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Stacey



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 11:18 am    Post subject: Will people buy handmade goods in January?  Reply with quote    

I've been offered a place at an event in Ipswich on 19th/20th of January. However, it's 200 for the smallest pitch and my concern is that people won't be buying my sort of stuff in January and so soon after christmas.

judith



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It sounds like an odd time to me. I would imagine most people are recovering financially from Christmas then.

ETA or expecting bargains, like the January sales.

Stacey



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It is a weird time isn't it? That and the fact that they're looking to sell pitches by 'cold calling' makes me think it may be a no-goer.

judith



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's also a long way to go for something that sounds a bit iffy.

alison
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

People will be getting credit card bills then too, if they bought Christmas on the card, so may decide about then to curb spending.

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

alison wrote:
People will be getting credit card bills then too, if they bought Christmas on the card, so may decide about then to curb spending.


That is what I think too - it is my busiest time of the year as a debt caseworker

Stacey



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yeah, think I'll give it a miss. Thanks.

It might be useful for people browsing and getting future customers but I haven't got 200 to spend on marketing right now.

mochyn



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Quite honestly, I wouldn't touch it with a proverbial.

Went



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We used to do a craft fair in Derbyshire - Jan Feb and March were always empty - just the odd (and I mean odd) day tripper looking to pass a few minutes.

Andy B



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Most people get paid before xmas, so Jan payday is a long way off, plus the wheather can be bad then. I woulndt do it myself.

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Another vote for no, too, Stacey.

lettucewoman



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yes -and any money they did have spare would have been used in the "january sales"...why are there sales in january anyway? Used to really frustrate me - for 2 reasons - one I rarely have any money left after Christmas, and 2 when they reduce something I paid full price for for Xmas it annoys the hell out of me!!

kaz



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would say no as well - Jan and Feb are always slow retail months.

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Why not offer them a cut of your profits, up to a bit over what they're asking for advance payment? At least you'd not be shelling out 200+ with the risk of damn all back in return, and if they say no thanks, then you're no worse off.

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 07 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stacey wrote:
It is a weird time isn't it? That and the fact that they're looking to sell pitches by 'cold calling' makes me think it may be a no-goer.


They haven't sold them by now. That should tell you all you need to know, I'm afraid.

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