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linda0989
« Reply #330 on: April 08, 2010 08:10:42 AM »

1. What is your style or taste? Do any of these items fit that style or taste?

A:These items are definitely geared to a younger crowd than I am (almost 40!) but I think most would fit into my style or suit my taste.

2. What is your favorite item and why?

A: The hot pink and blue bag and the happy heart earrings. I think that they are fun and can be added to a casual outfit and look great on any age.

3. What is your least favorite item and why?

A:The cowls- I just don't know anyone who would wear these. I wouldn't know what to pair it with.

4. If a certain item was something you've been looking for, how much would you pay to get it?

A: I think that you need to focus on the average cost of items. Figure out the cost to make it, add your profit margin and work from there. I don't think you can sell items that are overpriced in this economy so keep things around the $30 mark and you should be fine.

5. Would you prefer to buy a small item and pay little shipping and a large item with no shipping, or a small item with no shipping and a large item with little shipping?

A:I'd prefer to buy something without shipping. e.g buy a certain dollar amount and shipping is free. I'd rather buy a few extras to reach the level then pay for shipping.

6. Is my banner interesting?

A:It's a little visually overwhelming. The red clashes with the orange Etsy sign and I don't like the scribbly effect.

7. How does my photo make you feel? Intimidated? Trusting? Amused?

A:I'd lose the picture and use a business logo instead.

8. Are the item descriptions informative enough? Convincing enough to make you interested?

A:You've got lots of good information but I'd clean it up with bullets for the basic info such as dimensions, etc.

9. Do my item photos look professional? Are there any improvements that need to be made such as lighting, positioning of the item, backgrounds, item quality, need of props, etc.?

A:The heart earrings looked great displayed on the jug but in general they need to be on jewelry stands ( the black velvet ones), especially the necklaces. Some of the other items weren't resized to show the detail and the full view

10. How does my biography make you feel about me and my shop?

A: Lose the personal information (age, student etc.) and focus your bio on your store and its core value statement. If you deleted the first 2 paragraphs and the link to your movies that would be a good start. You seem to have a few main points about your store: recycling, handmade, unique one of a kind items, and customer service (gift wrapping) so use those to create a mission statement. It's great that you are in college, make movies etc. but it waters down your commitment to the store. As a reader it makes me think that this is not your true focus and wonder if my purchase will be handled professionally. Removing talk of your age and being a student is the same thing- pointing out that your new/young could make a potential shopper reconsider.  I loved this part..."I have always been obsessed with dreams, and I like to think of each craft I make as a little dream coming to life from the jar that is my mind. Hence the name, Jar of Dreams."  You might consider coming up with a tag line for your store.  


11. Do you have any questions or comments for me that don't address the previous questions I've asked?
A:You were very brave and smart to get feedback. Strangers will always tell you the truth... friends- not so much!  Overall, I liked the site and it was easy to navigate. Your site is a great start and with a few tweeks you'll be selling like crazy in no time Good luck Smiley
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Sparkle Motion Dreamer
« Reply #331 on: April 08, 2010 08:42:52 AM »

Thank you linda0989 and CraftyChef for your honest replies. They were extremely helpful (hard to listen to with a smile, but exactly what needed to be said) and I will do my best to improve using your suggestions and critiques. I have a photo shoot this weekend with a model who will hopefully improve the appeal of my jewelry and scarves, etc. I will update my photos as soon as possible.
I'm slowly updating my descriptions so they're easier to read and the information comes across more smoothly. I also edited my bio a bit, getting rid of those three problematic paragraphs. I'll fix more of it when I figure out how to make it more appealing. I was actually writing it using Etsy's article on "Tip for Writing an Engaging Profile" I think it was called. Everything I wrote was because of the article's suggestions, but I completely see how some of that stuff isn't necessary.

Thank you both again!! =)
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Hi! I'm Alyssa, 18, a film-maker in college, & a non-traditional fantasy novelist online. I bake, create, & dream, & I enjoy all things secret, surrealist & sleep-related.
My Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jarofdreams
My Blog: http://livingcraft.blogspot.com
linda0989
« Reply #332 on: April 09, 2010 08:09:54 AM »

Isn't constructive criticism a double edged sword... you want to know... but ignorance is bliss Smiley
For me, including a lot of personal stuff just doesn't seem to make much sense since the product should speak volumes. I don't buy something because someone has a dog or likes cupcakes or has 20 kids... it's the product. Your site is great. I took a peek and the revised bio is much better. It comes off warm but professional. The reader can still connect with your creative motivation but it remains business like. You are hitting the main points:
  • recycling
  • handmade
  • unique
  • customer service
clearly and effectively. Very welcoming, and friendly.
I hope I wasn't too blunt with my comments! (None of them were personal- I'm just very direct!) I try to be gentle but that isn't always my forte! Good luck  Smiley
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« Reply #333 on: April 12, 2010 10:35:55 AM »

well, i just opened my shop - i'm not done adding items yet, but i figured i'd ask you knowledgeable guys and gals to see if i'm on the right track! mostly with photos, descriptions, and pricings.

www.imaginaryalice. etsy.com

thanks all!
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« Reply #334 on: April 15, 2010 09:55:30 AM »

@LadyLeitzen:

First- Congrats on starting up your Etsy shop! Smiley Yay!

Well, the first thing I would recommend is that you fill out your shop announcement. What types of items are you selling? Use this space to describe your shop and tell buyers why they should be interested! Also, how often do you update? Do you have a fan page on Facebook or a Twitter account- you can list those here as well (if you have them, but it's not a serious requirement).

I love the name of your shop and I do like your banner. You may want to change the font/color of "Welcome to the Curiosity Shop" because it's a little hard to read, but overall I like it.

Prices and descriptions seem to be good too. You might add a link back to your shop page in the descriptions- just a tip somebody gave me once.

Good luck! Smiley Hope some of this advice helps!
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Felthings
« Reply #335 on: April 15, 2010 02:48:58 PM »

http://www.etsy.com/shop/felthings Updated some of my pictures. Cheesy
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« Reply #336 on: April 27, 2010 02:47:34 PM »

Hello!  I am looking for a critique on my Etsy shop.  You all have made nice improvements on your shops, I hope that your sales have increased!  Smiley

Thanks in advance for your help!
Angel


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« Reply #337 on: April 28, 2010 03:00:45 PM »

saint angel-

as I don't have my own esty shop as of yet (hope to start up soon!!!!) I can only give you a critique as a shopper. hope it helps.

First off let me say that I thinks your plushies are super cute and at a great price for being handmade. The only issue I could see is the shadowing. the plushies throw a shadow that is very slightly off putting.

I like the fact that included that you use safety eyes.

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« Reply #338 on: April 28, 2010 04:21:42 PM »

saint angel-

as I don't have my own esty shop as of yet (hope to start up soon!!!!) I can only give you a critique as a shopper. hope it helps.

First off let me say that I thinks your plushies are super cute and at a great price for being handmade. The only issue I could see is the shadowing. the plushies throw a shadow that is very slightly off putting.

I like the fact that included that you use safety eyes.



Thank you for checking it out!  Smiley  I have noticed that because I use a laptop that my pics look bright to me but dark to others.  Does anyone else have that issue?  Does anyone know how I can remedy that?

And good luck with your shop!
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« Reply #339 on: April 28, 2010 04:24:00 PM »

My laptop makes pics too dark.  It's weird.  I've found that playing with the brightness setting for the screen helps, as well as using another computer to see how it comes up.  I use my computer at work, but a library computer would work well for that too.
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