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31  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Showcases--- is it worth it? on: March 09, 2008 11:33:03 AM
The general consensus from what I've read on the etsy forums is that showcases don't work... yet they still fill up! The main and speacial showcases I imagine do a little better than category ones. But I think it's a total crapshoot - who's buying that day and who else is in the showcase (too bad we can't see that!).

Something to consider: for the price of a showcase you could list 35 items.
32  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: What Kind Of Things Do YOU Want To Buy? on: March 09, 2008 11:29:02 AM
Your best bet is probably to ue the pounce feature on etsy and see what does and has sold. So many things sell and for sucha wide range of prices it's really an impossible question to answer directly.

As for your long list of crafty skills - stick to what you're the best at AND what you enjoy most. Starting out you might want to focus on one craft, and then branch out as you get your name out there. You may find that some of your crafty skills are better suited to a personal hobby considering how saturated the makert is - depending on what you create of course.

Good luck!  Smiley
33  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Celebrate your etsy milestones! (First sale, your stuff on the main page, etc!) on: March 09, 2008 11:23:59 AM
Congrats on your first sales - those are the most exciting, though I don't think getting a sale is ever "un"exciting! *lol*
34  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Why do my photos on Etsy always look AWFUL? Etsy Photo tips? on: February 02, 2008 04:04:08 PM
When you're resizing try to keep your items to around 1000 x 1000 pixels. And you definitely want them to be as square as possible (to avoid chopping on thumbnails).

As for lighting, if you can't get outside for natural light, try having at least three lights pointing at your object to avoid the shadows.

Good luck with your shop!
35  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Buyer buying a ton of stuff...? on: February 02, 2008 03:58:39 PM
Well they can't resell the items on Etsy, but that wouldn't stop them from reselling in a shop. Though why they'd pay retail if they are a business owner is really the odd question.

If they already have 600 postitive feedbacks I wouldn't be concerned. Celebrate the sale instead!
36  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Buying Materials AND Selling on Ebay? on: January 12, 2008 07:22:54 PM
I understand what you mean (which is why I have 2 Etsy shops - 1 for jewelry and 1 for supplies) BUT... chances are people looking to buy jewelry are NOT looking to buy supplies. So I'd only be worried about nosy folk who look into your past purchases and see your supplies (if prices are listed that is).
37  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: January 12, 2008 07:20:12 PM
Benookie - your new shop looks great, I'm sure your decision to change your name and open a new shop will prove to be a good one!

I've seen a big sales slump with my supplies shop since the new year, and my jewelry shop is as always slow Smiley But I've been working on new designs (just posted a set today!) and am excited about my new materials and what will come of them!

Here's to 2008!
38  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Blogs? on: January 12, 2008 07:15:40 PM
I use my blog to promote my jewelry shop ~ because I don't know where my etsy buyers are coming from I can't say how many are thanks to my blog ~ I know of at least two... but I do get a number of newly signed-up buyers so who knows, maybe more! Smiley
39  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Shop renovations - Share your before and afters! on: January 12, 2008 07:11:58 PM
Wow Souldier - your shop looks very cohesive - great job!

In my jewelry shop I just recategorized everything. I'm still selling off older designs, but have new ones coming in with new materials, so wanted things to be a little more cohesive than they were.

In my supplies shop I've start to do really simple listings stating quantity, material & dimensions, instead of the chatty blurbs I had originally in the hopes that it makes things a little easier for buyers!
40  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Re: CANADIAN ETSY STREET TEAM. on: January 12, 2008 07:00:20 PM
Yup - the team is still going strong, check out the blog for info on how to join:

http://www.transcanadaetsyteam.blogspot.com/
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