No card to share with you today, but just thought I'd pop on here to "muse"!
One of my New Year resolutions is to get back to visiting your lovely blogs and leaving comments, and also to 'chat' a bit on my blog. For the past 'so many' months I've found that I'm only posting when I have a DT card to share, and that's not really what I intended my blog to become. So I'm tentatively going to start Sunday Musings. I can't promise to post every week, and I can't promise you'll find what I say interesting (LOL!), but I would love to have a regular post to share things other than DT makes, chat about things and ask for YOUR THOUGHTS.
Okay, so first I want to say that I so appreciate everyone who takes the time to visit me and leave me such lovely and encouraging comments - thank you SO, so much!! I'm SO sorry that I don't always visit you - that is definitely one of the things that's going to change from now on.
So today's "musing" or "topic of conversation" I'd like to throw out there is ...
to sell or not to sell ... Ebay vs Etsy
I've been making cards for 2 years now, and I have about 150 stored away in boxes. I find that I make far in excess of what I can give away, and so I'm now at the stage of wondering what to do with them. I would love to live a financially unburdened life where I could give them all away to charity, but unfortunately I can't afford to do that. Hubby has been unemployed since September, so money is non-existent right now which is why I haven't bought any craft supplies for months!! Thank goodness for my wonderful, generous Design Companies!!
Have any of you tried selling at Craft Fairs here in the UK? I've tried twice now, and only managed to sell one card to "Joe Public". I did sell other crafty items (bookmarks, tags, notebooks, etc.) but only ONE CARD!!! I thought they were very farily priced at £3 each (maximum) and packaged nicely in a cello bag with matching envelope. So, I think Craft Fairs are a no go, for me at least! But of course it may be my location?
Anyhoo, so that brings me back to my question of whether to sell on Etsy or Ebay. I know some fantastic crafters who sell cards on Etsy but don't sell the number I really think they deserve to. Of course, Ebay is HUGE, but I'm not so happy to pay their and PayPal's fees each time. I would have to sell a card for a minimum amount to at least cover materials and fees!
So... I thought I'd do a little research. There are almost 12,000 handmade cards currently listed under the Hand-made Cards category at Ebay UK ... so I wonder whether mine would even be found! Thousands of those seem to be wedding stationery listings, but there are still almost 2,600 hand-made cards listed as Auctions as I type! Okay, so I know I'm not going to get anyone bidding £62.00 for one of my cards (or even £10), but I would hope to be able to get at least £4 each for them. However, there are some stunning cards listed for £4 with absolutely NO bids!!
So what to do? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this subject, and perhaps even for you to share your experience.