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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: February 05, 2006 06:02:33 PM
I had to chuckle when I read about cebsme's mom- that description fits me to a T.  The only reason I sell my crafted goods is because I can't possibly keep and use them all myself.  I get most of my materials for -ahem- minimal cost, because of my job, and I'm a fast sewer so it really doesn't take me long to make anything I have posted in my shop (with the exception of the crocheted camo bag.)  All that said, I really do make these things because I love to.  It's great fun, fabulous stress relief, and I love the feeling of accomplishment when I finish something really pretty.  I don't need the money (although it's nice), but I do need to make things, and I have a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit. 

I do believe that each crafter should price their items according to what they believe is fair and right for them.  If a customer falls in love with a piece, they'll usually be willing to pay what is being asked.
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: how is everyone's ETSY shop doing? on: February 03, 2006 01:06:31 PM
Nessagurl is right-that other thread is about 140 pages long.  It's turned into its own forum! 
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: January 28, 2006 08:29:11 AM
What?  What happened?  I posted the bag last night before bed, and when I woke up this morning it was sold, but I had to get ready for work so I didn't look closely...lemme go check.  If it was featured, then yay me!
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: January 27, 2006 10:35:27 AM
I think your lucky keychains are adorable.  The price sounds right...somewhere in the $3 range.  How long does it take you to make them?  That's the most important thing when determining price.  =)
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Business Card Size question on: January 25, 2006 08:21:22 PM
Many manila file folders have given their lives as my business cards.  I hated the idea of a white background for them, so I played around with different materials until I fell in love with the cream/ tan color of file folders.  It actually looks great since the colors in my logo are dark green and tan, so ow I just cut up file folders, send them through the printer, and cut them out painstakingly by hand.  They do turn out great, though.  To see what they look like, go to any checkbook holder in my Etsy shop.  I use them to show people the flaps in the holders.
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: January 25, 2006 08:10:58 PM
Oh, I have.  Just when you think you're done, the machine eats the last two inches of a seam.  Sigh.

Another bit of depressing news- my very first Etsy buyer never paid, so I sent a transaction report and now it's been taken off my "Items Sold" list.  Makes me feel like I'm going backwards, lol.
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: January 24, 2006 03:36:07 PM
Mine's been really slow lately.  I keep trying to add stuff to my shop so I'll get views, but no bites lately.  Oh, well, it's still the after-holiday slump.  I'm hoping for more sales as the winter goes on.
18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: January 22, 2006 04:14:41 PM
I just started a SALE feature on my Etsy shop, where two random things every week will be 25% off, and I'll pick different items every week.  What do you guys think- is it something that'll make people browse more, or will people just wait until whatever they want goes on sale, and I'll never sell anything full price again?  Opinions, please!
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: January 20, 2006 12:36:30 PM
The scanner seems to work fine for your earrings.  Does your camera have a close-up mode?  The first camera I bought didn't, so I exchanged it for a better one and it made a world of difference.

I think your earrings are cool!  Good luck with them!
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: ETSY spin-off question- What have you BOUGHT? on: January 19, 2006 08:11:34 PM
Aw, somebody listed me!  I feel so special.   Cheesy

I've done tons of looking around on Etsy, but the only thing I've bought is lip balm from daisycakessoap.etsy.com...and that's in, like, the last two minutes.  But I have a shopping list as long as my arm, and after the holiday bills are paid, I may go wild...
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