BeanyTink’s Beautiful Treasures has been open for almost 3 years now!
The shop is ever expanding, and I keep stocking up on supplies to present, package, and ship the items offered in the shop. I personally believe that presentation matters!
All the items offered in my shops are ready to gift upon arrival. They are presented so that they can be given to friends, family and loved ones. They are packaged for shipping so that they will arrive in one piece without any unintended creases or folds. Every shipment is hand prepared for shipping and utmost care is given when packaging it. Then on top of that, delivery confirmation is offered on every order so that the customer can track the package. 🙂 Customer service and satisfaction is top priority for me.
It’s a little disheartening to find that other shops have started to open which offer dirt cheap prices compared to mine. My prices were set up based on time/effort put into folding each item, cost of materials to present and package the items, and shipping is charged based on shipping prices that I personally incur. If it’s off by a couple of cents, it’s usually in favor of the customer.
I also like to think that I’m a fairly open minded individual. I don’t like confrontation, and I try to keep things in harmony. Some of the competitors have started selling designs that I personally know for certain would not be appreciated by the origami diagram artists. I know because as some of you might recall I had an artist confront me early on in my business and state that I was infringing upon their copyright protected rights. It just irks me to see that these other shop owners have opened up shop and are offering a plethora of items all of which I could offer myself, but don’t based on ethical values.
Although from what I understand, there are no previous cases of origami lawsuits to determine whether or not origami items are derivatives of the diagram.. it’s still bothersome. I’ve been keeping an eye on the Robert J. Lang vs Sarah Morris case as it will set precedence for future claims.
Either way, the journey continues. I haven’t been scared off by the competitors, and I’m still trudging along. I do take pride however, in being the original dollar origami Etsy store to offer an entire line of dollar origami items. 🙂