Frequently Asked Questions About Discount Cards
About the fundraiser
- Is there a fee to participate in this program?
- Is this fundraiser only available to non profit groups?
- How much profit do we make?
- How long should our Discount Card fundraiser last?
About The Discount Card
- How many offers can fit on the discount card?
- When does the card expire?
- Can we have our organization’s logo on the front of our cards?
- How big is The Discount Card?
- How do we get the merchants’ logos on the back of the card?
- Can I receive a proof of the cards before they are printed?
Pricing / Ordering
- How long does it take to receive the cards?
- Does The Discount Card need any info from our organization before we get started on this fundraiser?
- What service do you use to mail out the cards?
- How do I place my order?
- Is there a minimum order?
- Do we have to pay any money upfront?
- Can I pay by check instead of credit card after my 15 days are up?
- For the 15 day payment program, does the 15 days start from the time we place our order or from the time we receive the cards?
- Can the unsold cards be returned?
About Merchants / Offers
- How long does it take to secure the offers?
- How easy is it to secure businesses?
- Do we need to fax the signed merchant agreements to The Discountacrd?
- Who secures the businesses for the card?
- Do you have select businesses already on board?
- What kind of businesses participate?
- Can more than one location, such as McDonald’s, be listed on the card?
- Are the offers good for a one time use or repeated uses?
- What kind of offers are on the card?
How much profit do we make?
You make $7.00-$9.00 profit per card depending on the number of discount cards ordered and the program option choosen.
Is there a fee to participate in this program?
There is no fee to participate in this fundraiser. We have no hidden costs. There is no shipping fee, setup fee, or design fee. The only cost is the cost of the discount cards.
Is this fundraiser only available to non profit groups?
No, this program is offered to any organization or any group who needs to fundraise.
However, we have found that groups that consist of 20-25 people have more sucessful fundraisers
Is there a minimum order?
Yes, the is a 500 card minimum order if we secure the businesses and sponsors. The is a 250 minimum order if you secure your own businesses and sponsors – see our pricing for more info
Do we have to pay any money upfront?
No. We can give most groups 15 days from the time they get their cards to pay us back. In order to be eligible for this 15 day term, we require you to provide a credit card as a security deposit.
Can I pay by check instead of credit card after my 15 days are up?
Yes. You have the option of sending us a check or charging the credit card your provided as a security deposit when your payment is due.
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Do you have select businesses already on board?
We do not have any national contracts with any businesses or franchises. Since most franchises are independently own, it would be difficult to get a card accepted at all locations everywhere because it’s up to the discretion of each location’s owner or manager.
What kind of businesses participate?
A wide range of businesses participate in the savings card fundraiser. Some examples are national franchises such as McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, or local businesses that offer services such as carwashes, dry cleaning, and oil changes.
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Can more than one location, such as McDonald’s, be listed on the card?
Yes. As long as you get approval from both locations we can list them on the card. If both locations honor the same offer, we will list both addresses on the card. If the offers differ, we will put the offers in two different boxes.
Are the offers good for a one time use or repeated uses?
The cards are good for repeated uses for an entire year.
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What kind of offers are on the card?
There are a variety of deals that can be offered depending on your local merchant. A typical offer is a “Buy one, get one free” deal. Please download the list of past merchant and offers to get an idea of what kind of offers the businesses can put on the card.
How long does it take to secure the offers?
The time it takes to secure local merchants all depends on your organization’s efforts. It generally takes 1 to 2 weeks to secure local merchants. It is very important to spend time securing the best merchants and offers. A Discount Card with great offers from popular merchants will make the card a lot easier to sell and more profitable.
How easy is it to secure businesses?
It’s easier than you think! Businesses like to participate in them because it’s free advertising and it helps them increase sales. It also gives them a chance to support the community. We provide a script on what to say to businesses, and provide a list of offers merchants can easily choose from.
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Do we need to fax the signed merchant agreements to The Discount Card?
Yes. After you place your order, please fax us your merchant agreement forms along with a copy of your organization agreement. The fax number is 888-553-6096.
Please see our Contact Us page for addtional contact info.
How long does it take to receive the cards?
Once Your Businesses have been signed up and we have received your organization agreement along with your sponsor agreements (if you are doing this yourself) your cards are usually out the door in about 3 days. Most of our customers have cards in hand in about 7 days. Full color cards however, generally take about 2-3 weeks.
What service do you use to mail out the cards?
Our typical shipping company is UPS. For orders less than 500 we ship our cards via the United States Postal Service priority mail (takes 2-3 days). For orders 500 cards or more, we ship via UPS and Fedex. You can also have the cards shipped by express mail which costs extra.
Can we have our organization’s logo on the front of our cards?
Yes. If you can furnish a standard, high resolution image (ie. jpg, bmp, gif format) we can customize your card. Please email your logo to firstname.lastname@example.org
How do we get the merchants’ logos on the back of the card?
We have logos for all the major merchants. If the merchant is a local store without a website, you can ask for any document with their logo on it, such as their business card, and scan it and send it to: email@example.com or you can mail them to us at:
The Discount Card
P.O. Box 2366
Valdosta, GA 31604
Can the unsold cards be returned?
The cards are customized and can’t be returned. Remember since we have Low minimum order requirements we can print and ship re-orders within 24 hours. You can re-order as needed. We only ask that your re-order is a minimum of 100 cards. BE VERY CAREFUL OF ANYONE WHO ALLOWS UNSOLD CARDS TO BE RETURNED. Typically there are unrealistic restrictions in small print or you are paying too much for your cards.
When does the card expire?
The card will expire one year from the date the cards are printed, unless otherwise requested. It’s up to you on how long you want the cards valid for. As long as your participating stores agree to it.
How long should our savings card fundraiser last?
We recommend a two week sales campaign. We have found that if it is any longer your fundraising members will tend to procrastinate and not place the fundraising campaign as a high priority.