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Topic: So, I'm toying with the idea of opening an Etsy shop...  (Read 4265 times)
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« on: December 24, 2006 10:37:27 AM »

First off, My apologies for being so naive.
Second, For those of you with shops (not just Etsy, any shops):
What are the necessities? Obviously you need things to sell, a camera to upload pictures, and things of that sort. Anything I'm missing? A closet's worth of boxes for shipping? (Also on that shipping note, you just weigh the export at the post office plus $x for your trouble, right?)
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2006 06:41:03 AM »

I would have about 5- 10 items to sell before you start listing, and then list one or two of those everyday to get maximum exposure for your store. When you take pictures, take them in natural and bright light if you can, without a flash. Your pics will look great that way, and I prefer a plain white background, but there is debate about that. Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2006 06:50:01 PM »

I definitely felt like Etsy was a learn-as-you-go experience.  I haven't been there for very long (3-4 months) & have already run into so very many helpful people! Smiley

The main thing I've found that I needed is a way to get people to actually look at my shop!!  I am quite confident that my designs are good & original, but I got a little discouraged at first when I felt like other people were selling similar, yet inferior products much easier than I!  I just wasn't getting enough people to my shop!  I'm still working on it... currently, I talk talk talk talk talk to whoever I can, I have a page on Myspace, & I've done a few "freebies"... i.e. I gave away some greeting cards for free, but had the recipients promise to give them out (so my name got to the customers and to the recipients of the greeting card).

Good luck!  I'm sure you'll have many more helpful tips!

« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2007 07:13:27 AM »

My teenage daughter did all her christmas shopping on etsy. She and her friends love the stuff offererd there. They bought little purses, cases and buttons etc that have interesting things on them.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2007 09:12:20 AM »

I have some questions, too:

In general, would you say that most items listed on etsy are sold? I tried ebay, least 2/3rds of all jewelry the auctions seem to end without any bids (price or quality don't change this). So selling is a net loss, since without a buyer, you just lose money on the listing fee.

As someone looking at starting with etsy now, would you all say it is any better? What is the effect of the longer listing duration, as compared to ebay? Do  more people seem to be browsing Etsy these days?

I looked for ended auctions, but couldn't find the past listings on the site (I'm still a newbie), so I didn't find many answers.
Any advice?

Thanks Smiley
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2007 09:21:48 AM »

I did ebay for awhile, but it seemed like as soon as you listed a piece of jewelry someone listed one almost like the one I had and cheaper. I did make a nice amount on ebay selling my kids clothes and toys they no longer played with along with some vintage pillow panels and such. I too just opened an etsy store so I think the more you promote it the better it will be( I am still working on the promo stuff). Etsy fees seem to be resonable too.

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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2007 09:38:19 AM »

You also need stuff like mailing labels, return labels, forms for your return policy, invoices, lots of mailing tape, filler if your product is delicate, tags or gift boxes and such if you care about what your product looks like. There are many ways to deal with those kind of things. In the beginning you might just want to buy boxes as needed. Once you get busy you can always get boxes cheap at uline.com.

If you're planning to do a lot of promotional materials, a decent photo software would be in order, like photoshop.

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