Maker2u and Maker2uCellar are marketplaces where you can browse and buy directly from hundreds of artisan businesses around NZ. This is a great way to avoid venues and markets during coronavirus so to help Kiwi families and our makers out we have reduced the marketplaces commission to just 10% which only covers the credit card fees and basic costs.
By shopping on Maker2u and Maker2u Cellar you are supporting the small businesses all around NZ that create high value jobs and stronger communities. It’s a great way to support the businesses that are struggling to export during coronavirus.
On Maker2u you purchase products directly from the maker, with no middlemen, so 90% (during coronavirus – normally 86.5%) of the retail price goes to a small NZ business. The marketplace pays the credit card, processing fees and all other costs.
Maker2u is a great place to buy healthy, organic and sustainable products online direct from the makers all around New Zealand.
When buying on Maker2u, we suggest that you buy in larger quantities so that shipping costs are more easily absorbed. ie, buying 6 bottles of wine instead of 1. 3 jars of jam instead of 1. Most makers will offer free shipping over a minimum spend. This offer will be displayed as a badge on their store.
Buy for the month rather that for the week. (Unless it is fruit and vegetables)
You place your orders through each individual makers store. You are charged a separate shipping fee for the goods coming from each maker.
The maker then packages up your order and fulfils it to you via a courier firm.
There is a feedback section within each store and for each product in the marketplace. All feedback, negative or positive, is helpful for the maker and other shoppers.
Maker2u is committed to building stronger communities and we are doing everything we can to help Maker2u be a platform that supports Kiwi families and small Kiwi businesses during coronavirus. We are self funded (but always looking for a generous sponsor to help us in our mission)
How Maker2u Works For Sellers:
Maker2u has two parts. Maker2uCellar.com is the licenced marketplace for alcohol. Maker2u.com is for groceries and health and beauty products.
It is Free for small NZ producers to create a store on Maker2u or Maker2uCellar.
Orders from your Maker2u store are emailed to you and you fulfil them directly from your premises.
The marketplace charges 10% commission (during coronavirus. This is normally 13.5%) on product sales and 5% on shipping.
As a default all stores in Maker2u will charge a base rate of $5.50 for delivery of any customer order. On top of this the store will charge a default $0.50 per additional product (2nd, 3rd, 4th…) in the order. The store is also by default set up to give any customer Free shipping if they spend over $100 in one order. The store is also set up by default to allow rural deliveries with a default charge of $2 for rural deliveries. All of these settings can be changed by the maker who operates their store to meet their unique requirements. The maker can also opt to instead use the more expensive rate finder system described below. (This uses NZPost rates)
The marketplace is integrated with the NZPost Rate Finder which can allow those makers who want to use it to have automated calculation of shipping rates. These are relatively expensive NZPost rates and it is not the recommended option. When makers receive these funds they can use any courier they wish. (Very remote rural makers should use a town pick up address, such as a local chemist or post office, where possible to reduce shipping costs.)
If you are using the NZPost rate finder system, you need to have the weight (kg) and dimensions (cm) of each product correctly entered to allow the NZPost Rate Finder shipping calculation. You need to have your business address entered correctly to allow the marketplace to calculate shipping.
We suggest that makers list ‘products’ in their store that are packs/bundles/multiples, not single items, for shipping efficiencies. Do not list single items for sale. Offer good value on volume purchasing.
You will receive the orders from Maker2u or Maker2uCellar by email. You will need to print your own shipping labels.
We pay you 90% (during coronavirus – normally 86.5%) of the product price on the 20th day of the month following sale, plus the full shipping cost that was charged to the buyer less 5% commission.
You can ‘close’ your store to customers whenever you like for holidays using the ‘vacation’ mode.
Your store has stock control which helps you manage the volume of orders you will receive.
The marketplace commission (of 10% during coronavirus – normally 13.5%) pays for all the credit card fees, the marketing costs of getting shoppers to your store as well as the hosting and maintenance of the marketplace.
There is a wholesale feature which allows you to enter a wholesale price and a minimum wholesale volume for cafe’s, bars, restaurants, hotels, etc.. to buy from you through Maker2u and Maker2uCellar.
We collaborate very closely with our makers and are happy to add any new product ‘categories’ you need and develop any new features that makers suggest.