Zazzle and More!
Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2019 11:37:08 PM
Its great to see Zazzle adding more products and better insitu images in time for the fall and upcoming holiday seasons. Its also one of the busiest times of the year for me (meaning lots of things to do or prepare for), not just because its hurricane season here in Florida, which always causes sudden changes in priorities, but the weekly offline market I participate in is opening again soon after closing for its yearly (one month) vacation.

So in addition to the events that I participate in and my presence online, Zazzle's products will be getting even more exposure. Florida is not just for Floridians. Its a destination for tourists from around the world. After hurricane season passes and the winter holidays start approaching generally is the time of year when a lot of tourists and snowbirds visit and shop. The difference between the summer months (which tend to have a lot of afternoon thunderstorms, plus hurricanes near the end of the season) is always noticeable.

Stay safe if you are in the path of hurricane Dorian and best wishes for the rest of the year and beyond ... Smile
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 2:46:32 AM
Why does Zazzle have a mannequin for the sash and not for the chiffon scarves? Is Zazzle planning on having insitu images for the chiffon scarves?
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 3:22:20 AM
Here is an example of a new and very useful product that also has great insitu images. For a large company like Zazzle I don't think it should be very difficult for all the products to have great insitu images. The design tool is excellent so hopefully future Zazzle images will have the same standards.

Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 5:03:04 AM
AfriCreations wrote:
Here is an example of a new and very useful product that also has great insitu images. For a large company like Zazzle I don't think it should be very difficult for all the products to have great insitu images. The design tool is excellent so hopefully future Zazzle images will have the same standards.



Agree!
Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 9:07:54 PM
Here's more: I don't have a lot of products in my Zazzle store and like to keep them organized. I also only have one Zazzle store. Its not unusual for me to delete products (such as products that are discontinued but not automatically deleted by Zazzle, or products that have been out of stock for very long periods of time, or old products that people don't buy anymore, such as cases for obsolete phones). I also delete products for other reasons as I see fit, such as products with just a tiny space for print, or those that just look out of place compared to the other products in my Zazzle store.

So with all that being said, the biggest problem right now is collections, which is a method I use to organize. There are many products that are not seen because Zazzle keeps showing the same stuff on the storefront. With collections customers and visitors are able to see in a very organized and logical way other products. In addition the collections can be rotated, updated or re-organized.

So why am I talking about collections here? Because I haven't done anything at all with collections for about two weeks (including creating any new collections or adding or deleting any new products to or from them) due to current problems pertaining to collections. The collections threads in the technical forum are locked with no clue as to when the problems will be fixed.

I am not one who like to waste time such as working on collections to keep them organized only to discover that the collections are not visible to the public. I don't want to take the chance and have collections empty for days. Nor do I want unorganized collections because changes don't stick. That defeats the whole purpose of having collections. Lol. Hopefully collections problems will be fixed soon.

Now back to some real productive work where I can see the fruits of my labor (creativity).Smile
Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2019 1:53:54 PM
I hear you on needing better insitu images for a lot of products. I'm glad Zazzle has been adding better ones lately and hope the trend continues. I'm also pretty bummed about the issues with collections. Not only have the issues been going on upwards of a year now (with collections taking up to 24 hours or more to re-index before they can be seen again), but now with this new issue with not being able to organize them it's getting pretty annoying. I just made a collection for Christmas cards, however, I won't be able to organize it, nor will anyone be able to even see it until I stop adding new cards to it, which lately has been almost daily, as I've been working on new cards. Can't promote the collection until the issues are fixed. Crying
Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2019 2:22:10 PM
AfriCreations, I forgot to mention that I hope you stay safe when the storm hits. Prayers going out to all in the path. I saw that the Bahamas were hit really hard, however it's been downgraded to a category 2.
Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2019 7:34:13 AM
Karen Coffelt wrote:
AfriCreations, I forgot to mention that I hope you stay safe when the storm hits. Prayers going out to all in the path. I saw that the Bahamas were hit really hard, however it's been downgraded to a category 2.


Thanks but the hurricane had very little affect on Florida. Also I have been busy and not online much. The latest items from Zazzle that I displayed along with my actual crocheted items at the popular weekly market were the wood posters printed with my original tapestry crochet creations.

Storms and natural disasters in general have been getting worse. Many people blame it on global warming. This hurricane was one of the worse in history and devastated the Bahamas.
Posted: Monday, September 09, 2019 8:47:00 PM
I hope Zazzle continues to improve on the insitu views. The ones for the acrylic coasters are great! There shouldn't be a need for me to keep ordering just to see what a product looks like in real life and for shipping time accuracy.

In real life customers still prefer my original handmade crochet work which are all professional quality. Although they find the prints very interesting its still a photo on a product so prints take longer to sell in the real world. I basically use them for display so that when they visit the site they have a better idea of what the products are like. Smile
Posted: Monday, September 09, 2019 9:55:07 PM
Here is an example of what I mean. Although the photo is not perfect it is clear that the holder for the coaster is transparent, and also that the coasters are made of a material like acrylic or glass. When customers look at this image along with all the other images they can figure out that the edges "only appear" stretched out and not centered properly due to the reflective nature of the acrylic and the angle of the photo. They can also find out that the material is acrylic and its a set because people do read, especially if they are spending money online Smile

Posted: Monday, September 09, 2019 10:22:21 PM
Some like things round, some like them square ... Smile

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 10:30:02 AM
I added a photo to media of the section of my tent at the market that show the wood posters I bought from my Zazzle store recently. As can be seen I had to bring my display for paintings and large prints, which I haven't done in years as its been a very long time since I did any paintings or for that matter any art or craft that is messy and not soft and very portable. Smile

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 11:51:06 AM
AfriCreations wrote:
I added a photo to media of the section of my tent at the market that show the wood posters I bought from my Zazzle store recently. As can be seen I had to bring my display for paintings and large prints, which I haven't done in years as its been a very long time since I did any paintings or for that matter any art or craft that is messy and not soft and very portable. Smile



That made me laugh, I used to do messy art all the time but since I went digital I have a watercolor set I got 4 years ago and haven't used it one time...

I guess I need to see if I still can. Laughing
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:01:54 PM
Part of the customers experience at the market and events is watching me crochet and seeing how extremely fast, neat and professional I am. Even if I was still doing paintings, which I may get back to at some point in the future, carrying around oil paints or any other type of paints along with canvases and easel and a bunch of other stuff is not something I find practical for very hot weather, high winds, heavy rain or even nice weather or travelling. Smile
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 2:35:54 PM
AfriCreations wrote:
Part of the customers experience at the market and events is watching me crochet and seeing how extremely fast, neat and professional I am. Even if I was still doing paintings, which I may get back to at some point in the future, carrying around oil paints or any other type of paints along with canvases and easel and a bunch of other stuff is not something I find practical for very hot weather, high winds, heavy rain or even nice weather or travelling. Smile


I could see how watching you do your crochet would be a big draw at a market. Smile
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