Closing web site

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by stripes, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. stripes

    stripes Member

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    Well I have to reorganize and have closed down modelrailstructures.
    I will continue to go to local train shows and sell Building blocks through mail order.
    I am selling some detail parts and structures on ebay!
    My ebay id is ; modelrailstructures
    Thank you,
    David
  2. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    Aw. :(
    I had you bookmarked for when we started getting ready for my daughter's layout. :(
  3. CCT70

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    Mind if I ask why? I have visited your site several times. I liked it.
  4. jbaakko

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    David, I'm gonna have to buy some of those blocks soon!
  5. COMBAT

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    David, are you no longer going to be selling stuff? I too have you bookmarked. I have to finish the bench and such before I can order anything. Bummer!
  6. stripes

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    As I said, I am going to reorganize! The web site was costing me $52.00 a month and I was not selling enough to even support the site, never mind keep up with inventory.
    I will still be in the forums, and will probably do some form of newletter and mail order business. The blocks are something I will defanatly keep up with.
    David
  7. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

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    Dang $52!? Maybe you shoudl just stick to making eBay auctions once a month or something?
  8. spyder62

    spyder62 New Member

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    Sorry to hear that David but know the feeling. I'm still tring to get the work in to pay off the laser
    rich
    rslaserkits
  9. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    Wow, $52.00?

    You are with the wrong ISP there David. My company website is only $28.00 per month and I get 50GB of space for that.
  10. COMBAT

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    David, do you still have stock? I wanted some stuff! :)
  11. JAyers

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    To be honest, you probably aren't pulling in enough bandwidth to be costing more than $5-10 a month. I agree, check with a2.com, I have my website there and it cost about $3.99 a month, and that's with PHP, MySQL and other software goodies.
  12. fsm1000

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    Stripes, try google pages it is free. :)
  13. stripes

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    Web Site

    I still have all my inventory, except what is selling on ebay at the moment. I also have kept the domain name so that when I found a provider that was reasonably priced I could continue. I will show my wife the sites you guys recomended, but from what I have seen, (Yahoo, Paypal, etc..) all charge lots of $ for ecommerce sites.
    The website http://www.modelrailstructures.com is still active as a page under construction and has all my contact info. I am just trying to find a less expensive way of doing business, so all of us can reap a benefit. I even was thinking about some form of buying CO-OP?? Who knows???
    Will keep everyone informed as I progress and any sugestions are welcome!
    THIS IS MY HOBBY, so no matter what I am not going anywhere. LOL

    And as I told my wife when I started! If this stuff don`t sell, I`m going to have one heck of a layout!:thumb:

    David
  14. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    David, there are a couple of local shows coming up.

    Sorry I missed the Sudbury show last year.
    Will we see you in Barrie on Feb 17-18, or in Midland on May 26-27?
  15. stripes

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    Yes you will!

    I am only trying to organize and offer better prices! I will be at Lindsay, Midland and Bracebridge in 2007!
    For now my consentration will be on offering better prices and cutting down on my expenses. For example, IF I can eliminate the high cost that Yahoo was charging me, and focus on the building blocks, by using a simple mail order system and a newsletter, I should be able to reduce the cost of a one lb. bag of blocks from $8.49 down to $6.49
    As you know, our shipping costs here in Canada are higher than the states, and as of the first of the year Canada Post had a price increase!
    Anyway, The "Stucco Coating" and "Building Blocks" will always be available. The other products that I was importing from the States, and then most of the time ,shipping back down there are being eliminated, Plus I can not compete with the big discount ecommerce sites.
    Bear with me guys! LOL.
    David

    PS, Will, who is your site provider??
  16. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    David, I am in Hunstville on Cogeco high speed, Cogeco are hosting the site for me. You can have anyone host your site. To get the Paypal link up, you need a Paypal account, I am not sure how much that is. You might want to ask Rich (spyder62) about Paypal. I redid Rich's site and am currently administrating both my site and RSlaser Kits site.
  17. stripes

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    Ok, after spending several hours on the phone with great folks like Will and Spyder62 I think I can have another site up and running within a few days! Building Blocks, and Stucco Coating, plus detail parts are going to be my main products. I will limit the amount of structures I sell, and there will be no tutorials or ground covers, litchen etc.. ! But it will cut down on my bandwith and I can offer better pricing!!!!
    Thank you for the great emails I have recieved, and especially to Will and Rich for there advice!!
    aussie

    David
    modelrailstructures
  18. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    You are most welcome David. Always like to help keep a Canadian business up and running. Escpecially one with such a caring owner.

    Thanks for sticking around.
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    spyder62 New Member

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    Hey David just keep after it . It will work out in the end, I hope on this end also have that laser to pay off before I make a dime.
    rich
    rslaserkits.com
  20. COMBAT

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    Let me know what that site will be. I should be about ready when you are. :)