Crafters Needed

We are hand-picking American crafters (USA only please) who are willing and able to produce and ship their quality crafts in the USA. We are *not*
looking for mass-production factories that crank out useless trinkets and widgets. If so, we'd just import from China and Taiwan. Instead we want only genuine, top-quality handcrafted items made right here in the USA. Here's how it works:
+ If you haven't already, make samples of your handcrafted items. + Take quality pictures of them. + Send us the pictures (mail, e-mail, or post online and e-mail the URL). + Send us a brief narrative about yourself, your crafts and your commitment to quality.
If we are interested in you and your crafts, we will follow up via e-mail and/or phone call so that we can get to know you better. If you are selected, then here's how it works:
+ We negotiate wholesale prices (what we'll pay you for your crafts). + We gather required information (turnaround time, photos, descriptions, dimensions, weight). + We add your crafts to our website(s) and promote sales. + We process secure retail orders from our customers. + We immediately forward a copy of the order to you including our official invoice to be shipped with the product. + You fulfill the orders (pack and ship with our invoice/label). + We pay you immediately (wire transfer) upon shipping confirmation.
The idea here is that you get to do what you do best -- quality crafts -- and we get to do what we do best -- online promotion, sales, order processing and related customer service. The only "business activities" you perform is checking for orders (daily) then packing and shipping. We can help you obtain the appropriate shipping materials. In some cases we may even provide them. There will be no paperwork to do except for printing our final invoice and the shipping label. Depending upon our relationship we may even decide to provide you with the resources required to generate the invoices and labels. We might even provide you with an entire PC, printer, and internet connection. We may even be willing to pre-pay for your crafts. These benefits are all negotiable once our relationship has been established. We'll do whatever it takes to ensure that 99% of your time is spent working on your crafts.
There's no catch. It's this simple. As long as you produce quality items and ship them in an acceptable time frame, we'll live happily ever after. You have absolutely nothing to lose. We both have everything to gain from doing what we are supposed to do and anything else we can think of to help each other. If either of us are less than satisfied for any reason, we simply terminate the relationship.
Please respond via e-mail and include your preferred e-mail address, phone number, best time to call you, and any information you are willing to provide about your crafts. Please reply to "Quality Crafts at MetroEast dot Net" (remove the quotes and spaces and replace words with the appropriate characters -- we've listed it this way to make it harder for spammers to pick up our address here in the newsgroups).
All aspects are open for discussion and therefore your thoughts and comments are always appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Kevin Sawyer, General Manager American Crafts Direct * Handcrafts Direct * USA Crafts Direct
PS - Feel free to forward this message to other crafters.
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On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 13:15:27 -0500, "Kevin Sawyer, General Manager" <Crafts Direct at MetroEast dot Net> wrote:

Care to list some references, time in business, current website, satisfied vendors, background, qualifications?
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Those are my thoughts exactly. I tried to Google up some info on the company but no luck. tried the email addy several different ways and it was returned......
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Please forgive the mistype. The e-mail address is "Crafts Direct at Metro East dot Net" not "Quality Crafts at Metro East dot Net" as previously specified (although that address has now been created...so both are functional at this time).
We have been providing Internet services, hosting, and consulting since 1995 and presently host over 100 e-commerce sites. We are involved in several joint-ventures that help companies and individuals bring their products and services to the web. I would be happy to provide more details in a private forum.
I have a few close friends and relatives who are craftspersons and who have tried to sell their crafts on the Internet with little or no success. They can not afford to pay someone to develop a site/store nor can they afford to pay someone to promote it. After much discussion it was my idea to leverage knowledge and experience to promote and sell their crafts online in a manner that is mutually beneficial in the purest sense (all parties have natural incentives to perform as expected and no one wins unless all participate as agreed). However, I'm not interested in selling junk or trying to sell crafts of inconsistent quality. I will dedicate the resources (servers, bandwidth, programming, merchant accounts, payment processing, customer service before/after the sale, etc.) only after I have found enough craftspersons who are willing and able to perform as expected. I intend to have close relationships with each craftsperson and help them in every way possible so that they can focus on their crafts. They are welcome to set their wholesale prices after which I will determine what I feel is a fair retail markup. If we don't both make money, we'll both lose. It's that simple.
Please e-mail me directly and I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Thanks, and sorry again for posting an incorrect e-mail address.
Kevin Sawyer, General Manager American Crafts Direct * Handcrafts Direct * USA Crafts Direct
PS - You won't find anything in Google until we are up and running. If you'd like to know a little more about me and one of my Internet-related companies, check out http://www.apci.net .

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