Come and check out our new Makers Market!
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If you’ve been following our exploits closely in the last year or so, you’ve likely caught wind of us working feverishly on something called Makers Market. After lots of heavy lifting and obsessive constructing, arranging, merchandising, and labeling, we’re ready to throw open the gates and show off our little marketplace. We think of it as sort of an online Farmers Market for cool geekery (and other “maker-made” goodies), or a “curated marketplace of wonderful science, tech, and artistic creations created and sold directly by some of our favorite makers from around the world,” as the official statement reads.

Here are some additional details:

A collaboration between MAKE and Boing Boing, Makers Market brings together our favorite entrepreneurial makers and artists selling products and services directly to DIY enthusiasts…

Most of the sellers you’ll discover in Makers Market are makers whom we’ve come to know through our work producing MAKE, Boing Boing, Make: Online, CRAFT, Maker Faire, and Make: television. Each seller is selected by the staff at MAKE or the Boing Boing crew. The products are “Maker-Made,” either made by, rebuilt by, or substantially produced by the maker selling them.

Each maker has their own storefront showcasing their work and sell their products, hosts their own blog, posts pictures and videos, and communicates with their customers and the DIY community at large. MAKE provides the web service, the tools, and the community. Sellers are responsible for doing their own product fulfillment and bringing their unique character, energy, and DIY spirit to the marketplace.

So, come on over and check it out! We’re really exciting about this. It’s still very much in early beta, so we appreciate your continued patience as we get everything in order.

If you’re an indie maker and have a product or service you think you’d like to sell, visit the “Seller’s FAQ.” Nominating yourself is easy and just takes a few minutes. We’ll review your information and generally get back to you in a day or two.

So, come on, let’s go shopping!

Here are a few of my favorite items in the market:

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Atari Punk Console Kit, Rotobotmouse , BYO Tinysaur Deluxe: T-Rex

6 thoughts on “Come and check out our new Makers Market!

  1. Looks good – best of luck with the rollout. I’m already thinking about buying a few mini-dinosaur kits for my nieces and nephews. Good luck to all the kit makers, too.

  2. And as with many new roll outs, you’ve got a number of technical issues. I say the following with love, and acknowledge that this is a really nice thing y’all are doing. Hope this helps do it better:

    1) the email address to report bugs doesn’t work, which is why I’m posting here. This is the biggest oops, gotta get that fixed asap.

    2) Profile page links go to an internal server error. Oops.

    3) Looks like some of the tabs (tech specs) don’t work for items, if it’s just that there is no data, probably should say so.

    4)Speaking of no data, Pricing?!? Should be with the item and up front, otherwise it’s annoying.

    That’s all I found before I had to go to work. Well, okay, you could use less orange. But that’s not a bug, just an opinion.

    So it’s still rough, but hey, it’s a really interesting idea, and I’m looking forward to going back in a few days when things have been hammered on a bit.

    I’ll likely be spending money on at least one of the products I saw there, so I still class this as a success.

  3. @RocketGuy – thanks for the feedback; it’s much appreciated! We’re still in beta, so things are evolving all the time. (2) and (3) should be fixed, please let me know if you encounter them again. As for 1), that’s a problem — did you send the e-mail to help at makersmarket dot com? E-mails have been coming through there, so we’re not aware of any problems with that account.

    Thanks again for the input, and please let me know if you see anything else.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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