Choice Alpaca Buys Fiber March 01 2017
Looking to sell alpaca fiber?
Do you have alpaca fiber to sell?
Want to promote alpaca?
We buy alpaca fiber for a number of projects like blankets, felt inserts, felt products, socks, accessories, yarn, etc. We work with a number of USA mills to make products for our Made in the USA line.
Get value for your alpaca fiber while promoting American Alpaca Farms!
We pre-pay for shipping*! No upfront costs to you.
(costs deducted from final payment)
How does the Alpaca Fiber Call work?
Here’s the basic idea...
- READ: please carefully read all the information below. It's a simple process but experience shows we'll waste a lot of time otherwise. The instructions should tell you everything you need to know. If it does not, we'll add it! :)
- Contact Us: email is best, but phone is OK too. Let us know what you have: amount of Prime/1sts, 2nds, 3rds. Colors per grade and estimated weights of each.
- Collect Your Fiber: All fiber is useful, but not the really the wiry belly, lower leg fiber or short 2nd cuts stuff. All fiber needs to be free of vegetative matter, matting, mildew, MOTHS!, mold, "Poo" or staining. Both Suri and Huacaya fiber can be used*. If you already have the colors separated its likely best to keep it that way. Multiple smaller bags can be put into larger bags then into boxes.
*Note: some mills have special limits or requirements, such as:
Blanket Huacaya only
Fiber diameter of no thicker than 28µ micron
Staple Length: 2" to 5"
Uniform (Minimal Coarse Guard Hair or Short Cuts)
Currently, 3rds fiber goes to a different location than 1sts and 2nds.
One form per box. Fill out one of these forms and put in each box.
Also available as PDF or WORD doc
It is important to put your name (not farm name) as the Tracking Name, to receive credit.
If you are mixing putting multiple bags in the same box, label all the bags by weight and grade of fiber.
It's likely best to put 1sts/Prime and 2nds in different boxes than the 3rds as we'll often have them go to different mills for processing.
Let us know what you have: Send a note to email@example.com with the approximate number of pounds per grade of fiber (1sts, 2nds, 3rds) that you plan to send. For each box, we need to know the size and weight for shipping labels.
We pre-pay to ship your fiber*: Once approved, we will provide a mailing label (a PDF) you can print out to mail your fiber straight to a mill. We'll need your address for the "FROM:" part of the shipping label.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND TO OUR CLEAN PRODUCTS WAREHOUSE!
PLEASE DO NOT SEND TO OUR CLEAN PRODUCTS WAREHOUSE!
Your fiber will go straight to a mill or sorting facility, depending on the project.
No upfront shipping costs! *We pay shipping costs with the understanding that those costs will be deducted from the amount due for usable fiber. You have no up-front costs, but note that you should still be motivated not to send junk fiber that isn’t usable, stick, stones, dirt or anything which makes shipping cost more and frustrates the sorters. Shipping only good usable fiber will get you the best payment when the fiber is brought into the mills.
There is a concept of "Dimensional Weight" used by shippers. This idea can help you find the best boxes to use for your fiber. With light alpaca fiber, the cost to ship is more the size than the weight of the box.
THIS CALCULATOR will give you a feel for the right boxes to use based on how much weight is in the box versus the minimal shipping Dimensional Weight charge. Generally, we find 17 x 17 x 17" boxes, and very compressed fiber will work best though 16 x 16 x 16" or 18 x 18 x 18" also work well.
PACK your fiber as densely as possible.
We can handle boxes or even pallets. In prior fiber calls, we found that shipping 100 pounds or more can be done with Freight Shipping (we'll help arrange this) for significantly less than $1/lb. Combining your fiber with other farms might be a really good cost effective way to ship batches of 100-500+ lbs cheaply.
We do not want you to take your fiber to alpaca shows. You'll just ship it from your location using our provided label to one of our partner mills. Which mill depends on what we're working on at any given time.
Get Notified of payment: After your fiber has been received and reviewed you will receive an email notification of the number of pounds of usable fiber attained from your shipment, as determined by the sorters. Again, for the best $return, PLEASE do not send unusable fiber (tiny 2nd cuts, grass, twigs, rocks, POO, etc.), it hurts the process and is a waste of your deducted shipping $ from the final payment.
Get Paid!: For each pound of usable fiber that you send, within 8 weeks typically you will receive payment in the form of a store certificates ("PacaBucks") which can be used for shopping for anything on our wholesale store, www.ChoiceAlpacaProducts.com.
Note: you must be an alpaca farm or business to shop for wholesale products on ChoiceAlpacaProducts.com.
The current payment rate on ChoiceAlpacaProducts.com is currently**:
$6/lb - Prime (1sts, best of the alpaca blanket)
$4/lb - 2nds and 3rds
Note, this is of usable fiber as determined by the sorters who received the fiber. We do not offer cash payments. Paying for fiber in store wholesale product coupons helps us to be able to afford this process, and support the American Farms and Small Businesses who work tirelessly to promote American alpaca.
Be Famous! In addition, your farm will be (optional) recognized and promoted as a fiber contributor in ChoiceAlpacaProduct's website and media outreach!
** Please Note: This project is not a big "money maker" for us. It's a Labor of Love. We can buy the products we need without going through all the management of a fiber collection and processing stream. But since starting in 2002 we have always sought ways to support the use of alpaca fiber produced by small American alpaca farms. With your help we will together assure a use for all American alpaca fiber in the production of useful products. These efforts are key to supporting small American alpaca businesses (farms, sorters, mills, retailers) while promoting alpaca!
If you would like to join the notification list for further announcements, details and developments, please email a note to firstname.lastname@example.org or use email entry below.
If you're ready to start, follow the steps above. Let's work together to promote alpaca!
Any questions? Please reread the above. We're hopeful that everything is covered, or we'll add more. If it still doesn't answer the question(s) feel free to email or call.
We welcome your questions and suggestions.
-Brian and the Choice Alpaca Products Team