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How To Choose A Hand Crocheted Cat Toy
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How to Choose A Hand Crocheted Cat Toy

When it comes to choosing the right toy for your fur-kid clan it can be easy to get distracted by all the expensive and possibly exotic cat toys that line the shelves of your local pet store. Convertible tracks for kitties to chase a ball around, exotic scratching posts, and mile high cat furniture, how can something as simple as a hand crocheted cat toy compete?

What many buyers do not realize is that most cat toys are marketed towards the buyer by promising that the toy in question will deliver their pet hours of enjoyment, when most kitties are satisfied with something as simple as a $2 kitty jingle ball, batteries not required. Now before you go out and purchase the first hand crocheted cat toy you find, here we discuss a few key tips you should keep in mind when choosing the right cat toy that will keep your fur-kids entertained for hours on end.

1. Determine if you can follow the path back to where the item was manufactured.

This is actually not as hard as it may sound. Handmade cat toys will most likely be offered by a small business. These sellers may be an employee of one, i.e. owner and creator, or maybe a handful of crafters that were hired to make the toys for the seller. The seller should be easily locatable online as far as the state, and possibly town that they are based in. When purchasing a hand crocheted cat toy, the buyer should feel 100% confident that the item they are purchasing is handmade, not something that was mass produced in a foreign country and made to “look” like the item is handmade.

2. Avoid sellers that drop ship at all costs.

This can be a tricky thing to avoid since the drop shipping of items has become relatively prevalent across the web. When an item is drop shipped, it is actually shipped directly from a supplier instead of from the person that the buyer purchased the item from. While this works out great for the seller in the fact that they do not have to maintain any inventory, drop shipping of items, particularly from China, increases the chance that the hand crocheted cat toy that you just purchased is anything but handmade.

A handmade cat toy should ship out no later than a week from the purchase date, and arrive at the buyers home in less than a week’s time based on the sellers workload, if they are based within the same country as the seller. Orders that have to go through customs may take a little longer, but buyers should be able to track them with a tracking # that had been provided by the seller. If the seller claims that the item may take two weeks or more for the item to be delivered and the buyer lives not far from the seller, then this should be a red flag that the seller is a drop shipper and is not being truthful with their buyers about it.

3. Be wary of sellers that use stock photos.

This tip goes hand in hand with the drop shipping tip mentioned in tip #2. While it is possible for a seller to take high quality images with the help of a light box and a high quality digital camera, the images of the seller’s items should not look like they were copied out of a magazine or from the manufacturer’s website. If the seller really is the manufacturer of the hand crocheted cat toy, they will have the item on hand in their inventory. This means that the seller will have to personally take a photo of the product so the buyer knows what they are getting. If your search results show multiple sellers the identical image for the same item, otherwise known as a stock photo, its best to move on as it is nothing more than another form of a drop shipper in sheep’s clothing.

When it comes to purchasing a hand crocheted cat toy, you are supporting an individual crafter who cares as much about the items that they make as those that the items are made for, your beloved fur-kid. And when it comes to our pets they deserve nothing but the very best.


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