Tuesday, September 28, 2010
New Japanese members
I spend the months of September-December and March- July selling ceramics at different arts and crafts shows all over Japan. I mostly attend juried shows, occasionally non-juried shows. I just came back from the Hamanako Arts and Crafts show in Hamanako. The level of quality of the people showing is consistently high and the variety of items is impressive. Everytime I go I have thought about how it would be possible to get these people connected with Etsy. Here is an idea. What if I was able to introduce interested parties at the shows to Etsy through a simple, one page handout on what Etsy is. The idea part is this. Most of the barrier centers around English. The exhibitors are nervous about what it takes to get involved and how to go about it. There is a lot of talent and experience on this blog and among the readers of this blog. It would be great if on the handout there was a system for the interested person to contact me and then I could refer them to a "mentor" that could then help them through the first steps of setting up an Etsy shop, Paypal shop, etc. I am not envisioning a free, open ended translation service but a helping first, second and possibly third hand. Any thoughts on this?