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Blog entry by GenerationWW posted 09-01-2013 12:15 PM 930 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone!

The title is “Your opinion matters” because I have been a member for a while now and enjoy looking at all the projects. I have grown to respect and take to heart the words and advice from all the members here on Lumber jocks and I am reaching out for some now about my website.

We recently updated the homepage on our website and invite you to take a look around. Let me know what you think about looks, functionality, and thoughts about the site in general. You can view the site at www.generationwoodworks.com

A little back round of the site. The site is absolutely for anyone, hobbyist and seasoned professional, but geared a little more towards the hobbyists knowing that most of the pro’s have their own sites to display and sell their works on.

We wanted to provide a place where woodworkers could list and sell their handcrafted treasures and not have to worry about the costs to make and maintain a site. On the other hand we know that there are other sites out there where they can list and sell their products, but those sites charge a listing fee to do so and if you think about it, a little expensive after all the fees are taken especially if that item doesn’t sell. We wanted to eliminate the worry and stress, so we made a site that doesn’t cost anything to sign up and list. Which means no initial costs, no cost for a website, but we give them their own store to customize, and no money lost! After a product sells, we take 5% of the final sale price, but that’s only after your product sells.

So please have a look and if you have a Facebook account, hit the like button at the top right side of the homepage!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ www.generationwoodworks.com for free!



7 comments so far

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Roger

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#1 posted 09-01-2013 12:38 PM

Looks like a good one. Good luck with it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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whitebeast88

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#2 posted 09-01-2013 01:21 PM

nice website and a great idea.5% sounds fair to me for selling.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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jdmaher

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#3 posted 09-01-2013 01:23 PM

Its certainly an interesting idea, and a good deal for craftsman.

Two reactions to the site:

1. On the homepage, the “Newest Products for Sale” change too quickly. People will look here to see if they are interested in the produts the site offers, but it changes before someone can view all the listed items. And, the items get randomly selected for each change – so you can’t even look thru the list in successive passes. Annoying.

2. Prices are too high. Clearly, this is up to the individual lister, but many high-priced items give the impression that “Everything here is impractically expensive.” If I hadn’t been reviewing at your request, I would have left the site after the first change of “Newest Products”.

Good luck!

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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JustJoe

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#4 posted 09-01-2013 04:51 PM

Looks like a good idea, and the vig isn’t bad compared to feebay or etsy or bonanza. But like someone else mentioned, the newest product slide show could be slowed down a bit. There are more than a few optimistically priced items, but of course that’s the seller’s choice, not yours, so there’s not much you can do there.
You might make a note of all the default image sizes and put together a tutorial for your sellers so that they know how to resize correctly. That would prevent a few of the images I saw in the slide show that were so distorted because the uploaded image was a different ratio and it got smushed.
The blurb says its for selling woodworking projects, but then I see someone selling a chunk of mahogany? How much leeway are you giving – books, ceramics? Termite-barf? It might be nitpicking, it probably is, but that is one of the things that turned me off etsy. They were supposed to be for hand-made goods, but now it’s flooded with “vintage” stuff from way back in 1990. (and “hand-made in factories overseas too.)

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nailbanger2

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#5 posted 09-01-2013 07:34 PM

I agree with all above, but I’d also add, you are getting spammed like there’s no tomorrow. I went to the open discussion and that’s all I saw. Good luck getting rid of them, and with your site.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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GenerationWW

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#6 posted 09-02-2013 12:33 PM

Thank you everyone for the feedback, I really do appreciate it! All the comments are great points and will work on changing them. I already changed the ” Newest Product” Rotation to 15 seconds, I think that gives the viewer enough time to look at all the products before changing.

I felt the same way when the high priced vendor listed his products, but unfortunately it’s their doing and I am happy they came aboard. I’m hoping more woodworkers will add products to kind of blend his pricing though.

Thanks again everyone!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ www.generationwoodworks.com for free!

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clieb91

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#7 posted 09-02-2013 01:39 PM

Looks like a good start to the site, couple things I noticed as I surfed around it.

A couple of the Categories expand to make additional choices some of which are the same as the category (example Toys- Wooden Toys) Perhaps Toys & Games them subdivisions for those. Also after clicking on the sub category the whole thing collapses again so you have to go back and open it again.

The Blog and Forum pages kind of get you stuck on them if you go to them. I don’t see a direct return to the site from the Blog and the one from the forum is a little hard to find. I figured it would be the Home.

Might also want to change the wording of the notice if you do not yet have an item available. “Look for this item coming soon” or something like that. The current seems like you are not carrying it at all and somewhat negative.

The 15 seconds is not bad, I did not see it before you changed it. May want to think though about a scrolling concept similar to the front page of LJs with the blogs. Gives a little more control to the user and lets them look and read at their own pace.

Good Luck with the site.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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