“This kind of thing makes me not want to buy handmade.”
Those were the words that came out of a blog friend of mine’s mouth recently after she ordered from an online shop and after 6 weeks of waiting for the order to ship was downright frustrated. Can you blame her?! I can’t. The order said it had been shipped three weeks ago. Ouch.
The saddest thing to me, is not only that the friend feels really upset and taken advantage of – not to mention hesitate to trust handmade shops, but that this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of this. It happens frequently. Shops who are over promising on quality or on ship dates or overcharging creating major distrust from shopping indie and handmade. One bad experience makes you unsure if you can trust any shop online after one just ruined the experience. I’ve been there and I totally get it.
Hi, I’m Kristina, the founder of The Indie A-List. Jennifer has been kind enough to let me come here before and chat about what the A-List is about, and actually she’s a member. Here’s the quick recap: I created The Indie A-List to help exceptional shops standout among the sea of indie businesses and be a reliable resource for consumers to know they can find any shop on our site and have an awesome experience. We are nearing 90 shops as we close 2014 and I’ve tested out every single shop on the list and I know they offer quality products, great customer service and run on integrity.
This year is our third year making holiday shopping easy for you with our Holiday Gift Guide. This year we have 29 shops listed inside, 25 discounts of 10-50% off and recipes & wrapping tips. It’s seriously awesome and will make you feel at ease when shopping handmade this holiday season. Every time you shop a small business on our list you are contributing to someone’s income and even more…their passion and dream. Does it get more awesome than that?! It really doesn’t.
This is why you buy handmade — > Every time you shop a small business on our list you are contributing to the local economy and someone’s income, but even more importantly…their passion and dream.
What do you think? Will you be shopping handmade this year?