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    A friend of mine owns a farm stall and i have asked if i can put a few of my items in her shop to see if they sell. She will get a certain percentage of anything that does sell. Does anyone know what the standard % would be, I know folksy charge 5% - would this be the norm?
    Thanks!

    Claire
    Last edited by DutchCourageCrafts; 18-02-2011, 09:27 AM.
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  • #2
    Morning Claire

    I am going to watch this thread with interest ... I don't know is my answer ... lol ... not much help I know ... I am in the process of working on a collaboration and using someones artwork and I and the artist don't really know how to work things out either ... lol

    I was thinking os some sort of sommission fee per sale or a split profit somehiow but I will be doing all of the work and just using his artwork, but he will market it and advertise it aswell as me.

    Let's hope some has an answer for you ...
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    • #3
      http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthr...ht=#post423518

      That's a recent thread that discusses commission. You'll be surprised to hear it can be up to 50%.
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      • #4
        IME commission for sale or return can be anything from 25%, to believe it or not 100% plus. I walked away from a couple of shops in a 'Craft Centre' just because of high percentages, plus they would not take responsibility for any breakages or theft. I would pay 100% but only if I got what I want, and they looked after my work.

        Best way IMO is to make a contract with the seller about what happens with your pieces, then put on a price you are happy with and tell them to put on top what ever they wish as a commission. You need to realise it is not what they make, it is what you make.

        You cannot equate Folksy sales rates with a bricks and mortar shop as street shops have so many overheads to cover compared with a on-line shop.

        Good luck with your sales!
        Last edited by TePe; 18-02-2011, 10:27 AM.
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        • #5
          Huh ... what has this reply got to do with this thread ?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by missie View Post
            Huh ... what has this reply got to do with this thread ?
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            • #7
              Thank you
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              • #8
                I've been quoted from 33% - which I think is fair - to 110%, which I think is a bit much! You do have to remember that the shop owner has to pay rent, business rates, power bills, staff wages, cleaning etc so you can't expect them to do it for too little.
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                • #9
                  I have some of my bags in a shop at the moment and we agreed on a third......
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                  • #10
                    The lowest I have come across so far was 25%, highest has been 200%. To be honest as long as they are giving me what I want for the goods they can add as much as they like. The percentage seems to depend on the kind of place it is, low end places like a farm store or gift shop would be maybe 25% a high end gallery or store would be a lot more. If you want £25 for something then it is up to them if they think they can sell it for £50.
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                    • #11
                      When I have enquired with shops the rate has been between about 20 -25 percent. I don't think its too bad, but ofcourse 5% would be wonderful lol

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                      • #12
                        Perhaps I am being thick here but what difference does it make what commission is charged? The commission is reflected in the price that the shop sells it to the customer. You make sure that you get the price that you want from th shop. If you sell something for £10 on Folksy, they chey take a percentage from you but tha tisn't how it works in any of the shops I have sold through. I tell them I want £10 for it and they then add their commission (25% =£2.50) and it goes to the customer for £12.50. You still get your £10. If they charge you for shelf space or something that is different but IME the commission is added to your requested price as is any VAT they may have to pay.

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                        • #13
                          I think there's a confusion between:

                          a.) Shop selling your item and you getting 50% of the proceeds, and

                          b.) You selling an item to a shop and them selling it for whatever they want.
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                          • #14
                            If your stuff is on sale or return you want the shop to sell your stuff, not have it standing there for months on end, so it does matter what the shop are charging.

                            Fine if the shop are simply buying it off you and then selling it on.... thats different.

                            If you stuff is on sale or return and the shop over price it and customers know they can get it cheaper elsewhere, like on your website or folksy etc then they just arent going to buy from the shop. In my case, that would mean im stuck with bags which have been manhandled by any number of customers for months and could well be dirty and smelly (unsale-able).

                            In a perfect world we would all be able to sell our stuff to the shop and they would take the risk of having unwanted stock but with times like these, sale or return seems to be the only deal on offer.
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                            • #15
                              That's where you make your choice. Too many people drop their prices in the hope that they will sell it but if you don't think the stuff will sell at the price the shop will be asking don't put it in that shop. I have sen so many tings for sale in my line that are being sold for less than the cost of materials and it doesn't help any of us trying to make a living. If the shop is asking an unreasonable commission you have a choice of saying no, telling that that is unacceptable or simply accepting it and dropping your price, your choice.

                              Pete
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