Posted by byHillTribe on May 31, 2012

Pricing Structures : Hill Tribe Silver


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!

Posted by byHillTribe on May 7, 2012

Karen hill tribe silversmiths deliver on Fridays and Mondays


Our Karen friends made a delivery today! We are a little more excited than usual as turn around time has been slow in previous months. This is not due to the fact that our Karen silversmiths are lazy or anything of that sort. It’s because orders are coming at a slower pace and lower volume. Due to lack of work, many Karen hill tribe silversmiths have taken on part time jobs or gone as far as moved onto other things to support their family. A few have even moved from their village in Prabhat Huaythom to take on construction work in bigger cities like Lamphun, Chiang Mai and Bangkok. It breaks our heart to see everyone being disappointed by our own high expectations. When orders come in and our artisans pick their phone and agree to come back to work– we are extremely pleased. We are even more pleased to see the results of their work in our hand because this just proves to us that they are as dedicated as we are. Most importantly this means we are able to send out customer order as quickly as we have done before.

Thank God for all of you. We appreciate your business and continued support!

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Posted by byHillTribe on May 3, 2012

Editing hill tribe silver pendant for website


Photographing silver jewelry can be difficult. Use photoshop to bring the detail of each piece will give a better impression with your customers.

Hill Tribe Silver digital image editing for web – YouTube.

Posted by byHillTribe on May 3, 2012

Karen hill tribe silversmiths in natural working environment


A short video of Karen hill tribe artisans working in their natural environment– in their own homes.

Silver-By-Hilltribe1.m4v – YouTube.