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Old 04-23-2013, 04:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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As SerentityWoodWorks posted earlier, schools are a great resource to tap into. I'm a teacher & my fellow coworkers are one of my sources that I sell to on a regular basis. I've noticed though that most teachers do not want to pay that much for a pen. So slimlines are a top seller for me at school.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Have you thought about selling them on ETSY
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Carry a couple pens with you at all times. Make, carry and use one for yourself on daily basis. People will ask you about it, explain you make them yourself. Then a few simple questions will guide them to buy one or more.

Get some inexpensive cards made up. Check out vistaprint. Get something like 250 cards for $10. You'll make that back selling one pen.

Is there a bulletin board or similar where you can post a card? Donate a pen or two for school benefit or fund raiser. Key is getting the word out and have people see your work. I now only sell strictly by word of mouth. Don't do shows or web site. I'll still sell several hundred pens a year and make $5,000 or more. Plenty to cover my costs, keep it fun and give somethIng to charity.

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Old 04-24-2013, 12:10 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Displaced Canadian View Post
I think wanting to sell your pens is great. You just need to be sure your pens are ready to be sold. If you sell a few cheap pens and they don't hold up you're done selling pens. I would not sell pens with gold plated finishes. Stick with black ti, chrome, and titanium nitride. Referrals are the best marketing and happy customers are your best salesmen. Sell someone a pen and the finish wears off and the wood cracks at best they don't say anything, at worst they tell everybody that your pens are cheap and don't last. Be sure you have a good product and set your prices a little higher. If I had to do it over again I would have waited another 6 months to a year before I sold any.
What's wrong with gold plate? Does it wear that badly.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:21 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I have found that after 2 or 3 months of use the gold wears off and the hardware is now silver. I still use my first pen on a fairly regular basis. People are surprised to know that at one time it was gold.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:12 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Welcome aboard, glad to have some young turners coming onboard!!!

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