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« Reply #90 on: March 13, 2006 01:41:53 PM »

ebay, definitely - maybe a local ad paper?

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« Reply #91 on: March 16, 2006 07:36:31 PM »

Hi there, I design miniatures and jewellery and saw the postings on ebay and wondered if anyone has advice for me on if it is better for me to have my own website or to sell on Ebay. I realize that Ebay has a ton of traffic but listing prices also add up and if they don't sell....Pls let me know where your success has been if you would like to share with me  Smiley Thank you !
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« Reply #92 on: March 19, 2006 05:38:47 AM »

Long term it's cheaper to have your own website. Get it designed by a pro who will maximize your search engine options as well as make it look good, run efficiently, and be easy to maintain. Most importantly, market your site so it gets business!

The place that charge per listing are out there to grab the short-term, cash-poor folks who end up paying much more over the long haul. If you're serious about selling, get a serious website.

« Reply #93 on: March 26, 2006 06:26:14 AM »

An other option being Etsy, where if your item doesn't sell within 6 months, it only costs you 10 cents.

No matter what you do, you can't just sit back and wait for orders to roll in, you have to promote like crazy.  I chose to go with Etsy so that I wouldn't have to worry about setting up a shopping cart or dealing with online selling issues that I am not skilled in.  That will leave me more time for making things and promoting my products.  As well, it gives me immediate exposure to all of the Etsy buyers instead of having to start from scratch in attracting people to my website.

I plan to have my own website as well - to post a gallery, give more details about my work and offer other services, but the "Shop" section will take a person directly to my Etsy store.  That is a plan for the future, I am not ready for that just yet.

I figure that the listing charge of 10 cents per item is easy enough to swallow since it does get me exposure on the Etsy site and a place to direct people to.  And I do not mind at all paying the 3.5% on the final sale price - that is nothing compared to what a consignment store would charge!

Down the road I may change my mind, for me starting out, this seemed to make sense.  I have a very short attention span, so in a year I may be off doing something else and I don't want to commit too much money to this right now.

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« Reply #94 on: March 31, 2006 12:53:59 PM »

I promised My mom that I'd help her sell a wedding dress she made.
The thing is that I don't know where! She loves the wedding dress because it's her first try at starting her own business.
 I REALLY want to help her.Where should I sell it? Please help ASAP!Thanks!

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« Reply #95 on: March 31, 2006 07:34:28 PM »

How about ebay or a consignment store? Not much help but a start :)d

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« Reply #96 on: April 02, 2006 07:01:42 PM »

In this particular situation, I would definitely say ebay.  Lots of people would probably be searching there for a unique wedding dress.  Or maybe she could try posting an add in the classifieds of your local newspaper?  The second idea may be a bit strange, but I'm just trying to think outside of the box.

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« Reply #97 on: April 04, 2006 12:52:39 PM »

Thanks! We're thinking of putting it up on e-bay. I've seen some ads in the newspaper that sell wedding dresses. maybe I should look in the wanted section and someone might need one.

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« Reply #98 on: April 05, 2006 09:30:19 PM »

You could try a free classified site like craigslist.com or backpage.com -- craigslist has a lot of traffic so that would probably be good  Grin

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« Reply #99 on: April 26, 2006 11:44:13 AM »

Hi there! I have a few questions when it comes to opening an online shop to sell indie crafts. Has anyone heard of ecrater.com ? It says it offers free online shops, has anyone tried this? Is it too good to be true?!? Am in need of serious help, I've tried etsy, but want to know what other options there are apart from ebay and setting up your own site with a shopping cart.
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