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Printables vol. 2 – I actually opened my shop!

I’ve been a very busy bee these last 5 days, and have managed to open my Storenvy shop! Sadly not with jewelry and accessories like I wanted to, because of that darn P.O.Box thing, but I can sure as hell still sell downloads, and that’s what I started doing. The same day I posted about my new passion for printables, I uploaded my first product that’s officially for sale, and it’s been going good since.

Yesterday, I added a door hanger to the selection, and today I put up a calendar containing the 3 months of spring. I will of course start working on a summer version for June, July and August before the current calendar expires, but right now I’m very happy with the stuff I have up already. Maybe 3 listings ain’t much, but to me it’s the world right now. I’m having so much fun creating these printables, and I hope it reflects in my work. I print everything I make myself before putting it up for sale, to make sure it’s working as intended, and that the quality is top notch.

It’s funny though, as the only printables I wanted to do were to-do lists, but I haven’t made a single one yet. I want to draw them by hand, so it will take quite a while before I have some ready. I really love to-do lists though, they are great time savers, and I want to let people enjoy my way of planning things. I really hope that they will help out others, so I want to plan them carefully, and make them appealing to as many people as possible.

Right now, I’m just happy with having this up and running. I will continue to create various printables, so keep an eye on my Storenvy, or follow me on Instagram or Tumblr where I always update my creations. I also went and made another Pinterest account only for stuff that I sell, and of course repins of other neat stuff within the same category.

Besides making printables, I finally leveled my Ninja to 70, and Dark Knight will follow soon. I’m also reading more Dante again, and am quite confident, that I’ll complete the book this month. When I get an idea for how to design the ‘find me here’ buttons in the menu here I will change them, because they are just too clunky when there are more than 3 or 4 of them. I have 6 now after adding Tumblr and Storenvy, and I’d also like to add my Pinterest, so yeah, it just looks ugly!

That’s it from me right now. It’s barely noon here, but I want to take the rest of the day off (can I even say that, being early retired and all?). I want to just sit in front of the TV and watch anime and eat unhealthy food for a few hours, maybe read some more Dante, and overall just be lazy. Yep, after what I’ve got done within just a short amount of time, I deserve to pamper myself a little 🙂

The road is plastered with leveling

It’s been 10 days already? Time sure flies when you are having fun! So I got back into FFXIV, and although I’m far from being a healer again, I did have some fun playing Monk and Dragoon. It’s funny, because I never really liked those classes much, but now I do. Maybe I’ll like Ninja now too? We’ll see after I’m done leveling Dragoon to 60.

At first, I was in doubt about what to do, but decided to just pump all battle classes to 60 before getting Stormblood. I might also do the story quests before buying it, but I’m afraid that I will miss out on some nice EXP if I do, so I’ll probably get it when all are 60. I’m using my challenge log to get some EXP boosts, and my Monk is already 60 (from 50). Dragoon is at lvl 53 (also from 50), and I’m also trying to level up Botanist, Fishing and some crafting, because I’m behind on those. I’m also trying to get used to the new features, and think I’m doing quite well (I’m probably just noobing around like a retard, but I’m having fun).

Gaming is not everything though, and I finally got my boyfriend to help me with my product photos! We took photos of almost everything, except the bookmarks and some stuff that’s not finished yet. We’ll get to that later, and it’s fine, because now I have a ton of photos to start the shop with. I just need to go through them all one by one, because of course they are a bit greyish, and I want them all to be the same size. It’s a lot of work, and sadly I won’t make it until the end of this month, which is today! I could of course stop playing FFXIV, but seriously… After correcting 3-4 photos, I get itchy and need to do something else for a few mins.

Which leads me to the third thing, I’ve been doing within the last week; pulling apart jewelry! Yeah, I got some really nice stuff earlier this week, and I also had a lot of older stuff I never got to pull apart, so I’ve really been at it. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, charms, I’ve got it all! My fingers actually hurt from polishing and cleaning, haha. But it’s nice, as I get a lot of unique parts, and usually for cheap, because they need so much love before they shine again. Now my issue is though, that I have no space for all the new parts, and looking at my collection, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use them all. So I’m thinking about selling them at some point.

Oh, and guess who just turned 1 last week? Arthur! He got a new toy, some nice food, and lots of bellyrubs… and had no idea why, but enjoyed it anyway! And I found out he really likes rain, that weird dog. Usually he just runs inside again if he’s out to pee in the rain, but these days, he almost can’t wait to get wet. I’m thinking it might be because he likes to be dried with a towel, as it equals playtime for him. Getting wet because he likes to be dried… Yeah, weird dog!

(screenshot in header is old, as I forget to make new ones…)

Etsy – My way or the highway

As you might already know, I’m selling my handmade jewelry on Etsy, and have done so since August. I found it to be a bit tedious to upload photos and write descriptions and tags every time, when most of the text is basically the same, but that’s part of it, so I’ll not complain about that. What I’d like to complain about is the price I’ve had to pay up until now, almost five months later. I’ve made two sales, and of course had to pay the listing fees, as well as the commission fees for them. Some of my listings have now updated, meaning that I had to pay their listing fees for another four months.

That’s all fine and well, but to be honest, I think Etsy is screwing me over with their prices. Up until now, I’ve paid $15 in fees and commissions, for the above mentioned sales and listings. Most of my listings have not been up for four months yet, and thus haven’t updated, so we’re not talking about all my stuff. I don’t know how it has become so expensive, as I can’t find any billing information on Etsy, other than the total of what I have to pay them. I don’t make many sales, as you can probably see, because I’m an idiot when it comes to marketing, my photos aren’t that great (yet), and I’ve had no time nor motivation because of us moving into a house that needs more attention right now.

Looking forward, I don’t see it changing anytime soon. Etsy will keep throwing bills at me for things I can’t seem to figure out, and as I’ve already lost half of my profits to them, I don’t feel very comfortable using their services anymore. Yes, I’ll quit Etsy when my current listings have expired. Some expire in January, others just got updated and will expire in April. By then, I’ll have to find out what else I can do, to keep myself on the market, and hopefully make a profit with my crafting, so that I can keep buying materials.

Since yesterday afternoon, I’ve been looking into various platforms that only require me to pay a commission for every sale made. That means no listing fees, which I would have to pay even if I don’t sell anything, like right now with my very few sales, and little to no time for marketing. A friend is totally into Storenvy (you now who you are), and keeps mentioning it every time we have a conversation about selling platforms, so I looked a bit more into it than last time I was looking for a place to sell.

The thing about Storenvy is, that you can create a shop there, without having to pay anything at all. No listing fees, and no commission fees. Of course, there are the PayPal fees, but they are not part of the shop, as it’s a third party site with their own fees. But – and there is always a ‘but’ when it’s free – it would mean no exposure for my items on their site. To get exposure, I’d need to pay a 10% commission fee per item sold, which is quite a lot of money. To cover the 10% fee, I’d need to raise my prices by the amount lost, as well as PayPal fees of course, which can be up to 3.4%. Let’s do some math!

Selling a regular bottle charm directly with only materials and work time included would make it cost $10, so that will be the base price for my item in this example. Let’s say I put it up on Storenvy, and decide to be included in their marketplace, that’s + 10% = $11. I get my payment for it via PayPal, so we need to include their highest fee as well, that’s $11 + 3.4% = $11.37. I also need to buy something to put it in for shipping, and for a bottle charm, I’d need a small box for $0.70 to put the bottle in, and a bigger box for $1.40 when shipping. $11.37 + $0.70 + $1.40 = $13.47. That’s the amount the customer would have to pay, in order for me to cover all my costs, and still make a profit.

Compared to other people selling similar items as me, that’s actually a very fair price. But then again, if I cost the same as the others, will the customer pick me? Maybe, maybe not. Of course, that’s also the risk on Etsy, where the customer gets the wares of other shops thrown in their faces when they browse mine. It can’t be helped on an open platform that hosts many shops, and the creators of the sites want a profit too, which is very understandable. Having that in mind, a 10% commission fee is still a lot of money, as I do everything myself, from creating the item, to selling and shipping it. But then again, I could get some much needed exposure, support the platform with sales only (no listing fees), and it would still be easier than hosting a shop myself.

Yes, I’ve been thinking a lot about starting my own eCommerce business, as I’d be able to sell for cheaper prices when doing so. The thing is though, that I don’t have the customer base to start off on my own. No one would find me, as I’m still an idiot when it comes to marketing, don’t know that much about SEO, and the whole internet with tons of shops would work against me. I’m neither big or good enough for that right now, and maybe never will be. But I’d really like to learn how to create a shop someday, if just for giggles.

Well anyway, I found out, that Storenvy has a counterpart called Tictail. They basically offer the same services for the same fees, with small differences of course. Are those differences relevant to me? Not really, at least not at this point. So to me, it’s only a matter of which one of those offers more for my money, a.k.a. the 10% sales commission. Storenvy has a wider audience than Tictail, which means more exposure. Also, customers would want to buy from a platform they know and trust already. They both support PayPal, which is very important to me, as it’s been bothering me that Etsy accepts PayPal for MY payments to THEM, but when THEY pay ME, it goes directly on to my bank account, and I have a hard time distinguishing my profits from my grocery money.

Let’s boil it down. Etsy keeps eating my funds, and thus I want to leave them. The best alternative would seem to be Storenvy. I’d have to raise my prices a bit, but not enough for my items to become too expensive to sell. So yeah, I’m probably gonna move to Storenvy over the next four months, and see how that goes. At least I can’t lose money there while not selling anything, which is the biggest plus for me right now.

Also a bit on topic: I’ll be changing my Instagram account @colorpieces as soon as I have more time. Right now, it only includes my Etsy listings, but I would like for it to become a creative sales account. This means, that I’ll include listings as usual, but also other stuff I have up for sale, like for example my patterns and designs on sites like Redbubble and Society6. I’m also thinking about continuing with my adoptables on DA, although it was my plan to close down that account. I don’t know about that one yet, but if I continue, I would like to include my adoptables on Instagram. Ghosty might also move there, as I have four accounts right now, and Instagram seems to freak out after three. I haven’t updated Ghosty in a few weeks, which I’m sorry for, but I simply don’t have the time to do everything I planned, and as he’s not a popular (dead) guy, he’s not on the top of my list right now.

I’m sorry for this long post, but deciding what to do after Etsy felt easier to me, having my thoughts black on white. I’m aware that probably no one is gonna read this anyway, as I can see in my Google Analytics, that my anime reviews seem to drag more visitors on here than my personal life does, which is understandable, knowing that I’m quite the boring shit. But no worries, I’ll keep writing reviews… and boring shit like this post 😀