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Old 11-30-2005, 10:00 AM
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hey all my name is don (snakeman ) logan. I own http://www.bearfootknives.comand I am wondering how to get more business.
I have web page, and I am starting to go to pow-wows and gun shows, and have had success. But I want to sell more so I can quit my construction company that I own.
I am cherokee/mingo card holder and like my native ways and knives.
What can I do to increase sales of my hawks and knives, Without selling out to wholesalers and people who want everything for nothing.?
please leave advise. good or bad I want to hear it. WaDo snakeman
please check out my work on my page, before you leave commnets.


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Old 11-30-2005, 10:31 AM
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full time production is very hard unless you have an established customer base. if you don't have 3 years salary in the bank i wouldn't stop your day job. your web site needs to be linked to every living history website that will accept it. your website also needs better photos,most are too dark to see any detail. maybe the purchase of a good digital camera and some time spent here in the photo discussion forum can help . the economy is not as rosy as the news broadcast state.

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thanks for the advise.


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Old 12-01-2005, 02:22 PM
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For pricing of the knives and tomahawks, please contact us.
I will respond to you as soon as possible.

We are presently giving a 20% discount to all that order from nov-jan
thank you for your business.
It's time to get ready for the holiday's. One of these knives or hawks will make a great present to a friend or loved one. So act now Time is getting short.

WaDo.. Snakeman
Hi Snakeman,

You absolutely cannot exist in this marketplace without laying groundwork on pricing. First tip. I applaud you wishing to stick with your craft and tradition, but I have serious doubts aboout being able to make this a full-time avocation for you AND your son--based upon the type of knives you are offering. You are limiting yourself to a very niche market--hunters who enjoy traditional and rougher-quality period pieces. I can't imagine this could sustain you.

One of the fisrt things a SUCCESSFUL knifemaker finds out is how valuable getting his work in the hands of dealers can be. Not 'selling out' to wholesalers. You aren't at a point to sell to a wholesaler (They, in turn sell to dealers).

I say build your customer base to the point that you CAN sustain income and your time is divided to working too hard at two jobs and then concentrate on what has worked best for you.

This may be good or bad advice to you--but thanks for asking.

Best of luck.

Coop


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Old 12-01-2005, 08:17 PM
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thanks coop,I appreciate the advise.
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