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In the past I have tried to sell small items like pens and bottle stoppers with little success. There seems to be WAY too many people selling similar items on eBay and etsy to consider that as a venue. I have tried local wineries for selling bottle stoppers and even having a targeted audience doesn't help. Any recommendations on ways to sell items like this? Have they just become too much of a commodity to sell them for a decent price?
 

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Hard to answer. I do well at local farmers markets and holiday bazaars selling stoppers, pens, bowls, cutting boards, etc.

Check your prices. Sometimes things don't sell because they are priced too low. I've also learned from a marketing specialist to never haves price that ends in 3 or 7. For whatever reason that turns buyers off.
 

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I've had more success at my home town farmers market. I have been to a couple other farmers markets but did not do nearly as well. I have done one festival and did well. I also, have a local wine store that sell items for me. I would suggest looking for festival in your area. They are usually more expensive to get in than farmers markets but you usually get a larger crowd, I.e. More potential customers
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I've also heard that pricing too low can stop you from selling on Etsy. Try just raising your prices. It may show that you value your time and that you put some effort into it. Cheap is great, but if you see a 4,000 square foot home on the market for $20,000, wouldn't you wonder what's wrong with it?
 
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