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    I’m getting some inventory prep to open on Etsy. It occurred to me to offer a choice when it comes to the fish I’ve done. Instead of attaching a base and hoping it’s the one the customer want I thought it would be pretty easy to offer four choices.

    Desk top swimming or leaping

    Wall mount swimming or leaping
    Ed
    Living in a pile of chips.
    https://m.facebook.com/pg/CentralNeb...ernal&mt_nav=0

  • #2
    Ed, this is always a tough call but in my opinion people like motion illusions. No fixed static displays. I would think a fish "on a wire" would be very attractive...even suspended in the air. The display is critical. In my days of photography, you would sell the picture...with the frame extra. The frame made the picture and was the most profitable aspect.

    A fish suspended against a blue background would be something I would like. However, you should know your client base a lot better than me.

    Good luck and hope it works out for you, Ed.
    Bill
    Living among knives and fire.

    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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    • #3
      I am guessing you have an easy way of attaching these fish to the base. It could get tedious to attach fish when you are doing other things. I think your idea is good, it is just how much work do you want to do down the road? Another option would to be offer two, one desktop and one wall, then it is just pack and ship.

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      • #4
        I'd suggest it depends on how you want to do it (the selling). If you are carving it as Made to Order, then you can offer different poses. If you have it already carved, and the base is already attached, I'd suggest not offering a choice. For example, I list all my items as taking 1 to 2 weeks to ship. Etsy tells us that people buy quicker if they can get it quicker... I list as the 1 - 2 weeks becuase my wife and I like to travel and use our timeshares. We are gone about 8 -9 days at a time, so it still gives me time to ship the item after we get home. If I know I'll be home for 3 months, I'll change a lot of the listings to ship in 1 - 2 days, if the items are already carved and finished. On items made to order, I leave at 1-2 weeks, even if I know it only takes me 3 days to carve and paint the item. Gives me some slack to take care of shopping, medical appoints, etc. I have a crow carving that I've sold 6 or 7 of so far this year. I offer it as a bottle stopper with a real cork stopper, a silicone stopper, or a base with a dowel. Had a customer buy the real cork one in April, then he bought the same carving, but with the base and dowel in May.

        If this doesn't make sense to you, let me know and we can continue this off-line and I can show you some examples.

        Claude
        My FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudesWoodCarving/

        My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/

        My ETSY Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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        • #5
          I think you have a good idea Ed. When You can offer a choice I think you give your self a bigger market. I would choose the leaping. Like Bill I like motion but I have come home with stuff I made and liked that was not what the customer was looking for.

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          • #6
            Hi Ed , I think giving your Customers a Choice is a Good Idea . I also think how ever you mount them you won't have them very long . Me, I like the First one . Merle

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            • #7
              Thanks all, for your great thoughts and feedback.

              This morning the wife made me play golf in the wind (20 mph gusting to 30 mph) shot one of my best rounds ever. Midway trough the front nine I’m watching a broken branch swaying in the wind. I had an epiphany or a least a thought. If I mount the fish as a wall hanging with two different fulcrum points it could be hung as level swimming or leaping without any additional effort on my part. Then I will offer a customized up charge option for desktop base.
              Ed
              Living in a pile of chips.
              https://m.facebook.com/pg/CentralNeb...ernal&mt_nav=0

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              • #8
                Ed...I think it is a great idea that you would give the customers a choice...I know if I was in the market for that, I would appreciate it! Nice carvings by the way!

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                • #9
                  Well?
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                  Ed
                  Living in a pile of chips.
                  https://m.facebook.com/pg/CentralNeb...ernal&mt_nav=0

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                  • #10
                    Excellent work, Ed. I like the "rising" fish since he looks like he is taking a fly or some other surface food. Shows more movement/motion.
                    Bill
                    Living among knives and fire.

                    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                    • #11
                      I like your solution - the customer can decide how he/she likes it.

                      Claude
                      My FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudesWoodCarving/

                      My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/

                      My ETSY Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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                      • #12
                        Hmm, I'm afraid I would always be trying to straighten the second choice. But, like Claude said the customer can decide.

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                        • #13
                          Options are always good I think Ed.

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