(Closed) Etsy question

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I think it depends on what you do on etsy. Also, be sure to take into accunt etsy seller fees. I don’t remember what they are, but i know if you have a mac there’s an app to calculate fees with (I think it’s like 7-10 percent of the sale)

Post # 4
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Carolyn72: my friend makes jewelry on the side and makes money off of it. You’ll just have to get your name out there really.

Post # 5
4883 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I do jewelry and have a shop… kinda.  I sell jewelry in my actual brick & mortar and etsy kind of falls by the wayside.  But that’s because the competition is SERIOUSLY fierce. There’s usually a million and one people doing what you do, and unless you’re significantly underpriced it can be difficult to make a ton of sales.  They take $.20 for each item you list, and another % once the item sells (can’t remember what it is right now, but its in the TOS). 

I’ve made some cash off of my etsy shop but I also had to buy a lot of supplies to build my inventory, then I had to babysit the etsy shop a bit to make sure I didn’t fall to the bottom.  I even tried paying the extra $8 to be one of the featured items and that didn’t get me anywhere. 

I think etsy is great if you have something truly unique to offer, but if you’re doing something that is pretty common (jewelry, fascinators, etc) it can be a little disappointing.  I’d recommend selling to your friends and having them spread the word instead.

Post # 6
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think it depends on the quality of your items, how pratical they are, and the price you intend to sell them for.  I’ve seen some arts and crafty items on there that are cute, but I would never actually buy them.  I’ve also seen some amazing things on there that I could never do myself or afford.

That being said, I adore etsy and recommend it to people all the time for purchases. I have probably purchased from about 50 sellers so far myself, so I do believe etsy can be a great resource for talented artists. 

If you do start selling there, use good titles so people searching for stuff actually find you!  🙂

My favorite sellers not only offer a quality item, but they take the time to listen to me and work with my unique needs.  🙂

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