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  • I'm In Demand - What To Do?

    Today I had a phone call from a gallery over 60 miles away. The owner said she'd been looking at my website and loved my stuff. She invited me to put some pieces in her gallery at 40% commission, which is about average I suppose.

    However, any profits I might scrape after commission charges would be negated by the cost of the 130 mile round trip to deliver any goods to her. (And posting wouldn't be cheap as pottery isn't exactly light). I explained this to her and regretfully declined. She said that if she does happen to be in my area, she'll call me and stop by to buy a few pieces, so I said OK to that.

    Then an hour later I had a message via Folksy from a shop, also a long way off, also wanting to stock my work! I had to explain the same to them.

    Now I'm wondering whether I've shot myself in the foot...
    Daesul

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    Could you ask for a contribution towards the postage? Depending on the weight of the package, if you're using Special Delivery (Parcelforce won't cover you for ceramics if they're damaged) then you'd be looking at no more than £30 to deliver it, so even if she could pay half it'd only be £15, which isn't a lot when she's set to profit from your work, and she's obviously keen on it as she contacted you.
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    • #3
      Or you could look at using Parcels2go - it would only cost about £7 to send up to 25kg I believe. I don't know if you'd be able to pack them so they are very well protected, I wonder if couriers are possibly more likely to throw the boxes around than RM
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      • #4
        Hmm, might think about those options.

        I have already been invited to put my stuff in a local shop owned by friends though, so I might see how that goes first. Trying to make enough stuff for THREE outlets plus my usual markets, website, Folksy shop etc might all be a bit too much unless I can grow some more hands...!
        Daesul

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        http://www.folksy.com/shops/clairemanwani
        http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClaireManwaniPottery

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        • #5
          The other thing is to think about price Clair, maybe they should add 40% to the price of your items so then making it worthwhile for you to do. Or you could offer them a bulk discount then they can add their margins ontop.

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          • #6
            Delivery is usually charged as an extra to the goods you are sending. I know it's pricey with ceramics, but shops are generally used to it being an extra charge.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by nattynetty View Post
              Or you could look at using Parcels2go - it would only cost about £7 to send up to 25kg I believe. I don't know if you'd be able to pack them so they are very well protected, I wonder if couriers are possibly more likely to throw the boxes around than RM
              Thats how we post bigger orders through Parcels2go it's a lot cheaper.

              One way to pack pottery is to wrap individual bowls etc and place them in plastic mushroom trays that you then put in the outer cardboard box. These trays are light and strong and stack firmly on top of each other.
              You can also cut them in half and stack the halves. Useful for smaller and medium sized items.

              Just one point, it may be worth sending the first lot out knowing that you wont be making too much out of the deal but.. if it sells well they will want more and then you will in a position to say well fine but i need an order that's worth the effort ( ie bigger )
              Last edited by potpartner; 14-04-2011, 08:26 PM.
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              • #8
                Thanks everyone, that's all very useful advice which I think I will be taking up.
                Daesul

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                http://www.folksy.com/shops/clairemanwani
                http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClaireManwaniPottery

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                • #9
                  I can't offer you any better advice than what you have been given but I just want to say 'well done you' It must feel good knowing that your hard work is well liked and wanted

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