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My name is Donna aka Beadseller.
I started browsing the internet with my service provider , Prodigy... about 10 or so years ago... before the dinosaurs roamed the earth! *geez*
Back then, the internet was limited in what it had to offer. I would also like to mention that every page opened instantly. I used the internet as a venue for research. I still use it for research, but more for shopping and selling.
Hey! Don't laugh... I had an Adam Computer too! *humpf*
In mid January 2005, I found Overstock... not by chance mind you. A dear friend of mine had tried for months to talk me into trying Overstock. Beadwitched. Was I being stubborn? Naaa...I had a store on eBay and wanted to finish out the month before I took the leap... besides, eBay's fees were on the rise and I was on the run.
It's January.... I would love to say that I sell more than I buy , however, that doesn't seem to be the case. So there I was, sitting on over $20,000 worth of beads and beading supplies selling them at about $2 per pack on Overstock... not taking into consideration the listing fees or the paypal ng about 20 cents per pack. WOW.... Talk about a get rich quick scheme!
I started listing even more... still not adjusting my prices... that was what people wanted to pay... so either make the nickel or not.... January reaped just over $500 in sales... February jumped to $1,500... March jumped even further... $2 ,400... April hit an all time $3K in sales....
Then I joined the buySAFE bonding service. I thought that since I had so many valued customers, I would return some of that value to them and bond my products. Fortunately.... the service was free through September 2005. But it did NOTHING... absolutely NOTHING for my sales!
In reality... my sales plummeted! By the end of May... I felt doomed! I picked up two new customers.... and heard barely a dribble from the rest.... my sales for May were a whopping $382! Where did all my customers go?!?!? What was I doing wrong?!?!?
With all this in mind... back in March of this year, I decided to give my own ecommerce site a try. Don't get me wrong... at first I thought it was merely a pipe dream. After all.... I paid for three years of webhosting back in March and it took until the middle of August to finally have a website up and running!
In February, 2005, I started out with shopping around to find the least expensive hosting site. Alas , I found with 5,000 MB of Disk Space, 50 GB Monthly Bandwidth, (which has been expanded to 100 GB), Unlimited MySQL Databases , eMail Accounts, FTP Accounts, Sub-Domains, and a Static IP Address included. All for only $139.50 for three years.
If you asked me to explain the above, all I would say is , I haven't a clue what any of that really means, but I can tell you that my site never crashes. *laughing*
Next came the HTML HELL. The last time I actually wrote any HTML was about 8 years ago, when HTML was just that.... HTML. Nothing fancy. Actually, it was pretty easy to learn. I was self taught then but the book was ohhhhhh so much thinner than the newer models!
So, I read and researched and read and researched and read some more. I didn't get very far when I decided to see just what having someone else create this monster would cost! Needless to say , I proceeded again with reading and researching and ning everything I could to find a way to produce my own site.
you haven't site is BEADSELLER. I purchased a template for $49 and proceeded from there. What I didn't know when I purchased the template was that it was not written in language compatible with my host. So, I managed to extract what I could from it, mainly the pretty pink bars, and forged ahead with creating my store.
Creating a webstore really wasn't that bad... NOT!!! It was a NIGHTMARE! But again... I forged ahead. Sometime in late March I realized that I had far more products than I really wanted considering that each product had to have its own product number and be listed individually.
Needless to say, prior to this endeavor I had considered expanding on my product line , but reconsidered. Looking at the walls of drawers of beads, I should probably try to sell what I have before I drive myself out of shopoffice and HOME!
Speaking of Late March.... Well... after working with the same attorney for 7 years... she called me into her office to say that things were just not working out. WHAT?!? What does that mean???? How could it possibly take someone SEVEN YEARS to decide that THINGS ARE JUST NOT WORKING OUT?!?!? You would think that if things were JUST NOT WORKING OUT... that would have happened say... WEEK ONE!
This could not have happened at a worse time! I had just taken out a mortgage on my home two months before so I could purchase beads and beading supplies! The beads and beading supplies were and are still sitting here staring at me!
Back to the store... so... I worked diligently, day and night trying to create my webstore. I would complete umteen pages and then notice that I didn't correct the font color on the previous 10 or so pages. So... ....
Then while on my way to a special employment seminar, June 2, 2005 , some crazy driver plowed into the side of my car, 2002 Hyundai Elantra. I was sitting in the passenger seat that fateful day and she hit directly behind my seat and continued until she managed to take out the rear axle.
What was she thinking??? Or better still... what was she on??? Three days later, GEICO completed the estimate of damages totaling over $4,000. I didn't even see the damages as I was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
I am still undergoing treatment and under my doctor's care. I don't think that my neck will ever be the same. My right shoulder still hurts. I require an operation on my right knee. Fifty now feels more like seventy!
The accident put a halt to website wo .