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Topic: what do we think of "alchemy" on etsy?  (Read 6985 times)
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sarawearsskirts
« on: January 23, 2006 09:44:33 AM »

hello, fellow etsy-ers!
i was away over the weekend, and logged onto etsy this morning to find "alchemy" - a place for people to post things they'd like made...
i think it seems like a really cool way to strum up business on a slow week and also a great new way for etsy to attract people - hopefully, word'll get out that you can simply place an order and wait for some crafty person to whip it on up and send it over...  this could be great for not-so-crafty brides-to-be or for really personalized gifts. 
is anyone else as excited as i am?
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2006 10:53:17 AM »

I think it's a good idea! Even if you don't decide to fill the orders, it's already giving me ideas for what items might have a market. And it's just fascinating seeing what people are asking for!
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2006 11:02:34 AM »

i agree - i'm noticing already a couple postings for really good laptop cases, etc.
itll definitely be telling of what things are hard to come by, or what things people care enough about to have them made as one-of-a-kinds...

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gothmom
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2006 05:49:52 PM »

I just negotiated crafting something for someone who had posted on Alchemy.  So far so good.  Its actually nice to know what people want and create it exactly to spec.
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2006 10:55:20 AM »

I really like it. So far I actually haven't had to make anything but I just sent a girl some felt and now I think I'm going to send another some buttons (granted I can find them  Undecided)
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sarawearsskirts
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2006 01:01:01 PM »

it's been a few weeks and i've had some excellent jobs from etsy - some of it is really fun and i'm having a great time making it.  nothing but enjoyable people requesting items, in my opinion.
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2006 05:24:41 AM »

I love alchemy, I've already bid on one project (a laptop sleeve) and it went really smoothly. I'm constantly checking it to see what else I could bid on...not to mention dreaming up things that I'd like other people to make for me Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2006 08:51:19 AM »

I'm really looking forward to using alchemy more often, both as a buyer and a seller! As a seller I think it's a great way for doing some market research... to know what's popular, what people want.

What do you think about referring to alchemy in an item's description? For example, I'm making small journals that could be further personalized if the person wants. So I'd like to say something to the effect of, "If you'd like me to personalize the journal for you, feel free to use the alchemy feature and request it," or something like that.
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2006 08:59:17 AM »

I'm really looking forward to using alchemy more often, both as a buyer and a seller! As a seller I think it's a great way for doing some market research... to know what's popular, what people want.

What do you think about referring to alchemy in an item's description? For example, I'm making small journals that could be further personalized if the person wants. So I'd like to say something to the effect of, "If you'd like me to personalize the journal for you, feel free to use the alchemy feature and request it," or something like that.

I think that sounds fine. There is alo a button on the side, above your profile and it says something like "Request a similar item through Alchemy".
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sarawearsskirts
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2006 09:14:51 AM »

i think encouraging buyers to request things through alchemy is great.
i haven't seen this yet, but i'm guessing you could do the same type of thing that many people do when they post something in their shops specifically for one buyer  - you could have an alchemy project stating "this is an alchemy request for [girlscantell.etsy.com], please don't reply unless you're sara..."
i guess the benefit would be that then the feedback would be double, as it always is with alchemy projects.

i'm still longingly waiting for the day when they have a tab in your shop where you can show off alchemy projects you've completed.

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