(Closed) Ordering invites from an Etsy shop with not much feedback?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I used an Etsian that I met from an Alchemy request to make a sign asking my stepdad to give me away at the wedding. She had never done a wedding suite before and had very little feedback at all, but I knew she had a good aesthetic, and she’s done a sublime job. I think that because she has so little feedback, she may be eager to build up her client base and is doing an even more stellar job than an already established designer?

Post # 4
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5755 posts
Bee Keeper

I’ve had a few bad experiences on Etsy, and one was with the person who did one set of invitations for us. She had no feedback, but was so responsive initially, I was willing to give her a shot. She also had a design my daughter loved, so we went with her.

 The problem may have been she had a seperate brick & mortar store too, so I wasn’t getting much from her after our initial contact. She eventually got everything out to us, but kept forgetting some key things and kept trying to charge for more than she originally quoted. She also didn’t use spellcheck, so I had to become a crazy woman with proofreading all her copy. It was pretty frustrating, but it all worked out. I’m just glad I got it all done quickly,as the wedding itself was planned in less than 4 months. We squeaked by with the mailing.

If you feel unsure, send a message to a few of the people that gave feedback, and see what they have to say.

Post # 5
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13 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I ordered invites from someone that didn’t have a huge amount of feedback, but it was 100% positive.  My advice is to ask a ton of questions… what’s your timeline? do you have a brick and mortar store? can I pay half up front, and then half when you’re ready to ship (any good etsian will take you up on this)? what’s the absolute latest I can order to get them sent to me by date X? etc. etc. etc.

 

 

Post # 6
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1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ask the seller for samples – they’ll understand that they’re a new seller and don’t have much feedback. Maybe they’ll charge you a few dollars but it’s worth it to save your sanity.

Post # 7
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5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Hey CaitMarae – I would give the person a shot, but ask multiple questions (possibly even ask if you could contact a few previous customers personally).  Also, ask if she can send you samples of the paper she plans to use and a sample before yours goes to “press”, so to speak.  I’ve had positive experiences with artists on Etsy, with the exception of the paper on my fan programs being a bit flimsy. 

Post # 8
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2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If you feel hesitant about it and want other options, PM me and I can give you the name of the etsy seller I got mine from. She custom designed a live oak tree with Spanish moss for me out of an Alchemy request and it turned out AMAZING and her prices are super reasonable. I’m sure she could whip up a custom design for you that would be perfect. She got mine done in less than a week and spent an hour with me one night going over wording/colors/fonts, everything. I love her!

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