Post # 1
While I have been somewhat of an Etsy “stalker” since long before our engagement, I have yet to purchase anything from the site. I am curious. How smooth are the transactions/interactions? As an avid eBay-er, I want to “bid”…is it inappropriate to offer a lower amount for a listed item in a PM to a seller? Any advice?
Post # 3
It is similiar to Ebay in the mechanics of purchasing, etc but you have to remember that these are artists selling their wares and if you tried to make it the time and effort you put into your items is worth the mark-up on price. I would not try to negotiate payment for an item as most of the items I have seen are below or at what a mass produced item would cost, with none of the originality or workmanship.
Post # 4
I do not think it would be appropriate to try to barter on Etsy.
These people are mainly artisans, and the stuff is not mass produced. You pay for original stuff!
I have bought heaps from Etsy sellers, and would far rather give them my $$ than ebay : )