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  • Which beads do you buy most often?

    Hi all,
    I am new to the forum and need your help...

    I have opened a new jewellery bead eBay store recently and need some advice. At the moment I have in my shop Glass and some Hematite Beads only. Spectra and wooden beads will be available in the next few days.. I would like to give buyers better choice and introduce new items to my store in the nearest future, and would like your opinions: what kind of beads do you buy most often?

    Another question, how would you be attracted to buy from a new shop. I have introduced free gifts with every 10 items bouhgt. Packs have been designed to cost £0.99 each (with only a very few exceptions) to make shopping easier and avoid confusion about prices. Would it attract you to buy from a seller with less than 100 score comparing to a high-score sellers? If not, what would attract you?

    Thanks for your opinions

    Martyna
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    Last edited by Martyna; 02-03-2013, 01:38 AM.
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  • #2
    Can I have any suggestions please
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    • #3
      I buy mainly gemstones and wooden beads. I don't really mind how big the person selling the item is, as long as they have 99 - 100% rating, good prices and good delivery price.
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      • #4
        Thank you for your answer. What kind of gemstones do you mean?
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        • #5
          If I buy items on Ebay, I will generally be looking for a specific item which I can't get from my usual suppliers, or I need something quick, rather than buying a selction. I don't 'browse' Ebay because there is sooo much stuff on there and an awful lot of the same thing. So in terms of choosing a seller, as above, I'll pick one which has 95-100% feedback, although it's not the first thing I look at. I don't necessarily always get the cheapest ones mainly because it takes a while to work out which one is. I'm more likely to go with the one which has a better photo and a really good product desciption or is the cheapest if I know the product is actually the same. I don't like glaring colours or twinkly bits on a shop. Occasionally if the seller has something else I like I might buy from them. But generally fo me, its in and out aqap ! I would NEVER buy Swarovski since I always think they'll be fakes! I like the idea of a free gift but if you look at other seller's 'sold' lists (invaluable BTW) you'll find that the majority of people buy 1-3 items sometimes as many as 5. There ain't many at all that get up to ten (in fact I haven't seen one yet, not that I've looked at that many :P).
          Welcome to the Forum BTW!! - keep contributing on here and you'll gain invaluable info on trends etc and in return you can give wonderful advice on lots of pretty beads People will come flocking to your store
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          • #6
            Hi! Welcome to the forum!!
            I tend to have a different approach. As I am also starting out on making of jewellery, I tend to browse eBay. Yes, there are a lot of the same items but there are some hidden gems out there. If I like items that particular store sells I will favourite them and check back every so often for anything new or interesting. So mainly I just look for unique or unusual pieces. Hope that helps and good luck!!!
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            • #7
              Thank you both for your replies
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              • #8
                once i find a store i like i tend to stick with that one untill i find something i want which they dont sell.. then i look elsewhere

                i buy most of my items online, all my findings, beads mainly 6mm and 8mm pearls, crackles etc. skulls crosses and peach signs... and fimo charms i buy alot i look for the different stuff that not everyones going to use, that way my items are more unique!

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                • #9
                  Thanks, I'm the same - once I've bought something from one seller and I'm happy with the items and delivery, I keep buying from him
                  But how do you choose another seller if yours does not have an item you want? Do you look at price, pictures or descriprion in the first place? Most of the items on ebay are the same, so it's like a lottery if someone chooses my shop or not..
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                  • #10
                    I tend to go for semi-precious stones, e.g. Chalcedony and I like looking at Swarovskis too. Perhaps you may want to sell other items too. Beaders may be interested in beading wire, and jewellery-making findings for instance.

                    Whether or not I choose from a buyer depends on a number of factors. If I want to buy a few items, I look for things like combined shipping, clear pictures and price - price matters to me as I only fiddle about with jewellery making for fun :-) Also, I like buyers to reply my messages in about 1-2 days after I send them a message - the exception being if the shop is set on holiday mode (i.e. it says the seller is away).
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                    • #11
                      Hi there
                      I mainly use Indian glass beads and Swarovski beads but always on the look out for beads that are a bit different and unusual. I am happy to buy from new shops and I like it if the postage cost is the same for more than one item and I always check out the feed back.
                      Hope this is helpful
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                      • #12
                        Hi,
                        I tend to buy semi-precious stones, crystals and freshwater pearls for my jewellery making. I must admit that I would never think to look on ebay to source my beads etc. This maybe because I purchase wholesale but I am sure that for someone that is making smaller amounts of handmade jewellery 99p packages are a good idea but I do not understand what you mean to avoid confusion by prices?
                        Also I sometimes think that free gifts can make things look a bit dodgy only my own personal opinion but I do realise that there is a lot of competition on ebay so maybe try and find something that is a little bit different
                        Julie
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                        • #13
                          I also have other items for sale as connectors, earwires, etc.. I have sold a few items and have some people watching other items, but it's not many. I am wondering if it is because I only have score 85 (but still 100%) or just other stores have a better offer or prices..
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jade Jewellery View Post
                            Hi,
                            I tend to buy semi-precious stones, crystals and freshwater pearls for my jewellery making. I must admit that I would never think to look on ebay to source my beads etc. This maybe because I purchase wholesale but I am sure that for someone that is making smaller amounts of handmade jewellery 99p packages are a good idea but I do not understand what you mean to avoid confusion by prices?
                            Also I sometimes think that free gifts can make things look a bit dodgy only my own personal opinion but I do realise that there is a lot of competition on ebay so maybe try and find something that is a little bit different
                            Julie
                            With ' avoid confusion with prices ' I meant other listings where sellers have different options to choose, eg. Different sizes or colours, and the price on the listing says £1 but when you choose an option, it shows conpletely different price. My packs are designs to have the same price for every item in a listing and only differ with quantity but it's shown when choosing the option as well as in description.
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                            • #15
                              One more thing I would like to ask you.. Do you really make money on handmade jewellery? I've noticed that some of you have professional online stores. I was thinking about it a few years ago (when I was doing it as a hobby, before my children were born) but changed my mind as thought it would be difficult to sell jewellery. I saw many earrings, bracelets, etc on eBay with auction for 0.99 not being sold, or sold for that price. And own website must cost a fortune and there is still no guarantee that you'll sell enough to make profit.. There is a huge competition within jewellery industry.. How many items do you manage to sell a month?
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