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New Product Price Calculator Tool

posted by admin at 01/15/2020

We're pleased to announce the addition of a brand new product pricing calculator tool which is available to all vendors in your back end admin area only. Click the blue button next to the 'Item Price' field to open the calculator.

The tool is designed to be a quick price calculation tool to confirm that your pricing is correct and that you are actually making some money! :-)

Pricing your products for selling, either wholesale or full retail, is difficult at the best of times. Hopefully this first of a series of new online tools available to Odissa members will help to remedy that situation and provide confidence to be able to price products accordingly.

How to use the tool:


Add up all your materials and services costs; raw metal, stones, castings bought in, engraving costs, etc.


Enter your packaging costs and any postage that you may have incurred for sending the item out and having it returned for any services you may have used, or materials sent to you after being ordered in, for example, engraving and stones again.

Markup (% Optional):

You can optionally enter a markup here. A typical markup would be 50% (especially on metals. You wouldn’t usually buy metal in and sell it for the same price as you bought it once it’s been used on your product. This is a bonus but you can also think of it as an insurance policy to pay for mistakes or jobs that don’t go to plan! Hopefully, over a year you’re still in credit and haven’t had too many things go wrong!:-)

‘Materials Total’ is the sum of the above calculation.

The ‘Labour’ Section:

Time Taken(Hours):

Self explanatory; how long did it take you? 30 minutes? Enter ‘0.5’ 45 minutes? Enter 0.75

Hourly Rate:

How much are you paying yourself/hour? Experience will count for this figure. If you’re a total newbie and things take longer for you than they would do if you were more experienced, then start with a low hourly wage. The least you should work for is minimum wage but as you get more experience and faster, you could maybe be working at around £25/hour (at time of writing in 2020) – only you can decide this.

Markup (% Optional): 

This is optional. For instance, if you have an employee/somebody else has made the item for you and their hourly rate is £25/hr, you would mark up the outwork as it’s no point charging the same amount as you pay out; you won’t make any money. Double up if you can, 100% is a reasonable figure for a labour mark up.

Labour Total:

Self explanatory again; it’s the total labour from the calculation above!


A years worth of accounts can give you an accurate figure here so, if you can calculate the percentage from your previous accounts, enter it using the ‘Custom’ radio button selected. However as a rough guide without this figure, if you’re working from home in your back room or a converted/custom home workshop, chances are your overheads will be ‘Low’; if you rent a small unit, opt for ‘Medium’. Dedicated factory? Opt for ‘High’. Chances are, if you opt for high overheads, you might be able to calculate an accurate figure as you should have done your sums previously!

New Features for Odissa Sellers

posted by admin at 12/19/2019

New Feature Number 1:


Odissa sellers can now create multiple logins and have up to 5 seller assistants for members of their team to help maintain their shop area. Eg, add products, update prices and descriptions etc.


So come on! Rope in your partners, friends and family and get them working for you!


New Feature Number 2:


We now have an enhanced order management tool in the Odissa backend admin area which allows shop owners to manage all their orders whether placed through Odissa or from any sales channel. Eg. Etsy, Not on the High Street, own website etc.

Orders can be entered manually and the display acts as an organiser so you can view at a glance the order details and plan which order needs working on and when it’s due for completion.

Members can create colour coded backgrounds for different status flags, add internal note references and orders change colour when they become due within 3 days to point them out so you can start panicking!


Let us know what you think.

Lost Jewellery Recovery Service - Jewellery Reunited

posted by admin at 11/26/2019

Jewellery Reunited is a service run by The Guild of Jewellery Designers to help reunite lost or stolen jewellery with its rightful owner

The idea of a service to reunite people with their loved jewellery came about following a month of desperately retracing steps and turning our house upside down while frantically searching every room, twice sometimes three, with no luck. Finally resigned to the despair of losing my engagement, eternity and wedding rings ( I hasten to add, not even a year old, as we tied the knot in April).

However while getting ready for a change of hair colour, imagine my elation (well my husbands elation as he didn’t need to purchase them again), at finding all my rings inside a hair dye box (don’t ask). The following morning while lying in bed, dreamily admiring my rings back on my finger, I wondered if I could have them engraved with my phone number to enable them to be returned in the future, should I be unfortunate enough to lose them. (Luckily my husband is a fantastic laser engraver) Pondering if this would be feasible, a eureka moment occurred, why not enable rings to be engraved with a unique number registering them to their owner… and the rest, as they say, is history.

Toni x

Ask if it's Hallmarked

posted by admin at 11/01/2019

Internet retailers are being accused of having little regard for protecting consumers after a study found a third of gold jewellery sold online could be fake. The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) conducted a 10 day study and found 6,377 listings - or 36% - did not mention a hallmark.

Jewellery advertised as precious metal (over 1gramme or Silver over 7.78 grammes) but does not have a hallmark to confirm the product's authenticity, is being sold illegally.

Anything sold in the UK which is made from a precious metal - silver, gold, platinum and palladium - and is over a certain weight must have a hallmark.

The research suggests that housands of items of fake gold jewellery could be on sale in the UK each year and the study could highlight just a fraction of the total number of contraventions.  

Few internet big players are willing to step up and help protect consumers by enforcing the regulations, leaving this solely to local trading standards departments who are poorly equipped to deal with the situation and don't have the required powers to cope with internet trade in this area.

Consumers should always ask an online seller if an item has been hallmarked (if it's over the legal requirement) and it is hoped that the current Hallmarking Act can be extended to cover internet trade in the very near furure to enforce a sturdy strategy of protecting businesses and consumers from unfair trading practices.

It is also hoped that the Government will work with large online organisations, such as Amazon and Ebay, to educate, inform and raise awareness of precious metal selling regulations and the law.

Please contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Trading Standards offices for further information about hallmarking disputes and what to do if you suspect a dealer is acting illegally.


PPL Cover for Arts and Crafts

posted by admin at 10/09/2019

We are pleased to announce that a new subscription is available to sellers of jewellery and other craftworks that includes £5M Products and Public Liability insurance cover for arts and crafts.

Cover includes sales to the USA and Canada, the use of heat on third party premises, exhibiting at craft fairs and exhibitions and teaching. Read the Policy Summary to determine if it suits your needs.

Public liability Insurance, what is it?

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