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Designer FAQs

Q: How can I create my own campaign?

If you are interested in creating your own campaign, please fill out this form. When it comes to choosing the Budsies that will be featured, there are 3 main aspects we take into consideration: 

  1. The backstory behind the character: is there an interesting or inspirational story behind the design or designer? Does this character stand for a social impact? Does the artist have a touching story?
  2. The influence of the designer: is there a large audience of fans eager to purchase this designer’s character?
  3. The cuteness of the character: would someone seeing this plush toy for the first time immediately want to buy it?

Note that you do not need to have each of these criteria to be chosen for the Budsies market. These are just a few of the things we look for. 

Q: Do I still own the rights to my character?

You sure do! You simply grant us the right to produce the plush toy of your character. We are not in the business of stealing designer’s characters. Respect and support of our designer community has always been (and always will be) core to our mission.

Q: What is Budsies responsible for?

We will create your product page for you. We will help write out the description and story of your character to launch the pre-order campaign. Once your pre-order campaign succeeds, we dive headfirst into procuring bulk materials, cutting, sewing, stuffing, quality control, importation, packing + shipping to each buyer, and managing any related customer service request. We’ll also be in communication with both you and the buyers about the status of your character’s production.

Q: What am I responsible for?

Once your pre-order campaign goes live, you’ll help promote your plush to friends, family, followers, fans, your neighborhood yenta, and anyone else who could help you reach your 100 piece campaign goal.

Q: What will be the price of the toys offered for pre-order campaign?

Each 12″ plush will be offered for $25 + shipping.

Q: Will I have to pay anything?

You only have to pay a one-time fee of $129 + the shipping cost of your sample. This covers your one-of-a-kind sample, your very own web page, an email blast to Budsies' Listserv, and professional advice and instructions for successful social media posts to get the best engagement. We will handle everything, from manufacturing to shipping.

Q: Do I make money from the sale of my character’s toys?

You sure do! If your pre-order campaign is successful, you will receive a check for 10% of the proceeds. That’s about $250 for 100 units sold at $25 or $2,500 if your plush sells 1,000 pieces. 

If you’d like, we can donate some or all of your royalties to a non-profit or charity in your name.

Q: Is there a risk that my plush won’t be produced?

While we hope this won’t happen, it is a possibility. If your pre-order campaign is unsuccessful, then your plush will not be produced. However, we will be selecting characters and designers whose stuffed animals we believe will beat the 100 unit threshold.

Q: When will customers receive my plush?

Depending on the quantity sold during your pre-order, customers will receive their stuffed animals within 7 - 8 weeks after the campaign ends. It takes time to create all of the plushies, but we'll keep you updated along the way. 

Q: What happens after a campaign successfully gets 100+ pre-orders? Can people keep buying more?

Once you cross your 100 pcs threshold, we will only continue to offer your product for sale through the end of the campaign deadline. Depending on the continued volume of orders, we may collaborate with you to accept more orders & extend your campaign. Once the campaign ends, we stop accepting orders and start work on the bulk order.

Q: What happens if a campaign fails to get 100+ pre-orders?

Anyone who pre-ordered your item will receive a full 100% refund within 5 business days of the end of the campaign. 

Q: If my design isn’t chosen or I don’t reach the 100+ pre-orders in time, is there another option for producing my Budsies character?

Of course! We have bulk order options available for anyone that is interested in a larger custom order of their character. We’ll happily give you a bulk order quote if you’re interested. Learn more here

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