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Rusty60
« on: June 28, 2008 03:32:35 PM »

Hello, everyone, I apologize if this question is too personal, but before I launch a shop on Etsy, I'm wondering: How has the current economy impacted your sales, if at all?  I'm excited to sell some photos on Etsy but am afraid of ordering a supply of prints and then not being able to get rid of them.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008 11:52:09 AM »

The next to last big burst of things I put on Etsy sold really well. I was thrilled to say the least. The one this summer however have pretty much just sat there (with a few exceptions). I would suggest that unless you're ordering very big prints that have to be ordered a week or so in advance to just wait to actually get prints made until you have an order. If you feel that you need to have them in advance I would only order a few just in case they don't sell like you'd like them to.

Good luck on your store. Let us know how it goes!
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2008 08:14:45 AM »

My sales are growing in spite of the economy.  I think that people with disposable income are still going to shop with their disposable income.  I think the advice from the previous poster is right-on, too.

Personally, I still shop on Etsy for things I need, such as things for the baby or whatever, because I like to support independent artists and the quality is so much better than mass-produced stuff. 

Best of luck to you! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2008 12:15:13 PM »

Hi,

I agree with the disposable income thing...I just wish I had more fabric buyers. The graphic design section of my shop is BOOMING!

                             
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Rusty60
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2008 10:56:41 PM »

Thanks, folks, for your thoughts.  In spite of filling my car's gas tank all the way today, I for one still went and bought a nifty new wallet and backpack anyway.  I needed them, I wanted to support my fellow artists and crafters, and they were cute!
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plummy
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2009 07:07:34 PM »

Hey, I just wanted to post to this thread (i know its a year since it's been posted on, lol) bui was wondering what people are feeling about etsy sales now, since the economy isn't doing too well (at least in the US) and businesses are closing everywhere?  Personally, I have not made any sales recently and while I am trying to post up  new merchandise I am getting rather discouraged.  Anyone else have thoughts on this?
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2009 11:52:27 PM »

I think in your particular situation plummy is you're probably not getting enough exposure. You should think about advertising here on craftster, since it's way cheap. Like $6 a day. Also, while your items are adorable, you make things to fit small sizes. Sure you do custom work, but it'll cost a LOT more to make something in my size. So you're not appealing to as many people. I'd also suggest try making inexpensive accessories to get more traffic. I for one don't have a whole lot to spend, but I like buying small things ($20 and under) on etsy, even if it's not something i absolutely need. Maybe you could try making a cute yet simple shrug in various sizes to attract more customers and could be priced $20 or less.
I'm in a totally different situation. I'm not making many sales not because of the economy but mainly because i crochet & knit, and even tho i've put an effort to make "summery" hats, it's just not something people are looking for in the summer. So I have to be more clever and think of more summery things to make. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2009 08:32:44 AM »

DesignVigilante, thank you so much.  I think that is the most constructive feedback I've ever gotten.  I will definitely take that into consideration.  Thank you!
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2009 11:17:27 AM »

I'm glad I could help, and I hope your shop does well. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2009 06:47:59 AM »

I am totally having the same problems!  I am in such a sales rut, and it's very discouraging, especially because I spend a lot of time in forums and whatnot now, but I'm starting law school in a month which means zero time for promoting.  Eh, maybe I can post sometimes during study breaks  Grin
I'm just hoping sales start to improve as winter approaches and people start looking for holiday gifts!  I definitely want in on that market!

BioformCallie,
I crochet, too!  Do you really think people just aren't interested in crocheted goods during the summer, and do you think sales will pick up when it starts to cool down?  What is your experience with this? 
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Le-Chat
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2009 10:51:47 AM »

I'm having a big summer dip as well, but it seems worse than before the crisis! You sort of expect low sales in January and July, but I haven't sold a thing since May! And I've been really working on it, adding new items and improving on photography, even rephotographed a lot of older listings (some to go though...). I also have this idea that it is getting harder and harder to compete with the ever growing number of Etsy shops. Feeling quite down about it at the moment. Don't really know what to do about it.
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2009 11:44:17 AM »

Well I think it's important to remember all sales slow in the summer good economy or bad and with so many people struggling it's getting harder for people to justify spending money on non essential items. Make sure to target your audience as people still need gifts but they are just being pickier about the things they buy. Almost everyone is slow now and we are all hoping for a surge in the economy. All we can do is cross our fingers and keep going!

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FriendlyJas
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2009 09:00:46 AM »

I'm answering as a buyer, not a seller. I have bought so much more on Etsy lately for economy related reasons. We don't have as much money to arond on gifts, so I want to make sure I buy really special, quality items like I find on Etsy. Also, I know lots of people are hurting, so I like knowing my money is going to a person that is just trying to make it, rather than some chain store. Also, many smaller shops around me are closing, so I have less options other than the big chain store's cookie cutter products, so I tend to shop online more now days.
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Le-Chat
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2009 09:13:28 AM »

Thank you so much for that reply, FriendlyJas!! That is so hearting. I knew the internet, Etsy and small businesses like me are actually good for the economy, but it's great to get such confirmation from a buyer. Makes me want to go on and never quit even though I had a bad summer. Things seem to be picking up now.
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« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2009 03:03:47 PM »

I think everyone is feelling the results of this U.S. economy!
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