|Forum topic by Jerry||posted 06-01-2013 10:59 PM||1198 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
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