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    Hello everyone,

    I've just started a folksy store today: http://www.folksy.com/shops/SensibleAnimation

    I was wondering whether any of you could give me any advice. I've only put a few things up to see how they go so far.

    Cheers,

    Jet xxx
    Sensible Animation


    "Enter a world of plasticine chaos..."
    Stop motion animator and 3D caricaturist.

  • #2
    I popped a few items on Folksy a couple of weeks back but had no takers. I think things sell better on there if you have the time to list frequently to keep your items on the first page and also to be very active on the forum and use their promo threads etc. I just have not got the time unfortunately to do this.

    Just had a peek - the vampire frog is seriously cool.

    LJ
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    LJ Brown Designs

    website - www.ljbrowndesigns.co.uk
    folksy shop - http://www.folksy.com/shops/LJBrownDesigns
    Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Presto...105106?ref=sgm

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    • #3
      Your frogs are fab! A couple of quick observations from me. It's not clear what they actually are as you don't say in your title or description. Are they necklaces because I can't see any chains? If they are try including them in the pictures and add it into the description stating length etc. Your shipping needs to be looked at too as the first item is £2.50 and subsequent items £4. Hope this helps and you make some sales
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      • #4
        aromaannie, they are models, they'd be too big to be pendants! I have put the measurements up, I will change the titles a bit. Cheers for the advice.

        LJ, I don't think I'd be able to keep updating it that reguarly too, but we'll see. I have so many fimo models, I have no idea which ones to put on there. I sell them all on my site without the extra fee, it would cost quite a bit I imagine to put all of them up! Glad you like my vampire froggy .

        Xxx
        Sensible Animation


        "Enter a world of plasticine chaos..."
        Stop motion animator and 3D caricaturist.

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        • #5
          There's alot of advice on selling on Folksy specifically on the Folksy blog. The most important thing is your photos and getting your titles and descriptions / keywords right so you show up in a search on Folksy or via google etc.

          On the forums they have daily listing clubs, it's quite sociable and you don't actually have to list everyday just 'intend' to and there's one a member is starting in January which is a list an item a week rather than daily like some of the others, that might be more achievable!

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          • #6
            I think my first Folksy sale was from somebody on here, so it pays to talk about your work on other forums.Ive had 33 sales in about a year.Ive no idea how to do the promoting thing but its anice place so you should stick around and keep rteying new things to sell.
            https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


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            • #7
              I have a shop on Folksy and haven't botherd with it, I will maybe list a few things soon. I have noticed that Folksy Folk seems to sell and buy between themselves a lot more than actual persay "real consumers" do. I have also noticed that you have to be extremly active on the forums and join in most of their listing threads, blog, folksy friday etc etc etc, at one point I questioned how they managed to continue their crafts and spend so much time on the computer as I felt I couldn't because what I did was so labour intensive. It also seems very cleaky if you are just a random poster, I know what I'm about to say is probably quite harsh but I'm in Business to make money and don't have time to make friends on sites I deem a tool to help me make said money, in fact imho the only real winners on sites like folksy, etsy, misi to name a few are the ones running it, If I am paying listing fee's then I expect large scale advertising of the sites in question so that the name goes out to the general public, I don't want to have to spend hours and hours talking on their forums to have other crafters buy from me who are again imo there to make money. I have been through that site with a fine tooth comb and again imho the ones selling a lot of items are actually ones selling banners, avatars etc to other crafters. Something to me dosen't quite add up and I'm loath to list items that will maybe hang around on these sites for the duration whan all the actual work of advertising seems to land on the shoulders of the people listing. I am pretty sure that as a customer I could not be botherd watching a forum, so as much as some of the people listing are putting in such a huge effort my question is: "IS IT REALLY WORTH IT" when 90% of the people reading it are also selling. Prior to me actually getting involved in the crafting circle I had no idea that these sites exsisted so that to me says well if an average Joe Blogs like me who has been online for many a year dosen't know about sites like this then what hope is there that Rod, Jane and Freddy will know about them? I am still to see an advert for any of these sites and that worries me because without you average Joe knowing about them how in the name of **** are we to be confident in listing items if they are mainy being seen by other people in the same boat as we are.

              As I said maybe harsh but it's how I feel.

              Edit:
              Ok well taking into consideration that a community manager for folksy has addressed a few threads reagarding Folksy today I want to ask something regarding another thread stating there are over 1500 pages of jewellery listings on folksy with 18 listings per page that equates to 27000 listings at 20p each totalling in the region of £5400 just for jewellery and not including any other crafts or findings that are listed on Folksy. So i will directly ask what form of advertising to get Folksy out to the general public is planned as i see it being directed mainly at the craft indusrty?

              I know these listings are not all current and could be as old as 6 months but surly when providing a service there are more implications than just getting crafters to list items.

              **rant over!!!

              Drew
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              • #8
                Well, good point Drew. If I'll pay money for listing I want to be sure not only crafters are using this web but 'normal' people as well. Otherwise it doesn't worth to spend my time and money. I'm just starting on Folksy and don't know all things about it, but none of my friends, colleagues, relatives ever heard about this web.
                Jelena
                Help other people and peolpe will help you.

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                • #9
                  My friends and family and their friends and family hadnt either, but they have now and are now members of folksy to do their shopping, not always from me but from other talented crafters on there

                  Lynda
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                  • #10
                    I have a Folksy shop and out of the 93 sales I've made there, only 3 have been to other Folksy shop owners.
                    http://www.chicita.folksy.com
                    http://www.gimmethatspin.folksy.com
                    http://www.gimmethatthing.etsy.com
                    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicit...g/185623188410
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                    • #11
                      Well done at having some sucess on Folksy. Out of curiosity can I ask how long has your shop been open? also is this your full time occupation?

                      I underestimated maybe some people have more success than others but it still dosen't stop the amount of shops open that sell findings, banners, wool, material etc etc for the sole purpouse of making gain from the crafters themselves. It also dosen't excuse the fact that very few people outwith the craft industry know about these sites.

                      I appreciate 93 sales is pretty good considering some people on there have hardly sold a thing. My concern is that at sales averaging under £9 then taking listing, commission, paypal fee's, materials, time and other overheads, to make a living you would have to sell 6 to 8 times more than that in a year from that one source as well as sales from other sources like fairs, etsy, misi etc.

                      One of my queries regarding sites like these are they geared up for lower priced sales or are people selling stuff at say over £30 regularly. I really want to believe that these sites have potential but at the same time I need to know that any outlay on them whatsoever is not just going to produce sweetie money.

                      Sorry Chicita I am not at all picking fault so please don't think that. My aim is to gain as much knowledge from asking somewhat akward questions from people who have experience with these sites. I am glad you have replied as it gives me more information before taking an out and out plunge into something that may be a waste of time. I am also not in a financial position to waste a single penny (sounds like im scrooge) but honestly that is no joke.

                      Drew
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                      • #12
                        Drew, I completely understand your interest in the higher price range. I've had my Folksy shop for 13 months. It was slow going at first but I now have a few repeat customers as well as those who have found me via Facebook. The best approach is to not put your eggs in one basket. I've got a fairly new Etsy shop, I stock 5 shops around the UK on a sale or return basis, and I do several really good large local craft markets each year.

                        I can't comment on how sales are for higher prices, but there are plenty of buyers coming to Folksy who are happy to pay more for a good product. I was worried that people wouldn't buy my sterling silver pieces when I started stocking those as they cost twice as much as my silver plated items, but they sell just as well.

                        I can't envisage ever making a full time living at this, especially as jewellery is so competitive, but I this financial year I'm making a small profit compared with a loss the previous year.
                        http://www.chicita.folksy.com
                        http://www.gimmethatspin.folksy.com
                        http://www.gimmethatthing.etsy.com
                        http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicit...g/185623188410
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