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« on: July 10, 2013 10:04:27 AM »

I'm working on a website to help connect people who need craft-related advice with people who can video chat with them and help.

http://www.lorious.com/

Would love any opinions you have on the website or the idea!
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2013 11:00:47 AM »

It sounds like a good idea, in theory, but your take (the percentage that Lorious is taking), plus CC fees seems a little steep. Especially when one considers the 15-minute rule- in all honesty, most of the stumbling blocks I've hit in learning a new technique were resolveable in under 5 minutes. Doesn't seem like there's a lot of incentive for the skilled tutors- there's too much room for non-payment, here. And because there's no secure way to record what did or did not happen...hmm. Not sure about this.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2013 11:08:38 AM »

Thanks for the comments! We know our take/CC fees are kind of steep but those aren't set by us, and there's a per transaction as well as a % portion so on shorter conversations they're actually closer to 10-15%.

Interesting that you can usually get through your problems so quickly. We were also thinking of the website as an easier way for crafters to offer and take private lessons... is that more appealing?
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2013 12:01:09 PM »

That would be a great option! Granted, Craftsy does the online classes thing, but private lessons might be more helpful for a lot of people- having specific questions answered immediately would be a biggie! That, and the ability to schedule a class for a specific time, one-on-one. This could be a really great solution for a lot of people. The idea's definitely sound.  Smiley

Thank you for not taking my doubts as "being mean"- it's just that I've seen people screwed over on Etsy and Ebay, both by the selling systems themselves/admin., and also by dishonest buyers. When the odds are already stacked against the seller, it's a little hard to get motivated to sell. If it's a fair system, I'd certainly be interested, both as a tutor, and as a customer!
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2013 08:49:58 AM »

Sounds like a good alternative to Craftsy, but from a biz standpoint I'm wondering why/if it hasn't been done before. You'll have to monitor it carefully so it doesn't turn into a big free-for-all mess, I suppose, and to those who dwell on "steep fees", you need to remember that artists, generally speaking, aren't salespeople, so the website folks will have to bring in all the customers and that always costs money  Cheesy

Also, the website has that popular sterile, clean look, but could use a few crafty-like photos or something to cheer it up, perhaps.
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2013 07:50:58 AM »

Ah, looking at the updated site, I see you cannot access it without signing up first. I find that to be a mistake. I left immediately.

The other issue is that if one wanted to post on their facebook or whatever to "go check out this website!!" then all they would get is a "register to find out" screen, and that's not encouraging, either. I wouldn't bother posting it on my FB just for that reason.
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