Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Shophandmade.com

Has anyone tried shophandmade.com, it is free. The only fees you have to pay are to paypal. I have opened up a store there and at Artfire.com I just have to build up some inventory. Also, has anyone been on mycraft.com, a crafting social network, they are really nice over there. I also discovered a site called Beaders Showcase which is a site for lampworkers and beaders, the url is http://www.beadersshowcase.com/. Yes, I am bored because it is winter and I can't blow glass during the day because I am home alone with my 4 year old and I am trying to get some views and traffic to my blog. I am trying to avoid paying advertising fees but I really need to start making money to fund my glass addiction. It is definitely a better addiction than drugs or alcohol because you can actually make money doing it. I saw another lampworker write something about glass being like crack, an addiction you just can't quit. I am beginning to believe that person. I think I am addicted, I just wish when I would follow someone's tutorial, my bead would look like theirs. :(

3 comments:

sop said...

I singed up for a shophandmade.com store but the other day I noticed something that really turned me off to using them. You may have notice that when you list an item and you view the main page of the website your item(s) will show up quite often in the featured product list. When I first noticed this I was very happy that my items would get this type of exposure, as I’m sure most other sellers would. That was until I visited the site from another computer and noticed that my items suddenly were not showing up. I originally thought that maybe they just dropped out of the list over time as Etsy.com listings do. This was until I went back to my main computer and noticed that my items were always showing up on front page.

What I found out is that if you are logged into the site or your session is still active the site knows you’re online and cycles your products through the main page for you to see giving you the impression that you are getting front page exposure of your products. However, if you are not logged in or your session has timed out (you wont see the “my store” link on the top right) your items do not show up. So in essence it’s all for show to make you think you are getting front page exposure and you’re not. Totally shady behavior on their part.

Louise said...

I have that tutorial problem too! But it's not always a bad thing ;o)

Everwild said...

@sop - shophandmade.com appears to be less than 3 months old. The behavior you describe here could simply be a bug. Either way, getting useful feedback from experienced users/sellers will help them correct issues like this. They can't fix what they don't realize is broken! (and, it helps you determine whether or not they really are just scamming).

@ms. steele - find lots and lots of busy blogs to comment on and make sure to leave your url. Curious people will find you!

Good luck!