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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 01-03-2016 02:39 AM 841 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2016 02:39 AM

I have been making pens and most of my sales come from where I work at which has been good,,but I had actually thought about listing some on ebay ,,can anyone tell me the ins and outs of doing this and what luck they have had,,and what does shipping a pen normally cost,,im in nc,,or should you include shipping in your price,,i love making pens and im not trying to make a lot of money doing it,,its just more of a hobby to me,,but I would like to make enough to pay for my supplies,,not so much as my time,,thank you,,any replys or advice from you would greatly be appreciated,,,,

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#1 posted 01-03-2016 02:51 AM

to find out the cost of shipping go to… Selling pens is hard to do because there are so, so many folks trying to do that. A friend of mine managed to sell some at car dealerships… to the salesmen.

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#2 posted 01-03-2016 01:22 PM

Many turners sell pens at ESTY, lot less expensive than E-Bay. At the homepage type in homemade pens and look at the competition.

Can find information on how-to sell here plus fees..

Whether go E-Bay, ESTY, or other places online will need great photographs of your work. Like Jim already stated an awful lot of people trying to sell pens they make.

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#3 posted 01-03-2016 04:36 PM

eBay would be the last place I would go … as pointed out above, there is way too much competition. Etsy might be a better choice and costs you less to transact business.

I would try to go local. One of the guys in my turning club is a route driver for a delivery service. A couple of years ago, he gave pens as Christmas gifts for some of the regulars on his route. A couple of his customers asked if he could do more so they could give them to their best customers, so he started taking orders. Two weeks before Christmas he was finishing orders for 300 pens.

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#4 posted 01-05-2016 04:22 AM

Consider making a batch and getting a table once a month at a flea market. You might give making wooden bases with glass wine glasses attached as another item and then some small handles for files and such. The more variety you have the better draw. My neighbor took my pen box with 50 pens in it with 24 glasses and sold all the glasses and 35 pens. Being much better at haggling than I am even cutting him into the deal I made out well. Plan on doing the same twice this year. (Want a new bigger lathe.)

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