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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: October 06, 2008 12:06:50 PM
I love the new photos and the new prices tell me I'm getting a quality item.  Great job and congrats on the first sale!!

I updated my banner after many frustrating moments with Gimp (too cheap for photoshop) and I've got some new stuff to photograph just as soon as the weather and my homework schedule cooporate. At that time I plan on re-shooting some of my existing stock to make the pictures even more enticing.

Beyond those things (new photos, more items) is there anything else I can do to entice potential buyers?
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Yet another pricing thread - Robes on: October 05, 2008 11:14:17 AM
Ok, I feel much better about my current $55 price tag on my robes.  Smiley  I will definitely look into upping them which (bonus) means I can invest in some nicer cottons to make even nicer robes.  Thank you!  I have another line of robes in development stage which are more daywear/cardigan style than these and they'll be selling for more, both because they're more expensive material but also because they look pricier.  Now if people will just start buying them!  This was NOT a good time to start up a business ... oh well.  It'll pass.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Yet another pricing thread - Robes on: October 04, 2008 09:27:28 AM
Trying to figure out what's a good price for my robes.  They take 1.5 yards of fabric total which, using nicer cottons, is around $15 for supplies.  They take 2 hours total to make, from cutting to final stitch.  So... price.  Using the 3x materials rule o' thumb the asking price is $45, using the materials+salary it's also $45.  So that seems like the right price.  But what do you think, looking at the pictures - too much, too little?  Thank you!

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: October 03, 2008 07:28:47 PM
You're definitely underpricing your stuff - they're really beautiful and creative and easily worth $10 at a minimum!  More photos, especially against some nice backgrounds (something music related for the CD earrings?) and you'll have some stunning stuff.  And if you ever feel like you're overcharging go pick up Vogue or Elle or even Lucky and see what prices are considered "normal" in those magazines.  You'll feel far better about adding a bit to the prices.  Smiley

As for changing - is there a time limit on editing?  I just fixed one listing yesterday, about 6 hours after posting it.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: October 03, 2008 06:57:33 AM
Thank you!  I've got excuses for photographing indoors and the lousy banner but they're just excuses and I need to get off my tush and get over it.  Smiley  Drag my dressform out to the green area in my apartment building and figure that any and all small kids who get in the photo (we have a surplus of them here) are cute props.  And I need to remember to photograph the backs of the robes as well.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Celebrate your etsy milestones! (First sale, your stuff on the main page, et on: October 03, 2008 06:17:53 AM
Congratulations I Sew Cute!!!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: October 02, 2008 09:32:16 PM
I know you were replying to TiLT, Oh So Cute, but I'm taking notes on your tips - very helpful!  I tend to shoot my pictures indoors since, living in an apartment, it's a pain to drag it all outside but I need to get over that.  Today I took out some of my coasters to shoot in the sunlight and it made a world of difference.  I even wound up with a cute intruding flower in some of my pictures.

And just to add to the idea of taking interesting shots from different angles - a couple sundays I was asked to photograph some stuff for church.  Took a couple pictures of a bank of candles we have, one from straight on, one from close in and from the side.  The front-on one looks like an insurance picture while the one from the side is getting used for promotional stuff.  And yet it seems like we're trained to go for the straight-on shot.  Go figure.  Thank heavens for digital cameras, you can take a hundred different shots with instant feedback and no film costs!

And *cough* speaking of photos, any suggestions for bettering my (admittedly small) shop?
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Celebrate your etsy milestones! (First sale, your stuff on the main page, et on: October 02, 2008 07:53:04 PM
Today I ....
- Opened my store
- Got my first item hearted
- Got my first person favoring my shop

Good first day. Smiley

I'm looking forwards to hitting the milestones y'all have hit!  Congrats and good luck to all!
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: October 02, 2008 10:34:15 AM
TiLT - I like your shop and your offerings!  If I didn't already have more bags than my tiny closet can handle I'd be severely tempted (Ok, I am temped, it's that closet that's holding me back), especially by the Green Text Theresa.  My one major suggestion - your photo's don't "pop" like they might.  Especially your three featured purses.  They kinda look like nice purses put down on the table and photographed for an ebay auction.  However your bags photographed outside (like the blue wave tote) look great - unfortunately I'm not as likely to scroll down to catch that with the more boring photos on top.  Which is really too bad because your purses are super cute and I love that you have pictures of what the purses and such look like inside - very helpful.  Best of luck!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Customers Who Give me the Wrong Shipping Address - What to do? on: September 30, 2008 08:56:55 PM
How frustrating!  I'd add a hard-to-miss NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU GIVE THE WRONG ADDRESS disclaimer as well as confirming the address, per craftychef's advice.  After all, why should you suffer because their info is wrong?  Personally as a buyer I have no problem with my order being delayed by address confirmation - it beats never seeing my purchase and I wouldn't expect you to remake and resend lost merchandise.
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