I’m just wondering a few things that I’m sure other people must think about as well.
For me, Folksy is a way of selling things I love to make that in an ideal situation it will become more of a full time profession. I realise these things can take time though, so while I print, I also work a seperate full time job.
But- I still try and keep my Folksy shop professional. I am really picky with how I shop- so maybe that’s why I’m like that with display mine. I try and take bright, airy looking photos which display my work in the best possible light. I also try and think about what I write, making sure that it makes sense and provides plenty of information for a potential customer.
I also make sure any correspondence is kept professional and that I am honest with whether things are custom made or not.
Sometimes I look at other shops (particularly those shown on the main front pages) to see how they display their shop and their work, and it surprises me sometimes.
Often I see shops where people say things are custom made, yet they claim to have several in stock already- as a customer, I would question that straight away.
I also notice some discriptions are incredibly short and often not very descriptive- which is again something that would put me off as a customer. (Although I’m also put off by poor spelling/punctuation etc in the description so maybe this is just me)
Even the postage seeming really high for the object makes me wonder whether the seller is simply making money from the postage.
But this often makes me wonder who has the most success online- is it those who treat it more professionally (as I would expect- the same as a nicer looking, more professional looking B&M shop) or does it make no difference?! Is it even just down to price? Are people willing to let all the little issues go, if it means they’re getting a bargain?
I can’t be the only one that thinks about these things or notices these things right?
I’d be interested to see what other people think.
Although- for the record I would also like to say I come across some really beautiful shops on here- where even if I’m not their target market I still think they are putting themselves across in a really lovely and positive way!..so maybe it’s just each to their own?! Hmm…