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« on: May 29, 2012 04:50:36 PM »

Can anyone give me advice on how I should go about taking my items to a brick and mortar store? I have never done this but am interested in selling most of my work through some local store instead of just online.

Specifically I'm not sure who to ask or how to approach them. Also, I would like to hear what kind of personal experience you have had working with retail stores.


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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2012 03:38:13 AM »

So you want to be a wholesaler.

Are you ready to slash all your prices by 50%? The shop will charge your "suggested retail price" and those are the prices that are on your site.

The shop must "keystone" their costs for the item and usually means doubling your price to them. They have things like rent, electricity, payroll, etc. And at no time can you have your product in any shop if they must charge more than you are online.

So as we say in this business, "you'll be working just as hard for half the money". Are you prepared to do this?

There's NOTHING at a craft show, or on Etsy, anybody NEEDS. NOTHING.
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2012 03:17:18 PM »

There are a few other threads that might help.

Approaching Companies
Approaching Stores to Carry Your Product
Few questions about local selling....
Wanting to consign in B&M store

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