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Markets or Online Shopping? Setting Up An Online Shop

Markets or Online Shopping? Setting Up An Online Shop

I’m setting up an online shop!

Market Booth

Market Booth

The last market I attended was a disaster (for me).

I set up a great booth, kept my prices high (or where I want them to be), and sold about $200.00 worth of product – not good enough for the amount of effort.  But the traffic was not great and there were so many potters that I was one of many and most of the other potters had put out their “seconds” to clear out their studios at really reasonable prices.

I think it’s a mistake to sell at low prices- just to clear out goods- it gives the buying public the message that pottery is “cheap”.  ‘Nuff said- I could go on, but I won’t… I’m just not going to play that game anymore.

So…I’ve decided to forgo further markets and do an online shop.

I know that this is going to be risky and I’ll have to build a clientele, but I think I’m ready to give it a try.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

Happy selling!

Marian

Written by Marian Williams

4 Comments

  1. Anna's Ceramics · January 7, 2016

    I hope that works for you Marian. I gave my Christmas tree hangers as gifts rather than sell them for the very low price other potters were selling theirs for at markets.

    • Marian · January 7, 2016

      I hope it works too. I’d rather not sell my work than put a “cheap” price on it. Sounds like you feel the same- we potters need to stick together on this!

  2. Margaret Melville Hugo · January 11, 2016

    Hi Marian. Do not feel alone. I have also decided that I refuse to sell myself cheap. I am doing ceramics for a living so am going the same route as you. I have put up a Shopify site, have many Pinterest boards, a Facebook page, Twitter & am trying to get a blog going. This is the way of the future. Stick to your guns & set yourself apart. You will not sell at the beginning but slowly it will all come together. Your blog is one of the very first that I started to follow. I love your work. Please do me a favor do not have specials on your site. Differentiate yourself. Good Luck

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