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Thread: Selling on Etsy

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    Super Member DeniseB's Avatar
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    Feb 2009
    Hi all,

    At the end of January I will be out of a job I have had for 13 years. As a way to earn funds for my many hobbies I considered selling some items I have made on Etsy.

    Do any of you sell on this site? It is very overwhelming as to how to list items. I am afraid my items will be over looked. Do you have any tips and suggestions? How can you tell on someones site what they have sold in the past?

    Thanks for any information

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    Outer Space
    Have you considered ebay?

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    Senior Member diannemc's Avatar
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    Dec 2008
    I have been thinking about doing the same.. wondered how it was...how returns where done if someone didn't like the item once they bought it..Haven't had time to read up on it..

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    Super Member wvdek's Avatar
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    A million dollar view!
    Sorry to hear about your job. After thirteen years that is a really tough one.
    Although I only had my job for 4 plus years, my job and 7 others was terminated 13 months ago. I ended up going back to school full-time. Lost all retirement benefits and health insurance.

    Have never sold or bought on Etsy, sorry.

    Good luck.

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    Senior Member aliaslaceygreen's Avatar
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    Dec 2009
    South Chesterfield, Virginia
    I have an etsy acct, and it is for photography, which really isn't the best venue for that.

    it doesn't really get much exposure, you need to WORK it...

    I have kept it though, as it doesn't cost unless you add something to it...

    I am thinking of using it when I finally commit to eliminating some of the stuff in the studio...put together packets and selling...but I may do ebay instead....
    (or i may keep it all, lol)

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    Las Vegas, Nevada
    I list both on Etsy and Ebay - both of which have been slow for me since December. I seem to sell items at the beginning of each month and then nothing. Etsy is a lot cheaper than Ebay, with a $.40 per item good for 4 months, whereas ebay charges you for listing and selling. I tend to put my stuff on the "bay" first and if it does not sell, transfer it over to Etsy. Hope this helps a little. Bea

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    Jerrie's Avatar
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    Nov 2007
    Florence, Alabama
    I just put some garbage bag dispensers on Etsy what i did was search for the similar items and see what they listed theirs on and that is what i then listed on I just been on there about 3 weeks and no sale, I went there because i have a friend that lists all the time and she sales all the time she have different crafts plus quilts and she got 4 orders on a memory quilt in 1 month. so between ebay and etsy i went to there i also had items on Ebay and sold there but it was other items. I think handmade items do better on Etsy. now this is my opinion. search for seller fabicmom and look at her items and see what she have that might give you a idea

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    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
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    Jan 2008
    currently central new jersey
    please keep us posted on this.

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    As a buyer, I give a different weight to ebay and etsy purchases. I like purchasing from crafters on etsy, its a much cleaner look (which is helpful for the artistic bunch). But it also makes it easier to look at the crafter's entire collection of work.

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    Super Member Oklahoma Suzie's Avatar
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    Aug 2008
    Home town: Rehoboth, MA Now living in OK
    I sell on ebay, I looked at etsy, but looked to confussing to me.

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