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Etsy Review: Easier Than Ebay To Open An Online Shop
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Etsy is quickly making a name for itself as the place to go for handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items. I know this because I’ve heard it mentioned in more than a few TV shows and movies in conversations between characters in the past year alone. You know things are gaining popularity when this happens. And this popularity says a lot when you consider Etsy is barely 6 years old.

Handmade items aren’t the only thing you can sell on Etsy but there are limitations. That’s one of the great things about Etsy, the limitations they set in the selling categories giving sellers prime positioning for a targeted audience. There are only three main categories: handmade items, crafting supplies, and vintage items. Unlike eBay, Etsy only allows the crafters themselves to open a store for handmade items. No dropshipping or big brand-name companies allowed.

And there are many easy ways for buyers to search for particular products types in the three main categories. Need some handmade items to go with the new color scheme in that room you just painted? Simply search Etsy shops and items by color.

Easy to open shop and navigate When I first opened an Etsy store, I was amazed at how easy it is to navigate as a seller or buyer. I wanted to actually open a store so I started by playing around with all the tabs and left side links and found easy ways to build my store, add items, add descriptions, and get them listed.

Whether you’re a buyer or seller, it doesn’t take long to learn how to navigate through this user-friendly online shopping site. There are many tutorial guides to follow and help you build a shop in Etsy, but I am the type of person who barely looks at the guides to my new electronic equipment and don’t like to take too much time to get started. Navigating through the Etsy system was so easy I didn’t really need much information. I had my shop up and running in a few hours and that included all the product descriptions. I already knew what people want to know about an item they are considering buying so I have a formula for that which makes it pretty easy to do.

Easy on the wallet And opening an shop Etsy is cheap! There are no listing fees or final value fees. Twenty cents is all you pay for each item you promote. And that lasts for four months. A measly twenty cents per item for four months--what a bargain! No other fees apply.

But you must remember to re-list an item once it is sold or it won’t be shown as available in your shop anymore. I’m frugal and list several items but don’t show anymore than one each in my inventory at a time. So, as soon as something sells, I immediately go back in and re-list it for twenty cents. I prefer that to paying $2.00 for ten of the same item when they may not all sell before it is time to renew.

If you forget to renew like I often do, all of the items are kept in the “expired” link. All you have to do is click the link and check the box to the left of each item and hit the renew button. And Etsy will remind you when you owe them money, which you can opt to pay automatically or in your own time. They will let you have time to pay even after your items are listed and available to the public.

Easy to get information If you like to have all the facts, there are many ways to find information within Etsy. From their blog to their forums, chats, training tutorials, help links, virtual labs, and live streams, you have numerous ways to find the information you need. They even have email and live chat support to contact Etsy personnel directly if you don’t find the answers you need anywhere else.

I find the forums more fun than most and there are several to choose from. In some forums, people are serious about their business and their craft, which is great if you have a specific question for a specific category. Others are more on the light side where the tangents can get a little more out of hand and playful. In fact, I am writing a children’s book and found an illustrator to work with in an Etsy forum. I IM’d him and we are now collaborating!

For shoppers, Etsy sends regular emails featuring new and unique items for sale. When the email tag says Etsy Finds, you know you’re about to get the latest news and views on Etsy sellers, shops, and products for sale.

For sellers, Etsy regularly sends out news with the tag Etsy Success. Featured artisans, Etsy news, seasonal tips, and how-to trainings show sellers how to enhance their stores, get help, and work within the Etsy system.

Easy to communicate In addition to the forums, you can communicate with your buyers and other sellers via Etsy’s internal email and chat systems. It’s simple to hold a conversation, as Etsy calls it, and Etsy people are some of the friendliest I’ve met online. There is a feedback system similar to eBay’s which let’s others know about their experience with you as a seller and with your customers as buyers.

You can add to things you find particularly interesting to lists of Favorites for individual items or those shops you want to return to. Etsy also lets others know what other’s Favorites are so the exposure you gain from this is terrific. There is also a Treasury list, which shows up to 16 items anyone might Favorite. And they have the capability to Facebook “Like” an item or shop or send a Tweet—it’s all do-able in Etsy.

So pull out those handmade quilts your Grandmom and great aunts spent hours crafting or the needlepoint tablecloths your mom made and sell them on Etsy. Or rummage through the attic to find those vintage clothes you wore in the ‘60s because Etsy could be your outlet for selling them.


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Great post. I am going there right now.

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