MY AMAZON EXPERIENCE WITH MY FIRST SALE

The mailman just picked up a package for me. The package was going to my first Amazon customer. I had made a sale of one of my jewelry items, the first in more than a year.
It’s been tough. I joined Amazon Handmade a few weeks ago and entered more than 50 necklaces for sale on their site. I have been promoting this, as well as my other two jewelry sites, since joining, and have been patiently waiting for some action. It finally came in the form of a sale last evening.
I spent quite a bit of time getting the package put together with a packing list, a pouch for the necklace, and packing materials to ship it in. It took me a while to find all those things and be sure I didn’t forget anything.
Since this was my first sale on Amazon their forms were unfamiliar to me and seemed complicated. I had to make sure all their conditions were met. For instance, they asked for a description of the package I was using. Since it was an ordinary mailing envelope, one of those brown heavy paper ones with bubbles, I couldn’t figure out how to enter the sizes of length, width and depth. The envelope was 5”x8” but the depth? I entered 0” but that was not accepted. Finally, after several attempts to figure out how to resolve this, I entered 1” and it was accepted. As you know, those envelopes have no depth. Obviously they would want depth for a box, not an envelope, but I ship most of my jewelry in padded envelopes, not boxes. I guess I wouldn’t qualify for the shipping department job I saw in the newspaper…
Then, when I finally got all the info entered, I had to click on “Confirm Shipment”. It was indicated as being at the bottom of one of the pages, but it wasn’t there. Not on the indicated page, nor any other of the multiple pages. I just couldn’t find it.
I went to bed out of frustration. I thought a good night’s sleep and a clear head might tell me what I needed to do.
Early the next morning I attempted to contact Amazon to ask what I should do about not having the shipment confirmed. Nothing in all my paperwork with them had a telephone number for Amazon. I needed an answer before I felt secure in the shipping, this being my first sale with them. I didn’t want to delay it by trying to get an answer online.
Finally I found a page in the notes I had copied while setting up my Amazon site that had an option where I could ask them to call me. My phone rang almost immediately after I requested it and a nice woman answered my question about the confirmation. She responded that the confirmation was already completed and I could ship the package. Apparently Amazon furnished the completion. But I did not see that in my shipping page, so was confused. Her email message to me sent after the close of the conversation informed me that the shipment was confirmed, the buyer would be notified of the shipping and expected arrival dates, the tracking number was given to her, how she should make the payment and the date on which the payment would be deposited in my bank account. Now that seemed very efficient!
I sell on other sites and I think I am quite experienced in providing the information each one requires. I am confident that I will become accustomed to Amazon’s way of doing business. They are an enormous company and have millions of sellers and customers and have developed their sales accounts to be effective. My little shop is just a drop in the bucket, but the person who helped me this morning told me to send off the package today. Everything was completed.  I am an Amazon seller!
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DON”T READ THIS, if you are a woman under 30 | woman under 30

This message is about those of you who have reached the age of 30, or older. I picture you as probably possibly married, having one or more children and working. You could have completed your education, have a job, and a husband, (maybe not that last item). I think of you as you get up each morning, take care of your family’s needs before your own. Then get ready for your daily routine and leave for work.
One of those chores is choosing an outfit to wear that day. Maybe you are tired of your clothes and accessories and need something new. I can help with that. There is nothing like a bright new necklace to make an old dress or pant suit show off your style. I make jewelry for you.
I make necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are suitable for the workplace. The colors of my creations are bright and the styles are very different. Every item is unusual and one-of-a-kind, not to be seen as ordinary. They can make an old outfit sparkle like new.
Just to let you know, some of my creations would be perfect for a night out with your favorite person.
So, I invite you to take a few minutes and browse through my multiple varieties of colorful selections in the three sites listed below. I think you might find the selection and prices worth your time. There is something about wearing a new accessory that will perk up your day. I hope you find it in my creations.

http://mizmlu.etsy.com

http://jewelryalamode.com

www:amazon.com/handmade/mizmlu

What is my style?

What is my style? How do I describe it? This was a question recently put to me. It’s really not too hard to describe.  I like variation, diversity.  I look for ways to use that in the jewelry I design.  It might be an unusual color, one you don’t see wherever you look, such as fuschia, magenta or teal.  It could be the shape of the bead or a design embedded in it.  It could be a touch of glitter.  I like that.  Then I spread the beads out on the beading form and see how they look.  They may need a touch of a contrasting color, or shape or size.  Or they may need a little help to make their appearance more attractive.  Quite often it takes many choices to arrive at the best result.

I urge others to see what I see, which is something that no one else will have. I want them to wear my jewelry and have someone comment on it, such as “Where did you get that?”

I do make the ordinary type of jewelry because I like it as much as the unusual and I want to share my work with everyone.  My pearl necklaces fall into this category and I am pleased with their appearance.

So, when you see one of my pieces and wonder why I chose to make it, that’s why.  Check out my creations at one, or all, of the following sites.  They have different jewelry items.

http://mizmlu.etsy.com

http://jewellryalamode.com

www.amazon.com/handmade/mizmlu

My New Site

Hello everyone. I have just become a seller of my jewelry on Amazon! I am excited about this. Amazon is the peak of popularity. Registering my site was a long, detailed process. I will give you the link to it at the end of this message. My daughter, Circe, helped me set it up and it took all day.

None of the pictures I currently have are in the proper form to list on Amazon, so she has had to correct them, a very time-consuming process. However, I have just listed 7 necklaces and 2 bracelets. You can see them now.
I have to wait until Circe finishes each picture and sends it to me. Then I can enter the details required by Amazon and put it up on my Amazon page.

I am in the process of listing new pieces almost every day so you should check out the listings fairly often.

Amazon does not provide a place for viewer notices, so I am not able to see how many visitors come to my site. That would be helpful for me, but it’s not available. So you can visit it undetected. You could email me with any comments you may have however at mizmlu@gmail.com.

Amazon site is: www.amazon.com/handmade/mizmlu

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Sell those vintage items

Do you have any of those old vintage items hanging around your house just taking up valuable space? Have you considered selling them? Did you try Ebay unsuccessfully? I did. Then I found Etsy. Etsy is a world wide marketplace for new handmade pieces and Vintage jewelry, household items, and many other treasures. You can get cash for these items through Etsy. It’s easy to open a shop, post pictures of your pieces, set a price and Voila! You’re an Etsy shop owner. And you’ve cleared out your home so that you can buy more.

There is a new 51 page book created by 2 Etsy shop owners telling you exactly how to do just that. It’s called, “Be an Etsy Store Owner” and it’s available now on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRB6NUQ for only $9.99.

This amazing document takes you through each step of creating your very own shop with detailed instructions and explanations. No other publication is as complete as this one.
It costs nothing to open a new shop and only pennies to list an item for sale. Your item is on sale for 4 months and if it doesn’t sell you can renew it for another $.20 and 4 more months.

Try it. You might be surprised at the results.

Be an Etsy Shop Owner!

Are you a passionate artisan who believes your handmade items could be sold but don’t know how?  My daughter, JP, and I have written an easy to follow step by step 51 page book to lead you through the process of opening an online shop on a site called Etsy.

Etsy.com is the fastest growing craft sellers marketplace WORLD WIDE!  You can be part of it with our instructions and business tips not found in any of  the Etsy books out there now.  We lead you through each step with detailed  instructions.   Everything is covered and explained.  Both of us are Etsy shop owners and have encountered problems along the way that we share with you so that you are aware and can avoid or resolve them.

There is no bidding as on Ebay.   You make an item, take a photo of it, and list it for sale.  Following our instructions, we show you how to place your item for sale and collect your money when someone buys it.

A Spanish language version will be available soon.

You can buy our book now on Amazon for $9.99 using this link:

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OR contact me at HowToOpenanEtsyStore@gmail.com and pay with your card through PayPal and I will send you a pdf copy.   (California residents only $10.90).

You won’t be disappointed, you’ll be a business owner selling your great crafts, vintage items or supplies through your very own Etsy store!

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