At first we thought well maybe Peachjar does flyer design. Well they don’t. They probably make money for advertising the two websites they share where you can design your own flyers.
When we first contacted Peachjar we were transferred over to a specialist to see about additional discounts and offers that they might have for us. To be honest, the Peachjar representative did a great job communicating and trying to work within their business model to bring the price down. It went from $4000+ to just under a $1000.
We asked if this offer would be available to all after school programs and they said other after school programs are fine with the pricing and they work with each company on an individual basis.
We also asked if this pricing would be the same for the following year and they said they would not commit to this pricing for the following year. It looks like just an introductory rate to get you on board like internet companies do, but you can’t switch providers in this case… I asked them if there was anything in the contract with PPS that keeps them from raising their price or not offering more discounts next year when everyone is using it. They said they have the freedom to charge a price they believe is fair.
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After an hour conversation and learning more about the contract they have with PPS and pricing we were actually quite upset and angry that the school district would allow a for profit company access to all parent information and charge after school enrichment providers outrageous amounts of money (in our opinion) to send emails to parents. On top of that if we still do physical flyers we now have to pay $25 to Peachjar plus our cost of printing the flyers!
We thought this is a great business model for making huge profits. Trade a very cheap service to the school district in return for all parent information and then charge after school providers access to parent information to be able to advertise our programs.
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