“You get what you pay for”
Busy with 3 kids, a new puppy, and working on new designs for my metal purse frames, I had neglected to check out the competition on ETSY. Much to my dismay, I found a new seller who had outright DISTORTIONS and FALSEHOODS on her shop announcement — all points pertaining to my shop since she even copied my original “NICKEL-FREE” metal purse frames. This is NOT why I started selling to novices and hobbyists on ETSY and teaching women (99%) to learn a new trade and start their own businesses.
So, many thanks to one of my loyal Etsy customers, Erin, who lifted my up with her comments, which follows in its entirety:
“Thanks so much! And a special thanks for teaching me how to make these. I’ve actually started having some interest in my shop using your design. I was soooo frustrated with etsy before I bought your PDF and supplies. I feel like now I actually have a small chance at the huge world of etsy (and I’m having a lot of fun doing it). :O)”
And when I thanked her for boosting my spirits and conveyed the current mean-spirited business dealings on Etsy (of all places!), she wrote those wonderful words … “you get what you pay for”.
So I stand by my metal purse frames with a 30-day money back guarantee … and no one, not one, had offered this prior to me, since me, and except for me.
Just for the record, I hate business like this. Isn’t that why we all get out of the rat race and work for ourselves??? To get away from this and doing things that we love? I asked that seller to retract the portion about nickel-free frames not costing any more than nickel frames, and she has refused. That is completely false, as it is MUCH CHEAPER for me to get it plated in nickel or silver. I get two special coatings that make my frames whiter and easier for fingerprints to wipe off. This costs me more money.
But I understand the desire to try a new seller offering cheap frames. I just hope that Etsy customers would rather do business with someone who is honest, trustworthy and kind with unparalleled customer service rather than a new seller who’s in it to bad-mouth to sell cheap frames.
I’m not in it to sell you cheap frames. I am proud to say that I’ve taught women and help put many into business from teaching them how to make clutches, supplying the frames, Gutermann glue, and a 30-day money back guarantee.
Thanks for your kindness Erin!