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hey, are you going to throw that away?

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« Reply #50 on: October 07, 2006 11:14:24 PM »

you might want to try giving them names and "stories" to go with them.

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« Reply #51 on: October 12, 2006 03:56:43 PM »

You might want to add the price of the whale on the page where it gives the bio of the whale, more pictures and the link to buy it.
Otherwise, its a great site and the products are cute!
Good luck with sales!!! (It seems like everyones sales are down...mine are too! Sad )

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making stuff, taking names.

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« Reply #52 on: October 14, 2006 11:39:52 AM »

One thing I wanted to add is that your pictures are a little dark.  I know you said you have cash flow issues but you clearly already have hte camer a- some simple ways to deal with this would be

-take your pictures outside
-set up more lamps that you've stolen from other parts of the house
-buy some simple clip lights.

I don't know if you guys have different light bulb rating systems over there but i found that even a few 60 watt bulbs makes a difference - of course 100s are even better!  If you need to steal table lamps from your room, pull the shade off and the light will spill evenly around your whale - but you may need to shield your eyes and/or camera a little to minimize glare from the bare bulb.  that's the price of doing it on the cheap Wink

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They're bison, not buffalo.

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« Reply #53 on: October 14, 2006 11:55:46 AM »

Another idea is to consider where the whales "pose."  Whales live in the big open world!  I'm sure your whales would love to pose in the big open world as well.  Try taking them to a park or a garden and creating interesting scenes.  Seeing pictures of handmade items on pillows and sofas or even the floor can give potential buyers the subconcious feeling of a hobby that is for sale, versus seeing an actual business.  Does that make sense? 

P.S.--I love your whales.  Very cute.


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« Reply #54 on: October 14, 2006 01:38:27 PM »

 Aww they are so cute! I don't think you are really doing anything wrong. Besides using some different advertising methods, I can't really suggest anything.

 I want to buy Rook if I can convince my dad to let me use his paypal account...

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« Reply #55 on: October 14, 2006 09:23:24 PM »

I didn't know this thread was still alive! lol

I think thats a GREAT idea about taking the photos outside - I live in a shoebox so its out of the question at the moment (I don't fancy hauling all my whales to the park just yet, lol) but hopefully when I get a new flat I can take some photos of whales hiding amongst the creepers!

In terms of photography, I have actually tried a lot of things - including making a light tent - you wouldn't be able to tell from those photos, but I have actually studied photography. I used to find that I would post a whale and it would sell quite quickly,so I wasn't too fussed about the photos. Now, however, as they are sitting around a fair bit, I might think about improving them a lot more... when I have room to make up a lighting arrangement, I mean Smiley

Thanks so much for your comments though, I really appreciate it! Yay!

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« Reply #56 on: October 14, 2006 09:34:04 PM »

This thread is a bit old, but I just saw your whales for the first time. They're adorable! Not too pricey either.
And another thing; I was shocked to see one named BeBo. That was my childhood teddy bear's name and I loved the thing =P

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« Reply #57 on: October 16, 2006 01:23:10 AM »

Get the word out there! Like your doing now!  Grin I like the whale that was sold named Belinda. I don't have room for anymore plush... I give them to my puppy and yours are way too nice for that! But I can think of a few people to tell about these cute whales. Smiley

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