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Topic: How's your Etsy shop doing now?  (Read 282005 times)
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« Reply #3140 on: April 20, 2007 08:15:06 AM »

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Anyway, I dont see why you would doubt anything (related to etsy at least)....What are you doubting?

Doubting that I have what it takes to make this into a career. 
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« Reply #3141 on: April 20, 2007 08:46:47 AM »

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Anyway, I dont see why you would doubt anything (related to etsy at least)....What are you doubting?

Doubting that I have what it takes to make this into a career. 

Hard work, word of mouth, a quality product, persistance and time is what is necessary. Lots of time! Your stuff is lovely - don't give up.

I have been selling crafts for 17 years but only online for just under two. Our web site is just starting to bring in continuous business.

My husband and I both have day jobs and if we didn't have a mountain of debt then I would have quit my job a long time ago. We aren't there yet but, almost. If a decent part time job came along, I would take it. Smiley
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« Reply #3142 on: April 20, 2007 09:06:48 AM »

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Hard work, word of mouth, a quality product, persistance and time is what is necessary. Lots of time! Your stuff is lovely - don't give up.


Thank you (17 yrs...wow!) I'm not giving up.  Even if I can't turn this into a career, I'll still keep it as a sideline.  If nothing else, it provides an outlet for my need to create. 
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« Reply #3143 on: April 20, 2007 09:29:58 AM »

HA! Holly go read your buyer feedback -- it is awesome!  Plus look at what you are selling, the ninja things you started with are still going strong and picking up.  PLUS the new lines - the prints are beginning to take off.

Are you on a street team?  Do you have a flickr account and join groups there?  Buy an ad here on Craftster? - I started getting things from Knittydirtygirl because of seeing her ads in the side bar here.  While I'm certainly not highly successful on Etsy, I attribute that to not doing much more than having a store and adding items occassionally.  I do see others doing quite well incorporating the above strategies into their marketing plan.

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« Reply #3144 on: April 20, 2007 09:30:58 AM »

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Hard work, word of mouth, a quality product, persistance and time is what is necessary. Lots of time! Your stuff is lovely - don't give up.


Thank you (17 yrs...wow!)

LOL yeah - it kind of freaked me out when I just did the math Smiley Only the last two have been super intensive. Before that, I concentrated on craft shows .... now it's all about the web site.

I have also changed products so, I can't even say that I have been trying to sell the same stuff all this time.

Just look at the # of sales that you have ...... that doesn't suggest to me that people "somewhat" like your stuff ...... that means that people LOVE your stuff!
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« Reply #3145 on: April 20, 2007 09:52:15 AM »

Guess who I just sold my Deirdra Doe frame to?
A representative from SANRIO! She could be a fan of my character OR she may want to turn Deirdra into a new licensed character (even though they already have Deary Lou)....no idea, but I got excited when I saw Sanrio, Inc. on the address she gave. Grin
I will keep you all posted!

Perfect timing too, because I have a bunch of new characters I'm going to be introducing in the next few weeks: a whale, a dog, a turtle, a lion, a dragon and an elephant to name a few.

Otherwise, sales have been slow for April, but then again I haven't listed much either. I took all my sale prices down earlier today and restored original prices on things.
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« Reply #3146 on: April 20, 2007 11:45:26 AM »

Modus, that is fabulous!  I will keep my fingers crossed for you -- maybe we'll be seeing "Hello Dierdra" pretty soon...  Grin

hollyg, I think we all have that feeling sometimes.  I personally have had the self-doubt week from hell this week, for whatever reason.  But I know you can totally do this -- your stuff is amazing and people love it!  I think the next step for you would be to try to submit your work to a company somewhere -- some place that might make stationary or wrapping paper, etc.  (Ninja wrapping paper, how sweet would that be?)  I know that's a lot easier for me to say than it is to actually do -- and I'm not even sure how one goes about doing that.  But I think that you have some really fun characters that you have created and the broader public would be very receptive to them.  (I don't say this as someone who has marketing experience -- just as a crafter and shopaholic.  Grin)

slb2724, I totally wouldn't lower your prices -- I think they are extremely reasonable!

I have a question for you all regarding pricing -- I am going to be listing these magnets today (and sporadically through the week) but am not sure what is too high/too low for a magnet.  They are made with stamps from St. Vincent and feature different parts of the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  Thus, I call them the "Magnets of the Round Table."  I was thinking $6 each -- they are 2"x2".   Any feedback would be much appreciated!


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« Reply #3147 on: April 20, 2007 12:06:01 PM »

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But I think that you have some really fun characters that you have created and the broader public would be very receptive to them.  (I don't say this as someone who has marketing experience -- just as a crafter and shopaholic.  )

Well, that makes you my target market Smiley
Thanks for the lovefest gang.  I needed it today.
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« Reply #3148 on: April 20, 2007 12:32:44 PM »

SLB = don't lower your prices.

I kinda want to vent a drop - I had an Etsy buyer contact me about a custom tote bag order. She had a ton of different sizes she wanted quotes for and wanted 3-4 interior pockets. I gave her quotes for about 5 different sizes ( she asked for more than that) because that's what I could do with the particular fabric she wanted. The highest price I gave was $30 because it was a basic tote, but she wanted a lot of pockets and all prices would be $1 extra for a magnetic snap closure. She came back and said she couldn't imagine spending so much she hoped for $10-15! Other etsy sellers sell at that price. UGH! I'm just kinda annoyed that sellers do underprice like that. I mean seriously I am not a freakin sweatshop. Am I unreasonable to think that I deserve more than 5 bucks an hour for good craftsmanship?? I make quality products. Not to mention their is a cost for fabric!

And if she took a look around my shop she would see I have never listed a bag for less than $20 and it was a small bag. What a waste of my time!
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« Reply #3149 on: April 20, 2007 01:18:51 PM »

SLB = don't lower your prices.

I kinda want to vent a drop - I had an Etsy buyer contact me about a custom tote bag order. She had a ton of different sizes she wanted quotes for and wanted 3-4 interior pockets. I gave her quotes for about 5 different sizes ( she asked for more than that) because that's what I could do with the particular fabric she wanted. The highest price I gave was $30 because it was a basic tote, but she wanted a lot of pockets and all prices would be $1 extra for a magnetic snap closure. She came back and said she couldn't imagine spending so much she hoped for $10-15! Other etsy sellers sell at that price. UGH! I'm just kinda annoyed that sellers do underprice like that. I mean seriously I am not a freakin sweatshop. Am I unreasonable to think that I deserve more than 5 bucks an hour for good craftsmanship?? I make quality products. Not to mention their is a cost for fabric!

And if she took a look around my shop she would see I have never listed a bag for less than $20 and it was a small bag. What a waste of my time!
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I hate that. So much of the stuff i make i wont sell because i would want to get more than a buck an hour.
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