Monday, January 16, 2012

~ ?'s about shops ~

Hi everyone.  I've been thinking that I would like to start selling some of my patterns (new patterns, not patterns already on my blog) and such, and I was wondering if any of you could give me a little advice about running a shop. 

Which site is the best in your opinion?

Any problems with customers?

Is all the work worth it?

Do you have any hints or tips for me?

Thanks so much for any advice you can give me.  :)

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  1. I like ArtFire because you don't have to pay for each item you post. It's not quite as well known as Etsy yet, but it's certainly more friendly to sellers. Just my experience. =)

  2. I've been looking into starting a shop for my completed projects. :) I can't wait to see what advice you get.

    <3 Jenn

  3. For patterns, I should think you're best off putting them on Ravelry. I would imagine that's the first place most would look for crochet patterns. x

  4. I don't have experience with ArtFire or Etsy, but I would think Ravelry would be a great place for your patterns. :-)Good luck Debi.

  5. For just patterns, I'd go with Ravelry & Etsy. Having two shops may sound a bit daunting but some people have personal prefences of where they like to shop, so diversity is key here. You'll probably put more work into it then you're getting paid for but that's the fait of all crafters out there ;)
    Just make sure you have clear policies on returning & custom orders, take excellent pictures (maybe hire a photographer) and provide customers with a PDF that is easy to read, has lots of pictures and gives good descriptions on what to do!
    Goodluck! :)

  6. For the patterns I would suggest Ravelry also. If you wanted to sell both your patterns and crafts, Etsy would be a great place to do that. Good Luck

  7. Hi Debi..I buy most of my patterns from designers on Etsy..I find ravelry is a little more difficult as a buyer. I have a shop on Etsy..maybe that is why I do Etsy. As one who is computer illiterate, I found Etsy is pretty easy..have never tried Artfire. Just my thoughts..Good Luck to you.

  8. No idea Debi!!I would love to know this too!!So reading all the suggestions people have given you!!All the best to you!!

  9. I can't say from personal experience since I haven't been selling mine but secondhand I've heard from lots of people that Ravelry is the number one place to sell patterns.

    I also thought I'd ad my two cents that I think it's worth it to create a set of policies (even if it's just for yourself, not published) before you start selling so you can save yourself some hassle. (Like your policy might be that you'll answer basic questions about your patterns but not ones that require more than a sentence or two or that you'll send PDFs but won't convert to Word or whatever). It helps if you have "rules" for yourself so you don't get sucked into doing things you don't ultimately want to do.

  10. I have to agree with the others who have suggested Ravelry. If you don't already know how to use Ravelry it's well worth the effort to learn. It's much more seller AND buyer friendly in my opinion.

    With Ravelry you don't have to check your email on a far too regular basis to see if there's been a sale. You upload the pattern to your shop and the buyer gains access to it only when the sale is complete. There are also fewer fees to contend with on Ravelry.

    I have shops on both etsy and Ravelry and my sales on Ravelry have outweighed my etsy sales at least 5 to 1.

    Which ever venue(s) you choose, I look forward to seeing your designs and I wish you good luck with your self publishing endeavors!

  11. Thank you all so much for the information. I'm still thinking and debating - I'll let everyone know what I decide to do.

  12. If you are selling patterns I would recommend Ravelry. When you only sell a small amount you don't pay anything and when you start paying it isn't as much as other sites. I know a lot of people also sell on Etsy. My only problem is that you have to pay a small amount each month and when you are first setting your shop up it can add up. You can also set-up a facebook business for free as well.

  13. You asked if it is worth it. I think it depends on what you expect. If you say you just want a little extra income I'd go for it. Just make sure you put as little time in the shop as possible. But as you write down the new patterns anyway, this shouldn't be a problem - although I'm gonna hate not getting your patterns for free anymore ;-).

  14. I would look on Ravelry or on Etsy to buy crochet patterns...
    Absolutely more on Ravelry, you know, but not all the persons now about the existence of the Ravelry-community.
    Dear greetings, Debi, and success!


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