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The Coffee Shop / Re: e commerce sites?
« Last post by DWSudekum on March 24, 2017, 04:56:01 PM »
Swampy I have been a user of ETSY since 2009.  I have not been advertizing and it all has been word of mouth. 
In 2009 I sold one bank,
2010 I sold 2
in 2011 I sold 13
in 2014 I sold 66
in 2015 I sold 189
2016 i sold 95
so far this year I have sold 30 

2015 taught me that sometimes I needed to go into vacation mode and catch up.  ETSY allows you to go into vacation mode.  Essentially without taking the effort to advertise anywhere  and even if you do it will take approx. 3 - 5 years to get solidly established.   I suggest that you go to vistaprint.com and make up some business cards and when you sell something or talk to someone pass one out.  While I do not make enough to live on it does pay for the crafting of the banks and equipment maintenance with a bit left over.


DW
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The Coffee Shop / Re: e commerce sites?
« Last post by Swampy on March 24, 2017, 04:35:54 PM »

Actually DW, it helps a great deal. Thanks for taking the time.

I've sold a few items here and there, and keep a portfolio of pictures on my phone for just that reason. But I've been getting a few requests from friends and family lately and I'm wondering if it's time to take it online. Like I said before though, I'm being realistic about the numbers. I'm simply looking for a way to make it work for those ordering from me and for myself.

The Just in Time system works well for me too. 

I don't know if anyone here is aware but there are other lesser known places like aftcra.com , shophandmade.com and madeitmyself.com  Does anyone have any experience with any of them? The first two look especially interesting, while madeitmyself is apparently entirely free to the vendors.

Thanks again,

Swampy


I do business on ETSY.  Being as YOU are the vendor + Manufacturer + Distributer of the product you set the conditions and how you get paid.   For instance I sell handcrafted wooden coin banks.  I do not even begin to make them until the purchase price has actually cleared and made it into my accounts.  I accept all major credit cards, checks and money orders and since I use those funds to purchase the supplies to build the banks ordered nothing is lost if the transaction takes a dive for some reason.  I work in the JIT system.  Just In Time.  In other words I carry no inventory of parts other than minor incidentals.  I stock no completed items ( no room ) so basically the customer orders the item, pays for it, I purchase the supplies with the money that the customer just paid and construct it then I ship it.  It is transparent to the customer and shields me by having a paper trail for the payment and for the product being built.

Hope this helps a bit.

DW
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The Coffee Shop / Re: e commerce sites?
« Last post by herrwood on March 24, 2017, 02:11:31 PM »
I have been selling on ebay for about 20 yrs NOT woodworking items mostly old automotive and electronic items and have had only a few problems.  Any selling in today's computer oriented markets is very competitive. Handmade items are always subject to the buyers opinion as  once they receive the item it may not look exactly like it did in the photos.
  For ebay I figure about a 15% overhead . 
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Ask Steve a question. / Seyco"s ST-21 Scroll Saw
« Last post by KeystoneCop on March 24, 2017, 11:05:53 AM »
Seyco says you will be showing the Seyco Positive Swing Tilting blade scroll saw at the Atlanta Woodworking Show March 31 thru April 2.  Are you going to be using the #DV-10A Cyclonic Action Scroll Saw Dust Collector?   I would like to see a video of the saw with and without the dust collector running.  to compare noise.

Also can you show the front to back cutting angle?  Since the saw can cut over 2"  just slide a block to the blade and see were the teeth hit.  looking to see if it will cut square front to back.
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Computer questions / Re: Avitar Question
« Last post by Uncle Scott on March 24, 2017, 10:45:03 AM »
Thanks, but that didn't work.
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Brag Forum / Re: Something Different - Bots
« Last post by scrappile on March 24, 2017, 10:31:39 AM »
Cool looking clock.  I really want to give one a try.
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General Scroll Saw Talk / Re: What glue to use now???
« Last post by Rapid Roger on March 24, 2017, 10:02:44 AM »
I've been using Loctite spray adhesive. It comes in several strengths but, I just use the "100 light". And it is repositionable.
Not touting Loctite as all that great but, it does work for me.
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The Coffee Shop / Re: e commerce sites?
« Last post by DWSudekum on March 24, 2017, 08:09:08 AM »
I do business on ETSY.  Being as YOU are the vendor + Manufacturer + Distributer of the product you set the conditions and how you get paid.   For instance I sell handcrafted wooden coin banks.  I do not even begin to make them until the purchase price has actually cleared and made it into my accounts.  I accept all major credit cards, checks and money orders and since I use those funds to purchase the supplies to build the banks ordered nothing is lost if the transaction takes a dive for some reason.  I work in the JIT system.  Just In Time.  In other words I carry no inventory of parts other than minor incidentals.  I stock no completed items ( no room ) so basically the customer orders the item, pays for it, I purchase the supplies with the money that the customer just paid and construct it then I ship it.  It is transparent to the customer and shields me by having a paper trail for the payment and for the product being built.

Hope this helps a bit.

DW
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General Scroll Saw Talk / Re: What glue to use now???
« Last post by KarlB on March 23, 2017, 08:52:23 PM »
Danny,

I've been using this for years:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-10-25-oz-General-Purpose-45-Spray-Adhesive-45/100184611?keyword=3m+45+spray+glue

I know it releases from wood real well as I have tried it - accidentally.  You see I normally put blue tape over all the wood I use then adhere the pattern to the tape. The tape peels of easily so no muss, no fuss!

Karl
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