Post # 1
Since I came on weddingbee, I’ve received lots of suggestions from bees to buy things on etsy. But everytime i search on etsy everything seems very overpriced. When I was looking for a wooden ampersand, I find some that were 6inches high on etsy for about $30 and then I went to AC Moore and found a 9inch wooden ampersand for 3.99. When i was looking for a crystal headband, gloves, veil, unity candle I find that etsy is always so much more expensive. Do you feel the same?
Post # 3
Yes, some items are ridiculously priced.
Post # 4
I’ve found some great deals on etsy, and I’ve found some stuff that’s seriously overpriced…it all depends on what you’re looking for. I haven’t bought it yet, but I’ll probably go with an etsy veil, since it’s much less expensive than going to a boutique. I guess the difference is that between DIY and etsy, etsy seems overpriced, but between professional vendor and etsy, it is sometimes (not always) a bargain!
Post # 5
I think there are far too many sellers on Etsy to make a generalization one way or the other. Some seem overpriced to me, others are right on target, and I’ve seen more than a few shops with products that seem underpriced– unfortunately I think it is common for some small business owners (especially women) to undervalue their goods.
Would I pay $30 for a wooden ampersand? No. But I’ve made many, many purchases on Etsy that have been a terrific value for what I received.
I will say that I don’t usually think of going to Etsy for a bargain– for me it’s a destination for something unique and handmade.
Post # 6
I think it just depends on if you want something handmade or machine manufactured. Some sellers inflate their prices, no doubt. But if the difference in quality and attention to a handmade sash from an Etsy seller compared to a store-bought one is important for someone (along with the option to customize), I say they’re worth every penny.
Now if someone’s posting something they bought in store, and marking it up x4, that’s just silly.
Post # 7
The stuff that I’ve purchased from Etsy has been pretty decently priced. The way I see it, as long as the price is fair (even if it’s a little more than I would spend in the store), I would still rather buy it from an individual than a corporation.
Post # 8
Nope, I think there are great deals on there! I got a custom veil for $40 and a garter for $8, both including shipping!
Post # 9
I think that it varies from seller to seller. For your accessories you might check glamgal.com, she has some very reasonably priced items. For your veil, I bought mine at glamgal, but I really like Occansey Designs also. There was also another great sight for accessories that MrsTobe suggested and now I can’t find it, they had really great prices. You can PM her for it if you would like it.
Post # 10
@HannahT: Totally agree and this is why I voted Other.
It depends on the seller. I compare it to going to a local farmers market or craft sale. There are lots of vendors with the same genre of item, but at different price points. You just need to look within the price point you are comfy with and then read the reviews and convo the seller to make sure you are going to get what you want. I will say this for etsy, I have yet to make a purchase that I wasn’t 100% satisfied with, and the items I have gotten there for wedding (veil, fascinator for me, fascinators for BM’s) have been MUCH lower priced than any store I have gone to. I think it takes time and research though, but definetely keep shopping there for any item that can be handmade.
Post # 11
i think it can go both ways – i’ve found some fabulous vendors through etsy that i used for the wedding that i feel i really got a deal on – if its too pricey i dont buy.
Post # 12
Yes and No…you really gotta LOOK for the deals! I miss their “Alchemy Request?” or something it was called, where you could ask or offer a “job” or “creation” and then crafters would BID or make YOU (as the customer) BIDS for their work!
Post # 13
You have to remember that etsy isn’t a corporation that jacks up the cost based on the demand. It’s a community of individual sellers who create, price and sell their own handmade, vintage or resold items. There are definitely some sellers out there who I think are overpriced, but when I think something “isn’t worth it,” I move on and don’t buy it! 🙂 There are toooons of sellers who are fairly priced, and when I find an item that I can’t source, or create myself (or when I don’t want to!) I purchase. Etsy is great, but you can’t make a blanket statement saying all items are overpriced, or all items are a bargain. There’s good and bad, of course! 🙂
Post # 14
It depends. I really shop around to find the best deal, but it is easy to spend too much on something from Etsy.
For example, I bought my bracelet from Etsy, and it was only $25 and my earrings were only $37 (both pictured below)
Post # 15
@CupcakeMeg: I loved Alchemy! I wish they would bring it back. It was a fantastic service to offer.
Post # 16
I would say sometimes. Sometimes there are some great deals and sometimes it more than what I am willing to pay. I don’t know if I would say overpriced because some sellers put a lot effort into what they make and so they may be justified in selling it at that price. Plus, quality, I bet there are some sellers who do amazing work.
Ehh, also, I can sometimes be a cheapo so I try to get the cheapest deal. When I can’t find it for a price I’m willing to pay, I usually think about doing it myself or looking into it to see how hard it would be to make. I usually end up just buying it if I really need it because the time and effort I would waste to replicate it… So it is usually easier just spending a little more to have someone make it.