Sunday, 30 November 2008

Website shutdown??

I have had an email today telling me that my website is up for renewal and it will cost me approx £90.00 f0r the next 12 months. The initial set up cheap and I have not listed maybe as many items as I had hoped. I seemed to have craft fairs and I could not see the point in listing before I attended these. Problems with actually loading anything on some days, work and the list goes on. I have only sold 5 items and I am wondering if it is actually worth re-newing it, particularly in this financial climate that we are all experiencing. perhaps putting it all into Esty would be better or even trying an Ebay shop instead. Has anyone else been in a similar position or got any suggestions? I have worked hard on this website but perhaps I should cut my losses.
I was going to list the following items to try and stock the shop more.....

I think I will put them in Etsy instead. I was meant to have been taking part in a Christmas Fair in November but the date/time/venue details did not come through and it seemed to vanish. Nor is the Fair that we usually have at work.

The felt flower is a design that I came up with during the Summer whilst visiting my sister-in-law and I have been expanding on this to hopefully have a range of characters. The crochet brooches found their way into order boxes and giveaways so more were needed which I enjoyed making. The centre picture is a direct link to my City and Guilds and comes ready framed. The frame is a lovely brushed silver and I can not get hold of them anymore which is a pity. The theme is water, one that I really like creating to...

It is actually sunny outside so I am off to take some pictures to show you tomorrow and to give two hydrangeas a good prune before it is too late.

My Christmas Decoration Swap from Nannybird arrived on Friday and I am delighted with it. More on that when I have sorted all of the pictures out. Nan must has been crafting for days!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend, back tomorrow.

Any advice on the above would be greatly received and do not forget the giveaway on the previous post.

Take care all xx
PS: At long last I have just finished reading this...

8 comments:

Kitty said...

The question is, have you had £90 worth of fun, interest, stimulation, etc. out of the website over the last year, leaving aside the sales? If you want purely sales, then Etsy, Folksy and eBay might be your best bets since people wanting to buy are actively perusing those sites.

I intend to build a website one day - just for the challenge of it. If you'd had £90 worth of 'challenge' then I'd say do it again. If not, then think what else you could get with £90 which WOULD provide you with fun, stimulation and fulfilment?

Can't wait to see all the Christmas decorations involved in your swap. It's been fun - thank you so much for hosting it.

x

Josie said...

we've had (and still have) a family website since year 2000 and I don't think its cost £90 in all that time but it's just a family website not a business one. Then again I've done all the updating as that was my job!
I've sold items on ebay(sold loads) and listed items on etsy(not sold anything).
Josie x

TicklyToes said...

Try looking at the wahm cart ... you might find one of their packages suitable:

http://wahm.co.uk/wahm-cart/

Indigo Blue said...

Thank you TicklyToes. I am going to take a look at this site. I may even give E-junkie another go. It did not work very well last time but I have bought a new laptop since then.
Thanks for your comment and help.
XX

SummerSadie said...

whenever you list them, let me know, because I love your stuff.

wonderwoman said...

i don't envy you having to make that choice especially, as you say, in today's climate! i did think of doing an etsy shop but have decided to wait a while! your creations are gorgeous by the way!

xxx

MelMel said...

Hi there, sorry about your money loss, awful isn't it!?

Hope your having a good day?x

Lynn said...

Beeeuuutiful!

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