How size affects cost



Prices are based simply on how much it costs to make them. I started out using a large size of good quality retail sunshade as my source material, which was ok except when the pattern was larger than the sunshade, which required panels to be joined. Depending upon the extent of additional material there was a hierarchy of sizes that is shown in the table below. Now however, I am now using bulk material- 6mm thick reflective polyethylene foam made in Queensland. It comes in rolls 120cm wide, so there is no problem with tall or wide sunshades, except that they use more material and take longer to make. So the sizes below are largely obsolete. When I get time I will revise this page.

For rear or side windows the price depends upon the size and the method of attachment (magnetic or press fit) and varies considerably between models.



Internal sunshade size key

Window

Size key

Explanation

Front

XS

very small - easily fits the smaller sheet size

Front

S

small - fits the smaller sheet size

Front

M

medium - fits the larger sheet

Front

L

tall - requires addition of small central panel

Front

XL

taller - requires full width extension panel

Front

XXL

tall and wide - additional height and width required

Front

XXXL

huge- requires multiple panels

Rear


cost depends on pattern size and numbers of magnets

Front door


cost depends on presence/numbers of magnets



Some people may consider my prices unreasonably high, but with sales spread thinly across a large range of models it's not a great business model. Each year there are many new models being introduced and it is not a trivial matter making new patterns. Generic sunshades come in only a few sizes, are made in Asia and are imported by the container load. Many of them are also made from cheap material although at the top end of the range there are products available with comparable quality to mines. At least ours are made in Australia, in Tasmania. So you get the satisfaction of knowing that instead of funding a sweat shop in some distant country, you are supporting one right in your own back yard.

Making your own patterns.

There is, of course, the option of making your own sunshades, and for people with campers for instance, that have many windows, this is often the only feasible approach. There are several ways to make the initial pattern. One is to tape some polythene to the outside of the glass and trace around the black border or rubber seal with a texta. You may need to adjust the size of the pattern according to the size of the actual opening inside. Or tape some brown paper to the inside (make holes at intervals and run the tape across them) and run your finger nail around the desired edge. Then mark with a soft pencil. Cut around the required pattern and trace onto a retail sunshade. If there is a rubber seal with a recess around the window this can hold the sunshade in place if you make the pattern slightly oversize. Failing this you may be able to use the suction cups or Velcro dots, to hold them in place. If you are really handy with a sewing machine you could even bind the edge, but this is something I depend upon a professional to do.

Postage

Nearly all individual sunshades weigh less than 500g and currently (Sep 2014) cost $7.60 for Regular and $10.35 for Express Post. Both are tracked, but because Australia Post no longer offers the security of a 'Do Not Safe Drop' option, parcels will be left on your doorstep if you are not home. Additional security can be achieved by specifying a signature on delivery, which adds $2.95 to the cost.

Sunshades taller than 105cm (currently only the Citroen Picasso and Peugeot 3008) are not accepted by Australia Post and can cost approx $14-25 depending upon the freight option and location, to send by courier. Please contact me for quotes for your location.

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