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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Buyer Turn Offs on: May 14, 2010 09:02:12 AM
I also need to ask - what do you do if you are making things that are not your size OR you feel that you'll put the buyer off by your non-modal looks? I may make a size 10 skirt, and no one wants to see me trying to squish myself in that....

I could hold it up against myself (minus my face), I guess? So you get to judge how an item is to be worn if it's complicated. Surely, though, dimensions and sensible item description would suffice, with varied pictures to show the detail of the garment. Perhaps, if ones drawing skills were up to scratch, a little fashion-illustration-esk sketch of how an item should look?

Regardless, and if I were to wear an item to model it, I would certainly put something along the lines of "Item modelled is not item being sold, but looks the same/similar" OR "All modelled items are washed and pressed before shipping"

Washing in non-biological and fragrance free liquid of course!

And, to throw my further two cents in to the bucket - I would post items with recycled packaging and tell people so (along with why I'm doing it). If the package looks scruffy, I'd make sure the item inside was wrapped more scrumptiously, with notes and business cards and attractive wrapping.
(Says someone who hasn't actually got an etsy account and is currently only in the planning/researching stage..... Wink)
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How perfect is "perfect"? on: May 14, 2010 07:51:42 AM
First Post! (loooooong-time lurker) Woop!

I agree with everyone else though, hand-made=imperfections=good.

However, I wanted to add that many a time I've bought clothes from high street stores which have been imperfect. And, of course, of lesser quality. So not even mega-super-business aren't immune (well, I'm talking about affordable high street stores from the cheap to the quite expensive - not the high fashion end of things). I've bought items where all the buttons fall off in the first week or so and where the stitching is so awful that I have to sew it back together again.

As long as you make things that don't fall apart the moment you get it back, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Some of the clothes I made have wonky stitching and lumps in various places - but these aren't the things people notice really. And if they do, usually they've said it adds to the overall effect. As long as it looks good and doesn't fall apart, it's all good!
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