From the truly-amazing-department: you guys have earned over $100,000 with your Shapeways shops, counting from the moment Shapeways started back in 2008. That's true earnings, not just revenue. I think that deserves a round of applause! How about we aim for another $100,000 in just 6 months from now?
(Picture: record shipment of 136 orders in one day, last month. From left to right: Egbert, Petra en Ramon)
If you take into consideration the fact that many designers are purchasing their own products en masse to sell offline, or on other sites, then you'll find that the $100k number was surely surpassed back in 2010.
I'm curious to know if Shapeways can tell us what the OVERALL most popular (in sales terms) sorts of items are that sell. I'm not asking for the names of the top shops. It's along the lines of what I've been wanting to see for a while - a sort of "trending now" list. Is it jewellery, gadgets, toys, trains(!), etc?
Most likely I think popular things are hobby related, like the trains, collector things like puzzles and dice, jewelry of course and apple related accessories. Overall, the popularity of items (gallery sorted on popularity) will pretty much relate to what sells as well.
Hey Gijs, you got it, the things people are passionate about are what sells the most so far.
Dice, puzzles, trains, miniatures and jewelry are all quite popular, selling well with a small mark-up, so lots and lots of sales.
There is also growing interest in gadget accessories, especially if they are Apple flavored.
But we are constantly excited by the new niches that are opening up, robots, dinosaurs, steampunk, bike accessories, lego hacks, and more.
Also note that sales are not happening with linear growth but with spikes that are based on the popularity of individual items, that spreads throughout the Shapeways shops, then levels out at a higher point then previous sales.
So, the more you promote your items, the more interest in Shapeways, the more sales for everyone.
The next 100k is doable in the next 6 months if you all promote yourselves..
Please feel free to contact me if you need any help.
My guess is puzzles are #1, trains , tiny figurines/sculptures (i foresee an explosion of sales on that area now with the new ultra detail material - it's time to ride the zbrush wagon ) , jewelery , dice and gadgets.