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    I agree with the poster who said you have to work at selling on Etsy - it is not a place to sit back and wait for buyers to come to you. I started out about a year ago, I was in no circles - now I am in 128.

    Here is a graph from Etsy's website that shows how many people have seen my shop and listings over the last year. As you can see, the more you participate actively in Etsy, the more views you get. And my sales have gone up as well.

    ETA - well I tried to upload the graph but it doesn't show up. Anyway I went from fewer than 100 listing views a month the first 2 months, to now over 500 views a month.

    And to me, 20 cents for 4 months exposure is cheap!!
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    And don't forget you have ALWAYS been responsible for paying taxes on any net income you have at the end of the year.

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    I don't know about your state but I live in Ok and the state is giving a free web site and support for a year to small businesses. My husband travels with construction, so I haven't done it yet. We should be going home in another month and I will sign up. When we travel, internet is pretty iffy. good luck.
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    Reading all these pro's and con's on Etsy and craft shows etc...... I sell at both. Yes Etsy is sporadic unless you have a huge line of a really hot item. But, I've made money on it and have done well prior to the holidays (when everyone is shopping). You have to know what postage is and either add it to the sale price of your item or price it separately.

    I hadn't done the craft show circuit for a few years because of the economy but ventured just a couple of weeks ago and did very well. People look a lot but people are starting to buy a bit more also. It also helped that I can now take a credit card payment. If you want to sell high dollar items, that's crucial, (Check out Intuit GoPayment.com)

    One of the newer places to sell online is Yardsellr.com (spelled correctly - no "e" before the r). I'm on there and many people seem to do well but I haven't quite figured it out with the points and all. If complicated, if you ask me. There is no listing fee and they only charge you when something sells but the listing doesn't stay up there that long so you're having to relist frequently. You might do well.

    Just my 2 cents worth...............

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    This is all great advice, and I have considered setting up an Etsy site myself. The thing I am wondering about is getting in trouble from the copyrite police. What if the cute little bag you made up happens to have a small piece of fabric which may or may not have the "For Personal Use Only" tag on the selvedge that is long gone? Has anyone had issues with this on Etsy?

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    I have been a vendor at Arts and craft shows for about 7 or 8 years. When all is said and done, I don't think you make very much. The juried shows keep creeping up in price and the profit keeps going down. I still do a few local shows during the holidays. I don't live in a good area for this. You need to be n a big city. The rule of thumb use to be that you should bring in 8 to 10 times the amount you paid for getting your spot. It is a hard way to make some money. I noticed thing are high priced on Esty also. I put some baby blankets on Esty a few years ago and never sold one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z Any Mouse View Post
    This is all great advice, and I have considered setting up an Etsy site myself. The thing I am wondering about is getting in trouble from the copyrite police. What if the cute little bag you made up happens to have a small piece of fabric which may or may not have the "For Personal Use Only" tag on the selvedge that is long gone? Has anyone had issues with this on Etsy?
    There are 191 pages of threads on the Etsy forums that have 'copyright' in the title, so it is often a topic of conversation. Their forums are open to the public, just click on the 'community' button in the very upper left corner, and search for yourself.

    Items will be removed (without notification) if anyone claims copyright infringement. Etsy (like all other websites) is required to do that as part of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and it's explained in their policies. The key word there is 'claims'...it does not have to be a legally defensible claim in order to have the item taken down. Etsy's job is to take it down, not determine who's right and who's wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    There are 191 pages of threads on the Etsy forums that have 'copyright' in the title, so it is often a topic of conversation. Their forums are open to the public, just click on the 'community' button in the very upper left corner, and search for yourself.

    Items will be removed (without notification) if anyone claims copyright infringement. Etsy (like all other websites) is required to do that as part of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and it's explained in their policies. The key word there is 'claims'...it does not have to be a legally defensible claim in order to have the item taken down. Etsy's job is to take it down, not determine who's right and who's wrong.
    Thank you, I will look into that!

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    I have been selling on Etsy for 3 years. At first I didn't sell much, but then learned about marketing my shop. I joined a team that sells quilted items. We promote each other. I also do a lot of marketing on my own. You can't just list something and leave it alone. Etsy has weekly chats for getting your sales up. My views have gone from 2 or 3 in a day to a hundred or better a day . I am averaging 2 sales a week - some small items and some things for several hundred dollars. My average sale for a table runner is $25 - $40. I try to price my things comparable to other Etsy sellers. Simple table runners and wall hangings are very popular, and anything Halloween or Christmas in the fall. I also try to purchase fabric on sale and only make things are simple to make (enhanced with quilting). I don't use commercial patterns unless I get permission from the designer.
    If you have something unusual or unique it can be a big hit. My fabric paper dolls are an example.
    Go to some Etsy stores and look at what has sold in a few shops.
    I hope this helps.

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    I sold a couple of quilts on Etsy site this past month. I have things listed there as well as my web site and have just started using Yardsellr that is on facebook. I have not sold anything, but know of one person who has some over 25 items in the month she has been on there. ! It's all about volume, and marketing no matter what or where you list things. Keep posting, keep listing. Also put them on Pinterest to lead them to where ever you have things listed.
    E-bay is getting to expensive and too many rules. Etsy is easy to list things on, but the fees when you sell can sometimes get you. Yardsellr is free! Free listing, free when you sell, all free! You have the option to pay for boosting your listing but you don't have to pay a dime.

    Happy selling everyone. Or if you want to buy, check out these places to buy. Quilters need to support each other. And spread the word of other quilters work.

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    I just opened my Etsy store. Thanks for starting this thread - I've learned some interesting things and am off to try to figure out how to market my store on Etsy.

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    I've had my Etsy shop for a couple of years and it is definitely hit or miss, but I think I have had some pretty great success, and it is the only place I sell. The things I sell quickly are modern baby quilts, more traditional quilts don't get much interest. And from my observations, the really successful etsy quilt shops sell simple, modern baby quilts.

    My cousin does custom stamped jewelry and has been in the game for a few years, she started out really small and hit or miss, and has progressed to being extremely success, both her and her husband quit their jobs and they now have 2 employees and rented a studio workspace rather than doing it out of their spare bedroom. Etsy can be an amazing tool.

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    My daughter has been selling on Etsy for several years now. She found a product that people want and sells at a reasonable price. She has made sales in the UK, Australia, Canada. She usually sells to individuals but is creeping into a market where the buyer order dozens. BTW all of the work is custom orders.

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