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« on: February 22, 2007 07:48:34 PM »

okay, i have a new question, and it's probably a dumb one, but here we go. so i've got my paypal and google checkout accounts (i decided to offer both), i've got my 2 shops on etsy and ecrater, and now i'm researching web hosting services to find the best price for a domain to put it all together. but my question is...

if i have a really good domain service and i make "buy now" buttons for google checkout and paypal and all that, do i really NEED etsy and ecrater, or can i just make a list of items on a separate page of my website? is this a good idea? what do you guys think?
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2007 09:51:05 PM »

okay, i have a new question, and it's probably a dumb one, but here we go. so i've got my paypal and google checkout accounts (i decided to offer both), i've got my 2 shops on etsy and ecrater, and now i'm researching web hosting services to find the best price for a domain to put it all together. but my question is...

if i have a really good domain service and i make "buy now" buttons for google checkout and paypal and all that, do i really NEED etsy and ecrater, or can i just make a list of items on a separate page of my website? is this a good idea? what do you guys think?

I think Etsy reaches a different set of people than your website will, so I'd keep both.

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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2007 02:37:10 PM »

i'm thinking that too, but is there an attractive way to keep it all looking nice together? i'm thinking my webpage would look really choppy if i just had a link to "my etsy store" and "my ecrater store" and they don't even match the main website lol.
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2007 03:12:31 PM »

As far as I know, there isn't a way to alter the colors of your page on Etsy, and I've never used ecrator. 

What I suggest is that you list the same things on Etsy that you have on your personal site -  then you don't have to necessarily post a link to the Etsy shop from your webpage, but people looking at your stuff on Etsy will see all the same items you offer on your webpage. 

If you go to my site, right now you can see that I have a redirect set up to go to Etsy from my site while I (slowly) work on the website.  then, I plan on leaving items on etsy (especially since I paid to list them!) but having the same items, possibly with customization options on my website. 

with etsy, to get it to partially match, you could make a banner that mimics the coloring on your website, and maybe change your etsy user icon to match, too. (which is what I did)

then, if you really want to link to your etsy shop from your webpage, either put it right in the menu, or put it on your links page. 

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What I suggest is that you list the same things on Etsy that you have on your personal site -  then you don't have to necessarily post a link to the Etsy shop from your webpage, but people looking at your stuff on Etsy will see all the same items you offer on your webpage. 

thats against Etsy's terms of service, i believe. the way i used to do it is to have pictures of my items on my website, but if you clicked to buy, you went TO etsy in order to purchase. Now that I am developing my own website, I will not be using Etsy for selling the stuff on my website. I may use it for "sample sales" or to sell stuff that isnt quite with the theme of my website.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2007 03:53:19 PM »


thats against Etsy's terms of service, i believe. the way i used to do it is to have pictures of my items on my website, but if you clicked to buy, you went TO etsy in order to purchase. Now that I am developing my own website, I will not be using Etsy for selling the stuff on my website. I may use it for "sample sales" or to sell stuff that isnt quite with the theme of my website.

the relevant bits and pieces from Etsy's TOS at http://www.etsy.com/terms_of_use.php:
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The Etsy service makes it possible to post images hosted on Etsy to outside websites. This use is accepted. However, pages on other websites which display images hosted on Etsy.com must provide a link back to Etsy from each photo to its photo page on Etsy.
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Restricted Activities: Your Information (or any items listed) and your activities on the Site shall not:
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(i) link directly or indirectly to or include descriptions of goods or services that: (aa) are prohibited under this Agreement; (bb) are identical to other items you have for sale but are priced lower; (cc) are concurrently listed for sale on a web site other than Etsy's (this does not prevent linking to or advertising an Etsy item from another web site);

So it looks as though you can't link to a photo hosted on Etsy and sell it elsewhere without the link back to Etsy, and you can't sell something for a lower price elsewhere that's also listed on Etsy.

 it seems, however,  you can advertise the Etsy items on your webpage, but you HAVE to have your customers go to Etsy to do the purchasing of that specific item. 

so, to answer the original posters question - I'd still keep Etsy and make sure that any item listed on the webpage that is available on Etsy links back to Etsy for purchasing. 

(Did i just make sense?)

also, interesting on the TOS, it also says you won't use things copyrighted or trademarked by someone else, and given the number of Nintendo-themed items there are on Etsy, it seems as though they don't do all that good of a job patrolling that. 

and I know of at least two Etsy shop owners that sell the same items they have listed on Etsy on their personal site - the only difference is on their personal site their items are made to order, and the Etsy shop has a specific color/design on the item.  However, you *can* order a custom piece in the same color/design offered on Etsy, so I'm not sure if that would be a direct violation or not.
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