Coming soon, Voices of Appalachia will be hosting an Appalachian Artist Shopping site like no other for artists, crafters, photographers, and musicians that are creating in our vibrant region. Vendors will have their own site where they can maintain and sale as many items as they wish with no individual product listing fees. We also plan to have two sales options: one will be a traditional “Etsy” style site where you would be notified of orders and you handle and ship the order yourself. The other will take on more of an “Amazon” type style where we store your products in our lockable 2,000 sqft storage area (located in our building and we have much more storage potential if needed) and we process and ship orders with our own staff. Commission rates would vary based on both of these scenarios. So if you know some artists that possibly don’t have the time to list and manage a digital storefront, we can now handle everything for you (high quality photos of your products, listing on your own branded storefront, processing orders, shipping, and working with customers). If you have the time and want to maintain a storefront yourself then your more than welcome to do that too.
Musicians and digital artists (eg. photographers – anyone that offers their product via digital download), we’re also working with a great digital money transfer system that would allow you to keep 100% of your asking price for digital downloads. We won’t take a cent from you either! So if you list a digital download at $0.99… you get all 99 of those pennies. We’re not charging any fees for ourselves nor will you be hit with transaction fees.
This money transaction system will also hold true for other vendors on the site: the less transactions fees we pay, we’ll pass that savings on to anyone choosing to list their items with us.
We’re hoping to get this system up in the next two weeks and start adding products. If you’d like to be an early adopter and get on board, we’re offering much lower commission fees. Our goal will be to have a full catalog of products up by mid to late November with plenty of time for folks to shop for Christmas.
Send us an email, comment below, call us with questions or recommendations. We’d love to hear what you felt about previous e-commerce sites you’ve dealt with good and bad.
email: Voices of Appalachia