Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Too Many Shops?

I have questions I'd like to address to the many "working artists", that follow this blog.
Many of you have Etsy ,Artfire, 1000Market, Indie .Zazzle shops etc. Do you feel too spread out
with your work ? Are the shops redundant? Do you place the same product in each or do you select certain products for one shop and different items for another? Are you finding different shoppers?
If you have a web site that has shopping capabilities, do you still need another shop? I'd really like to get some feedback . I've been reviewing my sales.Based on the information,I'm thinking of reorganizing my shops, such as exclusively selling my best seller in one shop or only having higher priced work in another. What is your opinion?

.......While we are on the subject of posting product .
Ok...so this floral cycle of paintings continues. Don't know why but I'll just go with the flow. In case you missed my tweets or FB announcements I've just posted new floral ACEOs & bookmark in my Etsy shop. Drop by !

17 comments:

Sinclair said...

I am not currently selling, but I have Artfire and Etsy shops. I personally would not place the same listing in both shops because my items are ooak and if I happened to be lucky enough to sell the same item simultaneously, it could be problematic. I have thought about adding 1000 Markets when I sell again, but I could not do more than 3 shops. I think it would be fine to designate one shop as the higher priced items shop, and if you did, I think 1000 Markets would be the place for that one.

On a Whimsey said...

I have several shops (Etsy,Artfire,Zazzle and a few others) but no sales! I am seriously considering keeping just Etsy and Artfire. I would not place the same item in all shops.... could be embarrassing if they sold at once, knowing my luck.

1000Markets looks very exciting but they don't take 'foreigners' like me from UK :(

Love your book marks!

Helen Harris said...

Good comments starting to come in...many thanks for your viewpoint!
Sinclair , my work is also ooak & I agree that its chancy putting them in more than 1 shop.Of course since they are ooak ,it means having a greater inventory to meet all the venue needs.
On a whinsey....I've looked into 1000Markets but again feel as if I'm spreading too thin...even now I've just gotten selling capability on my web site and wondering if Artfire is now redundant!

Ronnie said...

Do you know Robin Pedrero, Pocketful of Colors. She is a master at this whole thing. A marketing genius and a real help to me, being a fledgling with only an Etsy shop and blog. I'll be asking to join your FB notes. Love what you do!
Ronnie

Helen Harris said...

Yes Ronnie..Robin & I have met online. I agree,she has quite an enthusiastic well of knowledge on this art business. Have you seen her latest interview with The Artist Center? I'll look for you on FB.

Lisa - Alterity said...

Very interesting you should write this post when you did. I was just in the same mindset as you very recently. Hmmm......good questions and definitely worth exploring!

Helen Harris said...

Lisa, I think more artist are questioning this than we think. As sales in brick & mortar shops are decreasing in this economy, the on line shops had an advantage but that is quickly disappearing as the shops flood the internet. I think its time to strengthen the shop or site that is giving the best return and let go of the ones that are draining our energies and are mediocre...this includes all the social networking too.

One Creative Queen said...

While I don't currently sell online, I wanted to tell you how awesome I think your latest work is. Just beautiful!!

Lisa - Alterity said...

thank you for really sparking this concept with me, as I stated before I was really thinking about it lately. I spent the day yesterday reviewing my three online shops and here is what I have done:
Put all my newly created pieces up on Etsy. when the listings expire, the higher end pieces will all go to 1000Markets and the lower end stuff will go to Artfire. I have always kept only higher end stuff on 1000Markets, but I removed all my higher end stuff from Artfire and moved them all over to 1000Markets. So, it shall be my new protocol! Thank you for helping me to finally solidify what I wanted to do!

Helen Harris said...

One creative queen...many thanks!I hope you'll click over to my FB page and become a fan!

Helen Harris said...

Lisa-Alterity...I've post my ACEOs,bookmarks & Cards on my Etsy shop . I'm trying to decide if I should stay on Artfire since my new web site now has buying capabilities and is basically showing the samne pieces. Perhaps I'll do as you did and place my lower priced,smaller formats on Artfire ..and place my framed larger pieces on my web site.
This is definitely a point of discussions ...check back ,maybe we'll get some more input from other artists.

Meghann said...

I am selling on Etsy, Artfire and iCraft. I am trying to do as you are - putting my bestsellers/most expensive in my Etsy shop, and doing different items in the others. There may be some overlap - my best sellers that aren't so expensive may go in another as well, but I do want to have a specific focus for each.
Now I just have to find the time to do it!

Helen Harris said...

Meghann..that's part of the problem ..having the time to do it! I work in originals only, no prints ,not even the cards. I paint every day, conduct workshops, sell at shows & exhibit at galleries. I'm trying to develop a plan so when I paint I can be more focused. It works out better for me when I can say this piece is going here or there. I feel I can then direct my customers better.

tstreasures said...

I have shops on both Etsy and 1KMarkets and while I haven't been a raging success on Etsy I get more sales there. The one thing I do love about 1KMarkets is the fact that there are no listing fees so I have put my higher priced items there.

Helen Harris said...

tstreasures..I've had the most sales on Etsy too. I have not tried 1KMarkets because I had already joined Artfire when they offered the $7 monthly fee, have had only 1 sale but the sale covered my cost for the year...hmmmmm. Do you find the customer base is very different from each shopping site?

WillOaks Studio said...

I'm glad I stumbled on this thread! I juggling etsy and artfire, too plus spending more time working on my blog because overall, since Mother's Day, my sales have been slow. My dilemma is that I need to pull work for a couple of summer gallery venues next week. This will definitely cut inventory in both shops. So far, my approach has been to overlap what's in each, then pull what sells from the other shop. No double sales for this girl....so far! Lots of food for thought here...thank you! Helen, your paintings are exquisite! So thank you for that, too!

Helen Harris said...

WillOaks..thanks for your comments. I think pulling from one venue to work another is a dilemma for us all.
We seem to jump from shop to show to gallery expecting to maintain our inventory ,yet hoping for" oh my ,a sale!" and needing yet another piece!