD. Their MOQ is 1,000 matchboxes, and turnaround time is 3-4 months for 4" and 11" matchboxes, and 9-12 weeks for 2" matchboxes. Further, they are a full-service printing house, so you can either get the boxes in plain colors or printed with your own custom designs.
Maryland Match Links:
Where do you get your loose matchsticks?
I manually prepare the packets of loose matchsticks myself as a courtesy since so many customers have requested it. I don't get them from anywhere. They are neither manufactured nor imported like this. All matchsticks are packed into boxes, then usually shrink wrapped, and then sent overseas to US importers like the ones I use (see details in the section above). They are mainly for retail sale, not wholesale, so I do not have unlimited quantities.
Can I get custom printing on the matchboxes?
No, I don't do custom printing on the matchboxes. See the above question for details about one of my suppliers, Maryland Match, which is a printing company as well as matchstick importer.
Do the matchsticks come in other sizes besides 4" and 11"?
4" and 11" are standard sizes that I can purchase easily from US importers. Until I have the funding to buy direct from manufacturers overseas, and can request custom sizes like 3" or 9" (as examples), I can only offer the standard sizes of 4" and 11".
Do the match striker paper and match striker shapes work with safety matches?
Yes, they work with safety matches and strike-anywhere matches, though strike-anywhere matches require more strikes.
Isn't the match striker material actually just fine sandpaper?
No. This is actual match striker material imported from matchstick manufacturers. It's the exact material used on matchboxes, matchbooks, etc. It is essentially a thin piece of paper, and the match strike chemical is 'painted' onto it -- just like if you took a matchbox and peeled off the striker strip.
Does the match striker paper only come in shades of black or brown?
Yes. That's due to the chemical nature of phosphorus. Believe me, if I could get the sheets in different colors, I would!
Can you do custom striker shapes?
Yes. I use a Silhouette Cameo 3 cutting machine to create all kinds of shapes. They just can't be too small or intricate because you need enough space to strike the matches, plus the material can tear easily when cutting it and/or peeling it off my cutting mat. All I need is a jpeg or gif of an image that has an outline that can be "traced"; you can send me your own or I can find one for you. Once we agree on a shape, I will send you samples. If you are satisfied, I charge a one-time $15 custom design fee to the final order.
Do you offer overnight shipping?
Usually, I can ship overnight without a problem via USPS Express (starts at $35), FedEx (starts at $50), or UPS (starts at $65). If your order is urgent, please message me, and I'll do my best to accommodate your situation. FedEx and UPS are generally more reliable than the USPS Express (overnight) service. My cut off times are as follows, all Eastern Standard Time: USPS 4PM. UPS 6PM. FedEx 7PM.
Why is the shipping cost so high for the match strike paper and shapes?
For the match strike paper, I use a thick cardboard mailer to protect the sheets and keep them flat. For the match striker shapes, I ship them via bubble packs.
In both cases, this changes the shipping class from letter to package, and also, to include tracking, I have to ship via package class, which in turn costs more to mail. However, if you don't care if sheets might get bent during shipping and tracking may not be available, I can package them in a regular flat envelope which brings the shipping cost down a little.
For US customers, the shipping doesn't decrease that much, but for overseas customers, the difference is significant. However, if you order a lot of sheets, the weight alone will drive the shipping cost back up, regardless of packaging. Message me or request a custom order with the number of sheets you want, your country, and your postal code, and I will calculate shipping for you.