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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Waterproof/Skidproof Dog shoes - Your thoughts on this listing on: April 30, 2012 10:31:38 AM
It is a catch 22 with waterproof vs water resistant.  Something that is waterproof can stay filled up with water.  Waterproof is good for puddles until the entire boot goes under and then your foot is sloshing around all day.  Maybe have tiny holes for venting/drainage? 
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Getting in trouble from one of my tutorials on craftster/my blog on: April 30, 2012 10:22:55 AM
From an artist's perspective I think it is very close to the original design and if I did the original I would rather see more of a variation of the concept.  You could do a different dinosaur for instance.  It is probably different enough though to not technically be infringing on the design legally.  I'm not a lawyer though.  Worse case you have to or decide to remove the tutorial.  You are not selling them and that is the big thing.  That is where people run into issues.  The truth is, not everyone is going to be able to build their own and the people who have the ability would never buy the $180 version anyway.  You are probably bringing a lot of publicity to the original and the original artist could actually be benefiting.  That's my take.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Marketing Crafts & Pricing Research Companies on: April 30, 2012 10:02:37 AM
I agree with Chris in VT.  You can get a good idea of what items go for by looking at similar items that have sold either on Ebay or Etsy.  That will give you real world information on what people will really pay.  You can start with that and work backwards to see if it makes sense to make them after you figure in time and expenses.  You can also make an item and try selling it in different venues to get an exact idea of what the market thinks it is worth.  Sometimes you really do not know until you put something out there.   
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Where's the right place to ask about starting a website??? on: April 30, 2012 09:52:07 AM
Bigcommerce.com is also a great option.  It is a platform that you will not outgrow and their tutorials and help videos are top notch.  Their sites are set up with SEO in mind and they have videos to walk you through optimization.  I have been really happy with them. 
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: packaging problems on: April 27, 2012 10:16:34 AM
+1 on Uline.  You'll end up buying boxes in bulk, usually any where from 5-10 at a time but you will save a fortune. They have a good catalog as well.
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