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MilosCandles last won the day on November 4 2020

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About MilosCandles

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  1. What a crazy year 2020 was. Not sure how I managed that many sales. Just over 2 months 2300+ sales. As of right now I have no open orders on any of my ecommerce sites. Deep Breath... Now to keep things lively I sold my house and bought a new one. 4 years ago I moved and I said I would never move the business again. WELL, here I go again. I wish I knew how to sit still for a bit.
  2. Here is just a sample, I have of some mail over a month old still moving through USPS. The 2nd week of December I switched to only using priority mail, mostly for the insurance. Most of the items have been delivered but still a few that haven't been. 1st Class Packaged mailed 12/7 - Still not there https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction.action?tLabels=9400109205568210493293 https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction.action?tLabels=9400109205568210526366 Priority Mail mailed 12/17 - Still not there https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackCon
  3. I am not getting buyers on Amazpn messaging me cause Amazon is telling them that the package must be lost. WTF. I have numerous packages from 12/6/2020 still not delivered. Almost all the packages after that are atleast slowly moving through USPS, but those from that date are crazy slow. Most of the Priority Mail ones I have shipped in the last 2 weeks have been taking about a full week to arrive.
  4. @TallTayl From our previous posts I have enough "meat" on the bone to suck up the extra $2.50 for the next week. Since I know this isn't permanent I will just deal for now. The joys of "Customer Service".
  5. 60+ First Class packages from Dec 7th are "at the sorting facility" which I get, but ones from Dec 8th have already been delivered. I would mind if it was truly first in first out. but clearly that is not the way it works. Now shipping everything priority mail. Add $2.50 to the cost of each item now. The is over $300 in postage and $1200 is revenue.
  6. I did not know about the affiliate program until I started getting traffic. Etsy affiliate program page is awful vague, and I am sure they are pretty strict who they allow in. Sometime I just see people writing an article and linking to my Esty page with out being an affiliate.
  7. Here is where I have truly benefited from Etsy. - https://www.etsy.com/affiliates Everyone that "Advertise" or writes and article about my candles are Affiliates. So they make a percentage of all the sales they drive to Etsy. I do not pay anything extra for these sales. Not the 12% ad fee, nothing extra. THIS IS HUGE for me. In the last 30 days 60% of my traffic to my etsy shop is from Affiliates. THANK YOU ETSY. So because I make them money, they keep reposting the articles, I keep getting sales this way. (never loo
  8. Often I have the opposite problem cause people do not know how to price their items. Take for example my pricing above. Me charging $15 +$7 shipping. Net Profit of $11.20. No labor or overhead yet, no mileage. None of my time on the computer doing marketing, customer service, driving around picking up items, taking out the trash, and breaking down all the boxes. No Insurance cost in that, no electric, or internet. There are listing for basically the identical candle for $17 with free shipping. $5 less than mine. If I priced that way I would I have a profit of $6. If
  9. Unfortunately it is the cost of doing business. Not too much you can do. I use STRIPE to process credit cards on my site. I have had people Dispute the charge with their credit card company. Well for a $20 purchase that I would of been happy to refund, I am charged a $15 dispute fee plus will loose the $20 I received. Just sucks.
  10. In the beginning for with Etsy I paid for https://erank.com/ for a few months. I combined that with https://welcome.getvela.com/ I looked at the various keywords I was using, others were using how they ranked via erank.com. Vela allowed me to MASS Update my listing, removing bad keywords and replacing with better keywords. Once i learned what keywords were good and worked and which ones didn't, I was much better off. $6-$10 a month is a good investment for a few months to help you along. WARNING - Vella is awesome free tool to mass update etsy. There were a
  11. I have a rather complicated spreadsheet set up for this. Basically I have 1 page of ALL my costs. I can update any of my costs on per unit of measure on that page, and then all my individual products up date, and then I have a SUMMARY page for ALL products. I haven't updated in over a year. Some of the prices I am sure are off some. NO LABOR is included. How I break down my costs.
  12. Etsy is interesting. last year when the started the $35 or more free shipping I delayed enabling it. I went from the top of the searches to the bottom. So I enabled it. Then came the social media craze for me when my sales sky rocketed, I disabled free shipping around then. Since then I still charge $7 flat rate shipping and haven't left the top spots. The big sellers def get perks which makes it hard for the new sellers to get involved. I put my time in with low sales. I got super lucky and just try to keep riding the wave now. On Amazon I charge $8 flat rate shipping,
  13. And just like that 11,000. It has been a busy 2 weeks.
  14. I suspect I will have a higher profit margin, but lower profits and way more sanity. I was losing it a bit last week.
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