(Closed) Etsy?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
719 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre

@MissParrot:  we actually bought FI’s ring off of etsy! It was quick, the quality is great, and he completely customized the ring for us. I can’t think of anything else offhand that I’ve bought from there, but you just have to base your purchase off of the reviews and a gut feeling, I think.

also, FI’s ring (but the line is even all the way around): 

Post # 4
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Honestly, the only way you can be sure is to read their feedback. Make sure you read the negatives/neutrals–lots of people will leave negative feedback for the dumbest stuff, or not change it to say “positive” and still leave positive comments. I’ve bought tons of stuff on Etsy and only had one bad experience (purchased favor tags for the wedding, seller disappeared/never sent them, had to open an Etsy and Paypal dispute), but I ended up with my money back.

Post # 5
1030 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MissParrot:  Almost everything i bought for my wedding was off etsy! i love it and you know you are supporting local people! Just read reviews, use paypal and a bit of common sense. 🙂

Post # 6
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@vorpalette:  +1 on reading the feedback.  Etsy can be an AMAZING resource; I also bought a ton of unique stuff through it.  The lesson learned from my negative experience, pay with a credit card (through paypal or directly, whichever the store allows), because a credit card dispute is more likely to get resolved than paying through a bank transfer (through paypal).

Post # 7
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MissParrot:  Prior to recently- I had ordered one thing off of there about 3-4 years ago, and I had great luck with that.

For my wedding, I have made about- 15 purchases in the past 2 months and so far- have been happy with everything I have gotten off of there.  I am careful before I make a purchase- read reviews, read shop poilicies.  I ask lots of questions so I know EXACTLY what I am getting.  That way I can’t be hurt my assumption.  And I usually purchase through PayPal so if there’s a problem, I can go through them.

I did recieve something that was slightly different than pictured from one vendor- wrote her a (nice!) message- BEFORE she even wrote back to me (which was within 2 hours of when I wrote her)- she had made a new one (this item doesn’t take long to creat with a machine)- and printed shipping for it.  She was kind and sweet and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!!



Post # 8
8445 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My experiences with Etsy have been very hit or miss. I’ve had more luck getting inspiration for what I want and making it myself, lol.

Post # 9
9085 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ex Etsy seller here.

Read their feedback. If the store has lots of sales but relatively little feedback, avoid the shop. Not everyone leaves feedback, but when you have a vast difference of sales vs feedback, that is not a good sign.

Google image search their product. Not everything on Etsy is handmade. You may end up with chinese factory made shit. Check alibaba and other “well known” chinese factory websites before buying.

You can google the shop name to see if people have reviewed them on blogs.

Etsy is a “fancy” version of ebay. They can either rip you off, or not. It depends on the seller.

Post # 10
8449 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve purchased craft supplies from etsy with no problems, not sure about items that are already made though.

Post # 11
551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MissParrot:  I have mostly had great experiences with Etsy purchases. Definitely look at their sales and reviews. If you are suspicious of their products (they seem way too inexpensive, the photos look like stock photos), do a reverse image search on Google. I have found some Etsy shops that use photos of products from reputable stores to attract sales, so just be aware so you can avoid those shops. I bought my husband’s wedding band, ring bearer bowties, address stamp, part of my bridesmaid gifts, bridal hanger, and beanbags for cocktail hour cornhole on Etsy. Very happy with all of those purchases!

@Hyperventilate:  +1!

Post # 12
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

the trick with etsy is to go with shops that have good reviews and feedback. or ask around.

it also depends on what you’re looking for. a lot of bees can probably suggest shops to look at!

Post # 13
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ve bought so much wedding stuff off of Etsy and have been happy with everything!  I agree with PP, read feedback, and look at the production time if you are ordering a custom piece so your expectations of when to receive the item are in line with when you need it.  Some custom stuff I ordered took over a month before they even shipped it, but it was stated in the listing.

Post # 14
3400 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I bought almost everything wedding related from etsy. I only had one minor issue & it was rectified very quickly. I recommend etsy all the time. Here is the comprehensive list of everything I got from etsy 🙂

Bouquets & Boutonnieres from 2handsstudios:

Our Signage & Custom Cards (open bar, card & gifts, bride & groom, reserved for ______, thank you cards, etc…) from marrygrams:

“Just Married” Banner from craftyearth:

Escort Cards, & Custom Menu, & Vow Cards (the ones pictured weren’t mine) from ThePaperWalrus:

Infinity Wrap Bridesmaid Dresses from WomenLand:

Bridesmaid Hair Combs from LeChaim:

Midlength Veil from FineNFleurie:

Custom Hair Flower from poppylimedesign (favorite seller EVER!)

Bridal Earrings from PemberlyCollection:

Pearl Bridal Necklace from ACutieChick:

Any of these sellers I would highly recommend 🙂

To see my full recap, this is the link if interested: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/our-budget-vintage-urban-wedding#axzz2hXdBe2KW

Post # 16
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I bought my reception dress off Etsy! It was someone’s Cotillion dress, and I made it tea-length/added a petticoat!

I’ve never had a problem, but I also stay FAR away from bad grammar/China-based listings!

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