Monday, February 23, 2009

Creating a Website

I have decided to create a website to sell my figures. Ebay is a great way to advertise, but they don't have enough controls for buyers. Non paying bidders seem to be able to get away time and time again with no repercussions.

They say they "warn" them. In my opinion, its a binding contract (ebay says that themselves) and the payment should be taken from their account if they don't pay within the seven days.

It's a shame. But that's the way it is. I am coming up on 6 non paying bidders since Christmas!

That's not good for business. You have to re list, apply for a refund ect...ect....

I am working with someone to help me set it up and God willing, it will be up before the end of March. My prices will be lower than anyone else who sells this type of figure and you can bank on a quality product. I use no rubber bands. All stainless steel, brass and now even metal pulleys and support bars inside the head.

I got a letter from David Zeller the other day asking about blending colors. He said he is painting his dummy and he wants Rosy cheeks and not just red blotches on them.

The best advice I can give you David is to paint the cheeks with your flesh tone. Use two brushes. One for the blush and one for the fleshtone. Keep pulling the blush into the flesh tone until you get a blended color of the two that looks natural. Take your flesh tone brush and whisk it back and forth from the side of the ear up to the color line of your blush. This will pull the colors together and give a gradual change from flesh to blush without looking like blotches. It takes practice, so if you don't like the first outcome remember... paint is cheap ( ;

Good luch David. Send me a picture of the outcome.


Braylu said...

Funny you wrote about this as I was going to write about it on my blog. I have had over 10 non-payers since Christmas. Also fees from Ebay and Paypal are becoming so outrageous the only one making money is Ebay. Unfortunately, Ebay is a necessary evil.


Got12puppets said...

Hi I looked at the Vent figures that were For sale and do they come with bodys couse i sall no pic of them

Steve Barry said...


I would never send a head out without a body! If you check the pictures at the bottom it says see more images. If you feel uncomfortable with the store, I have the same items on ebay. My ebay i.d. is gepettosworkshop

lisa said...

HI there,
Wow you do some beautiful work!
I have a son who is turning 8 and would love a ventriloquist dummy....something with moving mouth and eyes....just wondering if you have anything like that...a more basic dummy/doll?
thanks for your time