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Topic: doing "market research" for Etsy, maybe you guys will know  (Read 1397 times)
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« on: September 24, 2009 01:49:16 PM »

So my husband has a 2700 garnishment on his paycheck because his mother defaulted on a credit card he cosigned on for her.

Anyways, the reason I am here is we are struggling so bad that I in his words need to figure this out and the only thing that I can think of is to sell my stuff on etsy.

So my question is really...

Do those of you that sell candles, soap,bedding and jewelry do very well on the market?

These are the things that I have on hand and can list as soon as i set everything up and hope to expand from there.

any and all comments are appreciated, i don't want to go into this thinking that is gonna work out and be further from where i am now.

thanks to all of you in advance.


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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2009 09:38:09 AM »

Sorry for your situation, I don't quite understand why it's YOU who has to figure it out, but it's none of my business. Anyway, as far as making money on Etsy - you have to have a product that is kinda unique. If you look in the categories of the stuff you mentioned, there are A LOT. I think the key is to get a lot of people to your site to see what you have to offer; family, friends, etc. Try to make your product stand out from the rest. Really tho, for a fast buck, Etsy won't do it - sorry (I was trying to make a fast buck on Etsy & it didn't work for me). You will need to try other things. Maybe selling at a craft fair or farmer's market or having a craft sale at your house (if you have enough stuff).

Maybe others will have different advice for you, but that's been my experience on Etsy. Good luck w/your situation & I hope it all works out.

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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2009 11:13:08 PM »

Just like mentioned before, Etsy is definitely not the place for a quick buck.  Etsy attracts really top-notch artisans and it's so busy that you have to be at the top of your game from day one and promote like crazy to get seen there. 

If you have a year or so to engage in learning and spend 80-100 hours a week creating, promoting, photographing, listing, writing descriptions, restocking supplies, shipping, preparing orders, and more than sure, go for it.  But it sounds like you really need to make up a financial deficit quickly, and Etsy really isn't the place for that. 

Good luck, I do hope you find a great solution! 

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