I don’t know who else watched the Channel 4 programme on Liberty’s on 12th November, where edited bits were shown of sellers pitching for orders in 3 minute slots?
I wondered if the programme put people off going to the big retailers or made them more determined ? They only select 10-15 from many hundreds of applicants, as they stated. Even in those few, after meetings, some have to drop out, and go their own way. Some on Folksy even attended the event, I understand.
I was intrigued by the lady who sold the children’s felt crowns. She had to drop her wholesale price considerably, to get interest. The result was she would make £5 per unit after her material and production costs.
Not clear if there were packaging or overhead costs on top. So it seems some will work for low income / below minimum wage just to say “I’m selling at Liberty’s or xyz store…”
That’s fine, providing they are aware, and are also liable to perform on contractual agreements for quantity and quality to a major player. They might also get other opportunities to market other products.
Back to the toy-making lady, - A lot depends if the crafting of those toys were her only business, or like many, she was boosting her main income with crafting. What do others think ?