7.14.2011

Live and Learn...

I have to share this story with you, because it's kind of amusing, completely overwhelming, and definitely a learning experience!

A while back, I had posted an entry on the blog about free stickers.  I figured the 50 or so blog readers and handful of Facebook fans (at the time) were enough for me to handle, and not every person would actually request stickers from me.

I was right.  I only received a few requests, so I had a fun time hand-writing notes and personalizing requests, often including a button or other fun goody with the mail.

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Then, my blog post was placed on a "Free Stuff" website (by a well-meaning blog reader, who was really only trying to help, so I thank you for that!), but it then was then re-posted (and RE-POSTED again!) on other "Free Stuff" websites.  Eeek.  At first, the extra traffic was flattering and exciting.

In the first 1/2 hour, I had five requests.  No biggie.  But the next several hours resulted in over 100 new requests, and the number was growing bigger.  My Facebook fans jumped significantly.

This was four days ago.  I now have over 400 requests for free stickers.  I've already received emails from people, asking where their stickers are.  Huh?

If these requests were all genuine, I might feel differently. Some of the emails have been really sweet, saying things like "Hi! I'd love a few stickers and will gladly send pics of where I've stuck them." or "I am already a fan of yours on Facebook, and would love to help spread the word.."

but...

...most emails say nothing at all. Just an address. GIMMEGIMMEGIMME. Or they don't even know how to read! "Please email me a free razor. I would love to try it." I've also received several that demand a specific amount: "Can I get 2 stickers please" or other fictional items: "Please send stickers,would love a key chain."

Keychain??? Huh?

Now, ask me how many new sales I've had at the Etsy shop.  ZERO.

I do intend on filling all of the requests for stickers, although I cannot accept any new requests.  Here's why:

Envelopes = over $40 for 400
Stamps = .44 x 400 = $176.00

...and I'm pretty sure I'll need to have more stickers printed, too.  
This is going to take me WEEKS, and people just need to understand that.  

Let this be a lesson for me, and anyone else who might be thinking about doing a freebie like I did!

p.s. I will ALWAYS include free stickers and a button with all Hell Razor Etsy shop orders.  I will also give you first priority in shipping, over and above all the sticker requests I have.

p.p.s. Help defray my shipping costs by buying from the Etsy store!  If you enter the code FACEBOOK at checkout, get 15% off of your order!

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6 comments:

  1. Wow, I seriously cant believe that. I cant believe how cold people are and weird about freebies. :S You are incredible for honouring the requests despite people being there for the wrong reasons :S

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  2. I am really sorry that happened to you. :-( A lot of ppl troll those freebie sites. (Like me.) Although, I cannot believe how rude some people are about those things. It is a free sticker, people. No need to be greedy and demanding!

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  3. That is really horrible and funny. I can't believe it, free advertising but it's costing you a bomb! I feel kind of guilty for asking for some a few weeks ago now. I promise as soon as I get some moneys I will purchase something from Etsy. Hopefully it will help soften the blow ~huggles~

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  4. @Sheri - It's still good for advertising, so why not?

    @Pixie - Amen!

    @Cherry - don't sweat it! besides, you wrote me a super awesome blog post! I loved it!

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  5. Wow, just wow! I cannot believe people would be so demanding and rude. We have done giveaways on my husband's page and for the most people were really cool. Of course, 99% of them were already fans. I was going through a couple of boxes and found a bunch of stickers and we thought it would be cool to give them away, but in the end we didn't want the aggravation. We will figure out something else to do with them.

    BTW, you are awesome for fulfilling all of your orders. If I ever meet you in person, I will buy you a stamp :)

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    1. To be 100% honest here, I'm only about 1/2 way through fulfilling these STILL, to this day. When I wrote this, I had just found out that I was pregnant. Raging carpal tunnel stopped me absolutely dead in my tracks for several months, and then the business of having a little beebs sidetracked me even more. I haven't given up, and hopefully people will still appreciate them when they show up, even if they're over a year late!

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