Posted by byHillTribe on June 1, 2012

Top selling hill tribe silver beads

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Over the last year, some customers have asked us for input on the best selling hill tribe silver designs from our catalog. We’ve done well at answering these requests but after many response to the same question, we sense a more useful method would be to blog about it. This way, we can direct everyone to the answer and have image ready for you to review as well. We hope you find this list useful but please, please keep this in perspective as your location is a big factor in what will be a good seller or a dud. Below is are thumbnail images of the many items that have been the best selling designs from our catalog. We assess this list by calculating how many Kilograms we have sold of each product from January 2011 through March of 2012. All items on this list has been the hill tribe silver items that we consider our honey pot which we’ve managed to sell 500 grams or more during this period.

Considering to quantity we want to put on this list, we will have to break it down in categories. Below is our Hill Tribe Silver Beads. Click on the image will reveal the item number. Please visit Silver-by-HillTribe.com to review product description and price.

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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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