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« on: September 08, 2008 03:17:11 PM »

Hi ladies (and gents?)!

We're starting fresh! 

Before you ask us to get down the the critiquing, please review these helpful hints from your fellow etsy-ers.
The Heavy Seven
1. Use a banner
2. Fill out your profile.
3. Have a clear shop policy
4. Use all 5 photos
5. Use all 14 tags
6. Ship internationally
7. Include measurements

If you aren't doing these things and you ask for a critique, this is what you will be told to do!  So if you want a higher level critique, please make sure you're doing all of the above.


Here are some additional words of wisdom:

PHOTOS - use all 5, even if one or two is just a macro of another <as long as it is in focus>  Make all 5 photos match with a minimum of blurriness and a similar level of color and brightness.  Try to photograph the back to show clasps or other details.  Macro photos are very important to include if you sell items made from fiber or things that are tactile.

 
SHOP POLICY - at the very least, write some quick lines: yes/no on returns, time until ship, best way to contact with Qs (convo or e-mail)

PROFILE - Include a profile that briefly tells about yourself and your crafty talents.  You can still stay sort of anonymous, but you have to seem open so that buyers will trust you. Fill out profile (not enough people do this - it can be short & sweet...just don't leave it blank)

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING - Do your best to include international shipping rates.  International buyers have a great advantage over the weak US dollar!  Shipping internationally is pretty easy especially if you have light items.  You might need to go personally to the post office to drop off your things.  Undecided

GRAMMAR, ETC. - Drop the cutesy typing lIkE tHiS, iT iS aNnOyInG!!  Aggressive non-use of capital letters and punctuation irritates more buyers than you might think.  Wink

DESCRIPTIONS - Put some personality into your descriptions and make sure that it is clear that you actually made the item with your own very skilled hands.

SHOP ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Personally, I think that overlong shop announcements with all kinds of policies are off-putting, some of that information can go into the product descriptions.  I think it's best when people don't have to scroll down to see your shop offerings...

PROMOTION/ADVERTISING - Put your etsy shop in your signature line at forums you enjoy like Craftster and then be a pleasant supporter of that community so people will see your signature in your posts.  This is sort of obvious, but many people come here for critiques and then seem to disappear and plenty of others don't add the link.

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT - Don't get discouraged! Successful Etsy seller and Craftster, BeaG, always advises to keep making and listing things and trying new categories.  Plenty of very nicely made things in beautiful shops go unnoticed for awhile at Etsy.  Don't take it personally!   Smiley  Self promotion helps too!


Thanks to allyinthevalley, IamSusie, and tiltcreations for contributing!

(PS, I'm happy to add to this, just let me know!)
« Last Edit: September 08, 2008 03:19:45 PM by jungrrl » THIS ROCKS   Logged

cmarie14
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008 10:14:58 PM »

Hello!

I've been selling for a few months, and I'd love some feedback - I tend to be wordy - am I too wordy? LOL

Any advice will be much appreciated -

http://www.weeessentials.etsy.com
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008 02:09:12 AM »

Hello!

I've been selling for a few months, and I'd love some feedback - I tend to be wordy - am I too wordy? LOL

Any advice will be much appreciated -

http://www.weeessentials.etsy.com

Must say that your banner is lovely, so that's a bonus right away. :]

I think you a good thing to do would be to cut down on the huge paragraphs you've got on your shop announcement. I tend to skim a lot of peoples pages and I like to see the items from the initial click, I'm not a fan of scrolling. I cut my own down as I realised I was doing this a few weeks ago.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008 08:34:01 PM »

Sure, someone can critique mine:
http://movetheneedle.etsy.com

cmarie14, I like your shop. Good pictures and a nice amount/variety of items. It is pretty wordy, but it's not that bad and it doesn't bother me that much. Sometimes, it's kind of annoying when people are too lengthy and you just want to know the basic info. I'd say get rid of anything in your descriptions that isn't really important or might distract away from the item/shop.
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2008 06:57:46 AM »

Here are mine for comments & critiques...which are very much appreciated!

www.isewcute.etsy.c om
www.grannystable.et sy.com


Critique of crazystargrl's shop:

Very neat cohesive look overall. I like that your pictures show up when you open the window, as you don't have too many words in your shop announcement. I do wish I could tell what your items are right away...rather than having a closeup detail of the pattern...maybe a shot of the item further back at an interesting angle. Try lighting your items with natural light and use the macro setting on your camera. Some photos are more pixelated than others. Great photos are key...I'm always trying to improve mine.

Also, I love that you're involved in the teams....something I've been dying to do! It really shows you're an outgoing person & your interests in animals & such!
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2008 06:23:48 PM »

Grannystable: I really like your banners - agree with what people told you  Grin
The tidbit in your Bio about the name of the shop - I can't tell you why exactly - but I really liked seeing it. Maybe it's a 'get to know you' kind of thing.
Great job all around.

your other site: well - I've seen it lots already  Cheesy The only thing that you would maybe want to think about is the pictures..some are a little dark & maybe action shots so people could instantly gauge the sizing. Adding in the FYI wrt Marilyn is great. I know there are lots of folks who worry about useage. Bio is nice too - and a toydesigner!! How cool is that! Your kids must always want you to bring work home  Cheesy

move the needle: Just wanted to double up what ISewCute said...and how on earth do you keep up with all those teams AND school! awesome job. Keep on sellin'....
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2008 06:51:13 PM »

Tiltcreations...you r rose calico bag is so beautifully photographed...it could be featured on the front page! I do like that you use all 5 spaces for various shots...inside & outside your bags. The descriptions are thorough...and fun to read...especially how you go into detail about how you put your own bag to use. The bags themselves look very professionally made with super fun fabrics...very 'on trend' yet classic. Your prices are good...with good range for every budget.

The only neg. criticism I can come up with is your avatar doesn't mesh with what you're selling ...if I saw it in the forum I wouldn't think it was a bad avatar...but I don't think I'd click on it.

I was in the virtual lab last night on getting featured, and they said that using a 'great' photo of one of your items is best. I might be changing mine...for Grannystable...but haven't listed the item I think I want as an avatar yet.

Good luck on your sales! Your shop is super cute & I'm going to heart you!

We stay at home moms of 2 got to stick together! LoL!

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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2008 10:04:53 PM »

aww shucks...thanks
I was actually playing around with my avatar tonight...weird coinkidink (absolutely no idea how to spell that)... I didn't want to leave it blank, so I used one my son just played with online that I thought was fun...hope to have the new one up by the end of the weekend.
And thanks for the pricing critique - I always hate to ask b/c I try to stick to my guns on how I come up with it...but it's hard not to wonder (especially with a mom-in-law who always comments on how pricey it is & what she could get at Kohl's for that price  Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2008 08:45:18 AM »

Sorry about that comment from your MIL...true she can pick up a Kohls mass produced blah item...for a song...but the uniqueness & quality of your own creations far surpasses what you'd find in a mass market store.

I doubt she'd find anything like what you make in a specialty boutique for the same prices...as yours are very reasonable! ...considering!

I get that all the time too from friends & family...just be a duck and let it roll off your back...they don't understand.  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2008 08:28:24 AM »

Hi there,

  My site has been up for a few months, I have only gotten 1 sale so far.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Do the prices seem affordable?  Anything I can improve?

http://www.knottysisters.etsy.com

Again, any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks for your time!
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