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What makes it difficult selling your handcrafted creations?

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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 11, 2009
    • Competition, changes in season are a couple of reasons for me.




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      Mztracy wrote Oct 11, 2009
    • definitely the competition. There are sooo many jewelry designers out there.

      I prefer hand made one-of-a-kind, like my shop and a few others here.
      Not really into the shops that sell the same items that the person does not make, they just resell. They are like the ‘mary kay’ of jewelry! lol




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      Myrna Perez wrote Oct 11, 2009
    • Although, the competition is out there—I do my absolute best to be different and unique, and that is why I named my business “Maverick Marvels“.  However, some people complain about my prices (my prices are VERY fair) and they don’t realize I do this all by hand with my perfected techniques and the expense of the quality materials that include: Sterling silver, copper, Swarovski Austrian crystals and semi-precious stones.  

      It’s been difficult making a living doing what I love.




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      Mztracy wrote Oct 11, 2009
    • Well I was told that for this you should add up the cost of supplies, double it and add time for your price.  

      I’m told I do not charge enough. lol I do not really charge for my time as for me it is my outlet and keeps me doing things.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 12, 2009
    • wearing all the hats in my business is difficult for me. I have to do everything from marketing to paperwork to taxes to creating to producing. I think that is the biggest challenge I have. I also wish I had a larger support system. I want to be able to bounce ideas off others, share challenges and successes and get feedback. My husband used to be more of a support system but I think I didn’t grow my business how he thought I should and now he’s tired of hearing about it. Self employment can be lonely.




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 12, 2009
    • I agree with Cynthia, it is very difficult having to “do it all” and not have a brainstorming opportunity.




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      UK Girl wrote Oct 12, 2009
    • I've just been reading this – have you not thought of doing a group huddle – so one a week you all check in and someone can pose a question and the others help with brainstorming or how to drive traffic etc; that way it's not lonely and you all bounce of each other ..




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 12, 2009
    • We used to have one on Skype. It just kind of faded away.




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      Rene' Grandon wrote Oct 12, 2009
    • If I wanted to sell gift item online where would I start?
      It is not like anyone else stuff ,not beautiful jewerly,scrumptious chocolate,wonderful candles. But I am hopeing there is a market for it. Thanks for the advice!

      Ciao,
      Bella




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      Jewelrybyirina wrote Oct 12, 2009
    • It’s hard for me to sell on line- lots of competitors, but somehow I still do:) I am doing much better at the Art festivals and home shows.  I do have reasonable prices, but some people prefer to buy chipper, not realizing that they are not buying quality.  They rather buy something that looks like silver but much less expensive.  I use sterling silver and semi-precious stone only.




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      Myrna Perez wrote Oct 13, 2009
    • Irina—You have beautiful jewelry!!!
      This is the first time I’m advertising my jewelry online, and not to mention with 1,000s of other jewelry artists!!! Talk about competition!  But anyway, I didn’t like having a booth and selling—I did sell, but people always want something for nothing and you know that jewelry making is an art and requires a lot of imagination, work and expense. Great website!




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