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Wed Apr 22, 2015, 07:58 AM

Etsy, Should I join or

buy the stock.
Any sellers here? If so, how are you doing.

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Reply Etsy, Should I join or (Original post)
safeinOhio Apr 2015 OP
dixiegrrrrl Apr 2015 #1
safeinOhio Apr 2015 #2
hippywife Apr 2015 #3
Vinca Apr 2015 #5
Vinca Apr 2015 #4
hippywife Apr 2015 #6
dump2020trump Aug 2018 #7
wyldwolf May 2019 #8
safeinOhio May 2019 #9

Response to safeinOhio (Original post)

Wed Apr 22, 2015, 08:31 AM

1. Here is a site that discusses the problems sellers are having.

http://www.dailydot.com/business/etsy-brave-new-economy-crumbling/

In short, sellers who actually make their own products are being squeezed out.

I am not clear on what you mean by "shall I join". ???
Do you mean becoming a seller?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 22, 2015, 08:38 AM

2. Seller

Small vintage stuff.
Wish I could see what sold and for how much. Thanks for the link.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 22, 2015, 09:16 AM

3. It's definitely not worth the time

and expense if you don't have a lot of stock to move and are just looking to unload what you have. There are so many sellers there, it can take a large inventory of listings (among other things) to be found. It's more geared towards those wanting to sell as an ongoing business.

You can see what things have sold as there is a link in all shops on the left sidebar to their sold items. It won't display the amount the item sold for but if you know how to view a page source and the HTML coding of a given page, you can find out the price it was listed at.

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Response to hippywife (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 23, 2015, 01:33 PM

5. Thanks for the tip about finding the original price in the coding.

I never thought of doing that and every so often when I'm researching an item an etsy "sold" pops up without a price.

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Response to safeinOhio (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2015, 01:31 PM

4. I gave it a brief try and was totally unimpressed.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 23, 2015, 04:34 PM

6. As with selling online anywhere

it takes a whole lot of knowledge and work, more than anyone just jumping into it can even begin to imagine.

Need to learn SEO (search engine optimization), which is how to properly list your items to appease the search algorithms of both Etsy and Google in order to be found. Even with all the internal traffic at a destination site like Etsy, this is not an option if you wish for buyers to find you at all. Also a lot of promotion on social media. With the number of sellers on most venues, especially one as large as Etsy, you have to work at marketing and promoting to build a following and drive as much of your own traffic and target market to your shop.

There are a lot of tools out there to learn how to do all of this, both on the site and off. No way anymore that folks can just list items and wait for sales to roll in, and really hasn't been that way for quite some time.

The two venues to avoid are Artfire and Zibbet. They look good but no traffic at all, glitchy sites, no to low staff, not much money and it shows in the terrible programming and operations. can't even be trusted.

The trend these days is getting your own domain and building a stand alone site with providers such as Shopify, Weebly, SupaDupa, Indiemade, etc.

There are some of those to avoid to for various reasons, such as Volusion.

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Response to safeinOhio (Original post)

Thu Aug 23, 2018, 07:14 PM

7. Worth it

It is worth selling on etsy. Amazing customer service and the customers are similar to people on this forum.

They are always willing to help and very nice.

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Response to safeinOhio (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:48 AM

8. I have an etsy shop. I've never gotten much out of it.

I sell vintage items, don't make my own.

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Response to wyldwolf (Reply #8)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:54 AM

9. Doing well at the mall.

80% of my sales are to dealers. Tax exempt.

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