Tigerwood Vertex rollerball, Tambootie Vertex rollerball. On the subject of fair pay picking the right way to sell each product is important. My pens will be my example. I have sold at least 100 pens since I started making a couple of years ago. I have sold to UK, USA, Japan, Brazil, Canada, France and Spain. Selling pens at a market is Ok but not great. Each market costs between £10 and £60 to attend. Plus travel. You need a test pen for people to use. This pen will get stolen after a few fairs so don't make it out of anything expensive. At an antiques and collectables market everyone will ask for a discount. (Is that your best price? Yes it is. Bite me.) At a craft fair problems range from not enough customers in the room to old men selling for the cost of the kit and a beer. Sale or return in a shop is a bad plan. Some pens will end up damaged due to lack of customer care. I lost 7 pens to one shop once. They are hard wearing so I can only imagine what they were doing to them. People also like to take apart pens without asking to see how the ink changes. So I am left with the internet and selling wholesale to retailers. I will not use etsy. I will not pay to advertise (mainly to inspire others makers) on a platform I have already paid to list on. It makes no sense. Even when I had 50 products listed sales were tiny. It is hard to sell quality handmade products via eBay. Time to make a website just to sell my pens. This will be my Excellent pens range. I will promote it via Instagram. Would you rather pay to have the whole internet as a potential customer or to have a few people from a craft fair as potential customers? I know which I would do. If you don't know how to set up an internet site ask someone.
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