Online website sales - for Doug Dreyfus
My only attempt at online sales so far was with e-Bay last spring.
After viewing the other jewelry offered there I realized it came
from the category which has been discussed in depth here recently,
NOT hand made as listed, but maybe hand assembled from overseas
parts, really inexpensive. Way too much was listed as “handmade by
the artist” (implying the one selling it) and nothing could have
been farther from the truth. (Some overseas underpaid artist for
sure, being deprived of the income and recognition they deserve.)
It pissed me off terribly. MY things are designed and handmade, all
by me, all by myself, start to finish. I have struggled for years
(read that to mean made MANY mistakes and suffered the injuries you
all listed) to gain the knowledge and experience to do what I do,
yet I still tried e-Bay, maybe to educate people on real handmade
jewelry, and, I needed the money.
I chose a pair of my most popular production silver earrings, priced
at $52, running the auction for 10 days, offering to take credit
cards, money orders or personal checks to make it most convenient to
buy my work. I received no bids. I ended up paying e-Bay some fees
(can’t remember now how much, just enough to further insult me) for
my efforts. I would not do this again, it was a waste of my time and
cost me money. The e-Bay shoppers, in my opinion, are looking for
cheap prices, way too cheap for truly handmade jewelry. The major
discount retailers are their usual “jewelry” stores. Maybe others
here have had better luck?
How about guild.com? Anyone have experience with them? I have been
watching them for a couple of years now and see some of the same
jewelry all the time and some new things and artists. Just wondered
about their track record, sales and treatment of artists. Are there
any other on-line “galleries” that would be better?
Question: I have answered several questions here since I found this
group in August. Is it proper for me to introduce myself as I have
seen some people do? Or just jump in from time to time?
Golden Ram Metalsmithing