Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Negotiating Stage

Awhile back I told you about applying to Heartsy. Well... they accepted my application! Now I'm in the "negotiating stage", as they call it. I have to decide how much of a discount I want to give people, how many vouchers I want to give out, etc. It's all very exciting!

I've read a lot of blog posts and Etsy threads this week about Heartsy. It seems there are quite a few skeptics out there. People seem to have the impression that Heartsy is kind of a scam. Okay, maybe "scam" is a strong word. More like... they think Heartsy cheapens handmade items by practically giving them away.

While I can kind of see where they're coming from, I also think it's a great way to get my name out there! I already build a profit into my prices, so giving a serious discount once in a while doesn't really hurt my bottom line. I buy from a similar site, Groupon, every now and then and I like how it gives me a chance to try things that I might not have otherwise. Plus, once I get a taste of the finer things in life, I'm much more likely to come back and try them again, coupon or no coupon.

So I figure, sure... I could eventually sell all of those hats at full-price... eventually. Or I could have a fire sale and gain some quick exposure. Personally, it sounds like fun to me, so I'm going for it! I have confidence in the quality of my work and feel like this is a great way to nab a few new customers. Come next winter when they're needing a new hat, they'll know where to go!!

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