So what happened with the Japanese sales rep? Did he buy from you? Maybe it`s just me, but I would be careful about sending bags to Asia, which is known for copying merchandise. I`d try to verify that the guy is doing similar business with other American vendors and is acting honorably with them. As a small business owner, I`ve been approached by so many shysters and frauds (all US-based) except for one in Korea, that I`m pretty cautious. I used to get really excited...but now I slow down and check things out.
The other thing is, DON`T undervalue your time and your effort! As women we do that so quickly! I do it too, and I have to constantly check myself about just immediately wanting to drop my price if someone shows any hesitation in wanting to buy from me. I`ve finally started selling enough private-labeled HandiRecords that I`m more commfortable in asking for higher prices. And guess what, customers still buy! So it was all about me and my confidence level. Your bags are beautiful...and already VERY reasonably priced. And hey, your photos are MUCH improved since I last saw them. Great job on that!!
Good luck and let us know what happens! - Ann