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The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online Paperback – May 20, 2014
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About the Author
Since the publication of The Handmade Marketplace in 2010 and Grow Your Handmade Business in 2012, Kari Chapin has gained national visibility as a sought-after speaker at craft business conferences and events. She also offers one-on-one creative coaching and courses online. She is known for her effective coaching style and distinctive, supportive voice, along with her strong ability to market and network.
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However, I felt that even with the little short stories from people who are selling their crafts/handmade items the information was very general. I was looking for something more detail oriented. It does give you some websites for some of the information written about in the book, which was VERY helpful.
As an example, I was interested to find out which was a preferred method to generate more sales, specific websites devoted to a specific artist vs. commercial sites like ETSY. I also wanted to learn more about things like PAYPAL since that is the preferred method of payment for internet sales. I know I could just go to some of the specific sites like PAYPAL and ETSY but I wanted feedback from people who have actually used the systems. I was also hoping to learn more about shipping methods and what is the best for large vs. small items, and any tips for saving money on shipping costs.
Overall, I would recommend this book for beginners, it does give you a lot to think about that one probably wouldn't consider when just starting out. I liked the way the book is structured and it was a very easy read. Good reference material.
I would have given it 5 stars, but it did not seem to have a lot of information about keeping up an inventory of already made crafts...like how much would be appropriate at first, ect. Maybe with the etsy and other online type selling venues, you don't need to have a large inventory, I don't know...but at any rate, it could have used a little more of that type of information to me. Also, the part about pricing your objects was a little wonky...it was there, it could just use a little more...
Overall, I would say buy this book, because it is really mostly great, and then you will know what to look for in a second book...more custumized to your specific needs.