Etsy sellers please come in

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

it depends on what you’re selling.

do you have photos of what you’re selling?

are you selling actual items which you have to store somewhere? if so, do you have an inventory built up?

or are you selling custom, made to order items? if so, do you have samples?

i’m slowly building up my “inventory” of designs, so i can open up a shop selling wedding invitations. i want to have a selection of designs to choose from, so i’ve been designing when i find inspiration. next step, after things are designed, is to have copies printed so i can take photos.

as for a domain, what do you mean? a shop name? or an actual http://www.soandsoname.com domain? i only have a shop name, i haven’t gotten a domain domain yet, seeing as i don’t need one.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

for me i did search to make sure no other store had my name, and then thats what i used, something thats catchy and memorable and that was easy to watermark on my photos. i would also research on etsy any item i wanted to sell to see what was comparable to what i had and price it accordingly. you dont want to price too high or too low. i had to plan out how much shipping would be for each item. i ordered prepaid boxes from USPS and kept a stash of them on hand for when i would ship. had a printer available so i could print the shipping label straight from paypal. i read other stores policies on refunds and catered them to meet my shops needs, also tagging your items in the descirption so when people are searching yours will come u pin the first couple pages. you want your photos to be clear and creative, you want to be very descriptive and not misleading. be very personable when responding to your customers, and they will try to bargain with you. make sure youre pricing it with some flexibility (depending on what youre selling) and stand your ground if someone is trying to low ball you.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I know a lot of Etsy sellers who are very successful and have a domain name different than their shop. They use it as a blog to talk about daily life, diy projects, craft fairs, and occassionally throw in some advertising/promoting their shops. Take Jesse from Any Kind for example. Her blog is called “well its okay” and her shop is named “Any Kind” http://wellitsokay.blogspot.com/

I think having a blog seperate from your Etsy shop with its own identity is actually a really good marketing strategy. It allows buyers to get a feel for you as a person/individual apart from your business and it makes the buyer-seller realtionship more intimate because as a buyer you get to the see the person behind the products!

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