Based in Boston, MA, Kitsy Lane (www.kitsylane.com) is an online jewelry retailer that allows you to curate and sell products through a personal “e-boutique,” while earning up to 25% commission on every sale. The company claims that people from all walks of life operate their own boutiques—from busy professionals, to stay at home moms, and even some celebrities. In addition to individual boutiques, Kitsy Lane is also a traditional online storefront, where you can shop for jewelry-related merchandise just as you would through any other site.
Kitsy Lane carries a wide variety of jewelry, from big names to smaller names, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and much more. In addition, you can also become a vendor if you have your own jewelry line, which must be pre-approved by the company. Kitsy Lane claims to differentiate themselves from their competition by offering significantly discounted items.
How Kitsy Lane Works
Kitsy Lane makes it relatively easy for you to sign up and get started with your own jewelry boutique, and since this service is free, you won’t need to provide any billing information or undergo a preapproval process. You simply need to complete a standard signup form and decide on your boutique’s name; everything else is handled for you.
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After signing up, Kitsy Lane instantly provides you with a ready-made storefront and a personalized web address (e.g. YourStoreName.KitsyLane.com), which can be thought of as your very own affiliate page. You will then be given the chance to customize your page, with a wide variety of color, texture, background, logo, footer, and welcome message options from which to choose. In addition, you can pick what items you want to include in your boutique, which items you want displayed on your home page, your weekly flash sale products, and much more.
Kitsy Lane claims to provide you with all the essential resources to help you market your online jewelry boutique, which really just consist of social sharing tools (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.), the ability to invite friends to your store, and the option to sign up for exclusive webinars. In addition, you can also create e-coupons to send out to friends and family.
After you’ve effectively marketed your boutique, Kitsy Lane will handle all payment processing and shipping; very similar to a drop ship. As such, the company doesn’t appear to be a pyramid scheme, since they don’t require any money upfront, and you’re actually selling tangible goods. Instead, Kitsy Lane is more focused on creating additional marketing channels through “middlemen” like you.
The Kitsy Lane Payment Plan
Curiously, despite Kitsy Lane’s claim that users can earn up to 25% commission per sale, their website does not expressly state how this can occur. However, the site does explain that you can earn up to an additional 15% of each sale made from other boutiques referred by you. With this in mind, we can only assume that your commission will be based on the total amount of sales you make. The breakdown on their site provides the following:
- If you make 5 orders per week, with approximately $75 per order, you will earn a total of $3,500 per year.
- If you make 5 orders per day, with approximately $75 per order, you will earn a total of $25,000 per year.
- If you make 20 orders per day, with approximately $75 per order, you will earn a total of $100,000 per year.
If you have your calculator handy, you’ll notice the above numbers are based on an 18% commission rate, so it’s important that you call the company directly to find out exactly how commission is accrued prior to opening your boutique. As an added bonus though, you can earn commissions off of your own purchases through the site.
Once your boutique is up and running, your previous month’s commission payments will be issued to you on or around the 15th of each month in the form of a check. A third-party vendor (www.bill.com) disburses these payments, and charges a $1 processing fee for each check issued. Keep in mind that Kitsy Lane will need to have your social security number on file in order to issue your 1099 for tax purposes.
- Easy to sign up and start your own online jewelry boutique, while earning up to 25% commission on each sale.
- All basic marketing tools, including exclusive webinars, are included.
- No pyramid scheme – you’re selling real products.
- Earn commissions from your own purchases through Kitsy Lane.
- Contributing factors to qualify for 25% commission are not specifically outlined on the site.
Big Mistake! Do not join this company!
I had a customer place a substantially huge order and returned part of it. Kitsy Lane only refunded part of the money owed. Can't get ahold of anyone to get money owed.
No one has ever earned more than $600 or more. Ever.
I work at KL....for now. They have OSHA complaints filed against them- no hot (or warm) water in their offices, they don't pay their employees on time. They don't even have a EEO poster on site. Oh, I am a boutique owner.
If you go into this thinking you are going to make money, forget it. The plus side is it's free so you are not out any money. The jewelry is expensive and the quality is equivalent to what you can buy at Claire's or Francesca's for 1/2-1/3 price, I ordered a few pieces for myself so I could make the call after reading all of the horrible reviews.
I am very disappointed as it is not what I expected, very cheaply made. I got customers very quick, I have a lot of FB friends....not one order in 30 days!! A scarf that is being sold at a sale price of $72.00 is also at my local mall in a hallmark store for $29.99....I guess you could say that did it for me!! Knowing what I know, I couldn't feel comfortable selling this to my friends. Goodluck or better luck than I had if you do this.
I have done multiple direct sales jobs and when I signed up for Kitsy Lane I could tell within days that it wasn't going to be worth it. The jewelry is so expensive that no one these days can afford it. And after reading multiple reviews about bad experiences and how it wasn't worth the time I decided against continuing. Then I came across Jewelry In Candles and for the first time ever I am actually making real money! I have come to realize that free sign ups are bound for failure. I paid a small fee to start Jewelry In Candles and it was the best decision I ever made! Companies that require rep kits really give you something to make your business a success. I now have repeat customers and people actually really love these candles and they are affordable. If anyone would like to try something fun that actually makes money for only $29.95 (will go up to $49.95 on Feb 28th) check it out. In the meantime don't waste your time on this one :)
Kitsy Lane....not sure yet!
I'm not so sure about this yet. I just started but after reading all the reviews I am not a little scared seeing that the jewelry is so cheap looking! The prices are very high and so far no ones seems to care about it. I picked this up trying to make some extra money because I sell Jewelry In Candles as well. I think I will stick to Jewelry In Candles since I have already made a couple hundred bucks in just 8 weeks and I already know I get paid and I know exactly how much commission I get. Jewelry In Candles even has great customer service if you have any issues! Kitsy Lane I hear you can never get anyone when you need them!
Anyone who wants to join my team doing Jewelry In Candles, it's fun and people seem to really love the concept and are buying them! It is now $49.95 for the starter kit but trust me it's worth it and I made my money back from that within the first week! Up to 40% commission, free website, no monthly fees and no quotas :)
Email me if you'd like more info! JicRep2013 @ yahoo.com
I think this is a fun business/opportunity. I like doing this (marketing and sales). BUT, I have yet to make one single sale. Been doing this 3 and a half months so far. I like it but I wish I could make money at it! (I secretly wonder if I am getting sales and I am not being credited. But I can't say this.) I think they need to bring down the prices. I like the boutique storefronts and the products. I work at it everyday. My boutique is on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and I post and pin daily. Each day I spend about 2 or more hours on this business.
I make more $ collecting cans/bottles...
I have been at this for about a year I have not gotten any sales and no one wants to sign up just to browse my store. I only have two likes on my facebook page I created for my store. The only people who answer your questions are other members, I would prefer the owners of the company be the ones to answer the questions.
It also doesn't say who owns the company I would like pictures/names/profile of the owners up on the website and will be emailing them to give them my ideas/thoughts but I feel for me I make more money collecting recyclables, selling stuff to resale shops, legit online paid survey companies. When I have asked people why they aren't interested, I can tell by their answers it's the products themselves as some have told me they prefer that it tells you where the item is made - since more of the items are made in China
I suggest do your research to decide if you want to join. You can also promote your site by putting up flyers and handing out business cards (but you have to pay for these items yourself) and I am too poor to buy any of these items to post around town or hand out to people.
From all the reviews I've read from this site I would say that I'm the complete opposite; but then again I am the kind of person that looks at the glass half full.
So, from what I've gathered the majority of these former /current boutique owners that have had bad experience must not have really put the effort as necessary.
I currently work 2 jobs and doing this part time and one of my goals is to drop the jobs and get this going as a full time career. I'm not there yet, but I'm flexible and willing. I'm giving myself time and constantly learning! This, after all, is a numbers game.
I've tried other networking and direct sales professions, but this is not bad for a free start up business site. Albeit, it may not be for everybody, but you never know unless you try. I guess I'm one of those 20%-ters, where the 80% follow the path of least resistance and the remaining do it smartly, with passion, and focus.
I would recommend this to my friends-- it is completely up to them to take the path.
The jewelry pieces are actually pretty fair for the price. Jewelry, just like any piece of stylish investment, just need care and good use. Avoid the 5 S's: Sleep, Spray, Swim, Shower, and Sweat and you should be fine.
On a final note: Everyone have a merry Christmas season!
I opened up a boutique over 6 months ago and was really excited about it. Did the marketing - Facebook and Pinterest (where I have close to 2000 followers!) Although I got a few customers to sign up, I had NO SALES!! Then I realized that even I wasn't tempted to buy anything, even with the discounts they offered me. My take on the business is this: They have over 100,000 boutique owners, and they are the ones buying the jewelry since Kitsy encourages you that by wearing the pieces you will get sales! They are also pushing a "Business Sales Kit" for over $100.00. I was in several Kitsy Facebook groups and was amazed at the amount of pieces the owners were buying when they hadn't even had any sales.
I started up 6 months ago, and it seemed like a pointless task - all the Kitsy Lane reviews said it was worthless. Worked and worked every day, and nothing, no sales.
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting
I just recently decided to try a Kitsy Lane Boutique and got 6 people to sign up as a customer. My very first "buying" customer had a simple question about a pair of earrings that were waiting to be purchased in her shopping bag, and NO response. I finally out of embarrassment starting emailing looking for help for her. No one could ever do anything to find the inquiry. Also, my own inquiries were not answered to any satisfaction either. I decided that before I do any additional marketing for this company, I would check out how long it takes to get an order and to check out the quality. Well, 9 days later, still nothing. I will have to update this review if I ever get the Jewelry.
It's an okay hobby. But don't expect anything grand to come out if it. I purchased some jewelry after none of my customers did. Let me just tell you that these overpriced accessories are a piece of crap. The jewelry looses it's shine and is cheaply made. Don't buy, don't sell. Simple as that.
Bauble Bar on a Pyramid Scheme
This company is a joke. Sadly, all the financial backers are actually successful business people, and I know because I happen to be related to one of them. When he told me about it (because I legitimately work in the jewelry industry and he wanted my opinion) I told him it looks like Bauble Bar on a pyramid scheme - because it is.
To all you boutique owners out there: your potential 25% commission is a joke. What they sell is massed produced crap that is selling at margins of 300-400% MINIMUM. You do the math. And the fact that they compare themselves to Etsy is a shame. They could not be farther from Etsy and what Etsy stands for. Etsy is individual designers and merchants selling handmade and vintage items.
As I said, Kitsy Lane is selling mass produced crap. Enjoy it for the one or two times that you get to wear it. Also remember: you get what you pay for. Go out and get a real job. Stop letting the rich get richer while you do all the hard work and they sit on their lazy on their chairs, sipping their $100+ bottles of wine. That last part is not a joke.
It's not free money, but you can work at it
I started up 3 months ago, and it seemed like a pointless task - all the Kitsy Lane reviews said it was worthless.
Here I am three months later with over 50 customers, 30 store owners and I received a fairly decent commission check this month - we're not quite at a C note yet but getting there :-)
Put in the work and you'll get the money. Don't just open a store and expect people to buy from you. You have to add the value yourself.
I was with kitsy lane for nine months. I had 49 customers and 37 store owners sign up under me. No one was buying and no sales were being made, not by me nor by those under me.
A great disappointment. I was forced to sign up but no good, bad marketing tools, strictly US based which limits sales.
Poor home based business. Stay away. All your efforts will not pay off
If you want to earn you have to put the work in, I've had a few sales and its all about marketing, The products I have ordered myself before telling any of my friends about it and I love them.
Don't be surprised if you don't make any money
I've "owned" a kitsy lane boutique for almost a year and have not sold a darn thing-even by doing all the marketing techniques and using the help that they provide. The products look very cheaply made, anyway, so I don't blame people for not buying. Not a good company to sell for.