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.
DONT DO IT... They will bombard your friends with many, many, many emails per day
I signed up for Kitsy Lane also they never paid me... but I did find a real legit site to make a little extra cash if anyone is interested its not something that will get u rich but it will put extra money in your pockets...
Do not sell for what they do not pay you anything!
I have made 2 sales and they have yet to pay me for my commission on my sales. I wrote to the company and they wrote me a generic e mail regarding my address and to verify it was correct. I sent them another e mail stating it was correct and I have yet to receive my commission. I advised them that if they do not get in contact with me I will be reporting them to every bureau that I can report them too. They have NO contact # to call them at the only # that I found online goes to a FULL mailbox where you can not even leave a message or get a hold of a LIVE person.. DO NOT SELL FOR THESE PEOPLE THEY ARE NOT REAL! My customer has not even received their product
I owned a KL boutique for 8 months. I have over 40 people under me. No sales at all! I put money into this too, business cards, etc. Posted everywhere. It makes me wonder. You would think someone under me would have made a purchase to check out the jewelry. At least its not showing in my account.
I now just joined Jewelry In Candles. There is a rep start up kit fee that is required, but its only one time. No sale quotas or monthly fees. Right now its on sale for $29.95 til 3/31/14. Reg price is $49.95. I think its worth it because you can show people at home the products and scents and sell online with your free store.
I thought this would be a great at home business, boy was I wrong. I had the boutique for about a year and never made one sale. I promoted and advertised all the time and not one sale, prices way to high for people.
I started with this, I don't know how many months ago. I was worried as the jewelry is cheap-looking, and they are asking high premiums for essentially what is junk jewelry. I work for Swarovski so I can easily gauge what it's worth-- and KS merchandise is NOT worth the asking price. In any case, I did everything they asked, Facebooked, Pinterested, and Fancied, which they never even mentioned and not one sale. I believe it's been 4-5 months. I do better on eBay.
Never been paid my commission
I started in January and made 2 sales that day (one was me). It is now March 11 and I have yet to see any money. They say they pay every month. I checked my address to make sure it was correct (it was). The most frustrating part is their total lack of customer service. I sent an email well over a week ago about payment and a question about one of my customer's order that was not totally fulfilled. One pair of earrings she ordered have said "pending" the entire time. No explanation, no expected ship date, nothing. And of course my email has went unanswered. I am unable to find any phone numbers.....Do yourself a favor and stay away. As soon as I get my money I'm going to deactivate my boutique.
Still on the side lines here
I made one sale in the past 3 months. I like this but it is slow to start. I can't afford the starter kit, business cards, or flyers so maybe once I do this I will see things look up.
Not worth my time, found something better!
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. I was right and never got a sale! And after reading multiple reviews about bad experiences and how it wasn't worth the time I decided against continuing. I contacted customer service to delete my account and never got a response. 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.
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.