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Topic: Handmade supplies - cameos/cabochons - prizes? colours?  (Read 998 times)
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« on: June 19, 2012 10:10:27 AM »

I've decided to sell some of my handmade supplies - along with a few charms and watch parts, but I'm mainly concerned about the handmade items here.

Shop: http://en.dawanda.com/shop/khaos-supplies

The cameos and bird skulls are made of polyer clay, ready to ship in blackxgrey or grey only. I offer them in higher quantities (usually there's only one item listed) and other colours.

First question: do you think it would be a good idea to make the cameos / bird skulls in other colours and make special listings for them? This would mean:
+ more options to chose from
+ customers would see the colour options in the shop
+ other colour options than blackxgrey would be ready to ship, too
- the shop would be more cluttered
- I'd have to pay more listing fee for options that could easily be covered in one listing

When looking for supplies, do you search for the colours you like? Would you even view a listing if you'd rather have the item in other colours than shown?

My other concern is the prices... I've been told that they're too cheap for handmade items, but then again I think they're quite high when it comes to supplies in general.
What do you think?

The shop is mostly aimed at crafters who make jewelry for themselves (or their families, friends...) instead of for sale, that's why I sell everything in small quantities.
When I started to make jewelry I had quite a hard time finding nice supplies that I didn't have to buy in larger sets.

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2012 11:00:12 AM »

In the supplies biz, you'll have different kinds of customers; one who wants to use the thing "as is", and one who wants to paint it the desired color, etc. It's something you'll always struggle with.

3 pluses, 2 negatives on the add'l offerings, but considering you will be making a profit over the "fee" negative, you end up with 4 pluses and 1 negative.

Your pricing should make you a profit you're happy with, end of story. If it's not, increase your prices. Otherwise, what people say and what's good for you and your customers can be two different things.

« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2012 02:10:48 AM »

Thank you for your reply! I think I'll stick to the "choose your colour" option, maybe add one or two other colour combinations and see if they get any more attention than the black/grey ones. So far no one has wanted the cameos or bird skulls in any other colour than the one shown in the picture.

And I'll also keep the prizes... I probably won't be selling loads of cameos this way, but I can either offer cheap industrially made items or handmade items that cost a bit more... and I prefer the last option =)

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