SILKFAIR Blog

We just received a review by Alan Henry at AppScout of PC Magazine.  Check out the review here :

http://www.appscout.com/2008/03/silkfair_an_ebay_alternative_t.php

Thank you Alan for your review.


Silkfair's press release announcing our service is now out as of yesterday March 11, and has been picked up by various media outlet such as Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/businesswire/feeds/businesswire/2008/03/11/businesswire20080311005202r1.html , Fortune, CNBC, StreetInsider, etc...

Since we turned up live two weeks ago, we have been checked out by visitors and registered users across 48 US States including Alaska and Hawaii (come on North Dakota and Idaho), and 53 countries covering the Americas (USA, Canada, Central and South Americas), Africa, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, India and Australia.  It's absolutely fascinating to see the broad reaching capability of the internet with a quiet launch as we did.

Today, we found many visitors came in after we found an independent review appeared on the internet on Silkfair written by Vangie Beal, who is a seasoned eBay seller, frequent contributor to ECommerce-Guide.com and managing editor of Webopedia.com.  It is terrific that a seasoned internet veteran such as Vangie recognizes our effort, and we love the screen shot with a moniker "Smooth Operator: SilkFair.com's chic new storefront".

We want to thank Vangie for the kind words, and we certainly will strive to live up to expectations.  Vangie's review  can be viewed here :

http://www.ecommerce-guide.com/essentials/ebay/article.php/11840_3733686_2


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Chances are because you're trying to sell something. How about changing your perspective. Forget about the word "sell" and all related. Think of you as of the person who helps others find and get what they want and need. You're no longer the big, bad wolf.

Or maybe because you're not the most patient person you've ever met. You've already invested a couple of months and a good stash of  dollars in your online store and it looks like few are buying from you. Patience is such a virtue...and
sales will follow.

The important thing is not to get discouraged. A couple of orders in the first months means that you've been noticed from the million other online businesses. The point is to make the most of those 2-3 customers that noticed, you. Satisfy their needs and prove you're more than a simple check in /check out button.

When you get to convince them that behind the layout of your e-shop is a real person and not just a script running endlessly, you'll get them speak about you. You'll get them tell their friends about the clock/jeans/vase/sofa they've just bought.

Growth is slow at first for two reasons. It takes a while for consumers to appreciate you as an online seller. And it takes even longer for a person to order from any site even after they turned into frequent visitor. It’s called reluctance to new faces. Well, in our case, to new online shops.

Put yourself into a buyer's shoes. How willing are you to give a chance to a new comer in the industry? I'll tell you. None. But when one of your friends take a chance and goes grab a new pair of boots from that corner online shop, you no longer see them as newbies but as part of the monthly card charge.

That’s exactly what happens in flourishing stores. And the cool thing is, the development doesn’t inevitably stop at a certain time. There are ups and downs but the common trend is always upward.


Balloons and Fireworks

Feb 28, 2008
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Yay! We're up and we're running.

Silkfair has finally opened gates for you all. Make yourselves comfortable and start selling!

Open to public: Monday to Sunday, all year round.