Post # 1
Since being on the wedding bee I have heard a lot about Etsy, so I went and had a look and couldn’t believe the prices of the jewellery- some of the jewellery is so incredibly cheap and I wasn’t sure why. Are the people selling their jewellery independent jewellers that sell things for less? Also has anyone any photos of things they have bought on etsy?
Post # 3
I haven’t bought any jewelry yet but I did purchase a personalized hanger, guestbook, and address stamp from Etsy. Basically it’s just crafty people selling what they make! At least that is my general summation of it. I am addicted to browsing for wedding stuff on there!
Post # 4
It’s all individuals that sell things that they make, it’s awesome! I didn’t buy jewelry but I got my groom and his men skull lapel pins. They were pretty cool.
Post # 5
I’ve bought multiple things on etsy– including my engagement ring (well, the FI did that, but I found it on etsy). I’ve also bought skincare products and gifts. Never a bad experience, and some amazing products that are handmade and customizable.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
I bought our favors, my veil, bouquet charms, and cuff links for all the guys on Etsy. I’m addicted!!
Post # 7
RESEARCH ANYTHING YOU BUY ON ETSY.
I belong to a group that has been known to be a pain in Etsy’s ass.
Etsy supports resellers. People who buy wholesale from China and hike up the price to resell. This is “against” their policies but no one does anything about it.
If buying something from “The little guy” or something that is actually handmade is important to you, do your research. Not everything on Etsy is hand made. A lot of it is stuff sold by big box companies and resold by smaller companies.
Post # 8
I would only assume they buy their items in bulk and sell them at a more reasonable price! I bought a TON of things of Etsy and even bought my wedding jewelry/ gifts from Etsy. Always a great experience. But I would def. check out any seller’s reviews and ratings.
And just because this shop was amazing to me and my family (they made my necklace and a ton of jewelry for me) I reccommend JamJewels. I think they are little bit more pricey than the typical Etsy shop, but I found the quality of their jewelry is just awesome and I keep on ordering more and more from them!
Post # 9
@Hippos: I would only assume they buy their items in bulk and sell them at a more reasonable price!
The point of Etsy is for handmade sellers to sell their wares. People who buy pre-made items (Just for example… coathangers.) and sell them as is, as, for example… just coathangers, is against their ToS and is what is called a Reseller (I buy a whole item at a low price and I sell it at a higher price somewhere else.) Not changing the item in any way makes it a resale. You see this a lot in hello kitty items, iphone covers, etc.
It’s just my take on it. I wouldn’t knowingly support a reseller on Etsy because my little group has a less-than-welcome presence on Etsy, and I prefer supporting people with a face, who could use the money as opposed to faceless resellers.
Post # 10
I have only purchased supplies (purse frames, clips, findings, etc) from etsy, and most of the suppliers have lots and lots of reviews (several thousand usually) and I only pay with paypal/credit card.
Post # 11
@Hyperventilate: Sorry what I wrote wasn’t very clear. What I meant to say is that maybe they buy their gems (for an example) from Fire Mountain Gems in bulk (which can be cheaper the more the buy the more you save) and then make their jewelry with them.
I’ve had a really long day at work and my brain seems to be giving me the silent treatment, so if what I wrote above isn’t clear lol I’m sorry.
Post # 12
We bought out toasting flutes from Etsy. They have our real names on them and our wedding date> this is the sample 🙂 We love them!
Post # 13
On etsy, a seller is technically only allowed to sell an item that they make themselves, or an item that is vintage. I have found a lot of amazing designers on etsy, for clothing, jewelry, organic perfumes and candles, etc. I’ve even found some “known” designers, like a few people who were on Project Runway for example and now sell their clothing online in their etsy shop. It’s an awesome way for them to sell their pieces without having to have an actual storefront. I love the unique items I have found on etsy, and I have never had a bad experience on it after using it for the past 4 years or so.
Post # 14
Yes, do research each seller before you buy. None of my purchases were on a whim, and I contacted each seller to ask about their work and the materials used, etc. And read feedback. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
Post # 15
@Hippos: Oh, that’s different. Obviously you can’t require a person to make their own gems, haha. As long as they are assembling what they buy into someone new, they’re handmade. If they’re buying an item and selling it as-is, that’s reselling.
Post # 16
My fiance had my engagement ring custom made by LaurieSarah designs on Etsy. He absolutely loved the customer service through this company and the craftsmanship is fantastic!
Here is my beauty: Cushion cut morganite and diamond set in platinum!