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Topic: Is Etsy "Worth It"? -First Post  (Read 1417 times)
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Jasons Girl
« on: February 17, 2010 08:59:02 PM »

Hi. I have been happily lurking all over craftster for a short while now and am completely in love with all of the awesomeness that abounds. I love the creativity, the idea of making old things into something new, the positive attitude and all of the friendly people with good helpful advice.  So, here I am, coming out of my lurking shell, to ask a question that's been floating around my head for almost a year now:

Is Etsy worth it?

You need to report it on your taxes (right?) which for some reason scares me away. Plus, I'm worried that maybe people won't want to pay a fair amount for an item I have put lots of hard work into, plus receiving payments, shipping, etc. I guess the idea just overwhelms me a bit!

Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas that might help put some of my fears and questions to rest? I would appreciate it.  Thanks!

Jason's Girl. Smiley

"May you live all the days of your life" -Jonathan Swift
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2010 08:25:08 AM »

I think "is it worth it" is dependent upon what you sell. If you're selling cheap items, it's probably not worth it once you factor in the listing fee, selling fee, and paypal fee plus time and effort to make the item, photograph it, list it, wait for it to sell, pack it, ship it etc.

If you're selling higher priced items, it can be worth it. If you're selling something like jewelry or knitted stuff, it can be hard to break in to that category. It can also be hard if you don't find your niche and/or don't take good photos. It is definitely a learning process.

I've had an Etsy store since Sept 08 and right now I'm currently debating if it's worth keeping it or not. I have a little over 800 sales which is lovely, but dealing with other Etsy sellers can be a pain and Etsy admin isn't always helpful.

It's a job though. Make no mistake about that part. You have to really really work at it unless you're say Rosie O'Donnel and have a built in following Wink

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