Thursday, September 15, 2016

2016 Overhaul

I try to review all my listings and the blog at least twice a year, nominally in January and June.  With the move and all the traveling around this year however it my review was pumped back a few... months.  In any case, it's finished now and I was able to make lots of good changes:

Etsy store changes
* Shipping prices are now included in the price of an item.  For custom orders I'll continue using the $12 flat rate or a $20 rate for particularly large or heavy items.
* Aside from including the postage, a lot of the prices have been tweaked to better reflect changing material costs.
* Brand names for product lines have been removed. I'm not sure how well they're really working but mostly this was about making titles more uniform across the store.
* Each listing has been sorted into a Section so they'll be a bit easier to browse.
* Several listings have had their pictures updated.
* A few listings have been retired, mostly for branding reasons.
* Any product with variations that affected price (e.g. padded vs unpadded shoulder pads) have been split into separate listings. Combined with the postage changes this means that the client will always see the final price right next to the item.
* New Listings have been posted (finally):


Blog changes
* The tags have been simplified by removing any tags referring to the material or color of an item.
* A new page has been added to the blog for Product Lines.  This offers a quick summary of the items I'm routinely cranking out.
* The Materials and Commissions pages have been rewritten or edited to be a little clearer.
* Images from 2014 or older have been scaled down to meet Google Photos specs.  More recent images might be scaled down in the future if I can find a method of doing that without having to back and manually relink them.

Still to come
There's still a list of items I'd like to add to the store, if only as demonstrations if not as recurring product lines.
  • Sword Coast map 6x8
  • Geeky Cuff (everyone does the Triforce or some video game logo. I'm looking for something D&D related that's maybe not a D20)
  • Geeky Barrette (It's pretty common to see the defacto barrette kit carved up nicely.  I'm thinking of making some from scratch, maybe in the shape of a dragon.  What librarian wouldn't love a little psuedodragon to hug their hair bun?)
  • Pencil Case (I'm sure I can do a lot better than the old model I used to have listed)
  • Ooze minis (I'd printed a simple version of these for my own campaign.  The printer makes it easy to scale the mini for when the ooze's split so once I finish revising the model it should be a nice addition to the store)

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