Posted by byHillTribe on May 31, 2012

Pricing Structures : Hill Tribe Silver

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Pricing Structures : Hill Tribe Silver, by one creative Thai Karen village.

We want to supply our hill tribe silver products at the lowest price possible while maintaining quality and profitability. Our artisans work very hard to provide us with all of these creative Karen silver designs. Some items are supplied to us from our affiliate showrooms and some are our very own byHillTribe designs supplied to us directly from Phrabhat Huaythom Karen Village through the Karen silversmiths that work directly with us. We take this into account when pricing our products. All designs we commission our Karen silversmiths to do for us, we pay a labor cost of minimum 2000 Baht per Kilogram (approximately $70 USD) for their diligent work. Believe us– that’s a lot more than even the registered “Fair Trade” companies pay!

We often get emails from our regular customers about our competitors offering bigger discounts and free shipping. Yes, we agree the big discounts does sound very good! But please realize that anyone can offer a 60% discount if their market is already 300%. Of all the hill tribe silver suppliers online today, we feel that we are the most transparent about our pricing structure. Here below you will see exactly how much our silver price is calculate at Retail and Discounted Price. More importantly, on every product page you will also see what each silver bead or charm weigh. We don’t leave out any information so that you may do your own calculations and compare with other sites. If you don’t know the weight of the product, you’re loosing out on a better deal! Please ask if you think we can offer you a better price for our products. It is our mission to serve both our customers and our hill tribe silversmiths with honesty and loyalty.

handmade silver earring spiraling sun rays

It truly isn’t fair to our hill tribe silversmiths to markup Retail price so high and boast big discounts. Customers will eventually think hill tribe silver is too expensive– it shouldn’t be that way! Everyone in the jewelry business should know what market value of silver, gold, platinum or even copper costs. When making a purchase, especially as a business, you should always consider these factors. For silver, we will tell these are the factors in pricing our hill tribe silver products.

    1. Stock market price
    2. Tax on silver granules as imported into Thailand.
    3. Cost of silver granules plus VAT on purchasing silver granules to be manufactured.
    4. Labor cost and manufacturing cost.
    5. Finished product markup of 40% up to 60% for Retail.

With such a low markup, we can’t offer free shipping and we can’t offer big discounts like many other site. Our initial cost is so much lower than theirs already. What we can do better is work more closely with you, our valued customers. If you need a better price, all you have to do is ask! If we can do it– we will.

God bless and please stay in touch!

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Posted by byHillTribe on May 27, 2012

Custom Jewelry Designs Jewelry Casting Manufacturer, Thailand

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Custom Silver Jewelry Designs Manufacturer, Thailand.

Click on title to read more at Asia-Charisam.net

There are so many talented jewelry designers and creative jewelry artists around the world. I’ve seen so many sensational creative designs all over the internet; eBay, Etsy and personal jewelry sites. While so many of these jewelry design I find impressive but there seem to be a common error amongst the greatest of designer’s creation– NO BRANDING. If I had this special talent and spent so much time and effort creating this awesome piece of jewelry that would make any person look astonishing wearing it, the first thing that I want to do is make sure that piece of jewelry is tagged with my signature or Logo. It’s an art piece! It’s something I created and I want everyone in the world to know about. That’s every artist’s dream! That’s how all these big names we know all so well got so well known. Personally, I find the independent jewelry artist come up with much more fascinating designs than the biggest name in jewelry– Tiffany and Co.

Yes, I know. That’s Tiffany and Co. I’m referring to and they are the best of the best. Come on! You’re paying 30% more for their product just because it’s their brand! You know it’s the truth. I take up the challenge from anyone to prove me wrong. There are thousands of independent jewelry designers around the globe with so much more talent and create so much beautiful pieces than what I’ve found at the big store. Maybe it’s just my taste and mentality to support the artist and not the big companies but this is truth.

I don’t to say Tiffany and Co. makes junk because that’s not true. They make great jewelry! The fact of the matter is you’re not just paying for content– you’re also paying for the brand. It’s the same in virtually anything sold in the world today. BRANDing increases value of any product and it makes the consumer more comfortable in what they are buying.

I don’t believe in overcharging anyone and I don’t believe that a manufacturer should take advantage of the consumer just because they can. If truth set you free then fairness must give you honor and honor will give you loyalty. Imagine that! Loyal customers you will adore for years and years.

There are many jewelry casting companies around the world that do a wonderful job so the question is what are you looking for? Can you afford their minimum requirements or are you struggling with your jewelry business and can’t afford to pay out a thousand dollars just to make silver jewelry logos for your design? This sounds familiar. Well, there’s really nothing for free in this world but if you are struggling to make ends meet with your product– I feel you. I am too! But I’m still sticking to my guns about product branding. It’s just too important to overlook.

If you are a designer or a company you need this– a Company Logo on your door is required just as you need a Logo on your piece of jewelry. Whoever is wearing your creation will be receiving compliments from his or her friends about that piece of art you created. What will she have to say about a piece of jewelry if she forgot where she bought it or who made it for her? Enough said about Branding and Logos. I know you already this stuff and certainly you get my point.

So you don’t have a huge budget for jewelry logos like Tiffany and Co. Then what and where can you have quality jewelry logos done for cheap? My two recommendations are CK Jewelry in Chiang Mai or if you are overseas, contact the team at Asia-Charisma.net

Click title link above to read more about about their custom jewelry casting services. Thanks for reading!

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Posted by byHillTribe on May 21, 2012

Copper-Beads-Findings-by-Hill-Tribe

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Copper Beads by Asia-Charisma.net.

Oh how wonderful it is when things are going right in the manufacturing part of our business. Our Karen hill tribe artisans couldn’t have been “more on the ball” these recent months. We’re still adjusting with soldering copper pieces as our artisans have been used to working with only silver for so long. Recent months, we bee testing new ground with other metals like copper and bronze but results are just not as pleasing as have a beautiful batch of silver beads delivered. None the less, we are very pleased with how hard they’ve have been working to get this completed with so much care and diligence. The last year has taken a toll on everyone and morale has been on a lubricated slide of as late. But since the Thai New Year, we have rededicated ourselves to do better and serve our customer with more attention. Motivating our artisans to come back and “JUST DO IT” was not an easy thing but we’ve notice big changes in attitudes and results in our products within the last 2 months. Thank you Jesus!

Today we receive a big delivery of GOODIES; copper beads, copper charms and hammered copper toggles and findings along with several kilograms of silver toggles and findings for our beloved customer in Canada. We won’t take pictures of those as they belong to her– meaning the silver designs are her own custom designs so we will leave those out of this blog but we are so happy and feel our Karen silversmiths are back! These are the group of folks we fell in love with before whom have been on the roller coaster with us since the first day. Yes, it seem we all fell in a dark pit of what felt like the pit of no return but now we taken on a new vow and told ourselves that no matter what the market says– we are going to chug along and give our customers the best product and with the quickest turnaround possible. Like we have done in the past when business was as smooth as a swan in a pond.

The result is great. Now we know who’s really watching over us and carefully motivating and guiding these the hard times.

Custom copper jewelry is created by our affiliate The Asia Charisma Team. Please feel free to visit and learn more about our hill tribe artisans and our work by clicking on the title link above.

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Posted by byHillTribe on May 18, 2012

pricing structure changes for hill tribe silver

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Pricing Structures : Hill Tribe Silver, by one creative Thai Karen village.

We are pleased a new pricing structuring system has been introduced at Silver-by-hilltribe.com as this was truly needed. Our customer need more distinguishable pricing system. With so much volatility in our silver manufacturing business, we want to offer our sincerest service to our customers. We are have been over concerned about how we can survive to turbulence in such economic problem and have nearly forgotten the fundamentals of why we even exist as a business. It’s the customer. It always has been the customers that have the foundation of what our business is about. The jewelry designers, the retail businesses and the wholesalers. With price being going up and then down and then up– who knows what is next. But the point of the matter is, our customers have been through this roller coaster ride with us from the very beginning. We must take care of them as without their survival, where will we be in a few months time.
It is our privilege to work with some of the best jewelry designers in the business of jewelry designing. What we need to know now is how best to serve you. You need different styles? Do you need different designs or more of the same in lighter weight? What is selling for you as a retailer? Can we work together to develop something to meet your local demand for certain products? If so, how? Please let us know. We are open to your ideas and want to hear your thoughts.

Where is silver price headed? When should we invest and buy silver? We don’t know as it seems beyond us. We’ve tried but don’t think it’s worth our effort and energy to try to predict the market when it compromises our relationship with the people who feed us– you the customer. If you know the answers, we want in! LOL

We love our customers and want to do what ever possible to take care of their needs. This is a major milestone for our little company. If you have any thoughts or comments, please let us know. And please do come and visit us at Silver-by-hilltribe.com

Comments are always welcomed! Have a good day. God bless.

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Posted by byHillTribe on May 14, 2012

Casting silver daisy flower pendant logo, Part 2

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We’re making headway with this logo and want to make sure we keep this blog updated for everyone interested. Our customer decided to change how her initials look on the daisy flower pendant. Here’s what we’ve revised the design to be.

Three letters on 3 different petals. We have yet to agree on the font and size of the flower so this will be the next step. Slow progress but this is crucial as making a master can be costly if the design is not right from the start. We leave it to our customers to decide on how the item should look and feel since we are quite confident the outcome will be good!

We’re looking forward to hearing back from her soon.

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