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    Selling cutting boards?

    OK folks. I am thinking about selling a few cutting boards. Emphasis is on “few”. I enjoy making cutting boards, but usually only make them between other projects, so I'm not making a lot, but more than I can give to friends and family. What got me even thinking about this was my wife telling me I should use the $$ to buy tools. (MTS)


    The purpose of this post is two fold:


    Is there any interest here in buying a board?

    How can I equitably decide who gets a board if more than one person is interested? The reason for this is that I would prefer to sell to an active member. With 17K+ members, it looks to me like only a few hundred post on a regular, if not frequent, basis. Am I off with the idea of selling to active members?

    Should I do a lottery? First come first serve? Another way...


    Price would be based on the amount of wood used and the time to make. Simpler/smaller/thinner boards would cost less than more complicated/larger/thicker boards. Prices would probably fall in the neighborhood of $50 to $200 plus shipping.


    Any thoughts would be appreciated – even from Panhead John


    And here are a couple of shots of my latest, (and probably the first I would sell) :

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    This shows the taper on the edge
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    #2
    I like what you're laying down, support your habit! Perhaps you could advertise available for only folks with X amount of average posts per day, or something like that, as a condition. I'm sure someone will get butt-hurt, but it's your product to disperse as you wish. I mean, it's not like you're baking a cake...

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      #3
      Depends on your approach.

      If it is for custom orders, build them in order of request and stop taking orders when que is full. Open que back up when you have space.

      If it is for what you've built, post a pic of it and offer it for sale. First responder gets it.

      You could also auction them off to the highest bidder.

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      • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
        ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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        this is what my friend does for jewlery boxes. Keeps order backlog around 5-10 depending on his schedule, closes the books in between. He doesn't get overwhelmed and the demand is actually steady.

      • WillTravelForFood
        WillTravelForFood commented
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        Rather than "first responder", I'd suggest drawing names from interested parties as others have said. Some people may only log in once a day (!!!!!) and may feel left out of the opportunity.

        but it's your board, distribute it how you wish to invoke the most happiness for all parties involved. And keep up the good work

      • ComfortablyNumb
        ComfortablyNumb commented
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        WillTravelForFood Either way you are on the horns of a dilemma. Drawing names is like the monthly giveaway here, a lot are disappointed. Fortunately for RonB and I we already know we are losers.

        Another idea would be to just ask who would be interested in getting one. Then arbitrarily decide who gets it and tell the others you'll keep them in mind when you have one available.

      #4
      After you decide on your criteria then why not names in a hat. When you have time, energy and materials, draw a name and build it. When the stars align again, another name. Now, if you decide first come, first serve, then apparently either myself or the mighty juggling Captain should be first on the list based on timing and interest.🙂

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      • Donw
        Donw commented
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        Damn, CN can sure type fast!

      #5
      My only comment - only do what you feel will be fun. I tied fly fishing flies commercially for many years, and it took the fun out of tying for me after a while. I don’t know what these boards would look like for you, and considering it’s just in between projects, I think you’ll be fine. But that’s my one suggestion.

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      • RonB
        RonB commented
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        I have been there too, but I just turned wooden bowls that I liked and sold them at juried craft shows. If someone saw something they liked, they could buy it.

      #6
      I think you should start with folks close to home and slooooowly spread out. Virginians rule!

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      • HawkerXP
        HawkerXP commented
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        Will the table come with it?

      #7
      Ok, here’s my 2 cents….1. Are you going to sell pre-made boards like above? 2. Or will all the boards sold be custom made orders?

      If you’re going to sell pre-made boards, I would post pictures of them along with the price and sizes available. Then say I’ve got “10” ,or whatever, to sell at this time. Then it would be first come first served. The first ten people to commit get their boards and close out the sale for that post.

      If you’re going to sell all custom made boards to the buyers specs, then do something similar. Start your post by saying, “By December 1st I can turn out 10 cutting boards made to your order. Give a choice of sizes and wood they can choose from. Then take your first ten orders and let them know they can be done by December 1. (Just throwing out random numbers and dates) Once you have your pre-determined number of board orders, then close the post. That seems like a very fair way to do it.
      Last edited by Panhead John; October 13, 2021, 01:52 PM.

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        #8
        May I suggest making it easy on yourself and sell them through an accredited agent like myself.
        This way you won't be seen as being biased to any members. My commission structure would be a very reasonable 50% (of retail price not on my customer discounted price).
        Should you require my T&C's please advise.
        Looking forward to an extraordinary successful working relationship moving forward.
        P.S. Will they be gift wrapped before shipping?

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          #9
          Lots of good suggestions so far. I would also decide if you want to sell and ship internationally so you can be clear on that point upfront.

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            #10
            Thanks for the comments so far folks. I'm just gonna make a board when I have time although if the interest is there, it's not much more work to cut out the parts for several of the simpler designs. Hmmm....

            There are a lot of designs I'd like to try - some simple and some very complex, so I will make what I want and the person next in line can buy or not.

            OK, with a few adjustments thanks to the comments above, here's my tentative plan:

            I will start a new post for people to "sign up" in, and I will first post the time and date that will happen.
            It will probably be at 9 PM Eastern Time so as to not discriminate against those still contributing to my monthly SS payments.
            A member must average at least 12 posts a month. This could change depending on responses.
            The person whose name is up will be able to refuse without losing their place in line. They may not like the board or the price.
            There will be a limited time to respond, and if the person does not respond within that time, they will lose their place in line.
            The "winner" will be responsible for actual shipping costs including any special tariffs or VAT if international. International may change if it proves to be too difficult.
            Timelines will be relatively short because people interested are already visiting the sight frequently.


            How does this sound? Can anyone think of anything else I should or shouldn't do?
            Last edited by RonB; October 13, 2021, 02:42 PM.

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            • Panhead John
              Panhead John commented
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              Damn man, 12 posts a month!? I don’t stand a chance. 😢
              Last edited by Panhead John; October 13, 2021, 03:31 PM.

            • RonB
              RonB commented
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              Panhead John - I did say a month, not a day even though you'd qualify for that too.

            • IFindZeroBadCooks
              IFindZeroBadCooks commented
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              It sounds reasonable. If it helps, DHL is the best international shipper as they work with customs etc. and are very reliable. While they are not the cheapest, for a speciality item like this, it is worth considering!

            #11
            I would also say your timing is good as we are ready for Secret Santa 2021!!!

            Spinaker

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            • Panhead John
              Panhead John commented
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              Fer shur! Those are a lot of fun.

            • Spinaker
              Spinaker commented
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              Almost that time!

            #12
            List 'em eBay-style, highest bidder gets it. Win-win!

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            • IFindZeroBadCooks
              IFindZeroBadCooks commented
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              Auctions are good but how would we do them here? I feel reasonably confident that experienced posters here wouldn’t edit their posts after the fact to try and claim they won but I could see higher potential for hurt feelings.

              That said, Ron would probably double his final sale price per board with a bidding approach.
              Last edited by IFindZeroBadCooks; October 13, 2021, 07:13 PM.

            #13
            I would think that the easiest on you, RonB , would be to wait until you finish a board, post a picture of it with the price and say the first person to claim it can purchase it.

            Do you really want to be doing math to see if someone has been averaging twelve posts per month? Over what period? The past month? Six months? Year? Since joining?

            As Yogi Berra might have said, the more complicated you make this, the more complicated it gets.

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              #14
              Auction. Highest bidder get the board

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                #15
                First come first served, regardless of status.

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