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Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:48:22 PM »
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I was wondering who all makes and sells their items on Etsy.com. For those who don't know, Etsy is a wonderful place where millions of crafters around the world come together to market their products. If it's out there, you can find it on Etsy. I just started a shop a few weeks ago but I've bought from there many times. You can also list vintage items and craft supplies. Any fellow Etsy users? Does anyone here make good income from there?

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2014, 05:32:54 PM »
I've also bought many items there, but haven't taken the plunge to sell yet. I do some things that I could consider: jewelry, woodburning, crochet, baking, candlemaking.. but there are so many items on there in that area that I don't know how I would get noticed.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2014, 04:52:35 AM »
I don't use, but my friend's wife uses it to sell her homemade jewelry and trinkets (I actually suggested the site to her and discovered she was already using it). It isn't the only site she uses, but she counts it as her top priority site so she must be making a fair bit as she no longer goes out to work now.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2014, 11:14:22 AM »
I know someone who makes fur products and custom made necklaces, and she does very well for herself! I myself am a painter and have toyed with the idea of selling my paintings online but I'm afraid of investing the time and money and then not making any money on it. If I can figure out an additional craft to sell in my shop or find a painting niche then I might take the plunge.


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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2014, 08:18:44 AM »
I don't sell on Easy but I know they have listing fees, which suck if you don't sell anything. If it was only a few sellers I can get it, but there are so many it's like you're a guppy in an ocean, know what I mean? I prefer free to list sites like Storenvy.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2014, 05:36:22 AM »
I know a few people who use it, although I don't myself. I'm told that selling PDF files - knitting patterns, counted cross stitch, scrapbooking paper - is popular with buyers. The advantage for the seller is that the buyer can download the file directly from Etsy, so there isn't the need to be available to post things at short notice the way there is with physical objects.

If you had a how-to blog about crafts and crafting, PDF files on Etsy could be a nice sideline to that.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2014, 05:31:06 AM »
I have two shops on Etsy, one for finished jewelry and the other for supplies, and found that there are both pros and cons to selling your items there.

On one hand the listing fees are just .20 and then 3.5% of the selling price of your item after it sells. What they do is basically run a tab for you. You don't have to pay right away. They bill you for the previous month on the 1st of each month and then you have until the end of the 15th to pay your fees.

I find it to be much less expensive than having my own website (which I did for the first 2 years I was in business, and never sold anything).

The advantage of selling your work on Etsy is that the umbrella site comes with a ready-made customer-base because it's large and established, they purchase Google search ads for you, and the listing format is quite user-friendly.

You don't need to do any coding or be really internet savvy regarding SEO. Knowing something about SEO helps but only to a point, because as a shop on an umbrella site you only have so much control of the back end. It is both helpful and unhelpful that they handle alot of things for you because although you can focus your time and energy on making your items, photographing, and listing them, they don't allow you to trade links directly on your Etsy shop, and there's alot of customization that the software won't allow. You have to do that indirectly through your blog or other sites, (sometimes a disadvantage when you would like to be able to do that as a means of driving more traffic to your shop and to increase your Google rating).

You can upload listings quickly and easily when you're ready, and it is an interesting community, with teams that have their own forums, and a number of ways for you to promote your work on and off the site.

They do not have a regular customer service phone number, just email and web form, but they have several departments where to get in touch with the admin if you need to on a variety of different issues.

There's alot of good sharing f information over there and mutual promotion through social media and the teams, and what they call a "Treasury list" (a kind of online gallery of 16 items that you can then send people links to.

The down side is that certain mediums are really saturated (like jewelry and paintings), so if you're in a very crowded category your shop may or may not be close enough to the front of the line to be seen when buyers do their searches.

However, if you sell sewn, knitted, or crocheted children's clothing , for instance, you will probably do really well.

Around the holidays food sellers do well.

They have more seller protections than Ebay has, and they are pretty good about keeping hackers and scammers out.

The past few months have been pretty hard with a site-wide drop in overall sales, but this tends to go up and down throughout the year. Etsy lately has been doing alot of testing on the site and on the look and layout of our shops, and I believe that has slowed down sales because at times customers don't know how to navigate it.

There are times when my supply shop makes frequent sales. Finished jewelry tends to be slower overall because there are alot more jewelry artists there (all of which are looking to sell but not all of which are looking to buy others' jewelry). Most of my jewelry sales are to people who do not make jewelry themselves or to those jewelry artists whose work is not as advanced.

You can make good money on Etsy but the conditions need to be right and usually the pattern is not a steady, linear increase.

There have been times when I've become disillusioned by a long dry spell, and just when I start to think things will never improve I get a good-sized sale seemingly out of the blue, (and sometimes a cluster of sales).

I would say it's worth a try. You can start with a few items and see how it goes before listing a large number of them. Here's an You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login if some of you would like to give it a try.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2014, 05:22:13 PM »
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I have two shops on Etsy, one for finished jewelry and the other for supplies, and found that there are both pros and cons to selling your items there.

On one hand the listing fees are just .20 and then 3.5% of the selling price of your item after it sells. What they do is basically run a tab for you. You don't have to pay right away. They bill you for the previous month on the 1st of each month and then you have until the end of the 15th to pay your fees.

I find it to be much less expensive than having my own website (which I did for the first 2 years I was in business, and never sold anything).

The advantage of selling your work on Etsy is that the umbrella site comes with a ready-made customer-base because it's large and established, they purchase Google search ads for you, and the listing format is quite user-friendly.

You don't need to do any coding or be really internet savvy regarding SEO. Knowing something about SEO helps but only to a point, because as a shop on an umbrella site you only have so much control of the back end. It is both helpful and unhelpful that they handle alot of things for you because although you can focus your time and energy on making your items, photographing, and listing them, they don't allow you to trade links directly on your Etsy shop, and there's alot of customization that the software won't allow. You have to do that indirectly through your blog or other sites, (sometimes a disadvantage when you would like to be able to do that as a means of driving more traffic to your shop and to increase your Google rating).

You can upload listings quickly and easily when you're ready, and it is an interesting community, with teams that have their own forums, and a number of ways for you to promote your work on and off the site.

They do not have a regular customer service phone number, just email and web form, but they have several departments where to get in touch with the admin if you need to on a variety of different issues.

There's alot of good sharing f information over there and mutual promotion through social media and the teams, and what they call a "Treasury list" (a kind of online gallery of 16 items that you can then send people links to.

The down side is that certain mediums are really saturated (like jewelry and paintings), so if you're in a very crowded category your shop may or may not be close enough to the front of the line to be seen when buyers do their searches.

However, if you sell sewn, knitted, or crocheted children's clothing , for instance, you will probably do really well.

Around the holidays food sellers do well.

They have more seller protections than Ebay has, and they are pretty good about keeping hackers and scammers out.

The past few months have been pretty hard with a site-wide drop in overall sales, but this tends to go up and down throughout the year. Etsy lately has been doing alot of testing on the site and on the look and layout of our shops, and I believe that has slowed down sales because at times customers don't know how to navigate it.

There are times when my supply shop makes frequent sales. Finished jewelry tends to be slower overall because there are alot more jewelry artists there (all of which are looking to sell but not all of which are looking to buy others' jewelry). Most of my jewelry sales are to people who do not make jewelry themselves or to those jewelry artists whose work is not as advanced.

You can make good money on Etsy but the conditions need to be right and usually the pattern is not a steady, linear increase.

There have been times when I've become disillusioned by a long dry spell, and just when I start to think things will never improve I get a good-sized sale seemingly out of the blue, (and sometimes a cluster of sales).

I would say it's worth a try. You can start with a few items and see how it goes before listing a large number of them. Here's an You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login if some of you would like to give it a try.

It sounds a lot like Ebay. Don't Ebay sell crafts too?

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2014, 11:55:35 PM »
I have no experience with Etsy, I heard it is only to sell crafts that you have made yourself. I'm wondering if anyone has ever made soap and tried to sell it on there? I've been making my own melt and pour soap, all sorts of wonderful scents, Ginger, Spearmint, Lavender and Eucalyptus. Seems like I will have to check out Etsy and then write my own review on it, I had visited this site before but can't remember why I did not go through one of the listings before.

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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2014, 03:07:33 AM »
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I have no experience with Etsy, I heard it is only to sell crafts that you have made yourself. I'm wondering if anyone has ever made soap and tried to sell it on there? I've been making my own melt and pour soap, all sorts of wonderful scents, Ginger, Spearmint, Lavender and Eucalyptus. Seems like I will have to check out Etsy and then write my own review on it, I had visited this site before but can't remember why I did not go through one of the listings before.

Yes, stuff like soap and other bath and body products do really well there! There are alot of sellers who make that kind of thing but if you make a point of thinking outside the box so that yours don't look like everybody else's soaps you can do quite well, because everybody needs soap sooner or later.

You might find this You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login interesting. It's an interview of a successful soap seller and how she got successful on Etsy.

I read a few of the Etsy forum threads about soap and the ones who are experienced do recommend you get liability insurance.

This seller has You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login since she started her shop on March, 4th, 2013. I've had my 2 shops alot longer and don't have those kinds of numbers!

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2014, 03:39:05 AM »


It sounds a lot like Ebay. Don't Ebay sell crafts too?
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Hi Pattycake,

Ebay does have some crafts on it but they also have a ton of overseas mass produced stuff at pennies on the dollar.  Handmade American sellers can't compete with that.

Etsy on the other hand, is only for handmade things, supplies, and Vintage.

Reselling of manufactured goods isn't allowed, so it's quite a bit easier there than on Ebay for people who make our own items.

Ebay charges fees for every little listing perk too. I remember they charged for things as insignificant as changing a picture or just to show it close-up. Etsy doesn't do that. You can make as many changes to your listing as you want without paying any additional fees.

There are alot more fraudulent buyers who try to sabotage people's businesses when they don't get their way.on Ebay than on Etsy, and Etsy is more likely to have your back if you get somebody really vicious.

Lots of sellers quit Ebay several years ago when that started getting worse.

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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2014, 05:21:30 PM »
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I have no experience with Etsy, I heard it is only to sell crafts that you have made yourself. I'm wondering if anyone has ever made soap and tried to sell it on there? I've been making my own melt and pour soap, all sorts of wonderful scents, Ginger, Spearmint, Lavender and Eucalyptus. Seems like I will have to check out Etsy and then write my own review on it, I had visited this site before but can't remember why I did not go through one of the listings before.


Try it out and see!  If you're not willing to pay anything then check out Storenvy.  Making money on any site depends on you promoting it.   :)

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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2014, 11:03:16 PM »
I think Etsy will work for some people. Have a great niche item. People will come a running. I don't like that Etsy charges the fees. I do like that they will set up a nice store for you. I think Etsy will really be great when all the EBay followers start using Etsy.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2014, 01:36:51 PM »
Etsy is great for people who work in specialized niches. Meaning, you have to have something that other sellers do not. If you make handmade crafts through knitting or crocheting, you better have an incredible item or a customized pattern to sell. Being able to make simple beanies or scarves will not get you money. But being able to make Minion beanies or Hogwarts-themed scarves will. Keep that in mind: you need to offer something that no one else does.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2014, 02:58:29 PM »
I know a couple Etsy sellers and the key to their success has been doing their own promotion of their products. If you are relying on getting traffic automatically just for being there, you won't find yourself making a steady income. Another tip that both gave me is to participate actively in the Etsy forums and any social groups for Etsy sellers. Not only could they become customers, but they tend to share your products with others if you make different things from them.

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