Influenced by number of past sales?
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Out of curiosity, does the number of past sales in a person's shop influence whether or not you make a purchase?
I originally opened my shop, Gilly Lynn, in 2010. It was a mix of both vintage and handmade items. After a year or so, I put my shop on vacation while I followed other endeavors and worked towards rebranding. I wanted Gilly Lynn to become solely my handcrafted line, so in July of this year, I opened a different etsy shop (Brass Giraffe Vintage) to house my vintage goods. While still working on vintage, I also began to design and construct a handbag line. I re-opened Gilly Lynn at the end of November 2012 with my handbags.
My concern is that I've only had a very small number of sales since 2010 and I don't want that to reflect poorly in the eyes of my customers. Just looking at my shop, people may not see that I was closed for such a long period of time. They might wonder why.
When I shop on Etsy, I buy based on the quality of merchandise and professionalism of the shop. The number of sales someone has, doesn't really influence me.
This is currently my full-time job and I'm working to build inventory for both of my shops. I'd rather not open a new Gilly Lynn shop for my handmade line and start from scratch, but if it was beneficial, than it would be worth doing.
Posted at 5:43 pm Dec 16, 2012 EST
no, it doesn't influence my decision to buy or not.
my shop opened in 2009, but i closed it by the end of the year with 5 sales. i reopened in mid 2010 and no one has ever asked why i had such lows sales nor did it stop anyone from buying from me.
Posted at 5:46 pm Dec 16, 2012 EST