Saturday, May 12, 2012

Quality versus Price

People will sometimes hesitate to purchase handmade items because of the price. They may know of a way to buy a similar item for less money. Usually that means purchasing something that is made quickly and cheaply in a country with lower labor costs. Too often we get tempted to devalue our own labor in order to compete with the lower prices available in a factory environment.

All jewelry is not created equally. What I've noticed in wearing some of these pieces is that jump rings aren't fully closed and they fall apart. I was lucky that I found all the pieces to the necklace pictured here when it fell apart.

When I make jewelry, I am only working on one piece at a time and I take care to close each jump ring and secure each connection. My attention to detail is part of why I hope customers will choose to buy something I created instead of a $5 necklace from a mass merchandiser.

Have you ever tried wearing top quality clothing or shoes? They last longer and look better than the cheaper options. It's your choice whether you want to buy a quality item for $100 or buy something similar for $10 that you have to replace over and over again. When my kids were little, I was okay with buying them cheaper shoes since they grew so fast and needed larger shoes about the same time that the shoes wore out. For my own shoes, my size isn't changing anymore and I'd rather have a quality pair of shoes that will last for years and still look great.

As we continue to sell our handmade creations, we will emphasize the caring and the quality that goes into each piece. I hope my customers realize that it's worth it.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Great Pricing Change for Multiple Quantities on Etsy

I was never a fan of how Etsy charged you a listing fee for each item when you had multiple quantities of the same item. If I make 10 identical pairs of earrings and list them on Etsy with a quantity of 10 being available, Etsy will charge me 20 cents for each, resulting in a listing fee of $2.00. Because of that, I usually just list one item and mention in the description that I have larger quantities available.

Etsy seems to have finally come to its senses with this pricing system and is now only charging the one listing fee of 20 cents, even if you have a bunch of the same item. If you sell more than one of the item, Etsy will add the listing fee for each of them, but at least you're not paying multiple listing fees for something that's just sitting there. If you're confused by what I'm saying, you may want to check out this explanation with illustrations.

It basically boils down to
  1. If you sell all the items you list, the cost to you will be the same
  2. If you  list something with multiple quantities and they don't all sell, you will save money
This new pricing policy goes into effect on May 21, 2012. I'm happy I will be able to list multiple quantities without penalty.
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