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#1 tvt

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    Posted 15 June 2008 - 02:48 PM

    So far I have purchased 2 sets of OOT bags. First were from Walmart for $5/bag:

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    Then we went to the dollar tree to get fillers and found these bags for $1/bag:

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    I think I have realized why I do things last minute... if I do them early on, I will sit and second guess everything and try to find something better/more cost effective/cuter, etc.

    So my delima here is cost versus quality. The Walmart bags were really nice and was something I would buy to use myself as a beach bag. The dollar tree bags are not something I would buy for myself, but I bought them with the intention of using the extra money to fill the bags. Now as I sit and ponder this issue, I wonder if it is better to give people a nicer bag with less "stuff", or give them a lesser quality bag, with more "stuff" inside?

    For the record the stuff we have so far is:
    1. chapstick
    2. after sun lotion
    3. hand made soap
    4. tylenol
    5. tums
    6. travel candel
    7. nerf football thing

    we are also thinking of doing color changing cups with our logo on them. and will definitely put in some snacks.

    What do you think? Better bag, less fillers? Cheaper bag, more fillers?

    #2 Jen_S

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      Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:15 PM

      I like the look of the dollar store bags is it really poor quality will it hold up for the trip. I would do less expensive bag (since most people already have one) and add more stuff like travel mugs or the cup since people will use them also while at the resort.
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      #3 tvt

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        Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:29 PM

        they aren't horrible quality. I would think they would hold up just fine for the trip, but I don't think it would be a bag you'd use over and over again.

        I just don't want people to get the bags and go "OMG why are they giving me this?" So I think if the bag is cheaper there should be something inside that is nice.... which I'm not sure what that would be yet.

        I'm probably just over thinking this!

        #4 CourtneyV

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          Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:31 PM

          Honestly, I like both bags, but if it were me I'd do the $1 bag with more fillers... as long as you can return the $5 bags.

          Also - we did bigger bags and a lot of people used them to put their towels and stuff in when they went either off-resort, or even swimming to the pool.
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          #5 merocket59

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            Posted 15 June 2008 - 04:13 PM

            I think the dollar store bags are cute and great for a destination wedding, I would use them because people will probably be getting them wet and putting messy things like sandy towels inside them and they may not want to ruin the nicer bags. Then you can use the extra money to put some more things in the bag maybe hats, t-shirts, or towels? It depends how many bags you are making but those could be a nicer item to put in them.

            #6 rodent


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              Posted 15 June 2008 - 04:21 PM

              I went with cheap bags (70 cents from OOT). I've been using one a lot to tote stuff to work & it holds up great.

              I figure most people have a beachbag back home so this is really just something to use during the trip & make a grocery sack out of later. i'd rather put the money in the bags. I was also trying to keep my bags to about $10 each so I couldn't splurge on the actual bags.

              #7 Kat81

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                Posted 15 June 2008 - 05:02 PM

                I think unless they are super nice bags for the more expensive ones I would go for the cheap ones. The dollar store don't look less expensive to me than the others. So, if it were me I would do the dollar store bags with more stuff.

                #8 ~Jamie~

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                  Posted 15 June 2008 - 08:35 PM

                  I just bought those same dollar tree bags. I liked having the extra money to put more things in them.. We got many of the same things you did, but also found radios with headphones for the beach, sunscreen, and some snacks from the dollar tree.

                  #9 Agape Gems

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                    Posted 15 June 2008 - 09:04 PM

                    I would go with the $1 bags and put more stuff in the bag. A lot of my guests used the bags for their wet shoes, dirty clothes,... so it really didn't matter how nice the bag was. And some people used them for the beach and they they didn't feel bad about throwing the sandy bag away at the end of the weekend b/c i told them they were inexpensive. I think they may have felt obligated to keep the bag if it was something i spent a lot of $ on.
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                    #10 tvt

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                      Posted 15 June 2008 - 09:20 PM

                      sounds like I should stick with the dollar bags! thanks for your imput! FI is so over these OOT bags and thus is no help at all!

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