July 19, 2020 at 7:57 pm #38838
I am Servilius Nerva, the adiutor cornicularii of the praetorium of the Provincia Sarmatia, I am mainly responsible for the production and marketing of products in our province.
From my friends, I learned that the Senate is deciding on the creation of a trading place. There was a similar attempt several years ago, as I know, but it failed. The marketplace project can only be successful if supported by a sufficient number of people involved in the production of products for sale. Last time it was not taken into account. Now I don’t see anything like it either. This is odd considering the past failure. It is bad when decisions are made without prior consultation.
One way or another, the Sarmatians are ready for negotiations, we have enough products to fill the marketplace with goods. We do everything from sewing togas and tunics to making armor and minting coins. For clarity, below are photos of our recent products, which we photographed before shipping to the customer.
Without the Sarmatians, the project of the republic market place is simply untenable, so I am waiting for proposals from authorized persons of the Senate or magistrates.
T-shirts and polos with embroidery or high quality prints:
Lararium:July 20, 2020 at 12:09 am #38840
Sextus Decius MusDenarii: 𐆖 229.40PlebeiusAlta Planitia
Those look like exciting products! The current plan would easily allow these products to be sold and other similar designs to be sold as well.
As far as I’m aware, the republic never actually attempted to sell anything. This was because such proposals were essentially not approved for various reasons.
I think the current proposal is Good because it decentralizes the marketplace idea. The current plan allows anyone to become a vendor in the larger marketplace. Sarmatia or any group or person Could sell their merchandise within this market. The advantage of participating in this large open market would be accessing a captive audience interested in buying Roman goods and services, and offering more competitive rates than other marketplaces such as Etsy or Amazon to buyers. I think a one-stop online shop for all Roman products would allow consumers very competitive prices and vendors more traffic—a win-win for all Romans.July 20, 2020 at 4:21 pm #38848
As far as I’m aware, the republic never actually attempted to sell anything.
Judging by the reports of Flavius Severus and Junius Brutus in the Senate, such attempts were repeated, and they were all unsuccessful. I read their posts and materials on the old forum, and I had doubts about the success of the current attempt.
Let me summarize and draw a few conclusions, if I’m wrong, correct me:
– While creating this project, you did not consult with anyone who is already engaged in the stable sale of Roman goods? It turns out that you are just creating a platform in the hope that it will be popular and someone will trade on it?
– You are not going to work with large manufacturers, offering them favorable conditions so that they place exclusive goods on yours, and not sell the goods through projects like Arx or Nova Roma? Simply put, you do not intend to work with sellers, offering any favorable terms, but expect that the sellers will come to you themselves.
– Explain to me as a seller and a buyer why I should choose your platform, and not, for example, Arx? How does this platform compare favorably?July 20, 2020 at 9:13 pm #38854
Sextus Decius MusDenarii: 𐆖 229.40PlebeiusAlta Planitia
Explain to me as a seller and a buyer why I should choose your platform, and not, for example, Arx? How does this platform compare favorably?
Arx is a retailer not a multivendor marketplace. As a seller in the RR Mercatus you would retain control of your product, how it is marketed, and in direct contact with your customers. Our Mercatus would truly be a market. A place to sell and buy. Not a store itself. Compared to other marketplaces we would offer favourable commission, probably around 4%. This is better than etsy or amazon. Further as a seller using the RR Mercatus you would be selling to a consumer base entirely composed of your captive market, Romans. This is a specialized niche that has no “one stop” place to shop today. Sellers would also benefit from having an easy to use and customize store front. No website set up needed.
Buyers would benefit as they can easily find Roman goods from multiple vendors in one place. Competition within a single market place between sellers should also result in improved quality of goods and competitive prices.
I have yet to hear a downside to this model that is convincing. But I’m certainly eager to work with potential sellers to hear their concerns and build an ever better platform. 😊
Our current proposal merely orders construction of a platform. We have asked for many features to be added in order to be adaptable to consumer and seller feedback.September 10, 2020 at 2:32 pm #39538
I am skeptical about the proposed project, because for more than ten years I have been manufacturing and marketing products in the field of historical reconstruction, I am well versed in this issue. I understand what you are talking about is good, but I do not understand why you think this is sufficient. You talk about “technical” issues, but you need a product or at least sellers to work, and I see no interest for sellers. If you do not have a demanded product or sellers selling a demanded product, then there will be no buyers. This is the Achilles heel of this market. And I cannot figure out exactly how this problem will be solved.
I saw that the Roman Republic had already offered some goods, masks, T-shirts, I wonder what was the demand for them, what was the profit?September 10, 2020 at 8:03 pm #39557
Quintus Furius CamillusDenarii: 𐆖 685.00PatriciusBritannia
I am told we raised $100 on masks in the last month. This was at zero expense to the Respublica. I am told our website has thousands of unique visitors every month. So this value is not surprising to me. I think we can and must serve this audience better by offering them Roman goods and expertise.
The Senate has created a committee to explore the idea of a market place with independent sellers. We are in the process of gathering information from prospective sellers and buyers.
The Senate is interested in becoming a seller. In such a case Respublica funds will be used to create products. So all profits would go back to the treasury. So we are guaranteed goods being offered in the market from this source. But I think having sellers beyond the Senate would provide a better market for consumers. Assuming, of course, there are other sellers. A concern you raise.
As a possible seller, I would be very interested in your ideas in how we at the Roman Republic could design a platform to increase your sales.
If you know other sellers that would be interested in providing us insight on your prospectives please let me know.
VALE!September 20, 2020 at 1:26 am #39790
Gaius Cominius LaenasDenarii: 𐆖 2.05EquesterEria
One hundred dollars after costs on masks in a month isn’t bad. Question.
Why don’t we just sell through an established site. Say like Etsy or Amazon? With Amazon we could even use their logistics system for delivery. Might be easier and in the end less costly. Certainly has less risk.
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