Folksy Ltd

Im a dinosaur in a technology filled world

(Grimm Exhibition) #1

Ive realised I might need to move with the times.
I don’t have a smart phone, or a card scanner, Im not on Instagram, I barely know what an app is etc

I was wondering if I were to take some kind of plunge, what 1 modern day thing do you have, that helps most with selling your crafts?

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(Roz) #2

Thats a hard question but if I could only keep one it would probably be my iPhone as i can use it as a phone, to browse and use the internet and as a camera. Can even put a kindle app on it and use it as a book during the quiet moments at a craft fair! I don’t really use it for the internet or as a camera as I have a separate camera, an iPad and a laptop which make things easier but its nice to know the back up is there. (BTW I’m very much an Apple type of girl!)

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(Hobbitgirlie1880) #3

For me it’s my mobile phone. But I know a tablet would do the same as my phone. And it might be easier to use.

I’m in the middle of maybe getting a card reader but I do a lot of fairs and stalls.

(Diane Keeble) #4

I don’t have a smart phone either. I feel like I spend enough time browsing on our trusty desktop and I don’t need any more distractions!

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(Hobbitgirlie1880) #5

I wish I could use our pc. My other half has super something or rather LED monitor that kills my eyes.

(Donna) #6

I couldn’t pick just one :expressionless: We are very techie in our house and really couldn’t live without my iphone, ipad and laptop :scream: I suffer from nomophobia (fear of not being connected or being seperated from your smart device) if I’m not in the same room as any of my devices :expressionless: I’m hoping for an apple watch for my birthday to solve this :grin:

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(Karen Ellam) #7

I’m the same Donna lol @RedDragonDesigns
It stems from my Dad being a gadget freak. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t playing on a computer or console whilst I was growing up, and now I’m married to a gadgety bloke. We are a right pair.

I love my IPad & iPhone to the moon & back again :smile:

Karen :video_game:

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(Donna) #8

My oh is the same Karen @karenscraftybitz we have been known to text each other rather than walk into another room lol Especially if one of us is near the kettle and the other isn’t :slight_smile: Now there’s and idea … A Smart Kettle! Someone needs to invent that right now :grin:
I grew up with gadgets too, and spent many happy hours programming games into our zx spectrum :slight_smile:

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(Jo Sara) #9

Googe ‘iKettle’ :wink:

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(Bizzy Liz) #10

Hi Di, I don’t have a smartphone either. I also like my desktop.

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(Sasha Garrett) #11

I grew up in a house full of tech - my dad designed and built computers for a living and worked from home. I played chuckie egg on a bbc computer, remember a mobile phone the size of a house brick and spent my teenage summers soldering computer boards so you’d think I’d be a gadget freak but no I can’t be bothered with any of that, give me some hand tools and I’m a happy bunny. Donna wouldn’t be able to cope with this but I have been known to go down the allotment with just a flask of tea, leaving the mobile at home for a couple of hours of solitude and digging.
So what one thing helps me sell my craft? Well I sell far more in person than I do online and I tend to take more card payments than cash (probably something to do with the price point I work at) so I would go with my card reader and the pretty basic mobile phone that goes with it. But if you don’t do many fairs/ markets you might find you don’t actually need a card reader.

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(Donna) #12

Now if it would only make the tea too :slight_smile:

(Donna) #13

Lol Sasha, just the thought brought me out in a cold sweat :scream:
I’m actually on my phone now as I’ve switched my laptop off to come down and cook tea :slightly_smiling:

(Diane Keeble) #14

The rest of the family have laptops but I am hopeless with them, they seem to do things when I barely touch them! If I have to use one I would rather plug a mouse in. To be fair I am at home quite a lot so I have access to the pc and I really don’t need portable internet access. I am quite happy with my £5 phone for occasional texting.

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(Eileens Craft Studio) #15

I don’t have a smart phone as I wouldn’t use it for anything else other than making phone calls or texting occassionally. Smart phones for me are either too big for my small hands to deal with I tried using ‘adopted daughter’ and it hurt just trying to hold it.

The smaller smart phones well they ain’t that great for my eyes too small a screen too small text etc etc.

I prefer my pc as it’s stays in once place and doesn’t get damaged like a laptop can without being moved around. I do use my laptop but then again the screen although quite large is not as large as my pc screen.

I wouldn’t do without my pentax camera or my little compact Samsung.

I don’t really need too much tec however we do have quite a lot but it’s due to DH and ‘adopted daughter’. DH works in the IT industry for a very large American IT company.

I don’t feel the need to be continually connected. I pick my moments ie when I get up, lunch time and before bed are when I check my emails and forums. Sometimes if I’m not doing much else I will check in and also do research. But I hate to be chained to being online it would drive me insane lol

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(Bizzy Liz) #16

I know what you mean about laptops! I also have to plug a mouse in! I am even more of a dinosaur, I don’t text!

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(Samantha Stanley) #17

I felt the same a few weeks ago but then I got my first smartphone. I like it, it’s easy to use, the camera is surprisingly good and I’m now on Instagram, but to be honest it hasn’t revolutionized my world. All in all a bit meh…:expressionless:

Love Sam x

(Susannah Ayre) #18

I use my iPhone for everything. I only ever use a real computer when I’m at work. I detest Windows so only use a Mac laptop at home- don’t have any other kind of computer at home. I used to have an iPad but stopped using it a few years ago when I got an iPhone & now I have a 6s and its a million times faster than the iPad ever was.
I like to be connected- I use my phone for everything. Social media, emails, taking photos, whatsapp, selling on folksy/Etsy/artfinder, buying on other sites, BBC news app, for just keeping notes, setting alarms- everything!!! The thing I do the least is phone people! I don’t have a landline phone connected mind…can’t think of anything more annoying. Haha my mobile does live on silent though. I can’t stand the noises they make!

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(Jan Ryan) #19

I favour my pc, I prefer the size, the ‘proper’ keyboard and mouse. I have a smart phone but only use it as an emergency phone for calling or texting when I’m out on my own. I was fed up of having to constantly recharge the battery even though I wasn’t using it, I ended up getting my son to take off everything I didn’t use (including wifi), now I just have the phone and camera (just in case I need it when I’m out). I never use it when I’m at home, I use the landline. … the battery now lasts a week or more :slight_smile:
I do have a tablet but generally only use it for checking emails, messages etc. If I want to reply to anyone I usually use the pc.
My daughter, on the other hand, uses her phone and tablet for just about everything. She doesn’t have a landline connected (she accidentally cut through the wires when she was decorating and never fixed it).

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(Donna) #20

I can’t imagine my battery lasting more than a day, I couldn’t manage without these in all the rooms


I even have one in oh’s van :expressionless:

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