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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: May 08, 2008 06:07:20 PM
hooray for things picking back up!!! Smiley  Congrats on the sales, everyone!

Neigung, that brooch is BEAUTIFUL!!   It reminds me of a brooch I have of my grandmother's (who was also, incidentally, Canadian . . .from Edmonton Smiley)

Question for you all: Has anyone had any experience listing in the "Weddings" category?  I've got a new earring style and I think they'd make great bridesmaid's gifts/jewelry.  I've put all of that in the description, but I'm thinking of making another pair in another color and listing in Weddings instead of Jewelry.  Has anyone had any experience with that category? Does it get any action? Smiley  Here are the earrings in question: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11581168

With all of the Storque articles and threads that are CONSTANTLY posted about Weddings, I would hope that the category got tons of attention.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: May 06, 2008 09:35:46 PM
Out of the clear blue sky, I had 4 sales in 36 hours.  Woo!  Someone finally noticed my Buy One Get One Half Off Sale Wink

Yay:)
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: February 25, 2008 12:20:21 PM
Can someone throw some good luck fairy dust over my store, please?  I'm holding a sale, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Sad

I've been promoting in all my usual spots, but it's not going well at all ...
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: why cant the etsy forums on: February 14, 2008 06:14:16 AM
Personally, I think they need to listen to the suggestions that people have posted about SO many times.

A. Put Buy N Replace in its own forum section, these threads cause Promotions & Critiques to be extremely worthless when actually advertising a sale.
B. Split Crafting & Business into 2-3 sections.  (Someone posted about this yesterday and came up with some great sections, but of course I can't find the thread).
C. Have forum moderators actually online during the weekend.  This is when most problems arise because people know admin are no where to be found on the weekend.
D. Be able to edit your thread/post.  I know this would be severely handy.
E. Be able to delete your thread.


Etc, etc.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: February 14, 2008 06:10:14 AM
LOL, I love the heart-emoticons Smiley  Happy Valentine's Day Ladies & Gents.   Grin

Sales have been up and down and all over the place for me lately, but I'm slowly but surely getting through my massive amount of stock.

The inventory is currently sitting in my daughters soon-to-be bedroom, and I have 4 months until she's here to clear it all out Sad

I think I may need to have a fire sale to get it out Sad

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Website shipping options on: February 04, 2008 05:32:13 AM
That is exactly what I'm talking about, MLC.  I talked to my website guy last night, and he said that once I do research on how much it costs to ship at each weight (which I've got written down somewhere), he said all he has to do is make a table and somehow enter it into the website.

Thank you so much for being helpful  Smiley  I appreciate it Grin
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Website shipping options on: February 03, 2008 11:40:55 AM
If you would like to comment on my website, I have a thread here.

Now, back to the topic at hand.

Does anyone know anything about programming for shipping that coincides with OSCommerce?
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Website shipping options on: February 03, 2008 11:34:39 AM
1st, I've been open for almost 2 years.  My website, however, is new.  I had to save up to purchase the website & the fees my programmer charged me.
2nd, I didn't ask for a critique on my website, I asked for shipping help.
3rd, the current program I have is supposed to gather information from the purchase by weight (all the weights are listed when I add a new product).  So, in essence, if someone were to purchase some of my unappealing lip balm and a couple of soaps, then the shipping program is supposed to charge shipping by weight.  Currently, it's just taking the 3 options and doubling/tripling them.
4th, as far as my pictures, (not that I asked for your opinion on them) they are the old ones.  I recently received a light box from my friends for Christmas, and have retaken all of my pictures.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Website shipping options on: January 26, 2008 08:41:33 AM
Those prices come directly from USPS through the OSCommerce site.  Basically, my web designer went to OSCommerce (The makers of the program for my site), took the programming for the post office and slapped it on my site.  When I can send a tub of lip balm through the mail in a first class envelope for $1.45, why should my customer have to pay almost $5 for it?
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Website shipping options on: January 25, 2008 09:02:31 AM
So.. I've had my site up for a few months, right?  I've had TONS of views, but no one has purchased anything.  So yesterday, while I was horribly bored at work, I decided to see if it was something in the checkout that was causing lack of sales.

I "purchased" a lip balm tub, which literally weighs 1/2 an ounce.  The checkout process was fine up until I got to the shipping section.  Oh wow... My choices were - $4.60, $6.29 and $19.50 for a $3.00 tub of lip balm!?!??!?! 

My question is... If you own your own website (not an ebay store, yahoo store), what do you use for shipping?
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