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Puppet eyes supplies

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by biblebetty, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. biblebetty

    biblebetty New Member

    Hi, everybody

    I think I have found a website (http://www.mcginnispuppets.com/) that sells 45mm Dome balls. there .99 cent a pair. I thought you guys might want to know. I hope this helps.

    FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    Swell eye domes!!!
  3. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Member

    Those dome eyes are offered by Mercury Plastics for only $0.21 each eye (Only $0.42 a pair instead of $0.90) They come in at least two sizes that I know of.

    The information for that company and ordering is found on the building page of my web site. The link is below:


    Why pay more, when you can pay less? ;)
  4. biblebetty

    biblebetty New Member

    well that is fine except in the other forum threads they say I have to order 1000,00 to get this price? I'm sorry but I don't have that kind of money, and I would paid .99 cents just to get 5 sets. When I go to tall mouse or Michael's I paid 1.99 for crazy eyes. Am I wrong about what I was reading? Well I just call Mercury and they also sell noses too! except you do have to pay for 1,000 order. So if you are a business and need 1,000 go to mercury, But if you only need one or ten sets McGinnis Puppets can help, they are very friendly and the will help with small eyes too! they even ask if you would like them painted instead of you painting them.
  5. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Member

    hmmm, I'm surprised that they told you that, because I just placed an order for 100 pieces.
  6. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I think you made a good point Betty, but I believe that Mercury's actual price is about 30 - 50 cents with a minimum order of just 100 pieces for most of their products. I think the last time I checked on these (which was awhile ago) the cost for 100 eyes was about $35 US.

    If anyone is on a tight budget or don't need many eyes McGinnis Puppets may be a good option, just remember all they are doing is ordering from Mercury and charging you a mark-up (not that there is anything wrong with that!). If someone needs a lot of eyes and/or you want to save some money Mercury is the better option.
  7. biblebetty

    biblebetty New Member

    After I post the the info on McGinnis I phoned Mercury direct and the gentman who owns this company with his brother said that there are many puppeteers that call for this item. unforuately they only sell by the 1,000 not 100 a bag. You may have gotten his brother on a good day. But I sent an e-mail to his brother because he actually takes care of the line and he will quote me prices. but the brother I spoke to on the phone said they are a manufacturing company they do not want to split bags. I also do not make that many puppets to justify even a bag of one hundered. so McGinnis is the perfect place for me. But if his brother says drifferent. I will let everyone know.

    Bible Betty
  8. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Something I forgot to mention was that Mercury Plastics was merged with another manufacturer (Eye Design I think) awhile ago. That may be one reason their "official" minimum order amount has changed. I think I dealt with Eye Design before Mercury took them over.
  9. biblebetty

    biblebetty New Member

    Oh, that would explain a lot. But I will ask the brother that takes care of the eye line and see if he will do something for us puppet builders. thank-you for all the info.

  10. biblebetty

    biblebetty New Member

    Sorry everyone I told you 1000,00 I typed it wrong it is 1,000. that is the last time I tell anyone info At 6:00am. I corrected the numbers on both my threads. again sorry.

  11. biblebetty

    biblebetty New Member

    I just received an e-mail from Mercury:

    Thanks for your interest in our eyes. The cost for #450 blank white with metal washer is $.18 each. The minimum order quantity is 500 pieces. The cost for #650 blank white is $.21 each with metal washer. The minimum order quantity is also 500 pieces. Our terms are COD or if you want to avoid COD charges, a check in advance of shipment including shipping charges. We will include a catalog with your first order.

    William Wright
    Mercury Plastics Corp.
    995 Utica Ave.
    Brooklyn, NY 11203

    718 498-5400
    718 498-5424 FAX

    that is what usually happens when two family members are in volved in business. You get two drifferent stories.

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