Does Any Have An Etsy Store?

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  1. Susan Long

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    Have you had a good experience? Do you think this is a good option for developing an online business?
     
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    I have seen some interesting items sold thru Etsy. I am not that talented. Do you have an Etsy store and if so what do you sell?
     
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    My 26 year old granddaughter, CJ, has been selling childrens designs, and handmade stuffed animals on Etsy for about four years now. She does enough business to allow her tto remain at home with her 5 and 7 year old.

    I buy unusual things for gifts for my family and friends. It makes buying things they generally aren't able to find a lot easier.;):rolleyes:
     
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    I've been thinking about selling some things on Etsy. Not that I make things to sell, but there are things that a person has around their house which apparently can be sold as supplies for those who do like to make things and sell them on Etsy. It might be worth a try to search for "supplies" and see if you have some things that you might be able to sell. I am kind of busy right now, but someday I'd like to investigate more...
     
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    I'm nowhere near talented enough to make anything worth selling I'm afraid, but I have taken a look on the site and ordered a couple of bits and bobs. There are some really creative crafters on there. It seems like a good site. I didn't know about the selling supplies thing - I may think about doing that. I could do with some extra cash.
     
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    I think you can just do a search on "supplies" and it comes up with a long list of things that are used by crafters. I've heard you can even sell bizarre things like the cardboard part of toilet paper rolls! You know what they say, one man's junk is another man's treasure!
     
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    Haha! Really? o_O Too bad I already make use of the toilet rolls for my pet hamster or I could make a killing selling those. :p

    Thanks for the advice. I looked and it seems there's a whole category for craft supplies with a lot of sub categories for all the different types. Mostly seems to be little charms, beads, wool and thread, things like that. I might have some lying around that will probably never be used - I'll consider selling it.

    I looked in the woodworking category and there was somebody just selling driftwood - seems like they get quite a lot for it too! I can't sell that since I don't live near any water though.
     
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    I know several people who sell online, on various sites, including Etsy. Unless you have a very unique product and are able to pay for advertising, or already have a large following of steady customers, it can be difficult to be found on Etsy. It used to be fairly easy to get on the front page (without paying for it), but the site has changed, and allows more items that are mass-produced, whether or not people admit it, so it's easy to be lost in the shuffle. It's still my favorite site for buying handmade, and is still well known as a site for handmade goods, but I wouldn't count on making much money there.
     
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    I think Etsy is a very creative, well designed site. I understand they are upgrading this product site frequently, which a good sign of the overall health of the company itself.
     
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    One of my hobbies is knitting and crocheting. I enjoy knitting socks, and I also like to make little home-made throw rugs, using leftover plastic grocery bags and a strand of yarn.
    I have had several people mention that I sshould sell them, and I actually would enjoy doing that, I think.
    After reading through the posts here about Etsy; I don't think that it would work for me though.
    I thought about selling them on ebay; but I am not sure that they would sell for enough on there to be worth the effort.
    If I make my own website, then I would need to promote it somehow; so that does not look very plausible either.
    Does anyone have any good suggestions for marketing the rug and socks ?
     
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    @Yvonne Smith, why do you think Etsy won't work for you? One of my granddaughters lives in AZ, so we don't have much to talk about, and that brings about what we are doing. She has been with Etsy for a few years now, so I think I could ask her for information. Since I have been the recipient of three of these beautiful rugs, I think it would be a shame not to put them on the market.
     
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    This is why, @Ina I. Wonder . I can not do mass production since each rug is different. And I agree with Diane that by the time you spend money to advertise heavily; then you use most of your profit for advertising.
    Still, I intend to check it out and perhaps try making an account and seeing if I can sell a rug, and go from there.
    I was just thinking that maybe someone else here would have some good ideas.

    I could always ask Sifu if I can advertise them on his website, Ina...... (chuckling as I write)
     
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    @Yvonne Smith, you can always sell your rugs as a 'one of a kind' original. People love to have something that no one else will ever have. That's why I like to shop flea markets and such because items may be so old that no one else probably has it. Something to think about...
     
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    I went to the site to window shop. I wish all profitable luck if they do sell at Etsy. I guess that you'd add the shipping with the cost of items? I'm new at selling online.
     
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    I think it's worth opening a shop, since it's free and doesn't require much work. What I would do if I were you, is make up several colors/styles, and list them. If possible, and you're interested, I'd list a custom option for each, so people could specify which colors/color combinations/styles they would like. That way, you won't have to make up a lot of products ahead of time, which can get quite costly, and then not be assured of sales.

    I use a tool called etsy-fu to promote, and I also promote myself, through social media. Etsy-fu is $5/month, and it will tweet a listing up to once per hour. Not everyone wants to promote that often, but my accounts are pretty active, so that's what i do. It does bring in views. Views don't necessarily guarantee sales, but they do mean people are looking. With handcrafted items, it's always a question of whether people are looking in an attempt to reverse engineer your products and make them themselves, either for personal use, gifts, or to sell. Not all of your views will come from other handcrafters though, and sometimes when people like an item, they will in turn share it on their sites, and so that can help get the shop out there for people to see, which can lead to future sales. There is a listing fee for each product, it's $.20 for 4 months, which doesn't sound like much, but if you have a lot of items, it can add up. There is also a final value fee. I don't remember exactly what that is, but I believe it's around 3.5%.

    By the way, I think you could make some money with the kitted socks, they seem to be very popular these days. In general, people seem willing to pay more for knitted goods than crocheted goods for some reason.

    Let me know if you have any questions, if you do decide to set up a shop. I may not know the answer, but I'll try to help if I can.
     
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    When I used to raise puppies and sell them, I had my own webpage that I created from one of the places that you can make a website for free.
    I took pictures of the adult dogs, and then had pictures of the puppies from past litters.
    The way I advertised was from the free online classifieds, such as Kijiji, which is the eBay Classifieds website. They are similar to Craigslist in that they can be local; but you can also have your ads run nationwide and added to many of the free classifieds in other places.
    These classified websites have the small free ads that you can run, or you can pay a small amount (seems like $15 for 6 months) for an ad that gets circulated into other areas, and you can add more pictures than just the main picture.

    Since I just sold the puppies locally, I did not need the nationwide ads, but for selling craft items, then this would be a definite advantage. I also put a link in the ads that went back to my own webpage; so people would read the online ad, and then go to my webpage for more information.
    After I stopped raising puppies; I did not keep my list of the websites for free ads; but I found most of them in the first place by just doing a google search for "free classifieds", and then used the ones that looked like they would work best for me.

    I just did a search and actually found one of the (really old) ads that I had posted for pet portraits. You can see how there is room for pictures, information, and a link back to the webpage that I used to have (which no longer exists).
    There are actually a lot of these kinds of free ad sites, so some of them should work for about anything a person wants to make and sell.
    Here is the link to my old ad: http://www.adpost.com/us/pets/208567/
     
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    I just opened an Etsy store, but I am still trying to learn to use it. There is so much to try and learn about. SEO, keywords and how to market and get your item on the first page of a search seems to be the key.
     
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    I had an Etsy store for a few years when I had time to craft and market my crafts. It's not hard to navigate and the site doesn't draw the type of customer who doesn't understand that handmade is not cheaply made. I sold Barbie clothes which are very easy and cheap to make and market. Sometimes I wouldn't have a cent in the supplies because I would use any old clothes or linens I had lying around and yet I could sell a dress for $10.00 to $15.00 fairly easily. SEO and the proper use of keywords is very important though because you will not be the only one selling what you craft. I wish more people of my son's, mine and my Mom's generation would use it for their crafts because we are starting to loose the ability to buy handmade let alone learn about and cherish it.
     
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    Be careful about putting your heart and soul into Etsy. They've had a lot of bad press recently concerning people who buy junk from China and re-sell it as personally hand-crafted. Supposedly Etsy is also becoming very dictatorial, banning any member that dares to complain.

    As always, check it out thoroughly first.
     
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    My niece has an artistic hand with visual art and designs. She always wins in the project contest of their art subject. She can make cute stuff toys although she is not the one doing the sewing. My husband who is connected in the movie industry is thinking of inviting my niece to be an apprentice for production design. But that's another matter.

    An etsy store is one good venue for an outlet to artistic inclinations. I had already mentioned that to my niece but the issue is not about the artistry because an online store is a business. What my niece has in mind is being commissioned to do designs. She has no aptitude in business and she wants to focus in creative works only.
     
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    Yes, I agree. Etsy used to be strictly handmade (real handmade) and vintage, but now that China has gotten into the game, it seems there are sweatshop goods on there, just as there are all over eBay. If the shop looks too slick, it either means the person is selling something very unique and making a killing and can afford to pay for professional materials, or it could be a sign that it's not actually handcrafted by those selling it. There's a section when you list an item where you have to specify if it's make by you or someone in your shop, but of course they would say the items were made in their shop whether or not they were, since people like that have no problem bending the truth, let alone outright lying. It's become more and more difficult to sell on Etsy, let alone make a profit, between the third world goods and Google messing with the algorithms and goods not being seen in searches.
     
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    I tried to open an Etsy store when the concept was just released, but I had tons of domain names by that time, and I was unable to find any spare moment to make some crafts I had in mind, same as I could never get caught up those domains with matching websites.

    It was then an insane time trying to buy as many "virtual properties" as possible to supposedly make money from them, which was another myth. Probably if I would focus on Etsy, I would made more money than I made from domain names or monetizing websites.
     
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    I wanted to open an Etsy shop when I first learned of the site, but I just had too much going on, and didn't have the time or attention to devote to it at that point. Now that I have more time, it seems the opportunity has passed, since the site is saturated with products from China. I'm not sure the other sites are much better. I had a shop on another site that was started by people who had gotten disgusted with Etsy and left, but no one I know on that site ever made a sale, despite quite a bit of advertising, so I guess Etsy is still the place to be, despite lackluster sales and less emphasis on actual handcrafted goods.
     
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