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OK, so I’m not anything close to the wallflower type - in fact I’m bold, honest and passionate - except when it comes to selling myself. I can and have sold celebrities, charities, projects, events, meetings but when it’s down to just me and a service or product, I am really struggling.

I’m trying very much to find a way to make enough money to survive as I’m finding unemployment to be a long term thing atm.  Not from lack of trying, it just is. So, a family member has a product that he’s essentially developed and given me to sell. The profit is mine, but so is the job of selling it. It’s a great product - works wonderfully.  I believe in it, it’s an all natural essential oil blend that takes care of smelly shoes...and is safe for your feet as well. It works great. We use it. I sent it to my 18 year old niece and her girlfriends and she used it on their fiances’ shoes and roller blades and such and they swear it works for weeks per application.  So, what’s the problem.?

I just really struggle with getting out and “hawking my wares” as it were.  Those of you that sell things, how do you handle it and what’s worked for you or hasn’t worked.  Those of you who don’t sell but do or would buy, what is effective to you and what immediately turns you off. Anyone who’s interested..the link to the site at [Link Removed] Feedback on the website would also be appreciated.

I’d really really appreciate input here as I have set this all up and it’s all funded and all that’s left is trying to make it sell.  I’ve not had the guts to ask this anywhere else - a testimony to how wonderful this site is for being open and welcoming.

thanks,

Suzi

UPDATE:

Thanks for the feedback. Am testing currently to see how it works with other smelly things like trash cans, cars, kitty litter pails, ect. More on that soon.

Also, the sample and link exchange offer is still open for those of you with websites and/or public blogs that would be willing to post a link and write a testimonial and/or blog about it.


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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 17, 2009
    • I, too, am much more comfortable selling others and their ideas and products than I am with my own, so I understand where you‘re coming from.

      Your product sounds really good and in an economy that doesn’t dictate pitching our shoes when they become “ripe” many people are opting for refurbishing rather then replacing. I know that shoe repair businesses are up.

      If you start with the people you are most comfortable with it may be easier to build momentum with your sales. Some people are more comfortable approaching strangers and some are more comfortable approaching people they know.

      If you have a large e-mail contact list, maybe a blast telling your contacts what you‘re doing could help. Maybe a catchy phrase like “smelling ripe is good for fruit and not for shoes” or “bring me your smelly shoes!” I don’t know, just a thought.  

      I couldn’t find the link to your site. I’d like to see it.

      How is the product sold? Can it be marketed to shoe repair shops?  

      I’m still thinking!!  

      Remember when Odor Eaters came out? They had some really clever marketing with the giant shoe chasing the housewife down the hall.

      I’m still thinking!!  

      Tell us more about your product. Practice on us!



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      Susan Sullivan wrote Apr 17, 2009
    • Thanks so much Choco - those are really great ideas.  I forgot the sig doesn’t appear in the blog, so I’ve added the link.  I like your phrase about fruit, not shoes.  I’ll give it a think and see what I can come up with. So far, it’s just on the website.



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      Susan Sullivan wrote Apr 20, 2009
    • Thanks for all your input Cyn.  I hadn’t really thought about shoe repair shops, I’ll look into that. I did use your suggestion, btw, thank you for that. Is very clever.

      The product is a really great one. This is an all natural blend of 3 essential oils that fight the fungus and bacteria that cause odor as well as a deodorizer for the smell that already exists.  It lasts for a while, so far, I’ve had one client that lasted 6 months on one application. That obviously depends on how bad the problem is and how often you use the shoes.

      I sent a sample to my niece and her fiance for their sports shoes and boots, including their in-line skates and their Moto-cross boots and swear that despite the heavy sweating and the fact that they use these things several times a week, so far the first applications they put into their shoes/boots have lasted more than 2 weeks.

      If there is anyone here that is interested in trying the product, I'm willing to give free samples to the first dozen or so that ask - the only thing I'd ask in return is written feedback/testimonial and if you have a website, that you join my link exchange.  

      I’d really appreciate any feedback, even negative.  I’d really like to have whatever I could to help make this successful.



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      Holly Beck wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • Your website is very nice and the product is intriguing. I would love a sample - I have an issue with sweaty feet, so I would be a good candidate!  

      I am building a website on frugal living and am more than willing to link to your site. I will keep an eye out for an appropriate spot to mention it.  

      Good luck with sales!



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      Holly Beck wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • One more thing - this video is pretty good on social networking and marketing. Check it out!



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      Mjmurphy wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • I’m picking up off of Cynthia’s thoughts about selling the product. Since it is all natural, I would go to health food stores, and co-ops in your area. Perhaps they will buy product from you or allow you to sell on consignment. Also, community fairs might be an idea, you would need to rent a stall at a small fee. Talking face to face is always the best way to sell, although alot of people shop the internet for convenience.



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      Mztracy wrote Apr 25, 2009
    • Also add the link to everything you post to...
      add it it in emails, etc.

      And the health store lines would be a gr8 place to start.
      Luckily for me, i never have had this problem.

      Question, does it leave a clean smell?? You might also market it as a car freshener, etc.



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      Susan Sullivan wrote Apr 25, 2009
    • You guys have been great!  I’m making a list of all the suggestions, so thanks very much.

      Tracy, several folks have asked about it deodorizing other things, so this coming week I’m testing it in my garbage can, my car and the pail I keep the trash liner for cat litter. If it does, as I suspect, keep each of these smelling fresh, then that may be the way to go with it.  I’ll let you all know what my testing decides.

      Also, the sample and link exchange offer is still open for those of you with websites and/or public blogs that would be willing to post a link and write a testimonial and/or blog about it.



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      Mztracy wrote Apr 25, 2009
    • i do not use cat liners as they get torn, but a few drops to deoderize the litter would be awesome!!
      That is something I would so look into to!!



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Apr 26, 2009
    • Price is affordable.  We need much of this especially when summer is coming and we will be wear sandals - who wants stinky shoe/sandals smell.  The website can use a bit of development.  Interesting enough, another product developed from Utah.  Good luck.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Apr 26, 2009
    • By the way, I suggest spray bottle verse a drop - please bring this to your company’s attention (if it is workable).  Thank you.



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      Anne E wrote Apr 28, 2009
    • Hi SuziQ,
      The product is very reasonably priced.  It does not seem to be professionally packaged though.  If you changed the packaging and added an attractive label with the weight or volume of contents, maybe you could sell it in bulk orders to places like FootLocker, Journeys, etc.

      Best of luck,
      Anne



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