But what about competing on design? Aren't these "off-the-shelf" in essence, Plan B, what I advise against? Yes! But....
Plan B is merely advised against, because it is contemplated normally with mundane items, some item that in situ is attractive, but will not sell here. In this instance, we have "overwhelming design" that transcends all place and time. These pots could be presented anywhere in the world any time in history to just about anyone and would be appreciated.
But here again, as I always note with Plan B, as soon as you start selling your item, yur market feeds back design changes for the USA market. SAw it forty years ago in bmboo baskets, you'd see it her too.
The wonderful thing is these artisans very much welcome new design ideas. An interesting challenge. And then at that point who cares who else comes in and trades in these black pots too, you have your own designs that reflect your market.
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