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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #30 on: April 23, 2015, 03:21:50 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.

I think the requirements are more for the buyer's benefit than the seller's. Remember, just like ebay, these sites NEED buyers more than they need sellers.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #31 on: July 15, 2015, 10:35:19 AM »
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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.

I considered Storenvy in the past, but haven't heard much about it lately. Are there fees involved? Does the site do anything as far as marketing for the individual shops, or are you pretty much on your own?

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2015, 06:59:22 AM »
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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.

I considered Storenvy in the past, but haven't heard much about it lately. Are there fees involved? Does the site do anything as far as marketing for the individual shops, or are you pretty much on your own?

I came back on specifically for this.  An update.  LOL

To answer your question Storenvy is similar to Etsy.  They show the shops' items through their marketplace (like if someone goes directly to Storenvy and does a search for something ) just like Etsy.  You can also direct people to your store through let's say You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login  If someone buys through your store link, they charge no commission.  You just the PayPal/Stripe fees which is about 3% plus 30 cents.  (Whereas Etsy charges I think it's 3.5% plus listing fee). But, now if someone bys through their marketplace, Storenvy does charge a 10% commission. 

What I like about Storenvy is that the shops don't look the same like they do on Etsy.  You can customize your link shop quite a bit, which is something I don't think you could do on Etsy.

Another difference is Storenvy doesn't necessarily do handmade, but I've read Etsy is not all handmade anymore either.  Also Storenvy allows certain coupon codes (% off) but for the others you have to pay a premiuim membership fee and I think you don't have to do that with Etsy.  I THINK.

Depending on how serious you are, which is the update part, you may consider getting a dot com for your shop.  Storenvy can do this but they charge I think it's $5/month which is waaaaay too much.  I've been taking a workshop online and I've come to the conclusion that if you're serious about your business then your best bet is to host your own shop, be it through your blog or through your website.  If it's something to make a little cash on the side, then I still favor Storenvy especially since it's been growing recently and Etsy has been losing money.

Another option is Amazon Handmade, but they have 12% fee which is a lot but they may back up their sellers with their shipping policies.  BUT, you have to apply to see if you'll get accepted because they ARE looking for HANDMADE.  I haven't read too much on that one yet though.

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2015, 09:53:29 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.

I think the requirements are more for the buyer's benefit than the seller's. Remember, just like ebay, these sites NEED buyers more than they need sellers.

None of those things you mentioned are mandatory to list. :) They are optional. Of course, some people would like to know what exactly they are buying for certain items (like jewelry or clothing) but I'm sure a good listing photo with a size comparison would suffice.


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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #34 on: September 29, 2015, 11:35:36 AM »
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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.

I considered Storenvy in the past, but haven't heard much about it lately. Are there fees involved? Does the site do anything as far as marketing for the individual shops, or are you pretty much on your own?



I came back on specifically for this.  An update.  LOL

To answer your question Storenvy is similar to Etsy.  They show the shops' items through their marketplace (like if someone goes directly to Storenvy and does a search for something ) just like Etsy.  You can also direct people to your store through let's say You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login  If someone buys through your store link, they charge no commission.  You just the PayPal/Stripe fees which is about 3% plus 30 cents.  (Whereas Etsy charges I think it's 3.5% plus listing fee). But, now if someone bys through their marketplace, Storenvy does charge a 10% commission. 

What I like about Storenvy is that the shops don't look the same like they do on Etsy.  You can customize your link shop quite a bit, which is something I don't think you could do on Etsy.

Another difference is Storenvy doesn't necessarily do handmade, but I've read Etsy is not all handmade anymore either.  Also Storenvy allows certain coupon codes (% off) but for the others you have to pay a premiuim membership fee and I think you don't have to do that with Etsy.  I THINK.

Depending on how serious you are, which is the update part, you may consider getting a dot com for your shop.  Storenvy can do this but they charge I think it's $5/month which is waaaaay too much.  I've been taking a workshop online and I've come to the conclusion that if you're serious about your business then your best bet is to host your own shop, be it through your blog or through your website.  If it's something to make a little cash on the side, then I still favor Storenvy especially since it's been growing recently and Etsy has been losing money.

Another option is Amazon Handmade, but they have 12% fee which is a lot but they may back up their sellers with their shipping policies.  BUT, you have to apply to see if you'll get accepted because they ARE looking for HANDMADE.  I haven't read too much on that one yet though.

@thatmewmommy Shop owners on Etsy can create coupons, but no one really uses them. I think I've had 3 buyers use them, and one was someone I reminded twice ahead of time. I used to spend a lot of time creating Flash Sales, etc., and promoting them, and it did nothing, so I don't waste my time anymore.

One thing that helps is to use pictures when advertising. Without pictures, listings often get lost in the shuffle, even when hash tags are used. I don't do enough volume right now to even consider using Amazon, but I'd think about that for the future, if sales pick up. My goal is to have my own site eventually. I'd love to see extensions expand and have a .handmade or .artisan one, because I think that could drive traffic considerably, and weed out a lot of the BS, but of course there'd be people who wouldn't follow the rules, and mess that up, too.

Right now, I'm mainly working on sales and building brand name recognition, and even when/if I'm able to have my own site, I'll probably keep the Etsy shop open, because I could use that to draw people to the website via promotional materials when I make sales, but I'd limit what I put in there, to keep the fees down. How are your sales on Storenvy, do you still feel it's worth selling there?

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Re: Sellilng Your Craft Items on Etsy.com
« Reply #35 on: December 04, 2015, 05:26:51 AM »
I've never sold anything on Etsy but I've bought a few items there.  I really like it is a great place to get customized and personal items.  I'm not too sure how the selling part works, in terms of what percentage the company takes but I see that there is a lot of competition for many items.

For anyone who has sold items, is it easy?  Do you find there is a lot of competition?

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