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« Reply #380 on: February 17, 2011 02:00:13 PM »

EvalynBlack- I think your clips are beautiful. Even though you put measurements in your description you may want to use one of your picture slots to show the scale of your pieces. Maybe a ruler or quarter or something to show how big they are. Also a little information about how you ship them might be nice so the buyer can be reassured that they won't arrive broken and tattered since they seem like they might be kind of delicate. I like how all of your pictures have a similar background. It adds a lot of unity to the items in your shop. Maybe a little more about your process. Do you glue the feathers? Sew them?

AnniePlayground's- There are a few spelling and grammar mistakes in your descriptions. I really like the idea of your sushi scarf. I think that is adorable. The font in your banner is kind of hard to read because of the similar colors and the fanciness of the font on the textural background. You've done a very good job of using all of your picture slots, but you may want one of them to show the scale of the item. Other than that I think any child would be lucky to get one of your toys.

KhaosKouture- I really like your peacock brooch. I think that one is beautiful. It would be nice to know a little more about your process though. Are they vintage pieces that you assembled? How are they assembled? What are the gears in the pendants suspended in? Resin? I like that the backgrounds in all of the pictures are similar. It makes it more cohesive. Try to use more of your picture slots and give people something to compare the size to, like a ruler so they can see how big the details are.

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« Reply #381 on: March 06, 2011 11:06:48 PM »

So I just finished taking new pictures of a bunch of my items. I took a lot of textural shots and I'm trying to make my thumbnail for the picture make you want to take a closer look so they're mostly a picture of the color, texture, or one of the details. Please tell me if this is too distracting or confusing and if you like the new pictures.

Also, I've been using a fabric cutting mat to show the scale of my items as it has a grid with inch x inch squares. I thought this would be a good way to show how big or small my items are, but others may disagree. Please let me know. THANKS!

I think the photos of the pieces on the model give me a real feel for how large the items are without having to be so technical with the grid.
Also, the link to your etsy from witin your craftster profile didn't work for me, this one did: http://www.etsy.com/shop/meggyme

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« Reply #382 on: March 15, 2011 07:16:21 PM »

I just opened a shop on etsy and would like some critiques. Mostly on the presentation like the shop's look and item descriptions. Thank you. http://boundtobe.etsy.com

I did not take the photos. My boyfriend was taking some photography classes so I employed him knowing he'd be better at the camera than I.

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« Reply #383 on: March 15, 2011 07:39:43 PM »

Your shop looks great!  For the photography may I suggest helping your boyfriend make a light box?  Etsy posted a blog article about it awhile back and it could add a very professional finish to your merchandise.  I bet anyone with photographing skills could use it to tremendous effect! 

Here's the link: http://www.etsy.com/storque/seller-handbook/fortys-foto-tips-2-make-a-light-box-244/

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« Reply #384 on: March 15, 2011 07:42:24 PM »

That's a great suggestion! I will suggest the light box to him. He's moved recently so I hope he still has his lamp.

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« Reply #385 on: March 28, 2011 02:12:44 PM »

I would love a critique of my shoppe.  I'm having problems generating sales and any help would be appriciated.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/maeflowersjunebugs?ref=si_shop  Thanks.

« Reply #386 on: April 11, 2011 09:06:12 PM »

I'm a little scared to do this, but I'd like some advice. I had a loooong hiatus and just started listing items again in February. I keep getting views but I'm not making any sales! People aren't even hearting things. At first I was excited that at least people were looking... but now I just feel like my stuff is crap and no one likes it. I'm getting pretty discouraged. :/


« Reply #387 on: June 03, 2011 04:19:01 PM »

This is my shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/geekystitchery

I opened it back in October and I go through "spurts" of investing time into it.  For example I spent several hours yesterday promoting it and adding mini etsy items to my blog, livejournal, etc.  I get notices almost on a daily basis that someone favorited one, or more, of the items in my shop.

However, people are not buying.  I've only had 10 sales since I opened the shop.  I have more people "liking" than buying.   I'm looking for feedback.  How do you get people to buy?  I don't think $3.00 is unreasonable (heck, my mom told me I was selling them for too cheap!)  That $3.00 doesn't even reimburse me fully for the photo frames, staining prodcuts, fabric, or thread that goes into putting together the models after Etsy and paypal get their take.

What do I need to do?  Change?  Or should I just call it quits when these items expire in the next few months?

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« Reply #388 on: June 03, 2011 06:40:15 PM »

I'm having the same problem and I'm honestly considering raising my prices. I feel like it's worth it to have less but bigger sales, and I am wondering if people feel like my items are "too cheap." That's my thoughts. But I hope others offer you advice too because I have this problem at craft fairs too.
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« Reply #389 on: June 03, 2011 07:05:29 PM »

i think sometimes people use Etsy favorites almost like a 2nd wist for swaps and stuff, so part of it might be due to that.  they like it and want someoe to make something similar for them, but not buy it themselves.  in that case i'm not sure there's really much you could do about it.   Undecided

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