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Forum topic by Dan'um Style posted 06-23-2009 04:41 AM 714 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan'um Style

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06-23-2009 04:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question

Hey Martin, Just thought of a cool way for you to make some money. You may have already thought this one over, but I thought I’d give it another thought.

This a forum to Brain storm ideas on this topic
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Sell buyer subscription time on LJ’s. or make it a donation function, same as lj’s is for woodworkers

Buyer Membership
....This would allow buyers to sort and send private messages to woodworking providers who are interested in being part of that sort.
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a1Jim

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#1 posted 06-23-2009 04:56 AM

Hey Dan
On many subjects I think you are very informative and of course a great talented woodworker, but I respectfully disagree with you on this subject. With the economic climate as it is now charging for LJs services is not a good plan. Plus I feel it would slow the now booming memberships going on each day.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 06-23-2009 05:11 AM

That’s why I’m asking for input … maybe making it a donation would be the way to go. There are over 138 donating lumberjocks.
It could be a donation drive !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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kolwdwrkr

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#3 posted 06-23-2009 05:34 AM

But would you seperate the products for sale from the regular site? As it stands anyone can see any project, and anyone can sign up.
What stops a buyer from signing in as a regular member and then contacting the woodworker, as opposed to signing up as a buyer?
Would the LJs who have stuff currently available then have to pay to sell the item, somewhat like etsy or ebay?
Would current members be required to pay fees?
Would there be a seperate project area for items for sale?
Would the items need to be catagorized or just random woodwork?

Personally I think it would be easier if Martin set the profiles up with the ability to change things like you can in Blogger, so that you can essentially make your profile your website. This way you can sell your products in a more professional manner, you don’t need to pay for your own website, etc. And you can use the website like it is intended for. Personally, I’ve been planning on following Mark’s example, and set up every project with a bunch of literature, links to where to purchase, etc.

Anyhow, using the site to sell things is a great idea, but I don’t think it can be kept free at that point. Which is a major benefit to people like me, who is trying to use it to get things going again.
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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 06-23-2009 06:25 AM

What I’m describing is probably doable with Martin’s existing program structure, and hopefully for a programmer, not a whole lot of work. Editing and cut and paste… maybe I’m wrong, but that is how it works. Early in my background, I programed a few CMM’s in factories, and there are lots of variables and combination’s.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 06-29-2009 12:53 PM

Thanks for the tip, Dan.

-- Martin, https://woodworkingweb.com

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#6 posted 06-30-2009 02:08 PM

If you turn this into another etsy/ebay it will horribly degrade the quality of the site. People are here now for the right reason… the love and passion of woodworking. If you turn it into another online store, people will flood it with a bunch of crap just to make a buck. The dollar has ruined so many aspects of our lives, please dont let it ruin LJ’s

just my 2 cents

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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sandhill

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#7 posted 07-17-2009 02:03 AM

I agree with Hackman, I would not mind seeing another site for just that though. Don’t get me started on web sites though I am having enough trouble with the one I am trying to start now I wish I knew more HTML & PHP. Did you write all the code for this site Martin?

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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#8 posted 07-17-2009 02:44 AM

I agree with James and sandhill. This site is good for learning and sharing. If you want to sell there are plenty of other sites to do that.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 07-17-2009 03:22 AM

I’m not sure what the use of gallery is when you post a project. I’m assuming that I would/could put stuff in my gallery if I wanted to sale it or have sold it. Other projects are stuff that I might be making for home etc. I kind of like Mark DeCou’s way of doing business. post stuff on LJ’s and then have links to his etsy site. That way the financial stuff is not carried through Martin’s shopping cart. I kind of like LJ’s an open site for woodworking sharing and posting items that might be for sale, but the sales are being carried out someplace else.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#10 posted 07-17-2009 03:54 AM

I’m not going to get involved with this, mainly because I already have a web site, (nowhere near the traffic this site gets). There already seem to be many pros and cons. And I don’t mean to change the subject, but the one statement that I have a problem with:
”… maybe making it a donation would be the way to go. There are over 138 donating lumberjocks.” We have over 11,000 members, active or otherwise, and only 138 donors. That’s sad. I would think the information given out on this site in a day, would pay for several “How to” woodworking books.
We need a donation drive no matter how it happens.
That’s my $0.02 worth.

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