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 # 30
@bells: I think some items are. But then I think about how everything is actually handmade, custom to the consumer in many cases, and that makes me feel better about the prices. I can ask a seller to change a tiny detail in the beading, or to tweak a color…you just can’t do that in a store. The fact that people make things 100% custom for you is a huge plus and sometimes worth the extra $$$$$ if you’re really picky (like me, ugh).
Post # 31
Totally depends on the seller. I found my invitations on there, and with everything…invitations, printed envelopes, response cards etc…$2.75 a piece. Which is much better than anything else I had found on the web. I think it just depends on your patience to look for the best deal too hah. But yes….there are some things on that site that are ridiculously overpriced.
Post # 32
I think there are some reasonably priced items on etsy so it pays to really search around the site. Most of the items may be more than in stores cuz they are unique handmade items and artists are doing it in order to make a profit.
Sometimes you will find items that include the shipping in the price so that helps a lot. I do a lot of searching around etsy, but I only buy something if I really like it and can’t find it anywhere else.
Post # 33
It depends on what it is.
Post # 34
I think that is a huge generalization. Etsy is made up of different sellers so the prices will vary too.
Etsy is a marketplace of handmade items (and supplies and vintage) so you can not possibly the compare prices to a discount store. These handmade items are not made in china so you must take that into account. If you value the effort and care put into a handmade item and want to support that type of business than no, the prices are generally not overpriced. If you do not see the value in handmade then obviously it will be way overpriced compared to something factory made.
There are good deals on Etsy, expensive items and many in between!
Post # 35
Well, they are cheaper than DB, but the materials alone are a lot cheaper than what you end up paying, but of course you are paying for the talent and work for a nice finished product. So, if you wanted to make it yourself it would be cheaper!
Post # 36
Well like they say you pay for what you get. I admit some thing I found when I was shopping for my wedding where super overpriced, like $300 dollar for a wedding bouquet, but then again those where some really elaborate creations with some pricey materials. Eventually I want to open a etsy store, but try to make my prices more reasonable. Plus I love the unique things I can find that I definatly could not find at davids bridal. You just really have to search for the right deal. Plus they are generally hand made items. I’ve always thought things where more resonably priced and better quality than commercial made things.
Post # 37
And shipping can be a killer. The heavier the item the higher the shipping cost. Unfotunately as a seller of handmade items they aren’t able to ship like larger corporations that can ship your entire order for a small amount. I haven’t opend up a Etsy shop, but I want to, but like shipping cost etc there are so many details.
Post # 38
Depends on the seller and the product. I know that’s a cop-out answer, but it’s true.
Regretsy.com is great at researching and pointing out items being sold on Etsy that were obviously not handmade by the seller, and also follows up on what happens when such listings are flagged or pointed out by buyers or other sellers. Unfortunately Etsy goes a little overboard trying to promote a “happy” atmosphere, and anyone who flags such posts gets politely told to shut up and play nicely while the seller gleefully continues selling their widely-available items at astronomical markups.
So yes, you’re going to see $4 wooden ampersands that are mass produced by the thousands and resold at $30 a pop on Etsy, because Etsy doesn’t like making waves telling people their listings are a rip-off.
But there are plenty of sellers who do actually work hard creating beautiful items to sell on the site, and as someone who designs her own jewelry, I can tell you that the time, effort and materials needed to make some of the gorgeous things on Etsy often more than justifies the price of the items that are truly handmade and original.
And then there are some people who are just greedy.
Post # 39
I have a shop and pricing my items appropriately and fairly are my MAIN concern. There’s a ton of competition out there, and most of it is over-priced (I’m in the jewelry world), especially considering the cost of materials. I price my pieces based upon how much labor went into it, plus the cost of my materials, then I think “what would I pay for this” and list the selling price for 10% less than that. I have good luck with this method… but I must agree that there are TONS of things that are wildly expensive, and that makes me sad. 🙁
Post # 40
Some people probably do overcharge, especially once they have a following but I don’t think it is fair to go to esty and expect to get a steal. These are real people who have to buy supplies and account for the cost of their time. I sew, knit and make jewelry; people always ask if I would start an etsy page and my answer is always heck no. After the cost of supplies and paying for the listing, they’re not making a huge profit.
For example, I made my bridal jewelry. A three stand swarovski pearl necklace and bracket. Each bead cost between .43 (10mm) to .14 (6mm) cents each, the gold filled clasps were about $8. Granted I don’t have a wholesalers license which sellers can get, but supply costs really add up. Another example is that ring pillow you’re looking at, the silk dupioni alone is about $20 to $25 a yard.
Post # 41
did you get your earrings from designs by kara? I got mine from her too =) It looked like the same ear =)
And I agree that it completely depends on what you’re looking for, and varies by shops. I own my own store and before pricing anything, I always check the competition to see what they are charging for similar items.
I think etsy sometimes has the right to charge a little more (caution: not meaning $300 for something you can get at walmart for $30) because the items are handmade (i only buy handmade items on etsy), and it supports local artists. A lot of the time, the things they are making aren’t quite what you can get in the stores.
I’ve bought a great deal of stuff from etsy sellers, and I’m actually in the process of finding my fourth usher gift on etsy. (I vowed to buy every single usher gift on etsy, haha)
Post # 42
Like PP’s have said, it varies by seller and it totally depends on what your looking for. It’s a destination type marketplace. You go there looking for something specific. Also, a tip here, for every seller that seems expensive, there is one that’s not. I was looking at spending about $8 per person for our luggage tag favors and I just spent sometime looking and I found a local seller that can do the tags, even more personalized than I what I was originally looking at and for half the price!
I’ve bought a ton a stuff for my wedding on there… cake topper, dress hanger, prints for our guestbook table, the guestbook, calligraphy for our invitation suite, our favors, bridesmaids gifts, etc. I went on there looking for items that were as local as I could get, thus elimiating the need for me to drive around for hours hunting things out.
Also check out heartsy.me its like groupon for etsy! i bought a ton of vouchers that i can use for bridesmaids gifts.
Post # 43
I completely agree that there’s always another seller who can do the same thing for less! I was looking at getting a hand stamped metal bible bookmark for my brother (as an usher gift) when I found one that was about $7 less and more in my price range! She added MORE customization on the stamping too!
You really just have to look and look and look some more!