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1  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: chicago thrift stores on: February 16, 2005 03:19:26 PM
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Which Free Mailing List to Use? on: February 16, 2005 09:15:07 AM
i have dreamhost, and they offer a free mailing list. i'm sure it's probably similar to your host's mailing list. all you have to do is copy the html to your site, and set up a maibox for the maling list. i was intimidated by it at first, and signed up with notifylist.com. but finally gave in and just spent the time setting up the one through my host. are there help forums on your host's site, where you can talk to people and get help with it? that's what i did, and it's really convenient for me now.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need some opinions on: February 16, 2005 09:11:29 AM
i agree that you should submit to consignment shops. that way you can test the waters before putting all of the time and energy into making your own shop. your stuff is great, looks like very complicated work.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: customers that leave a bad taste in your mouth? on: February 16, 2005 09:06:30 AM
i never ever have any problems with customers who make purchases from the site. what actually happened was someone tried to scam me out of an item. they told me personal information that i didn't need to know about, in an attempt ,i think, to garner sympathy and get their way. i lent a kind ear, and agreed to an arrangement i don't usually accept. the whole time i had a bad feeling, and ended up being right. i actually found that this person had been doing this to other businesses, and informed them of my situation. in the end it just taught me to follow my gut instict about people. and that i need to uphold the boundaries i set for my business.

luckily i have some of the most gracious customers. they keep my going.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / customers that leave a bad taste in your mouth? on: February 14, 2005 01:12:04 PM
i want to just cry! i had my first bad experience with a customer, and was super disappointed and frustrated. i worry that i didn't handle it well. i just know that i am the singular person looking out for me and my business, so i stood up for myself. what do you guys do when this happens? if you have had these experiences often, what have you learned over time?

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: PRINT GOCCO question! on: January 31, 2005 09:39:58 PM
i've had 2 different hp printers so far, and both worked fine with my gocco.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Print Larger Area's with your Gocoo! Anyone use this?? on: December 10, 2004 03:29:53 PM
i was interested in this also, but haven't bought one yet. because it's about $8 at dick blick!
it says to use a squeegee and i haven't found one for gocco yet.
has anyone seen the gocco squeegees anywhere? it seem like a normal screenprinting squeegee would be too rough on the gocco screens?
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: washing felt? on: December 07, 2004 10:13:24 PM
acrylic felt will hold up in the wash, but it will pill up alot, and it will loose its shape.
if you use real wool felt it holds up better, but you run the risk of it shrinking if you don't wash and dry it properly.

9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Question about Paypal and Only Buying One Item on: November 24, 2004 10:07:25 AM
make sure to give each item it's own item number when making your buttons. this is supposed to prevent people from being able to buy sold items or multiple items. it's what i do, and i haven't had any problems yet. also, if you use the paypal wizard in golive, there is a checkbox which asks if you want to allow more than one of an item to be sold.
i honestly don't know that this works, i've never asked if anyone has tried to buy more than one of my items.
i just try to keep up with my sold items and i remove the paypal buttons as soon as possible.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: custom-made pricing on: November 17, 2004 08:41:15 AM
i also agree that it's a good idea to ask someone close to you. i usually ask my husbands advice, because he's the one who actually sees me working my butt off.
also, you just have to figure out what your time is worth to you. you could be someone who just enjoys the work and isn't really out for too much profit, like april cocaine. or you could be someone who is trying to support your income through your site. once you decide what you want out of it, it's easier to justify your prices, and you won't make yourself feel bad if you have to start marking up prices.
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