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    Etsy??

    Does anyone seem to have good luck with Etsy selling? I've sold a few items but very sporadic. Is there any other websites for handmade that are better? Thank u
    ELIZAJANE

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    Probably not. Lots of people have jumped on the bandwagon since E-bay. I think the only people that sell on these sites are the ones that have been there for long time and the ones that know how to get up there on the 'search' engines. You need to post your link to your shop EVERYWHERE.... Her on your signature line, at the end of all of your e-mails and any correspondence ....

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    I sold some candles there once (went in the hole big time as I miscalculated the shipping charges). Decided it wasn't for me. I think most of the people there are trying to sell their stuff, not buy yours. I might be wrong.

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    Etsy is the biggest site for homemade items. There are other small ones, but nothing that compares to etsy.
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    Thanks 4 advice everyone I might try art & craft fairs locally
    ELIZAJANE

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    From a buyers stand point, I love Etsy. It is where I go when I want something different. I check the site about every other day, if not daily. I also love it for inspiration. I have even bought fabric from there, all good experience. On another note, I do think sometimes prices are too high. Yes the item is adorable and I would love to have it but spending $100 + $15 shipping for something that I probably could do myself cheaper, no thank you. If you do sell on there, be sure it is priced right. Priced so you make a profit sure, but not so high that most won't buy it.

    Best of luck to you!
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    How much is it to get your own website? Is it hard to set up?
    I too have looked at Etsy and think the prices are high, although I do understand the work that goes into things.
    I traveled the craft show circuit for 17 years, and it has pretty well bottomed out due to the imports and economy. People think of them like a flea market and are always looking for a bargain..To make money you need to invest in the bigger juried shows, and then it is even hard to make back expenses.
    I just went out on disability and have been researching ways to supplement my income. Another venue I am in the process of researching is amazon.
    Good luck and keep us up to date if you find anything good, and I will do the same!!

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    Yes I keep hearing about economy too I think my prices are very fair on etsy & I don't make a dime on the shipping part.
    ELIZAJANE

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    I had an Etsy site for a year and didn't have one sale...needless to say, I wouldn't be one to ask about how effective it is as a sales venue...
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    I sell a few items a year but listing is very inexpensive and better tha nothing. Had a quilt on for 3 years. Traduced the price $50 each year and it finally sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    How much is it to get your own website? Is it hard to set up?
    I too have looked at Etsy and think the prices are high, although I do understand the work that goes into things.
    I traveled the craft show circuit for 17 years, and it has pretty well bottomed out due to the imports and economy. People think of them like a flea market and are always looking for a bargain..To make money you need to invest in the bigger juried shows, and then it is even hard to make back expenses.
    I just went out on disability and have been researching ways to supplement my income. Another venue I am in the process of researching is amazon.
    Good luck and keep us up to date if you find anything good, and I will do the same!!
    I would like to clarify that many-most people are now in "bargain" mode plus being bombarded and raised up to the expectation of big box stores pricing that it spills out to every other vendor-including the home based or even small studio sewer/crafter/quilter. With the prices shooting ever upwards the constant wear and tear of bargain haggling , I noticed a great number of closed shops or Websites within the Etsy & Artfire communities. While there are many more anxious people to take their place, I decided that the "Bicycle Hobo" (the actual name of my design line) would be better served to wait this out.

    Quote Originally Posted by momto5 View Post
    I had an Etsy site for a year and didn't have one sale...needless to say, I wouldn't be one to ask about how effective it is as a sales venue...
    You forgot to mention all those tacked-on fees (Listing fee, Transaction fee, Advertising fees, Payment processing fees, Currency conversion) that one would be required to pay mostly whether or not you have an actual sale. Your dream of being a vendor actually morphs into someone else making money off you. Plus you are far more poorer for it than when you began.

    Quote Originally Posted by mucky View Post
    I sell a few items a year but listing is very inexpensive and better tha nothing. Had a quilt on for 3 years. Traduced the price $50 each year and it finally sold.
    Our ancestors had a word for this. Slave labor. I decided to pass until people come to their senses and stop trying to bargain everyone in the chain to death.
    Last edited by Bicycle Hobo; 04-23-2012 at 04:33 PM.

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    Lol I'm with u on the slave labor I had a woman want me to make a king size quilt for 100$!!!! I told her she might get a crib size for that. Don't insult me!!
    ELIZAJANE

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    Etsy used to have a section called Alchemy, where you could bid to make an item that someone wanted. I got my first (and pretty much only) Etsy customer through that, by making her a T-shirt quilt (and yes, I bid waay low!). I have made her several more since then. They have shut Alchemy down now. That first success has not translated into anything else, and the only reason I keep my Etsy store open is because I am certainly NOT going to sell my odds and ends if they are neatly packed in tote boxes on the top landing! The only Etsy fees I pay (unless I make a sale) are the $0.20/item listing fee, which lasts for four months. This doesn't seem very high to me...especially if I sell even one small item per year! My other problem is that the stuff in my shop doesn't change very much - I'm not adding new and exciting things all of the time...this may be part of the problem. Most of my quilting is done for my friends and family.

    I will be doing my very first craft fair next month, so I'll see if that is any different...

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    Like any other retail venue, Etsy is most beneficial if you actually pay attention to the marketing end of things. You can't just put things out there and expect to have flocks of people running to your door no matter what or where you sell. "Selling" is an action verb.

    The main advantage of sites like Etsy is that the "audience" is people looking for handcrafted items, not Pottery Barn knock-offs. Yes, you have to self-promote and work on the marketing, but there's lots of help, advice, and experience available to make it easier for novices...much the same as we have here for new quilters.
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    Etsy can be an effective suppliment to a craft business. If you do craft shows an have developed a following of customers, they can still find your stuff without having to find you at whatever show you may be doing, and have acees to an inventory without waiting for your next show.
    It is easy to get lost in the sea of people listing on Etsy, so unless someone really wants to find you and your wares it can be tough.
    That being said , it all in how you market yourself and your goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts View Post
    Probably not. Lots of people have jumped on the bandwagon since E-bay. I think the only people that sell on these sites are the ones that have been there for long time and the ones that know how to get up there on the 'search' engines. You need to post your link to your shop EVERYWHERE.... Her on your signature line, at the end of all of your e-mails and any correspondence ....

    bingo!!!!...I have had my etsy shop for years and rarely sell anything....I don't bother to keep it up much any more!

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    and do not forget that now Uncle Sugar has his hands out and you will be sent a 1099 this year for all online transactions! You will be responsible for paying taxes on what you sold, plus declaring it as income, and for paying sales tax on items you buy. All of this is now tracked via Paypal, billpay, and any other electronic payment site!

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    I have a site on Artfire and my items sell sporadically at best as well. They link your product up to all kinds of searches and I do get maybe 50 hits a week. In my case, I believe that I am asking a fair price for my products and folks are looking for bargain basement prices. I've decided not to let that bother me. When I do make a sale, I can be sure that both the buyer - and the seller! - are happy with the transaction. I'm fairly sure this would be the situation on any of the sites available. The plus from Artfire is that you pay a low monthly amount, you can list as many items as you want, and there is no listing cost per item like there is on Etsy. Good luck!

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    My sister sells her work on Etsy. You can see her stuff if you google Meadow Wren. I have her Scissors Fob. I just love it. Also her husband does Pottery - Alethia Pottery. Google Alethia Pottery. He does beautiful work. Edie
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    I've never tried, but have looked on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by momto5 View Post
    I had an Etsy site for a year and didn't have one sale...needless to say, I wouldn't be one to ask about how effective it is as a sales venue...
    This was my experience also; one year on Etsy, not one single sale. I just keep what I make or gift it to someone I love.

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    Just an FYI - I have seen items on Etsy that I would be interested in, but read the Terms of Service and did not agree with Etsy. So I didn't and won't sign up for an account.

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    Some Etsy sellers really seem to do well. A few even sell their pieces for what it would cost in a high end gallery. It's free to set up your shop and the listing fees are very low, so it's really worth a try. That being said... While I love to shop Etsy, I didn't have any luck selling there, even though I got a lot of marks as a "favorite." Sometimes I get the feeling that a lot of other crafters browse Etsy for ideas. I'm guilty of that myself.

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    Try using craigslist. I haven;t used it but plan to put my barbie beds on there. You have choices about locations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    and do not forget that now Uncle Sugar has his hands out and you will be sent a 1099 this year for all online transactions! You will be responsible for paying taxes on what you sold, plus declaring it as income, and for paying sales tax on items you buy. All of this is now tracked via Paypal, billpay, and any other electronic payment site!
    You're only going to get a 1099 from paypal if you've had over $20,000. in income and 200 transactions.

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