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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2014, 06:54:44 PM »
I have a shop on Etsy but I actually have not used it to sell any items. I however love to buy items off of Etsy and I think it is a great way to sell products. Etsy does take a percentage of your profits and they have specific rules on what you can post to sell. Since Etsy has a massive amount of sellers the competition for any given craft can be fierce. I believe to succeed on Etsy you must be willing to do some outside marketing to advertise your product. I would also suggest paying for advertisement space on Etsy to get recognize first by customers. 

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« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2014, 01:23:56 PM »
I also have an Etsy shop. I have been trying to sell things on there but to no avail. I think it's because I can't figure out how to bring in my own traffic. (I was just going to start a thread asking about this when I found yours.) I know that Etsy supposedly has a lot of traffic but it's hard to sell anything if you don't bring in some traffic too. I don't mind the fee that they charge but when I list something and don't sell it, then it bothers me. That's why I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to how to bring some of your own traffic to this site in order to make sales, thanks.


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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2014, 10:07:08 PM »
I am familiar with etsy and I think I first knew about it several years ago when looking for some ways to earn online.
But I have not tried selling anything on it and I do not have skills on making crafts. Still nice to check out the site from time to time cause there are really some items there are very creative and can be very useful.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2014, 04:42:48 PM »
Etsy seemed a bit complicated to me, however there are some people that I know that do really well on Etsy.I have been making some soap to sell, but have not sold some in a while. I think that I need to start making some more and advertising them again, got some really cute molds for the soap. On the subject of Etsy, I think Ebay would be better to sell on, have not looked over who charges more though for their fees. Anyways, if Etsy works better for you I say go for it, have fun and hope your business grows while selling your crafts on it.


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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2014, 01:07:21 PM »
My Esty page/store has not done well but I am terrible at promoting things and even worse at sales! I can say I have definitely found some wonderful items to purchase on Esty and I would suggest anyone buying from Esty do a good search and browse around because the price ranges can greatly vary for the same or similar items.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2014, 08:30:31 PM »
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I also have an Etsy shop. I have been trying to sell things on there but to no avail. I think it's because I can't figure out how to bring in my own traffic. (I was just going to start a thread asking about this when I found yours.) I know that Etsy supposedly has a lot of traffic but it's hard to sell anything if you don't bring in some traffic too. I don't mind the fee that they charge but when I list something and don't sell it, then it bothers me. That's why I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to how to bring some of your own traffic to this site in order to make sales, thanks.
I have been seeing for several years people talking about Etsy. It looks really good but I have never tried it. What do you sell on it? I like what's on there I could probably figure something out for myself to sell on there. I am very artistic. I would say a business card would be good to do and pass it out as much as possible. Add a personal touch to the marketing. The other one would be social networking with it. I'm not big on it but I know this is what everyone is doing. Maybe a Facebook store and page. List a few on ebay or a G+ page whatever you like. What I think is people want to be able to buy something on what they already belong to. If you have to buy something on a new site to sign up on it can be a chore to some. I would get it on as many platforms as you can. I would maybe watch a youtube video of what you would make and then buy it through Etsy.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2015, 04:31:35 PM »
I'm honestly not a big fan of Etsy because the requirements you need in order to list an item are a little ridiculous. I remember being asked for the items exact weight, height, length, and circumference. They asked way too many questions and found it to be a huge turnoff to the site. I prefer Poshmark. They take payment through Paypal, which is great, but the only trade-off is that they take 20% of your revenue, which is a lot.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2015, 04:37:57 PM »
I really wanted to start selling my own crafts and products on Etsy but I just don't have enough products for it to be worth it. I'm going to keep brain storming over this semester for stuff and maybe over the summer I'll open my shop back up to see if I can make some money.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2015, 11:16:49 AM »
In order to be successful on Etsy you have to take a lot of pride in your work and turn it into a real business. There are a lot of people who want to buy handmade items, but they are looking for the quality that goes along with it. Take your time making your projects and really come up with some interesting packaging to go along with them. over time you should see your business grow.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2015, 01:17:30 PM »
That's true, things on Etsy need to look really good or no one will buy them. One thing I've noticed is that they are pricey, so they really have to look good!

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2015, 04:11:35 PM »
I like to shop on etsy a lot.  One thing I've noticed is that I often have to choose between reviving my item quickly with fast inexpensive shipping and paying more for the product. 

Sometimes for clothes, I defeat myself too because even when the seller measures well, I'm not the best at taking my own measurements, which are subject to change anyway.  AND I often forget that the way something looks on a 98 pound person is not necessarily how it will look on ME even if the measurements include my measurements. 

I want good quality at reasonable prices.  While the crafter deserves fair pay for their time, I'm often not good at gauging how much time something takes.  Often things look overpriced to me. 

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #26 on: March 02, 2015, 07:38:55 PM »
I've bought a few things on this site! It's awesome! Most people have great little trinkets, and most are in good condition! I did buy from one girl and she sent a necklace that was broken. I feel like it was more the delivery and not so much her fault, but she packed it really oddly, so there could be a little fault on her side.
My question is, how do you make things that are trade marked? I bought some home made Harry Potter merch, and they were great, but I was thinking, are you allowed to do this? If it's okay I know I can design some good stuff and sell it on there, but I wonder about the TM!

Thanks guys!

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #27 on: March 03, 2015, 01:03:50 AM »
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I'm honestly not a big fan of Etsy because the requirements you need in order to list an item are a little ridiculous. I remember being asked for the items exact weight, height, length, and circumference. They asked way too many questions and found it to be a huge turnoff to the site. I prefer Poshmark. They take payment through Paypal, which is great, but the only trade-off is that they take 20% of your revenue, which is a lot.

If that's the case, then I would also be put off selling things on Etsy if ever because of the very nitpicky requirements. If you're selling clothes and bags, then I guess it's ok to ask about the general measurements. But for crafts, then I think it's not really that needed.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #28 on: March 03, 2015, 07:26:52 AM »
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I've bought a few things on this site! It's awesome! Most people have great little trinkets, and most are in good condition! I did buy from one girl and she sent a necklace that was broken. I feel like it was more the delivery and not so much her fault, but she packed it really oddly, so there could be a little fault on her side.
My question is, how do you make things that are trade marked? I bought some home made Harry Potter merch, and they were great, but I was thinking, are you allowed to do this? If it's okay I know I can design some good stuff and sell it on there, but I wonder about the TM!

Thanks guys!
No, it is not.  I dont even know how Etsy allows it.  The only reason I can think of is that it's like that Hari Puttar situation.  The same but not the same, you know what I mean?  You're not even supposed to sell anything you make with licensed character fabric or ribbon.  But people don't care as long as they sell.  I, personally, find it disrespectful.  You're making money off of a character that belongs to someone else.  I've made GoT headbands and Harry Potter headbands to give as gifts.  But never would I think of selling those.  I wouldn't want someone to take one of my original characters and selling stuff off them without my permission, so I wouldn't do that to anyone else.  Even if it IS a multimillion dollar company that can afford to lose a "few cents".

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I'm honestly not a big fan of Etsy because the requirements you need in order to list an item are a little ridiculous. I remember being asked for the items exact weight, height, length, and circumference. They asked way too many questions and found it to be a huge turnoff to the site. I prefer Poshmark. They take payment through Paypal, which is great, but the only trade-off is that they take 20% of your revenue, which is a lot.

If that's the case, then I would also be put off selling things on Etsy if ever because of the very nitpicky requirements. If you're selling clothes and bags, then I guess it's ok to ask about the general measurements. But for crafts, then I think it's not really that needed.
Well, in crafts I think it's needed also. I would hate to pay $50 for something that looks like it's 5" in the photo and in my hands realize it's 2".  LOLOL  (Have you seen the Curious George movie?  LOL ;D)

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #29 on: April 23, 2015, 01:10:15 AM »
I haven't tried selling anything on Etsy yet, and I also haven't bought anything from this site as well. But I know that this a great marketplace to go to when you want to sell/buy handmade and wooden crafts, or vintage stuffs. I've also heard that it's way cheaper than Ebay.

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