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Forum topic by Jerry posted 06-01-2013 10:59 PM 1085 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jerry

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06-01-2013 10:59 PM

I was thinking some. Yes it is probably just crazy thinking. But for those who make some of the most beautiful wood crafts such as bandsaw boxes and cutting boards we have custommade.com, we have etsy.com and what else. Some of the LJ here do their own website but going at it alone means taking on all of the cost of web site management, marketing / SEO, coming up with a varied product line that actually sells, etc…

What if say 30 lumberjocks decided to do one website and split the cost of the site and the marketing of the site. Like with my personal web site for www.topqualitycabinets.net I pay my web manager to manage and optimize my site for top ranking in search recornds. I pay 150.00 per month and get great results and ROI. But for someone trying to sell smaller crafts a 150.00 per month bill might be tough, but if a group of 15 or 30 lumberjocks split the cost, at 5 – 10.00 that might be worth it. I find with most things marketing is key, so if there was a community of 30 contributors, a fair amount of marketing could be achieved. I do believe if the word gets out to the right folks, many of the crafts on this site would sell really well and for good prices.

So what is it that would stop folks like us to make our own Etsy.com lumberjock style. Of course products would likely need to be able to be shipped. Pricing would need to be organized in a way that we are not undercutting others, who wants to work for beans and who wants to cheapen the artwork performed in many small workshop across the nation.

It seems a group of lumberjocks like minded could be more effective than one lumberjock. Just an idea. I think I would be interested.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net


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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 06-01-2013 11:27 PM

An interesting proposition, I’ll be following this topic:-) I guess I’d actually have to finish projects to be able to sell ‘em eh?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Jerry

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#2 posted 06-01-2013 11:31 PM

Yeah starting projects if a ton of fun! But to get paid unfortunately we have to finish a few :)

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Clint Searl

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 12:38 AM

A can of worms.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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Dez

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 04:27 AM

I like the idea. I’ll be watching!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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skipj

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#5 posted 06-02-2013 12:56 PM

I will be watching this. Interesting

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#6 posted 06-02-2013 01:14 PM

It might could get a little complicated in my opinion. But maybe not.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 06-14-2013 04:28 PM

I also like the idea and will be following:) I have a couple things sitting around the shop that are finished that I would like to sell, but no one but me, myself, and I, know they are in there and ready for a good home.

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