In January of 2024, Artisans Cooperative is holding our first Board of Directors election. This is a monumental occasion and a tremendous step forward for the ONLY member-owned marketplace for buying handmade goods.
In this post, we’ll talk more about how artisans feel about sales and discounts, and how we came up with our “Artisans Choice Sale” – a non-coercive, self-empowered sale for artisans who choose whether or not to participate on their own terms.
In this post, we’ll share our basic marketing plan, particularly in light of our members’ decision to bootstrap our funding without seeking seed capital from big investors. We’ll cover the marketing basics: what it is and who it’s for, our competitive strategy, and our marketing channels.
In this post, we’ll talk about payment processing fees: what they are, who charges them, and why they might change in the future. These fees are not set by Artisans Cooperative, and are in addition to the Artisans Cooperative sales commission. We’ll also provide a simple calculator that helps artisans price their goods to cover the cost of fees.
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Artisans Cooperative has launched a revolutionary new way for buyers and sellers of handmade products worldwide to interact: “a co-op alternative to Etsy.” The marketplace is now open for shoppers looking for authentic handmade goods this holiday season and for artisans looking for a new selling platform.
We’ll say it: Handmade items are Art. And whether they’re functional items (“applied arts”) or decorative (“fine art”), art touches us more profoundly and deeply than most other things. In this post, we’ll explore why that is in interviews with artisans and supporters.