I might list my green kits individually, but then I might try what others do, and show one pack, then offer colour options.
Would you buy something if you saw a good photo of the kind of thing to expect, in terms of contents, but not the actual item, just a general colourway option such as 'rust' or 'mid blues' 'or blue/green/purple'?
I'm including the names of the colours, Marilyn, it's just that the camera equalises the shades and there's no definition (I've had this problem with every camera) they all look similar and the blends just look like there's barely any variety, unlike the green photos which clearly show each one is blended and that they are all different.
That's a very well described pack, Zed, & generous contents. In my opinion it's too cheap. I feel you could make a stronger statement about the embellishment fibres - I know you don't like 'flowery' but your description feels understated for how luscious the fibres look!
Why don't you try the multiple colour option, then add photos of the other colour packs as & when you can.
I added 'This wide variety provides a really good choice of textures and finishes to enhance your creations.' to the fibres' description.
I worked the price out based on cost of contents and time putting it together. I imagine some people will think it's a rip off because they can get the stuff themselves at X price each, and others will think it's a bargain because they don't have to go to 4 different shops for the equipment or order a large amount of wool and fibres to get variety
I think I may aswell try adding 'variations', if they don't sell, they don't sell And it would give me the option to not make up the packs until they're ordered, so they'll be 'fresher'.
I agree the pack is underpriced. Making them up as you go is probably a good idea, but I know if I saw the colors I like I'd press the button right away. :-). Maybe a couple of color choices and offer custom packs.
I think it is to chap. You are underpricing your services if not the value of the individual fibers. When you say you count how long it takes you to make them up but you also have to take into account that you had to make the original orders or trips to the store. the time and expertise to blend and or dye the fibers and the overhead of your computer, web service, electricity, heat and the space needed. the cost to buy and maintain(cleaning too), your dye and carder. And your expertise and knowledge to put nice packs together.
Yes I think you could sell them as green pack, blue packs, etc. and state the picture is an example but the actual packs are almost identical.
Can you take pictures of the blues separately and then make a collage of them?
Yeah, I agree, Ann, and maybe if I lived somewhere people valued that kind of thing, I could ask more. Maybe at the right fairs or markets, I could. But I doubt they'll sell at that price anyway. Most people will see 100g of wool and 10g of fibre, plus stuff they can get at the pound shop/dollar store.
The cost of dyeing (including time) is added in to the cost of the fibres, I worked that out a while ago.
And if I added the cost of taking photos, writing the listing, going to the post office etc, you're closer to £30/£35.
I'm thinking I'll just leave it for now, wait until I can put more time/effort into things in a few months and have more options/be better organised. It's a shame etsy is limited too, it'd be good to be able to have an option to add tutorials at discount prices like you can add supplies at discount postage etc.
Zed I mean for the etsy site, but yes it is hard when you can't find a sale where people appreciate and value your work. I travel and get about fine but it is still hard to find the right places to sell here as well.
Have you tried on the facebook sales groups? some people seem to do well there. once they are photographed you might as well post them there too. Make a post with a link to your etsy page in the wet felt makers group. and try a fiber for sale group.
No, I haven't, but I did recently join one which could be worth looking at, though it might also be saturated
I might have to do one or the other though, I'd forget and not keep track. It's hard finding something I have the energy for, though Facebook might be a bit simpler. It might even work out simpler to do my own site to get it how I like.
I thought the wet felt group wasn't meant for promotion?