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Old 2011-09-20, 12:18pm
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Default Loose Beads or Jewelry... how do you decide?

I make both finished jewelry and lampwork beads. I don't sell much of either, so that's not a deciding factor for me.

For those of you who make both beads and jewelry too, how do you decide which way to list a particular bead / set of beads? As loose beads or as a finished piece?
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Old 2011-09-20, 12:20pm
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For my time, I make more money with beads than I do making them into jewelry. Say I have a focal that sells for $20 retail - I get $14 of that on consignment. A necklace would cost more material and time and maybe I'd get $25 out of it? Just not worth my time.
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For my time, I make more money with beads than I do making them into jewelry. Say I have a focal that sells for $20 retail - I get $14 of that on consignment. A necklace would cost more material and time and maybe I'd get $25 out of it? Just not worth my time.
You're not marking your jewelry up enough. A necklace with a 20.00 focal plus other materials should be at least $60.00
For me...it depends on the beads and how much I'm in the mood to make jewelry. I only consign at one shop,all the rest of my jewelry is sold either on Etsy/AF or at shows. I definitely sell more beads though!
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We started making everything into Jewelry and like others found it is hard to get your profits out of the finished pieces.

Beads seem to sell better than complete items.

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