(Closed) Just curious…your etsy experiences?

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Post # 3
2408 posts
Buzzing bee

i’ve purchased a couple items from etsy and both times the experience has been great. very responsive vendors, quick shipping and good quality stuff.

i’m sorry to hear your experience there has been hit or miss.

Post # 4
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

haven’t bought anything from etsy … yet …

but boy do I ever love me some etsy window shopping! I think I’m there finding something new to browse and drool over about three times a week. 🙂

Post # 5
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve had fabulous experiences with etsy, and have gotten some really lovely things.  In fact, I can safely say that I’ve never had a problem and have loved every single thing I’ve gotten on there. That said, I usually message a seller before I buy anything, with just a simple question about anything, just so that they know my email address and are waiting for my order.  Also, I’ve never used anyone without a 100% approval rating.  I’m sorry that you’ve had some problems!  That’s really too bad! 

Post # 6
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I haven’t bought anything yet, but there are sooo many cute things. It’s hard for me to not bust out my credit cards ASAP but I gotta remember that I’m trying to pay those suckers off. Reading your experience helped me learn a little bit though! 

Post # 7
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I have started shopping Etsy for years now I have never had a problem. *knock on wood* I hope I don’t jinx myself. And I am pretty high mantainance. I don’t know how to figure out what seller are “legit”. I guess I have just gotten lucky.

Post # 8
49 posts
  • Wedding: December 2009 - Phoenix Art Museum

i looooooove etsy. So far, I haven’t had any bad experiences (although I’ve only purchased maybe… 4-5 things. Still waiting on an Alchemy request… but so far, all positive!

I think something to keep in mind is that a lot of Etsy sellers do it as a second job, so sometimes “real” life gets in the way, which I understand. The ones w larger, more est stores seem to have the best service, as I think it’s their main income source. Good luck!

Post # 9
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have purchased things from 15 different sellers, and so far have only had an issue with one. The issue was that the product took way longer to ship than it should have, but when it did eventually arrive it was exactly as seller said it would be.

I always go for someone with 100% positive feedback, and someone who has a good amount of feedback, at least 10 sells. I have even used alchemy to have a scene I described painted by someone, and that was a superb experience.

What Rocktsrgn said about emailing (or convo’ing) the seller is a good thing to do. I often do this before I buy because it helps me guage that person’s responsiveness. I had my heart set on buying this  $110 bathing suit that I fell in love with on Etsy. So I convo’ed the seller, asked a few simple questions, but she never convo’ed me back to answer. So I didn’t buy it from her, I figured it wasn’t a good sign.

Can I ask what you got that looked to be made by a ten year old? The one type of thing I have never purchased on Etsy is custom made clothing. I am a bit scared that the things I like on there wouldn’t turn out well when applied to my body, haha.

Post # 10
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Oh no! Sorry you had a bad experience. I’ve ordered quite a few things in the past several months and thankfully, I’ve never had a problem. My love for Etsy knows no boundaries, at the moment! 🙂

Post # 11
530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

i’m an absolute Etsy fanatic.

since i dislike cheapo disposable stuff from chain stores, i hate the mall, i buy everything on Etsy: my clothes, my toddler daughter’s clothes, wedding invitations, custom veil, custom handmade flower girl dresses, jewelry, presents, even things like soap or raspberry jam…

i’ve bought something over 120 items on Etsy. my thoughts:

• FEEDBACK: i find that it’s really important to read the feedback. make sure it’s not feedback from when the seller bought something themself. (as oppposed to feedback for something they made and sold.) like, they might have a 100 percent positive feedback rating, but — when you read it — you realize it’s because they got positive feedback for buying a bunch of buttons or something themself, from someone else.

• SHIPPING: You can have something shipped however you want, really, if you discuss it with the seller. ask in advance in they can give you a USPS or UPS tracking number. if they can’t, and you’re not comfortable, don’t do it.

• WAIT TIMES: i did have one seller ship something to me three full weeks after i’d paid — to the wrong address. that sucked. but it only happened once. now, i basically always email the seller first, just to make sure they are there, they are on the ball, and they are nice.

• QUALITY: it’s totally as variable as there are varieties of stores out in the real world. it’s the same as any web-shopping experience where you can’t touch and feel the goods in advance. i’ve bought things that were the MOST beautifully custom-made with divine care (hand knit sweaters, the aforementioned veil and flower girl dresses)… and at AMAZING prices…. and, on the other hand, I’ve had one or two amateurish items. (baby pants with loosely attached felt appliques that looked SO cute — but how do you wash baby pants with felt appliques loosely attached??) so now i try to take my time before buying. NO impulse buys. i ask more questions and look at more photos.

• CUSTOM ITEMS: i’ve had one or two sellers who made things for me who simply didn’t listen to my instructions, and did their own thing, against my wishes. (hmm, and i really need not to be a wimp, and to just tell them, and ask them to fix it.) but i’ve had many more sellers make dream items for me — unique, perfect, just what i wanted, precisely sized for just me, and with great quality for the price. so overall, i’m much happier than i was with, say, J Crew stuff that pilled and fell apart and never fit in the first place.

Post # 12
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I have ordered a LOT of things from Etsy, from custom wedding items to clothing. Most of my experiences have been good, but there was one that drove me bonkers and made me steer clear of people without a solid amount of good feedback. That order was clothing that was stained when it arrived, and I had quite a time contacting the seller and arranging to return the item. After I returned it, my refund took another two months to get to me. For the trouble, I was offered a discount on my next purchase. Yeah, like a “next purchase” is gonna happen…

Most of the sellers I’ve dealt with are fine, and now I always make sure to check feedback and convo.

Post # 13
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Just one experience so far…….my invitations.  They were a real disappointment.  I chose to delay the order about an additional week in order to get ecru card stock and envelopes, as opposed to the white, which she had in stock.  She had to special order the material, which was fine, but she ordered completely different card stock color than envelopes and thought that was acceptable, apparently.  By the time I received the invitations, it was too late to do anything, so I had to send out invitations with unmatched envelopes.  NOT something I would expect from an “artist.”  I don’t know anyone who would think that a different color envelope than invitation would be suitable for a wedding invitation.

Post # 14
1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ve bought from probably six different sellers and had good experiences at all of them.  One, the product fell apart a bit, it was a custom made piece that I knew beforehand had a big risk of not working, but she had done it for a good price, so she refunded the money for the one item and had me send it back to try a different technique to make it work.  I was really impressed.

Post # 16
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I purchased three things and two out of the three were good experiences.  In one case, I never got my stuff, but was able to pull the money back through Paypal.

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