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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: To Etsy or Not To Etsy, that is the question on: December 08, 2010 01:49:36 AM
I know that this is a bit old and I'm sorry if I'm asking something that has been asked already but there are a lot of new or competing venues that are gaining popularity against Etsy especially recently. I'd like to know, as what's been said above, as whether or not Etsy, especially for someone that has just started, is a better venue to other venues? Etsy eats up with a lot of the costing and some venues don't have listing fees or any fees in fact! Etsy is obviously a jungle especially if you are starting. Is Etsy going to last in let's say the next two years to invest in that it would be worthwhile or should we jump ship (or start up for the first time elsewhere) because Etsy is loosing it's feasibility?

Thank you!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skirt, Bolero, and Tie (moderately pic heavy) on: November 07, 2009 12:18:33 AM
Ah drat, looks like they aren't. I guess I'll have to see what I can do to get them hosted somewhere else so they'll work again. I'm not really sure why they went down, they were working just fine yesterday.

yeah, i know. it was on my browser before i refreshed the screen (which halfway through i realised the pictures might go, and then it did! mind reading skills?). thanks for fixing them. and i forgot to mention that i love your stuff, definitely my style.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skirt, Bolero, and Tie (moderately pic heavy) on: October 27, 2009 05:48:52 PM
are some of the pictures working properly?
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Victorian Bustle Hat on: April 05, 2009 02:36:19 AM
as always your stuff are brilliant
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Question about Teens on Etsy... on: April 05, 2009 01:24:12 AM
you don't have to be over 18 to sell. if you under 18 you need parent's permission and i assume if you need a credit card you'll have to use your parents as well (with permission!). if you put it under your name you are responsible for all account activity.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: EtsyBlogger on: April 05, 2009 01:04:01 AM
if you want to be anonymous i don't think you need to notify the person. it's just like talking about your favourite makeup product and where to get it. so if you rather then you don't have to tell but if you do then you can too.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: can I open an etsy store for someone else?? on: April 05, 2009 01:01:40 AM
this is legal if you recognise your role. as etsy says they want people who collaborate or is in a group to write the role of each person in each product. i'd say you write on the front page that you operate the shop, the drawings are done by "name" and are produced by "name". with the credit card issue it is alright to use your credit card and the arrangements are to you and your sister's discretion (so as long it is okay with both of you, you can do so). if you are getting nothing out of this i would not suggest you have this arrangement, it's really not fair for one person to benefit from two people's work. search on etsy, they have a lot on multiple owners, collaboration, etc. and they have something called "teams" which you should check out. you don't need to have a license or pay taxes as far as i'm aware.

hope this helps
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Etsy Sellers, how do you feel about on: April 05, 2009 12:45:46 AM
if i were selling i would not allow refunds or exchanges and say that all sales are final. the problem is that it takes your time for someone else's mistakes which there is no way to account for and pay for that time. it would be an issue of efficiency for me and would not be fair for yourself. if you don't mind doing this then you can offer this service but of course the shipping would be at the expense of the buyer. for things like underwear, jewellery and similar items you definitely need a no refund policy. the only exceptions where you would allow a refund policy is for damaged goods that are of the seller's fault or if you definitely misrepresent the item (and i hope unintentionally anyway). they would have to show good evidence that it is your fault too, but this mostly should not be an issue as most goods are handmade and you would physically handle each item and see the faults if they were present. as a fault of the postal service you should not have to account for the postal's fault and make sure you say that only purchasing insurance will protect you from this and the buyer has that choice.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Somebody selling a pattern from one of my items. on: April 05, 2009 12:28:53 AM
i'm sorry this is happening to you and even more for my answer. i went to your etsy shop and saw that most of the stuff it to do with clothing. i think the law for clothing is that there is little or no copyright laws to protect you for your designs which has got to do with the view that fashion isn't an art, that clothing details are functions and that most of the stuff are influence of other, or something along those lines. that's why clothing companies can copy designs to every detail expect the label of the other company or anything that constitutes fraud (eg claiming to be "Prada" or " Louis Vuitton" when it's not). You can even be the manufacturer of a company and have labels handing over the patterns of their designs they want you to produce and you yourself can use the same pattern (copy it) and slap on another brand name.

if you're really concerned about this you should contact a lawyer or equivalent but it would cost a lot of money. and the person with the pattern could rightfully say that the pattern is their own work although the idea of it is not. they are not selling the exact thing you were selling either since it is a pattern not a piece of clothing (or whatever it was you were selling).

i hope this helps and good luck for the future on this.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cute lolita-ish mini skirt and the "ARE YOU SUFFERING?" Pin on: January 24, 2009 05:07:34 PM
a fellow muffin! thanks for posting! it's the Opheliac in me.
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