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#1

Most of the people I’ve heard of who’ve tried wholesalecrafts.com
have had basically the same experience. the problem with web
marketing IMO is that the web is just so very big. It’s
definitely not a case of “if you build it, they will come.” The
question is: are gallery owners and wholesale buyers out there
surfing the web? And if so, how can we get them to look at us? If
I had the answer to that, I’d be doing it!

I’ve tried a couple of pieces on ebay, and plan to try more, but
I feel like that’s a pretty big ocean too. But one that
customers are at least sailing on! The big puzzle on ebay seems
to be what category to put things in.

Janet Kofoed
fine handcrafted jewelry
http://www.voicenet.com/~kkofoed/jewelry.html


#2
The big puzzle on ebay seems to be what category to put things
in. 

Just an idea I had: Try doing a search on ebay for the item you
plan to sell. View all the items that match, and see what
catagory they placed theirs under, and if they have bids. Go
with the catagory that has gotten the most bids! Let us know if
it works. God bless, Donna


#3

Most of the people I’ve heard of who’ve tried wholesalecrafts.com
have had basically the same experience. the problem with web
marketing IMO is that the web is just so very big. It’s
definitely not a case of “if you build it, they will come.” The
question is: are gallery owners and wholesale buyers out there
surfing the web? And if so, how can we get them to look at us? If
I had the answer to that, I’d be doing it!

Janet hit the nail on the head with this one. The main problem
with the internet is that it is big, really big. If you use a
search engine to try to find “jewelry” you come up with thousands
of sites. Getting traffic to a site can be quite an effort. The
most effective way to get traffic to a site is by traditional
advertising. If a site were set up for display or sales Orchid
members’ creations and a few small adds were run in trade
magazines (not cheap), there is a pretty good chance that we
could get some traffic from the gallery/wholesale crowd.

As far as the website goes, I think the only practical type of
site would be an on line gallery of a sort. Just a basic display
of an artists works and some contact for them. If we
try to go beyond that we enter into a drastically more complex
and expensive effort. Still, I’d be interested to hear what
everyone else thinks about this.

Michael


#4

Michael, I have been thinking about this. Here is my idea. Each
Artisan participating get a listing with a profile and an
example of their work and a URL link to their own Web Site.

The Master Web Site could include categories, ie; Jewelry,
Sculpture, Lapidariest (?sp), Wire Arts, etc.

A Fee for support of the Web Site can be determined. A fee
calculated by the cost of Ads in appropriate Trade Publications
divided by the number of Artisans joining the Web Site would be
added to the initial cost. The Artisan must participate in both
the web site and the ads.

Teresa


#5

hi teresa a friend of mine is doing just that. he has registered
designerjewelers.com and will be putting together a page or two
for each designer and then linking them to theie website. contact
ben@etienneperret.com if you want more


#6

Hi, I things on E-bay (books and collectibles mostly) but I found
an easy way to figure out how to list whatever I am selling.
Just go to their home page and use their search to find items
similar to what you are selling. Check how the majority are
listed and use that for your format model. This way anyone
searching for you type of merchendise will have your auction pop
up too. Martha, from Long Island


#7

Hi, Just found this site yet another example in
the works. It has a different approach and seems new. Not too
many artists yet. I love how they use a booth description for
each artist page. Shows all the possibilities available.
Actually, I think Orchid is already providing this service to us
all by allowing us to put photos in the gallery section, etc. We
only have to take advantage of the resource. Thanks Hanuman !