Yes, I know. I have written a “click-bait” title. GASP. Sorry, but I felt this needed to be said, and I needed to get your attention. With that out of the way, I can continue with what this blog is about:
Buying Crafting Items and Selling your crafts…
It seems benign and a little everyday to talk about buying things on the internet, but with the influx of Chinese products on the market and new crafters breaking into their field of choice just about on a daily basis, I felt I needed to post this. So, on to the post, shall we?
Vet, vet, vet…
It’s your dollar and you want to make the most out of it. You also want to buy quality stock for a decent price. Vet your would-be supplier. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, look at reviews, and talk to other crafters about the vendor you are interested in purchasing from. You don’t want to strike out on your own, buy product, and have it fall apart when you’re using it, or worse, it break when your customer gets it. If you don’t like things breaking when you’re handling them, imagine your customer who has just spent their money to purchase the item you spent time developing and making.
Be leery of Chinese manufacturers…
Just like that $.99 garden tool from China is going to break the first time you use it, those beads may not be what they are listed as. Remember, China has lax regulations on items. This means they can make gemstones out of clay and glass and sell them as the real thing. Yeah, this will leave you with a handful of fake gems you really don’t want to use.
Join online groups…
There are crafting groups out there that help new and established crafters alike tell the difference between real and fake products. These are essential in helping you navigate the internet to find the best possible product for the best price. There are also groups out there willing to help you with proper labeling and tagging your products.
Watch out for those who fish…
There will be those that love your work and ask you how you did it. With the wealth of tutorials and books to teach you how to get started, they really don’t need to do this. In many cases, they do this to steal patterns, ideas, and designs to undercut you and leave you out in the cold. I am not saying all who ask are out to do this, but there are some who are.
If you send me “X”, I’ll write a review…
Yeah, no, don’t fall for this. There are bloggers and people on social media site that will contact you and ask you to send them a sample of your work so they can review it. They want it for free. Don’t fall for this. Most people who have blogs that review items will purchase the item and write the review. If you have to send them something free, don’t do it. It’s not worth it.
If you are approached, ask for their link. This is what to look for besides them asking for something free:
- Is there blog established?
- How long have they been blogging? If they just popped onto the scene. It’s not going to be worth your time to interact with them.
- How many followers do they have? How many views do they get? This is very important. You don’t want to work with someone whose blog is invisible. You’re wasting your time.
- If the sight looks gimmicky, don’t even bother. A review site should be crisp, clean, and professional looking.
- The reviews and other blog entries should be professionally written, have proper grammar and spelling, and provide the reader with clear pictures of what is being reviewed.
- The review should have links to the store that belongs to the crafter to drive traffic to their store.
There is not much you can do if they buy a product and review it on their blog, but you can avoid those looking for free items. You could be walking into a scam.
Wait, that’s my picture!
Yep, people will steal anything, including pictures of your work. Watermarking will tell them they can’t do this and claim your work as their own. It should be placed on the picture so they can’t crop it out without ruining the picture of the item.
There you have it, a basic post on what to look out for. If I come up with anything else, There will be another one.
Until next time, God bless and stay crafty!