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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Resizing pictures for website on: March 20, 2007 09:29:05 PM
Thanks again for all the info. Very helpful!

Wow, you know I think I already have IrfanView and totally forgot about it!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Resizing pictures for website on: March 19, 2007 07:34:29 AM
Thank you for clarifying that for me!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Resizing pictures for website on: March 18, 2007 10:41:45 PM
I'm a newbie to website building. I finally got my website back up but it is soooooo sloooow to load my pictures. They are huge files. I'm not really understanding how to optimize pictures for quick downloading without sacrificing quality.

What exactly is the difference between dpi, pixel size and resolution size anyway? I thought I could use the same pictures I use for my Etsy shop since they have been resized but apparently it's not the same thing.

And I'm using Publisher right now, which isn't really optimal for websites and has limited capabilities for resizing photos for web use.

Thanks for any help or advice!

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Selling clothes: Etsy vs. eBay on: February 15, 2007 02:48:52 PM
Why not try both? Remeber too that Etsy is just starting out. I for one, am so burned out on ebay. I was very glad to come across Etsy and I wish there were more clothing sellers!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: What exactly is a show case? on: December 29, 2006 08:19:16 AM
I've sort of wondered about this too...it's hard to find any info about it. You'd think that since it's paid advertising they'd make it a lot easier to sign up. I think there might be info on the blog.

Between the blog, forums and Etsywiki I'm never quite sure where to go for info.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Ebay vs. Etsy? on: December 19, 2006 06:30:47 PM
Well, Ebay has been around a lot longer than Etsy. Etsy has really taken off and just think of where it could be a year from now! I got really burned out on Ebay. As a buyer I hated the last minute sniping and as a seller there was too much competition. Etsy is all handmade so that limits what you can sell also.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: What am I doing wrong? on: December 16, 2006 08:48:28 PM
All I can think is maybe you need a few more items? Enough to have 2 pages maybe. I do suggest adding things constantly though. That seems to be the trick with being seen. Most of the successful sellers seem to add a few items every few days. It keeps you visible, on the surface so to speak.

There definitely is an art to getting seen. And a lot of work. It truly is a case of you get out of it what you put in. It's exhausting! And exciting too! Good luck!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Retailer vs. Venue vs. whatever else...legal or not? on: December 16, 2006 08:38:17 PM
It probably has to do with licences and zoning. I think you can run a limited service business from your home but retail is retail and you have to have the proper licence or permission from the city. It does have to do with excesses traffic to and from an area that is considered residential. I have no idea if and what the difference is with the venue thing.

As far as local shops go, it would depend on whether you do wholesale or consignment. Wholesale is when they buy it outright from you and you don't pay any tax. Consignment is different. You own the merchandise until they sell it and they take their cut of the profit. I'm not entirely sure how taxes work there.

Hopefully someone else will have clearer, more definitive answers than that for you!
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Logging in problem - please help on: December 13, 2006 08:45:41 PM
You are not the only one! I went to the Etsy forums and it looks like a few people are having luck with switching to foxfire. I since you get an email confirmation of sales anyway I'm trying to be patient and hope they fix the problem. But I'm already going through withdraw! Ahhh, must login!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 13, 2006 07:31:57 PM
Is anyone else actually looking FORWARD to the slow season? I sure am. I was low on inventory coming into Xmas season and my store and brick and mortar accounts have just about drained me. I really need the time off to organize, make more inventory, do tons of paperwork and other admin stuff, order supplies, argh! THEN comes my Farmers Market and a few craft festivals. It never stops!

I just want to go into hibernation! But I know in two months I'll be missing all the action so I shouldnt complain.
Nope, you shouldn't complain. Your "nightmare" is someone else's hopeful dream.
Oh jeez, I dont mean it to sound like it's a nightmare! Hell no! I'm delighted but overhelmed with the holiday hustle and bustle. My plate is VERY full and Etsy just about pushed me over the edge. I'm thrilled and feel very fortunate, but I sure could use a day off this month!
Whew. Just thinking about it makes me tired again. I need a glass of wine!
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