Monday, April 15, 2013
Selling on Consignment: To Do or Not To Do
This topic came up in an Etsy discussion forum this past week. A jewelry designer was recounting a very negative experience with selling on consignment.
So this week, I thought it would be a good exercise to look at selling on consignment...the ins and outs, the pros and cons. In the next few days, I will look at different aspects of moving product this way. It certainly CAN work for you as long as you remember Rule #1...take care of your own interests. Nobody else will.
She had some of her product in a store operated by a woman she’d known for 20 years. There was no written/signed agreement between them. She did not feel the need for one at this point.
When she went to the store one day to see how her product was selling, she found it closed. The sign on the window said ‘Out of Business’ and the contents, including her stuff, were gone.
After much investigation, she finally learned that the owner of the shop had declared bankruptcy and skipped town. The contents of the store had been auctioned off to pay her creditors.
The unfortunate jewelry designer will not get her product back, nor will she likely ever get paid for them. As you would imagine, she is angry and upset. After all, she is the victim of theft.
Next article in the series is here.