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« on: January 25, 2012 08:33:13 PM »

I really don't want this to come of as complaining. So I am prefacing it with a disclaimer: I love my friends and family, and the random strangers I speak to. I just figured that if anybody could understand where I am coming from, it is fellow creators! And I need to vent!

Every time a person finds out I make and sell products, it can be a relative or complete stranger, they immediately say "oh, you should sell your stuff here and here and here!" I think it's cool that they feel my products are good enough to sell in the places they mention BUT I've already told them that I sell my products online (and I'm working at about my capacity, so expansion is not in the plans at the moment). I've most likely even handed them a card that has my website on it.

I normally just smile, say that's an interesting idea I hadn't thought of, and try to steer them back to my website.  Grin Because, let's face it, it's not very realistic to try to get my products into whole foods, the red envelope, or onto Oprah's favorite things.

Does anyone else come across this? And how do you handle it?

Like I said before, please don't think I'm complaining, it's just something I have noticed and for some reason it gets under my skin!
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012 10:04:04 AM »

I think it may come down to people not realizing what it takes to do what they're saying.  And really, rather than go into a long diatribe, the whole "Oh that's something to think about!" reply is probably best, or maybe even a "One day I'd like to", to hint to them that it can be quite a process.
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2012 01:22:11 AM »

Har-har! You could say "Oh, do you know Oprah? Could you put in a good word for me?!?"
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2012 03:54:45 AM »

Having someone suggest places to sell is human nature. They just want to help.  So smile and graciously say thank you.

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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2012 07:12:27 AM »

I always say thank you and then let them know that I freelance primarily so that I can pick it up and put it down, (having a pro job now my independent stuff went to the side) just thank them and even chock the info to the back of your brain you never know with the market when you'll need to expand or change.
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