October 6, 2016

How to Grow Your Jewelry Business with Kiva O% Interest Loans

Have you ever had to wait to purchase more inventory, or delay working on a new order, because you were waiting for a payment to come through? Cash-flow is always a challenge for entrepreneurs, and Kiva is here to help.

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WHO IS KIVA?

Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through funding to alleviate poverty. Kiva U.S. provides 0% interest loans to small business owners all over the United States. The loans are crowdfunded on the Kiva website by lenders from all over the world. It was originally launched as a pilot in November 2011 under the name Kiva Zip, and was integrated with the main Kiva platform in June 2016. To date, Kiva has lent over $850 million dollars to over 1.5 million entrepreneurs around the world through a global network of over a million lenders.  Learn more about Kiva here.

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE for a KIVA LOAN?

Kiva is for any entrepreneur who can use a 0% interest loan to help take his or her business to the next level.  “Because we don’t look at extensive financial data about you or your business, it’s our hope that we accept everyone that’s serious about their business and our crowdfunding program.”  Whether you’re in the idea phase, start-up mode, or an established business, Kiva could be a great option for you. Entrepreneurs can raise money for any business purpose — working capital, equipment, inventory, marketing, or project-based investments are all ways you can leverage Kiva to help your business grow.”

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WHY might KIVA be right for YOU?

This is your opportunity to grow your business by accessing this great source of capital at 0% Interest and NO Fees! Get in on the ground floor of this exciting new domestic program.

So what are you waiting for? Apply Today!

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March 12, 2014

PayPal 101 :: Learning to Use PayPal with Nina Designs

At Nina Designs, we carry high quality original designs, charms, and jewelery supplies for you to purchase. We want to ensure that when ordering your jewelry supplies, checking out online with Nina Designs is as clear, easy, and efficient as possible!  When you place orders online with us, you have the option of paying using either a Visa or MasterCard credit card, or you can pay using your PayPal account. (We can now also accept PayPal, in addition to credit cards, for phone orders as well!)

Here is a step by step guide outlining how to check out on NinaDesigns.com with your PayPal account:

  • When you are checking out through our website, once you get to the “Payment” options page, it will ask you if you would like to use a credit card, or pay using your already set-up PayPal account. This is where you would choose the option to pay via PayPal if you wish.

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  • After choosing this option, our website will let you know that you will now be temporarily leaving our website, and are being taken to PayPal’s website to sign in, and complete the approval for the payment on your order.

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  • On the PayPal page, you will have to login to your PayPal account to complete your order.

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  • Once you have logged in, it will display your account information, and have you confirm the PayPal transaction for the amount of your order. After clicking on “continue”, you will be taken back to the Nina Designs page.

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  • When you are back to the Nina Designs page, you will then be on the order review tab or the checkout process, and the payment method listed at the top will display “PayPal”. Be sure to finish your order! Click the Send Order button after you review your information to complete your order.

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  • After you have placed your order, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Nina Designs confirming your order with us, and you will also receive an e-mail from PayPal summarizing your transaction through your account there.

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  • After your order is placed, you can then login to your PayPal account through the PayPal website to track your transaction.

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  • When your order is placed with us, we do not actually charge your order until we have pulled the items you ordered, in case we need to adjust your total if anything is out of stock. This prevents us from having to issue any refunds, and confirms that the total is correct for the merchandise you are receiving. While your order is being processed and pulled, and before we capture the total for your order, your transaction on your PayPal account history will show as “Pending”, meaning that you have authorized the amount of funds that your order total came to, but we have yet to actually charge you, and remove the funds from your PayPal account.
  • Forgot to add something to your order? Don’t fret! If you contact us as soon as possible, and before your order has been completed and charged, we are able to add on to your exiting order, even if the total rises above the original authorized amount. If we have already charged you order, we would then have to place a second for your forgotten items.

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  • After your order has been pulled,we adjust your totals in case something you ordered was out of stock. We will then charge your order. When we charge your order, we only will be taking the final order total amount out of your account, which can sometimes differ from the original amount of your order due to our adjustments for out of stock or backordered items.  After we charge your order, a second transaction will appear on your PayPal account summary, which will read “Completed”.

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  • In the end there will be two transactions listed within your PayPal account. The first is your “Pending” transaction, which is from you checked out, for the original authorized amount. The second transaction is your “Completed” transaction, which will be for the amount we charged you for once your order was done being processed. In the end, we did only charge you once, not twice, and there is sometimes a different in the amounts due to adjustments to your order’s total.

Hopefully this guide will help you understand the ins and outs of how the PayPal payment process works, and can be something for you to refer back to if necessary. We also have a great customer service team full of ladies who love to talk jewelry, and can answer any questions you have regarding placing your order with us, or our products!

Thank you to all of our loyal customers. We appreciate your business very much!

May 7, 2013

Price Change :: Silver and Gold Plate Styles Reduced!

Nina Designs is thrilled to announce lower prices of our Sterling Silver and Gold Plated Silver jewelry findings!

Here is how the price change breaks down ::

Sterling Silver and Gold Plated Silver decreased on average 8-10%.

Gold Plated Bronze styles went down on average 9%.

-Beautiful handmade Bali styles came down an average of 10%.

-Hand finished Thai cast styles went down an average of 9%.

Chains came down an average of 13%.

Machine made clasps were decreased by 15%.

Due to an increase in labor costs in Thailand, our Natural and Silver Plated Bronze styles have increased 8%.  The global metal market has shown recent trends of silver and gold prices remaining low. With Thailand’s minimum wage increase taking effect and the weak US dollar, we have no choice but to raise prices on Natural and Silver Plated Bronze.

The price change has already taken effect.  With our silver and gold plated silver styles decreasing in price, this is a great time to stock up on your favorite components or try a new style you’ve had your eye on.

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There are many challenges to international business and a volatile silver market. We are committed to continuing to bring you inspiring, unique designs and outstanding customer satisfaction.

Nina Designs values each and every one of loyal customers, thank you for your continued support and business!

 

May 3, 2011

Review our Silver Charms and Findings for a Chance to Win $200 Shopping Spree

For each Nina Designs silver charm and jewelry findings you review, we will enter you into a drawing for a chance to win a $200 Nina Designs SHOPPING SPREE. Remember, the more reviews you write, the greater your odds of winning. You have until May 31, 2011, to write as many reviews as you can. The winner will be randomly selected on June 1st, 2011, and announced on our blog the same day. Good luck!

To write a product review:
1) Log into your Nina Designs Account.
2) Find the product you want to review and click the “Be the first to add a review/comment” link.
3) Give the product a star rating on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best).
4) Write a brief review about what you like or dislike about the product.

You can find this window in the description of every product

March 2, 2011

Reviewing our Silver Charms Pays Off Big Time!

It’s time once again to announce the winner of another Nina Designs shopping spree for silver charms and jewelry supplies. But before I do I’d like to thank all our contestants who took a little time to review our products. Writing product reviews is an effective way to get your voice heard. We read every review and take into account your constructive critiques to improve our products and design future ones. Reading product reviews is also a powerful tool for shoppers because it provides them with information about our silver charms and jewelry supplies they trust. We appreciate your feedback!

Now without further delay . . . drum roll, please . . . the winner of a $250 Shopping Spree is randomly selected product review #136 written by Jennifer King! Congratulations! Please contact juanita@ninadesigns.com by March 16, 2011, to claim your prize.

We will launch another product review giveaway in the near future, so stay posted . . . and continue to write reviews.

To write a product review:
1) Log into your Nina Designs Account.
2) Find the product you want to review and click the “Be the first to add a review/comment” link.
3) Give the product a star rating on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best).
4) Write a brief review about what you like or dislike about the product.

You can find this window in the description of every product

February 23, 2011

Use Paypal for your Silver Charms and Jewelry Findings Purchases!

Nina Designs is happy accept Paypal as a payment option for your silver charms and jewelry findings purchases! This is a feature many customers have been requesting and for good reason. Here are a few of the great features of using Paypal:

1. Paypal is a trusted and secure way to pay online because it keeps your information private.
2. It’s easy to link your Paypal account directly to your bank account.
3. You can also link your Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express card to your account.

Another benefit to using Paypal for your Nina Designs purchases is that if you’re already selling your jewelry online and accepting payments through Paypal, you can turn right around and purchase your jewelry supplies with the same account! This makes your record keeping a bit neater. We hope having this option for shopping with us will make life a little easier. Tell us what you think!

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January 28, 2011

Review our Silver Charms and Findings for a Chance to Win $250 Shopping Spree

For each Nina Designs silver charm and jewelry findings you review, we will enter you into a drawing for a chance to win a $250 Nina Designs SHOPPING SPREE. Woo hoo! That’s a lot of shopping! Remember, the more reviews you write, the greater your odds of winning. Deadline: You have until February 28, 2011 to write as many reviews as you can. The winner will be randomly selected on March 1st, 2011, and announced on our blog the same day. Good luck!

To write a product review:
1) Log into your Nina Designs Account.
2) Find the product you want to review and click the “Be the first to add a review/comment” link.
3) Give the product a star rating on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best).
4) Write a brief review about what you like or dislike about the product.

You can find this window in the description of every product

December 22, 2010

Time to give away some jewelry findings

Hello Everyone! Today I’m excited to announce the winner of our latest GIVEAWAY of jewelry findings. Shannon Schoon . . . congratulations, you won $100 in jewelry findings! Please contact juanita@ninadesigns.com to claim your prize.

A big thanks to everyone who took a little time from their busy schedules to provide feedback on our jewelry findings.

Reading and writing Product Reviews is a powerful consumer tool we are happy to introduce to Nina Designs. You can find product reviews in the description of every jewelry finding we sell. The next time a little white box from Nina Designs arrives on your doorstep and you tear into it to find something magical inside that makes your heart sing, please don’t hesitate to share the love. It takes just a second to write a review . . . and I’m sure the next jewelry designer will appreciate your time very much. And, even if something was not quite what you expected and you find yourself a bit disappointed, please take a little time to share this feedback with others too.

Do you like to read product reviews when shopping on the Internet?

Shannon Schoon you won $100 in jewelry findings!

December 15, 2010

Review our Jewelry Findings Using a Five-Star System

You could win $100 in jewelry findings!

Review our jewelry findings and you might WIN this PRIZE GIVEAWAY: a hand picked selection of our Best Sellers.

Trying to find the best jewelry findings for your designs can be difficult at times. You not only want to create stunning jewelry, you also want to use high quality pieces. This is why we created a new shopping feature: Product Reviews. With this tool Nina Designs shoppers, like you, can constructively critique our products by rating each item using a star system, writing reviews, and sharing via Facebook.

Reading product reviews is a powerful shopping tool. You can find out what jewelry findings are exciting other designers and learn why they like or dislike particular products before you buy them. We envision an honest dialogue providing constructive criticism helpful to fellow shoppers. For instance, when we introduced a slightly misunderstood earring finding using a tapered earwire, we received many comments regarding the thickness of the wire via email and phone calls. This is exactly the kind of information other shoppers would appreciate, but at the time there was no way to share this feedback with a larger audience. Now that customers can write product reviews, however, we have a forum to broadcast both positive and negative reviews.

This new feature has not seen a lot of action yet. To kick start its inauguration, we’d like to offer an enticing incentive. For each product you review, we will enter you into a PRIZE DRAWING for a chance to win a hand picked selection of our Best Sellers, worth $100 (Retail value). It’s easy, fast, and fun!

Deadline: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, midnight. Randomly selected winner will be announced Wednesday, December 22, 2010.

You can find this window in the description of every product at Nina designs

To write product reviews:
1) Log into your Nina Designs Account.
2) Find the product you want to review and click the “Be the first to add a review/comment” link.
3) Give the product a star rating on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best).
4) Write a review about what you like or dislike about the product.

September 20, 2010

Silver Pendants on Film

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Click here to watch our NEW Welcome Video

How can we persuade you to try our silver pendants in less than 3 minutes? That was the puzzle we grappled with as we planned our new Welcome Video for the  website. Purchasing online is scary, especially if you are unfamiliar with the vendor. We wanted to put potential new customers at ease, to reassure them that we are experienced and trustworthy with high quality products, fabulous customer service and unique designs. We also wanted to highlight our company culture and the amazing skill of our silver smiths.

Having a camera crew in our office was exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. I kept having to remind myself to breathe. Fortunately, the director put us all at ease and did a brilliant job on the edit. What do you think of the video? Did we get our message across?

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