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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: May 23, 2007 04:50:12 PM
I'm not really big on the whole forum thing...even though many say it helps business. You can find rude people lurking on all forums (yes..even here on craftster...I know, hard to believe  Wink ).. sure it gets under my skin, but I just try my best to ignore it, and usually someone will defend you ...way to go BeaG !!

Did anyone get a convo in etsy from a woman who says she wants to buy something from you to send to her son in Nigeria Huh I got one this morning... I know its bad, but now any time I think of Nigeria ... Scam, pops into my head. Anyways, I'm sure it was a scam cause their account is now closed. Just wondered if anyone else got one of those.

nessagurl
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: May 17, 2007 10:39:38 AM
is anyone else having problems with the pages loading the last couple of days. Grrrr... its really frustrating me...

nessa
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: May 15, 2007 07:09:21 AM
WOW... congrats Tomate... looks like all your hard work and great designs are finally paying off. Good luck with it, you've been working hard and definitely deserve this break.

Congrats Fioretta on your first sale too... feels good eh!

I had the weirdest thing happen to me today... I had someone ask if they could buy something for cheaper Huh They said they were on a budget... I was a little floored.  Would they do that at Walmart or the Mall? Anyhoo, I just replied that I could make a modified bag for them for cheaper, but that I couldn't sell the bag they wanted for that much because of the time and money that went into it.... their reply sounded like they didn't want the bag after all.  Has anyone else had this happen... it totally baffles me.

NessaGurl
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: May 09, 2007 06:37:30 AM

Wholesale exists specifically because of the mass production of goods.  Mass production means basically that if you add more machines indefinitely making the stuff, you can theoretically meet just about any demand, and that if you're selling a whole lot of something you're making a whole lot of money even if each item only makes you a tiny profit.   

Essentially I think that places like Etsy, and markets, and anywhere that connects the buyer with the maker/seller, are eliminating the whole process that made "wholesale" vs. "retail" exist  (Which is a good thing, in my books).   I know I've annoyed some people saying this, on the Etsy forums, but I think it's true.  We are not a retail venue, or a wholesale venue, we are something completely outside of that system (or, I am, anyway).   I don't mark my items up to twice what I want to make off of them to match what retail would cost.. I feel as though that would be strange and not altogether ethical.  Also, they're made by me.  I can only make so many of them,  so the price I want is the price I want.. if you buy a lot, I don't have any more to sell at the normal price, and I can't MAKE anymore (cuz there's only so many hours in a day) so by giving wholesale discounts I'm effectively making less money for the same amount of work. 

I've got 15 bears and no time to make more, why would I ask less money for those bears?     So I don't do it.   Wink

I think I would have to agree with you Tiph... I wouldn't be able to make enough product to make it worth my while, and it wouldn't be any  cheaper to sell wholesale... so if they want wholesale stuff... they would have to buy at the prices listed. I can't afford to give it away.

Nessa
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: May 03, 2007 12:07:06 PM
I'm super glad too... thanks for the giftie... I love my first pins I purchased from you, your products are always professionally made and packaged... it was a pleasure to purchase the balm holder. I'm setting new goals for myself this year.  I'm shooting for 200 sales now...

nessagurl
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: May 03, 2007 09:07:35 AM
Nessagurl - i couldnt resist!   Wink

yay... thanks...I'll send you something special with it... I'll prolly get it in the post tomorrow.

nessagurl
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: May 03, 2007 08:57:15 AM
tomate... those cuffs are super cute. I really like the first pink one... well done.

BeaG... yay... I was your 400th customer... I have wanted one of your holders for such a long time... I finally gave in.

I'm sitting at 99 sales right now... obsessing over when my 100th item will be purchased Huh So I too will offer a free gift for the 100th customer.  Grin It's been a long time coming.

NessaGurl
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 8! closed on: May 02, 2007 01:16:17 PM
Nessa - I know round 7 was quite some time ago but my PO told me that Canada has been holding up packages from the US for quite awhile now and they really aren't sure what's going on and why things are taking so long. So if it's not a flaker maybe that's part of the reason or it did get lost in transit.

yay... I finally got the item today... I knew if I said something publicly that it would probably arrive... Murphy's law! Although it didn't get held up at the post office... it wasn't shipped until last Wednesday! No matter now... I received it, and I'm pleased with it. I'm just waiting on one item now from SSS8!

Nessa
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 8! closed on: May 02, 2007 03:58:55 AM
I'm STILL waiting on something from round 7!!! ...and something from this round too... I have to say, I'm a little disheartened and will be sitting out a round or so. That is not the only reason why I'm sitting out, personal stuff also gets in the way...but I'll be back for some future rounds once I get organized at home... have fun in round 9

nessagurl
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap - Round 7 on: May 01, 2007 02:49:18 AM
I'm still waiting on my coasters from raina ...otherwise I received everything.
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