"There is one hobby seller signed up at least."
Well..... I am that one hobbyist. I went this route for 2 reasons, 1) I wanted to be able to help support the forum financially and through postings, pics, passarounds etc., and 2) If anyone actually wanted to buy something I made I wanted to feel legit. The founders set the terms therefore I can choose to agree to the terms or not. At this point in time I have not posted any WIPs or pics due to my leather knives keeping me very busy, but I did get off 2 beta testers for a local passaround that I will use to contribute something here. Honestly I am still trying to find my way in the Chef knife world and y'all have been a really big part of my sticking to it. I really do have to give Colin a big SHOUT OUT here as he spent a significant amount of time advising me and to Marko who wrote a phenomenal response to a question I had, that I really hope turns into a tutorial!!!! ....that would rock. So, with that, please accept my apologies as I have been more of a taker that a giver at this point since – I’m still learning and expect that it’ll pay off in the near future. I look forward to having a product worthy of presenting to you for consideration and critique as it will be a product that was developed with the help of your input.
As far as commissions go, they would be much more welcome as the seller knows they have revenue to pay the comish with. Paying the fee in advance is more like a permit/license in that we are granted limited rights and privileges to conduct business. With my license in place I know I can post unlimited WIPs and sell 1 knife per month and have a photo gallery of work. So far I have had my Hobbyist Vendor Permit for 2 months and have sold 0.....NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.....I just don't have something quality enough to present yet. I kinda wanted to get in and make some sort of commitment that I could grow out.
If asked which I would prefer commission vs. permit/license I would definitely go commission....but then again my wife and I are OTs....obscene tippers.....if the commission was 5% I would probably pay 10%...if it was 10% I would probably pay 15%.....who knows? If it was a really great deal 30%??? Why not?? If the commission was $2.00 per item and I sold a $500.00 item and sent in $50.00 where's the harm?? I truly believe that most people are honorable and that paying comish on an honor system would work unenforced. When and if I do sell something here at KKF would it be unreasonable to send in an extra "Donation" on top of what has already been paid for permit/licensing....not to me. LET FREE ENTERPRISE RULE. If y'all like my work and want to own it, THANK YOU!!!!! But if I produce something you don't want or need you will make that statement clearly as well.
And on the topic of shilling, just ‘cause it came up once before, I firmly believe that if someone provides a quality product and/or service it will speak for itself and then those users will talk. If you need to pay someone to toot your horn then you don't have the orchestra of happy, satisfied customers playing behind you.
OOHHH, also, please remember that Dave has also made the fees payable in installments. This is a big +++ if cashflow is an issue.
Thank you for taking the time to read my babbling.