Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Zibbet Updates

Last week, due to a sudden and overwhelming influx of traffic and new seller accounts, Zibbet had to shut down while a new server was installed! It was an experience that was frustrating and exciting at the same time! I'm happy to report that Zibbet has recovered beautifully from the failure of its server and from my perspective, is running faster and better than ever.

I believe that Zibbet will ultimately become "the place" to shop for handmade, fine art, craft supplies and vintage items. The venue is currently growing by leaps and bounds, with new shops being opened everyday. If you've not visited Zibbet yet, take a look today.

I love to browse Zibbet using the Showroom function. The Showroom is currently set to randomly display items from Premium shops. The Zibbet front page displays five items in the Showroom. However, if you click the Showroom link in the green menu bar you will be taken to a page that displays 25 items. You can "mouse over" an item to see a larger image as well as the shop info for that item. Simply click an item's image and be taken directly to that item's listing. To see a new page of items, refresh your browser and a new group of 25 items will be displayed!

Here are some links to some of my favorite Zibbet shops:

I'll be listing more of my favorite shops each week so check back often!

I have extended the March coupon sale at LOC Design Studio through April 7. Enter the coupon code LOC0317 and receive 17% off on purchases totalling $25 or more (shipping excluded)!

Also, please visit my A Stitch and a Prayer shop. There you will find original counted thread needlework patterns. I hope to have my full inventory of patterns listed there soon!

Buy Handmade ~ Buy Handmade ~ Buy Handmade

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Zibbet way!

Hi guys,

I just wanted to quickly jump in here to add my two cents worth to what has been a pretty hectic week here at Zibbet, and apparently an 'interesting' one at Etsy.

I just wanted you guys to be able to get a bit of a philosophical feel for how Jonathan and I and our team like to run our organisation.

I figure if people are going to have the opportunity to trust us, then it will require communication and getting to know one another a bit more.

So in that vein I'd like to list a few of our beliefs and values concerning how we would like to see Zibbet move forward as it grows bigger.

1. I want to say very emphatically that here at Z we are not in the business of bagging other venues. Whether they are better or worse than Z, we are not here to cast a shadow on what they do. Especially in light of events this week, let me say we are not interested in tearing down Etsy. We have a lot of respect for Etsy and what they have achieved and there is lots that we can learn from them.

2. Our leadership of Zibbet will not always be perfect, because as humans, we are imperfect. However, we will always endeavour to give our very best effort for the marketplace we have created and those who choose to belong to it. We will make mistakes, but we will never stop trying not to.

3. We will always seek to maintain the highest level of communication with our members as possible. This is motivated by the genuine desire to make Zibbet the best selling venue it possibly can be for your sake. We will always try to be available to our sellers by answering questions, listening to concerns or ideas and generally just being available to personally contribute to peoples' needs. Even as we grow very big, Jonathan and I plan to stay heavily involved in communicating directly with as many sellers as we possibly can. We know this will stretch us, but we are committed to it.

4. Common courtesy is a passion of ours so this will continue to dictate our behaviors and the way in which we interact with you. We believe if someone asks a question they deserve an answer. If we make a mistake, we will own it and apologise. We aim to treat every person with respect. We know we will probably not be able to please everyone, but we will not engage in the practice of 'simply writing people off' because they are upset about something.

All of this may sound lofty or overly romantic and nostalgic, but it is the truthful reality of our desire going forward.

Please feel free to quote or copy and paste these comments in any of your communication with others.

If we work together, we can build one of the greatest online selling venues of all time.

A few thoughts from me, for what it's worth.


Posted by Andrew on March 25, 2010 at 8:51pm in Announcements from Zibbet

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Freeport Arts & Crafts Festival

If you are in the neighborhood on Saturday, March 20, please plan to spend some time at the Freeport Arts & Crafts Festival at the Freeport Community Center in Freeport, Florida. The festival will be open from 9:00AM until 3:00PM. This first ever arts and crafts festival in Freeport is being sponsored by the Freeport Town Planter Society for the purpose of raising money for Relay for Life.

LOC Design Studio will be set up in booth #28 and we invite you stop by to see our beautiful handcrafted beaded jewelry and gift items "in person"! We plan to donate a portion of our sales to Relay for Life. So come on out for a wonderful day in lovely Freeport, Florida and support this very worthwhile cause.

Here is a photo of the necklace and earring set that I created especially to donate to the Relay for Life silent auction:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Poocheze: This Week's Featured Zibbeter!

I'm so excited to report that my friend, Deon of Poocheze on Zibbet, is this week's featured Zibbeter! Poocheze offers treats for your little furry friend that are healthful and delicious! Deon bakes the goodies herself and takes pride in using ingredients that not only taste great to Fido, but are also good for him. In addition to treats for your canine buddy, Deon also makes yummies for your kitty.

Please visit Zibbet today and get to know Deon! And while you're there take a look around. Zibbet is a great new place to shop for handcrafted items. I have a shop there too and in the next couple of days I will be adjusting my prices to reflect the savings I receive as a seller there compared to other venues!

Buy Handmade ~ Buy Handmade ~ Buy Handmade