Sellers, here are some tips for making your Alchemy bids glitter like gold!
Tip #1 – Bid on your specialty. If you bid only on the request you know you can rock, you can take the time to make that bid amazing. Buyers want to know you have the experience to make their requested piece exquisite.
Tip #2 - Acknowledge the main points of the Alchemy request. If someone is requesting a not-so-sweet dark chocolate cookies, and you have an amazing recipe for them, make sure you acknowledge that your specific recipe is not very sweet and uses high quality dark chocolate. Show the buyer that you paid close attention — and that you are the perfect artist to work on their request.
Tip #3 – Add a creative details and don’t forget relevant links! Okay, so maybe don’t make it a short story, but make sure you do describe exactly what you would like to make — and get inventive! It’s tempting to say “I can make whatever you would like me to!”, but most people are making Alchemy request because they want something unique — something they couldn’t make or design themselves. Include links to items in your shop, sold items, or other photos you have online (perhaps in your Flickr account) that show the buyer your experience and creative point of view.
Tip #4 – Price accordingly. Once you’ve lured in the requester with your skills and past experience, price your bid based on the time and materials. After chatting with other Admin who have made requests, I realized all the bids we accepted were a bit higher than our ideal price. Most people won’t mind paying more for something really special.
Want to see some great bids? I’ve collected a few for your perusal — have a peek!
Chocolate Cookies by ChristinaWard
Come join us today (Wed. March 19) at 4pm in the Online Labs for a workshop about bidding on Alchemy! Learn more about Alchemy in the video in this post and Alchemy “best practices” in another.
Have any more Alchemy tips based on your experience? Lets us know in the comments below!