Post # 1
When I am looking around on etsy, I only buy from sellers who have high reviews. What would you consider a “high review”? I am looking at something I want to get for our wedding, but the seller only has 79 reviews, which I wouldn’t normally consider high….Think they are still reputable?
For bees who don’t go by ther reviews how do you judge a sellers reputation/trustworthiness?
Post # 3
I think it depends on the nature of the item. If they are items more on the expensive side, then 79 reviews would be pretty good.
I mean, I don’t hold alot of faith in 1000+ reviews if 900 of them are for items that are $2.
Post # 4
For US-based sellers (like small business people), 5 reviews is enough for me!
For China-based sellers, I like to see at least 100 reviews!
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Post # 6
I agree that it really depends on what they are selling, and the price of the item. I think a handful of great reviews is plenty for certain items (like my hair clips and earrings) while others I feel like I need to be extra cautious and have more reviews (like my silk bridal flowers)
Also remember that a lot of people also sell items through their personal website or other ways. Etsy is just an added “store front” for many crafty people. So do a little research and see if you can find reviews for them elsewhere
Post # 7
@BrandNewBride: Yeah, it’s a Hong-kong seller.. I think I may just steer clear.
I am ordering other umbrellas for my bridesmaids from an US buyer with lots of reviews, but I was thinking of having a different unbrella for myself. I’ll just keep looking (:
Post # 8
@BrandNewBride: Good system.
I’ve only bought one thing – well, 7 of one thing – on Etsy, and I went back and forth with the seller aboout some details, even over regular emails, not just Etsy mail. I was quite confident then. So, I guess I like to communicate with the seller first. I decided not to purchase from one when they just gave me a kind of bossy response to a simple inquiry. I asked if their pre-tied bow ties were tied, then the knot sewn together, or done by cinchng some cloth with a little band. They tld me they can do it either way, but the cinched way looks totally the same, and no one can tell the difference. I contemplated saying “actually… I can tell the difference,” but instead just didn’t reply, and didn’t order the bow tie for my nephew.
Summary – my general feeling resulting from direct communication with the seller.
Post # 9
@Brace2014: Oh, well, if you aren’t comfortable going with that seller, you can get the exact same umbrella on ebay for around the same price.
That’s one of them, but I’m sure there are others if you search “lace umbrella”.
Post # 10
My ring is from etsy, Rare Earth, but she had hundreds of good reviews, and you can see what people were reviewing when you look at them.
Post # 11
@jenilynevette: Wow, didn’t even think of ebay. thank you!!