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« on: April 10, 2007 01:38:57 PM »

 Anyone else have this problem?

Ive tried for years to sell my crafts , ect and ive yet to really do much more than break even.

i price low, use quality yet budget friendly products and people tell me all the time how great the things i make are.  But when i ask if they would want one ... i get blank stares. I cant even give them away much less sell them. 

ive always had this problem, even selling items at yardsales and such... while my friends would be sitting around talking on the phone their neon pink reboks would sell for 20$ but while i smiled and attended to anyone who needed me,  mine wouldnt even leave the yard for free.

it may just be luck , or rather the lack there of .. or it may just be me, but i never seem to get a hold on that one thing that people want to pay for . i know you wont sell things people dont want or need, and you cant push product without getting the word around and having good quality but nothing seems to work for me ...

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2007 02:30:08 PM »

what sort of products are you offering, Pretty Pistol?

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2007 03:22:11 PM »

Not knowing what the product(s) are, it's hard to answer. It could be a big combination of things. Your audience, product, quality, form...

« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2007 10:59:23 PM »

Interestingly, sometimes a higher price brings more interest.  I even have a garage sale example.  Our friends were trying to sell their old TV.  I think he had 5 or 10 dollars on it and people would look at it, but no one would buy it.  He raised the price and it sold right away.  Pretty weird.   It's almost like the low price was sending a message that it wasn't worth having because it was priced so low and that maybe people thought that the seller didn't think it was "worth" anything.  Does that make any sense?

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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2007 12:02:16 PM »

Welcome to the club!  I gave up years ago.

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As for yard sales....

I did this yesterday

It has 46 pairs of earring on it range $2 to $5 for the chandelier (Very popular right now) And I sold only1 pair for $2 yesterday.

I even had a display made up stating I do custom work. All they wanted to do was buy my new craft tote with all my suppiles in it. (I gave up lunch last week to get that tote!)

I'm with'ya on this one!

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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2007 06:16:09 PM »

It's almost like the low price was sending a message that it wasn't worth having because it was priced so low and that maybe people thought that the seller didn't think it was "worth" anything.  Does that make any sense?

TOTALLY AGREE! I had this problem when I first opened my shop. When I raised prices, (which can be hard to do, in that I want people to be able to afford my jewelry, and even be able to make multiple purchases) by sales increased!

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2007 02:43:40 AM »

It's almost like the low price was sending a message that it wasn't worth having because it was priced so low and that maybe people thought that the seller didn't think it was "worth" anything.  Does that make any sense?

It's very true. Customer can at times perceive the price as the quality of the product, and sometimes putting at a higher price can say your product is high quality- this is often true for products they aren't sure of.

When you price your item, think about what does the price say about my product? High quality? Low quality? Good buy? Rip off?

It also helps if you place yourself in situations where you actually get to target your market. For example, you sell your products at yardsales (I'm not sure what your product is but I'll just pretend it's handmade jewellery for this purpose), but your target market is more likely to visit a craft fair or the markets. So even though your giving great customer service to people, it's not the people who are interested in your type of product.

This is all very general stuff, but perhaps if we knew what products you are selling we can help you abit better?

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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2007 03:02:40 AM »

Selling handmade things at yardsales can be hard because the people there are looking for cheap, used things at a bargain price.  So your prices have to be low enough to compete.  If there's a $2 sweater hanging on the rack next to you, and your fancy wool hand-knit scarves are going for $20 each, what do you think the buyer is going to do?

You'd probably have better luck selling to friends or through word of mouth.  If you  have the money to pay for a booth/table, try an art/craft fair.  Or if there are independent shops or boutiques in your area, see if they'll stock some of your work for a percentage of the sale price.

Making money at any kind of business is difficult until you get established.  If you're really dedicated to this, keep trying and hopefully tings will work out for you!

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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2007 01:04:27 PM »

I understand your frustration. Yardsales do not seem to be a good venue for crafts. I tried selling some earrings that I had hanging around in my inventory last year at a garage sale. I dropped the price from $12.00 to $4.00 hoping this would get them moving, but I only sold one to a little boy for a Mother's Day gift.

Most people would just walk by my table and not even look at them. One man asked if I had any estate jewelry. I think garage sale people are looking for vintage in the jewelry department. Oh well, my teenage sons made a killing selling alot of old toys and my husband did too selling old tools.

Funny thing is I sold many of those earrings at the next craft fair I did at my regular price! Hang in there!

« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2007 10:21:47 PM »

Yes I agree yard and garage sales arent really the way to go. I was selling hair clips for $3 (that people would stop and ask me about in the street) and only sold 4 pairs. People want bargains not craft it would seem.

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