Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40677] Re: selling prints in the US (Lana Lambert)
  2. [Baren 40678] American Print Alliance (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 40679] Re: American Print Alliance (Georgina Leahy)
  4. [Baren 40680] Re: selling prints in the US (jennifer kelly)
  5. [Baren 40681] Re: American Print Alliance (Diane Cutter)
  6. [Baren 40682] Re: selling prints in the US (Diane Cutter)
  7. [Baren 40683] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Lana Lambert
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 15:44:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40677] Re: selling prints in the US
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Hey Georgina,

You should go ahead and set up an Etsy site. It's very easy and really worth it! Experience will tell you how
to best gauge your postage fees and such. My postage used to be more expensive because I used boxes but once
I figured out that prints travel better flat layered in cardboard I cut to fit, the postage got cheaper and the
prints traveled better.  My customer wins out with both.  Postage will vary from country to country but in the US
at least I've been able to determine that the post to another country will most likely run from 5 to 18 dollars.
Etsy buyers are usually good and patient folk too and usually don't mind you running to the post office for an estimate.
Don't wait! Set up shop!
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 00:59:18 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40678] American Print Alliance
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If Baren wants to continue to be a member of this print alliance I need to send in our $100

Lets hear votes as the baren council has not made a decision for the list this time so guess we need a yes or no....If you think it valuable. I realize many do not live in the USA so that would affect the decision as well. Membership of the baren gives everyone a discount of 20% to personally join so if we had enough people joining it would be worth it.
My best to all.
Barbara Mason

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Message 3
From: Georgina Leahy
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 02:13:00 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40679] Re: American Print Alliance
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Am I able to vote?

But regarding the $100 to join the American Print Alliance and as a member out of this region my comment is:

It does not worry me the slightest that I am not in America, if many Barener's are and joining benefits them then it would be Baren funds well spent.

Georgina from Australia
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Message 4
From: jennifer kelly
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 09:28:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40680] Re: selling prints in the US
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Etsy shop -- Do many prints sell from this site? I have noticed that lots of members have sites.Jenny

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Message 5
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 11:36:18 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40681] Re: American Print Alliance
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I also vote 'yes' for Baren as a member of the print alliance.

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Message 6
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 11:48:57 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40682] Re: selling prints in the US
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Regarding selling off Etsy (or any other online store for that matter)... the costs are minimal so there is very little cash outlay but, in order to be successful, you need to do your own promotion. Etsy gives people a bona fide venue for purchases which makes them feel safe. But you need to promote through your website, blog, emails, business cards, etc. otherwise your chances of selling are slim with so much competition.

You also need to list regularly, not all in one day, in order to be 'found' by more people. I would suggest listing during the US daylight hours to catch more people online on this side of the world. Additionally, don't list that you have more than '1' in the quantity section because, by listing for each single print, you get more visibility.

Make sure you use as many search tags as possible. Don't just say 'linocut' or 'print'. Additional tags: hand-pulled, original, Australia (or country of origin), relief, etching, subject matter(s), style, etc. etc. etc.

I'm not trying to discourage anyone... just giving a realistic assessment as I see it.


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Subject: [Seacoast in Spring - 8] - And more printing ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Continued from [Seacoast in Spring - 7] | Starting point of the thread is [Seacoast in Spring - 1]

Although we have a number of different shades of pebble here, more of them are a 'sandy' colour than any other. We get some variation from the different grey blocks that overlay, and some of the subsequent colour blocks will also overlap some of them:

A kind of vermillion/salmon tint is also represented in the mix ...

Keeping on track fairly well, after the interruption for the Tokyo trip yesterday. I certainly won't be able to finish it by the 'end of February' as I had targeted, but it might be done by Monday, we'll see ...

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