Posted by byHillTribe on November 6, 2012

New silver heart charms no number by hill tribe only

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It’s been some time since our last update. We are pleased to be able to upload these images as we’ve had several request for new heart charms over the last quarter. Manufacturing has been very slow as orders are not coming in as rapidly. This pushes us into a situation where many items will be deleted from our current catalog to make room for these new designs. It’s a good thing– yes, we agree but unfortunately, upgrading our catalog will take time and some effort. We appreciate your patience in the mean time.

Meanwhile, here are some silver heart charms made by Na Sai’s best silversmiths. Over recent months, many of our Karen hill tribe artisans have moved on to do other things as the substantial slowdown in our global economy has cause many changes in our small silver business. Although we have every ounce of appreciation for the business and clients we do have, the orders submitted to our artisans are not enough to keep many hard working craftsmen working. Due to lack of work, many have found themselves in need of other jobs to make ends meet. We are sorry to see such effects, however we also realize how difficult it is for everyone around the world during these turbulent times. That said, we truly feel blessed for what we have.

God bless and do make sure to drop by and browse our online catalog at Silver-by-HillTribe.com!

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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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