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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Beware of Handbags Central on: January 12, 2005 06:03:23 PM
I thought I should post this to warn all of you out there - not to order from this wholesale handbag company called Handbags Central http://www.handbagscentral.com

I live in Hong Kong and this company is in New York. So I don't sell handbags but came across this site from a forum. The bags seem quite cheap so I gathered some friends and ordered 24 bags (their export minimum) in mid-November last year.

After a whole month, they shipped me a box containing 9 bags only (and one of them isn't the style I ordered and the other one says "Sample - not for sale" and was completely worn out and old). No receipt has even been supplied to me.

Since then, I kept emailing this guy I ordered from, but of course he never replied. I called the company and given the time difference, I left many messages but no one called me back or contacted me. I stayed up one night and made the call so that I could reach them at their office hour. Then this woman put me on hold for a long long time that I had to hang up and call again. She said she need to dig up the paperwork and talk to her bosses. So I set the alarm clock and woke up again to call her. Of course she said no progress. So I asked her to promise to keep the communication up through emails. Not surprisingly, I have sent her 3 emails since that phone call but she never returned any news!

This woman's name is Anna Cardinali and the guy I ordered from is called Anthony Costello. There is nothing I can do right now but to call them up again tonight, my time. But if they still say they don't have the paperwork or they insisted they have shipped me all the bags, I am really stuck. I have paid for up to US$300 for the bags and the shipment took me US$76.

I am so sad about this  Cry and the worst thing is that I have got my friends involved. Although I have asked them to pay me yet, because I felt bad about this, they still asked me once a while whether or not the bags have come in.

Just DO NOT ever buy from this company and warn your friends. Also, if you have some suggestions on how I can resolve this, please let me know.

Thanks for listening!

- Joanna
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / website design - very bad experience on: December 13, 2004 06:53:28 PM
I am so frustrated!  I have waited for almost 5 months to get this website of mine made up. 

First I started with this company and it took them ages to come up with a preview - so I terminated the contract in the end and changed to another company.  Now they have very much delayed the preview for an entire week again!

Is it so difficult to do a website, I mean, for a professional website production company?  I am really unhappy about this as I plan to roll out the site before Christmas, and there are a couple of shop owners who'd like to view my products.  Plus, I wanted to do so much on marketing/ PR things...

sorry about this, but I really am very angry and sad about this.  I wish I could do my own site and I don't know how.  If you happen to know some good webiste designer/ production company, please let me know.

Many thanks, gals!
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / PR contacts on: December 13, 2004 06:31:04 PM
Don't know if this topic fits in here...

any suggestions on good PR contacts/ distributors in the States or elsewhere?

I heard about www.trunkt.com but it's a problem when I don't have anyone to "man" my shows if I do participate in one.  If any of you crafty gals have joined it, please let me know what it is like...

urgently need PR/ marketing people who could help increase exposure of products...

14  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / coming to Sydney on: December 13, 2004 06:25:27 PM
Finally settled with airplane tickets, but almost all hotels and appartments are full - that's a headache!

I am visiting Sydney from 26 Dec to 31 Dec.  Any good suggestions on must-go jewelry/ fabric/ craft supply stores?

many thanks!

15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / bead stringing material on: December 12, 2004 09:56:51 PM
I just made a necklace with the Beadalon no.49 beading string - it's very drapable and soft - very good - I highly recomment it, though a bit expensive.

Any other recommendations?
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / crimping tool on: December 09, 2004 11:50:13 PM
don't know if anyone has asked this before.

I just bought one - but have difficulty using it.  The first step where they crimp down in between the crimping bead is fine, but for the second step where you round up the already closed crimping bead, I really cannot manage - I actually re-crimp the bead in the other direction (hope you know what I mean).  Anyways, surely that's not what the tool is supposed to do...

help please...
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How do you price your items? on: December 09, 2004 11:43:42 PM
hi crafters,

any tips on how to price your products?  i make jewelry and when i buy my supplies, i would mark down their prices.  Then when i finish a design, i would calculate the total costs, and then multiply by a certain figure - and re-adjust if much time has been spent on a relatively difficult to make product.

however, when i compare my products to some made by the others, I'd often be surprised that they charge a lot more.  My problem is I tend to adjust the price based on where the products would be sold - which is a bad thing, I think.

Any tips are welcome.

Many thanks!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / handmade watches on: November 28, 2004 11:13:51 PM
don't know which category watches belong here...anyone out there making these, using watch faces bought from craft stores? 
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / old denim shirts on: November 28, 2004 06:23:57 PM
have a couple of those old denim long sleeve shirts lying around - too baggy to be in style nowadays...

any suggestions on what they could be used for?

anyone wants it?
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Calling for handmade handbag consignees on: November 22, 2004 12:34:44 AM
We run a website with main focus on handcrafted jewelry.  But we'd like to expand the variety by including consigned purses and bags.  We are looking for unique, elegant creations. 

If interested, please email info@candlelight.hk
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