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Forum topic by bearkatwood posted 11-06-2015 01:10 AM 997 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bearkatwood

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11-06-2015 01:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question

Have any of you seen this new Amazon.com handmade line they are trying out. I went ahead and signed up with one piece, but I had an issue with the shipping so I had to adjust the price to offset my crating fee.

http://www.amazon.com/Espresso-black-walnut-dining-chair/dp/B017LB51JA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1446771722&sr=8-3&keywords=espresso+chair+handmade

I think for small items such as turnings it would be perfect, but for large furniture I don’t think it will pan out.
Let me know your thoughts. Maybe it would be a good outlet for some of you. I still like custommade.com.

http://www.custommade.com

Link to Amazon Handmade
http://services.amazon.com/handmade/handmade.htm

-- Brian Noel


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conifur

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#1 posted 11-06-2015 01:35 AM

I dont like anything about, not to my taste.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#2 posted 11-06-2015 02:21 AM

I signed up before it was launched, still haven’t got around to making my account or anything though.

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#3 posted 11-06-2015 04:05 AM

I like the idea, but I can’t keep up with orders now. Maybe in the future.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-06-2015 04:32 AM


I can t keep up with orders now.

- Monte Pittman

..Good problem to have Monte.

I signed up for the future, as well, for when my customer calls it a wrap.

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#5 posted 11-06-2015 04:47 AM

I tryd tI sign up but was rejected, I’m guessing I didn’t answer the questions right.They only allow handmade no powertools or light machinery.So I’m out.

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#6 posted 11-06-2015 04:49 AM

They only allow handmade no powertools or light machinery.So I’m out.

They don’t allow hand made power tools or machinery?

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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KeepOnLearnin

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#7 posted 11-06-2015 09:54 AM



I tryd tI sign up but was rejected, I m guessing I didn t answer the questions right.They only allow handmade no powertools or light machinery.So I m out.

At this moment, one of their current Featured Artisans on the handmade page, Oat Foundry, has a video that shows several power tools in use. And two photos on the Handmade at Amazon link Brian provided show power tools.

Did they say why they rejected your application?

-- Mark - Keep-On-Learnin' :)

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#8 posted 11-06-2015 11:56 AM

Hand-made doesn’t rule out power tools. It rules out factory produced items.

If you read the description on the page of the Amazon link, you get the details.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#9 posted 11-06-2015 11:59 AM

this is equal to saying “so many women are after me, I just dont know what to do, poor, pitiful me.”

Congrats. Ive heard too many stories of the opposite.


I like the idea, but I can t keep up with orders now. Maybe in the future.

- Monte Pittman

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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WoodNSawdust

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#10 posted 11-06-2015 01:21 PM

I have heard of Amazon Homemade. Actually Amazon has spammed me a couple of times about making purchases on it.

As a woodworker I am not sure if it would work well as a sales platform. I need more information about what items are allowed and the costs. Of course since I have not looked into being a merchant on Homemade maybe they already provide the data. I think I will wait and see how well it does and look for feedback from other woodworkers.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#11 posted 11-06-2015 02:17 PM

Don’t they charge a monthly fee for it?

-- earthartandfoods.com

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bearkatwood

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#12 posted 11-06-2015 02:36 PM

The take a commission. It is just over 10%, which is not bad at all. I sell my work in fine art galleries on the Oregon coast and the commission is about 50%-. Custommade.com also has a similar commission. I have been using them for over ten years and I have been very happy with it. It is fun sometimes to take an order for something you would have never expected to build. It has challenged me and made me be inventive about how I get it done.
Two cases in point that I enjoyed were a set of antique movie projector book ends and a crazy headboard of Myrtlewood. I just don’t know if people are looking for higher end furniture on Amazon. I love that problem you have of being too busy, that’s one we should all have.

-- Brian Noel

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#13 posted 11-06-2015 03:52 PM

10% for a sale is not bad at all.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#14 posted 11-06-2015 04:20 PM

Not at all considering they charge merchants 15% for regular retail products. I hate selling on Amazon though.

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bearkatwood

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#15 posted 11-06-2015 04:57 PM

If you are able to sell through craigslist or the paper I can see that you would do well without a commission. If you have your own retail store or sell through a gallery or consignment type condition you are going to have a fee, be it your overhead for running the store or a percent in commission. 10%-15% is very low for that type of commission.

-- Brian Noel

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