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Old 04-29-2010, 09:58
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Sorry mods, I wasn't sure which thread to post this question.

I've recently been thinking about selling pettiskirts, an added addition to my hairbow store. My dilemma is that my really good friend makes/sells tutus and I advertise her store on mine.

I just wanted to know if you ladies think it would inconsiderate and rude of me if I sell pettiskirts in my store, while still advertising her tutus? Would this come across as somewhat stealing her idea or even competing with her business? I just don't want to hurt her feelings unknowingly, you know? I guess I could ask her how she feels about this but I wanted to ask you ladies first just to get a feel first whether I'm inconsiderate or not.

Please be honest with me. I know I definetely do not want to come across as doing any of the mentioned above. I do not NEED to sell pettiskirts desperately enough to ruin a wonderful friendship, ykwim?

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Old 04-29-2010, 10:11
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I don't think so...Tutus and pettiskirts are different...You could always ask her how she feels about it, but it is your site, afterall.

I have a friend that does hairbows too, and we sometimes do shows together. Our styles are different though, so you either like her style or my style.
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:36
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I agree with mothermayi pettiskirts and tutus are two different items, I don't think she'd offeneded. Have you tried talking to her about it?
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:37
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they are 2 different things. just keep advertising her tutu's and you will be fine!
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:54
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Ask her about it. Let her know what you're thinking. I think they are 2 different things also, but this way she won't feel bad about a thing because you were up front about it first =)
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:57
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I agree that you should talk to her first. Just say you were thinking about selling Pettis but you didn't want them to compete with her tutus and and ask how she feels about it. Does she have her own store to sell her tutus?
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I would tell her that you are going to start selling them, explain to her that they are 2 different items and let her know you will still be advertising her store on your site.
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I contemplated this same thing briefly. I too have a friend who makes and sells tutus and I also link her in my Etsy page. I thought about buying some pettiskirts recently, but thought it just wasn't worth it. I would suggest talking to her and seeing how she feels about it.
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I offer both in my store, yes they are very different. And the customers that will purchase either are also very different they are either a tutu customer or a petti customer. Many customers have come in with the intent of buying a petti($50) but left with a tutu($20) I don't think you should be worried about it, just let her know that you have heard that petti's sell really well and your thinking of giving them a try.
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I would tell her about it and I can't see why she would mind. I think it would be fine.
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