Until the president announced his latest ' , folks were buying just about like they usually do.
I've not had a single sale online - new stuff or stash reductions - since that announcement. None. Nada. Zip. And that's highly unusual for me since I'm marketing not only on my website but 7 other online selling sites and belong to numerous that allow selling.
I did a 1-day in-home show last weekend with lots of St. Patrick's Day and Easter stuff and my sales were down almost 50% less than last year, same in-home show with just about the same customers. This home-show is hosted by a lady who always has successful shows and she was amazed at the low sales myself and the other 3 crafters had that day. And I had a ton of new stuff they'd never seen before as well as old standbys which have always held me in good stead.
There was a lot of angst, frustration and some anger in the various conversations that day about the state of the economy and all this bail-out stuff & the latest stimulus. I'm not looking forward to the first 2009 quarterly profit & loss of my business, that's for sure!
Marge in Reno
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