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PHOTO TIPS FROM OUR VILLAGE™ TO IMPROVE YOUR SALES

By Voice of Our Village 6 days ago 4 Views No comments

Our Village™ knows that presentation is important for sellers! The quality of the photos used by sellers when presenting their products can mean the difference between making a sale - or not. We all know when selling a home that “curb appeal” is a very important factor when sellers are attempting to attract buyers. That same principle applies for sellers when posting photos of their products being offered to customers. Here are some simple guidelines to follow that will boost the “curb appeal” of your product photos.

OUR VILLAGE™ – THE ETSY ALTERNATIVE FOR SELLERS

By Voice of Our Village 13 days ago 2747 Views No comments

Our Village™ offers sellers an Etsy alternative with some rather significant differences and people are beginning to take notice as you’ll see from the article links below. Etsy is the 800 lb. gorilla in the artisan eCommerce marketplace so Our Village is in a “David vs. Goliath” position as they position themselves for sellers who are tired of paying listing fees and commissions on their sales.

GET THE FREE "OUR VILLAGE SHOPS" APP FOR SHOPPERS

By Voice of Our Village 2 months ago 1934 Views No comments

GET THE FREE “OUR VILLAGE SHOPS” APP FOR SHOPPERS

Our Village™ provides shoppers with direct access to some of the world’s greatest artisans, crafters, makers, and small shops. What do shop owners on Our Village have in common? They pour their hearts and souls into creating their products. They love making the products they hope to sell to you. The first part of Our Village’s tagline begins with “Products with Passion”. That says a lot about our shop owner’s products. They take great pride in the work required to create the exceptional products listed in their shops. Pride in their products. Pride in their work.

OUR VILLAGE – A “NO LISTING FEES / NO COMMISSION DEDUCTED FROM SALES” ALTERNATIVE TO ETSY

By Thomas LaRocco 4 months ago 54 Views No comments

OUR VILLAGE – A “NO LISTING FEES / NO COMMISSION DEDUCTED FROM SALES” ALTERNATIVE TO ETSY

Our Village™ (https://www.ourvillage.com/) offers worldwide online Sellers “no listing fees/no commissions deducted from sales” when compared to the online marketplace Etsy. Etsy charges Sellers a listing fee of $0.20 per item and recently increased its 3.5% commission to 5% which is deducted from each Etsy shop owner sale. Plus, they also take a 5% commission on the Seller’s shipping fee to their customer.

Sales example for 1 month - Etsy


Shop 1

Shop 2

Shop 3

Total Sales

  • $450
  • $865
  • $1,230

5% Commission Fees

  • $22.50
  • $43.25
  • $61.50

Shipping Costs

  • $43
  • $82
  • $117

5% Shipping Commission

  • $2.15
  • $4.10
  • $5.85

Total Profit:

$425.35

$817.65

$1,162.65

Let’s break this down to what Sellers are truly concerned with, the bottom line. For an Etsy seller who currently lists an item for $30 and charges $5 for shipping, they pay $1.25 in listing/commission fees. With this price increase, the same seller will pay $1.95 under the new fee structure - 70 cents more, or an increase of almost 60% in this case. Our Village knows that the bottom line matters. That is why Sellers keep 100% of their sales and are not charge listing fees or commissions. Our Village believe that a low cost, $5 a month fee structure, allows the Sellers to get the most bang for their buck. That’s real value you can take to the bank.

Sales example for 1 month - Our Village


Shop 1

Shop 2

Shop 3

Total Sales

  • $450
  • $865
  • $1,230

Commission Fees

  • $0
  • $0
  • $0

Shipping Costs

  • $43
  • $82
  • $117

Shipping Commission

  • $0
  • $0
  • $0

Monthly Shop Fee

  • $5
  • $5
  • $5

Total Profit:

$445

$860

$1,225

Real example from an Our Village shop owner. “New Depression Guitars by James Floyd” recently sold one of his custom-made guitars for $450.00. If this same item was sold on Etsy, besides charging the $0.20 listing fee, they would have deducted $22.50 commission from the sale plus another 5% commission of the shipping fee.

By offering unlimited items and no listing or commission fees for only five dollars a month, Our Village is here to help the everyday and professional Sellers alike. Most internet Sellers have regular full-time jobs, supplementing their monthly income for their families by selling their products online. Working from home near the family is an increasing desire for many people. Our Village provides the most economical, internet marketplace for Sellers and supports the “Shopping Small” movement. Oh, and did we mention that the first 30 days are FREE?

Based on the old African proverb “It takes a village…”, as the worldwide Our Village marketplace grows, so will their charitable efforts. 20% of Our Village’s gross revenues are donated to non-profit organizations providing support to battered or homeless women and their families.

Sellers are invited to open their Our Village shop at: https://www.ourvillage.com/customer/account/create/ and enjoy your first 30 days FREE!

RUN YOUR OUR VILLAGE SHOP AS A BUSINESS

By Voice of the Village 4 months ago 69 Views No comments
We know you, as a shop owner on Our Village, are passionate about your products. As an artisan, crafter, maker, or small family-owned shop owner who take great pride in your products and the work that goes into them, we know that your focus is on creativity and selling your products. Sometimes that focus may lead you to overlook things you could easily be doing that adds bottom-line profit dollars to your bank account each year.

WHY WAS OUR VILLAGE CREATED?

By Voice of the Village 5 months ago 64 Views No comments
Our Village’s co-founders, who are sisters, recognized the ability for Sellers to have an online shop on an online mall venue provided the Sellers with the most exposure with the least amount of effort.

Our Village Products Offline Management Tool

By John White 6 months ago 1031 Views 2 comments
Our Village Products Offline Management Tool The Our Village Products Offline Management Tool is designed specifically for Our Village shop owners and allows you to quickly and easily edit and manage your Our Village shop and products offline. In addition, for Our Village shop owners who also own an Etsy shop, the Our Village Products Offline Management Tool will allow you to easily download your products, including images and descriptions, from your Etsy shop, without affecting your Etsy shop .
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HOW TO GET MORE OUT OF YOUR OUR VILLAGE SHOP

By Voice of the Village 7 months ago 82 Views No comments
When it comes to selling online, more is better. Every shop owner’s goal is to sell more. More sales mean more money to help support themselves. More sales mean more freedom. More, more, more! That brings us to the primary question of, “How do I get more out of online selling from my Our Village shop?”

SELLERS! USE OUR VILLAGE AS YOUR WEBSITE

By Voice of the Village 7 months ago 860 Views No comments
Sellers who have their shops on Our Village have the best of all worlds because they can simply use their Our Village shop as their own website. This includes using their shop’s home page as their web address for business cards and email signatures! Before going into more detail about how that works, let’s take an overview look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of having your own website.

OUR VILLAGE – Home of THE SHOPPING SMALL MOVEMENT

By Voice of the Village 8 months ago 92 Views No comments
Shopping Small. Up until the 20th century, all shopping was “small”. The advent of big corporations and big box stores changed everything. The concept that “bigger is better” sounds good but is not necessarily true, especially for small business owners or sole proprietors. That’s why understanding the importance of Shopping Small is critical to the future success of all the individuals and families represented by the Sellers who have shops on Our Village and to the entire American economy. Shopping Small shouldn’t be promoted only one day each year. Shopping Small should be a 365 day, 24/7 goal for all consumers and there are good reasons why this should be a national priority. Our Village is taking the lead, promoting Shopping Small as the first option customers should always consider. Let’s look at the data to understand why.