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Topic: How's your Etsy shop doing? 2011-2013  (Read 14898 times)
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« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2012 10:30:09 AM »

BeaG -
I try to keep my prices down as much as I can while still having room for profit.  I recycle a lot of materials, and buy a lot of others in bulk so I can keep my prices down.  I think a lot of things now-a-days are over-priced (not just online) so I try to be as fair as possible when I price things. 

Maybe I'm just optimistic, but losing money on that first sale really isn't a big deal to me because while I might not have made anything, it wasn't a total loss. After fees the sale was for $17 and some change. $8 of that went to shipping because the girl lives in Canada, which was the worst part of it, but hey, at least I know what to charge for shipping to Canada now.  Another $7 went towards my etsy bill, which isn't too bad. That's $7 dollars I didn't have to pay out of my regular cash flow.  When I really lost money was when the post office decided to abuse the crap out of the package I sent. It was a postal, flat rate box, so it was a fairly sturdy cardboard box, stuffed to the brim with news paper for cushioning, and when she got it she sent me a message complete with pics showing how it arrived.  I don't know what they did to it, but one of the corners of the box was completely caved in and there was a crack all the way down the side of one of the bowls.  Having to ship another package for that sale is where I lost money really.

« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2012 07:01:30 AM »

Congrats on your 1500th BeaG!!!
I had 510 views in July against 338 in June. It's an improvement already, now the sales...

I agree on the pricing. Sure me too I can keep my prices fair because of low cost materials, so I don't count what I didn't pay, but I do calculate my work (at least as much as I dare). And a scarf madhatterdesign sells for $15 I would price at least $25. And from a renowned design studio it would be 6 times that.

It irritates me sometimes seeing items comparable to mine sold for half the amount. Feels like being undermined by such sellers.

Read about my t-2-t adventures and my own ecclectic way of recycling:

Buy eco-friendly in my Etsy Shop:
« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2012 10:13:43 PM »

Thanks, Le-Chat!

I am so glad that your hard work is already paying off in terms of views. Now here's to hoping your sales will increase too!

Don't worry about other artists 'underselling' you.
There is a market for every price level. They and you just serve a different market. Don't see them as competitors. Your market are the people that are willing and able to pay a decent price for unique handmade products. There's is a market for people that are mainly interested in low prices. There is room for all of us on Etsy.

I didn't mean to imply that any Etsy sellers 'over price' their items. What I mean was that a lot of top name retail stores over price their items, like jo-ann, and a.c. moore, and that drives the price of a finished product up.  A pack of 4 of the magnets I use costs almost $5 at wal-mart, which is why I don't buy them there. 
And as you mentioned there are also different types of sellers; the business owners, the hobbyists, etc. I'm still...finding myself I guess : /

And Le-Chat - Don't worry about me underselling you on anything : )
I've only had one sale this whole year (4 if you include sales to friends) and as I mentioned earlier, got screwed by the postal system : (
The scarf is also priced low because it was my first attempt at cabling.  I have an owl one in the works right now, that is much nicer, and is going to end up being much more expensive ; )

« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2012 04:12:14 AM »

That remark wasn't against you, madhatter  Wink

But I have to agree again with Bea. As for my own try-outs or in my opinion not completely perfect makings: I've made that mistake. Doesn't work, never sold a thing. Not on line.

It leaves me with two options: Either I convince myself I'm being too critical and simply list my item as a normal, good product. Or I only bring it to the occasional craft fair I attend and let people in person decide if it's good enough or not. Eventually, if it doesn't attract any attention it may land in the SALE box with other items that I've had for too long and want to get rid of. People love to rummage around there, it's always a success. Then, if someone picks something up and looks at me in surprise (really, only so much? what's wrong with it?) I'm there in person to explain why and convince them to buy.

Okay, agreed that's underpaying myself too, but it's only last resort to make place for new things.

I'm still in awe of that blue scarf. I knit, but I don't master cabling (yet). Maybe a bit more polished photograph with an attractive drape as the front picture would help. And take out the work in progress. It doesn't add anything.

And thanks for hearting my scarves. I need to redo those pictures.

Read about my t-2-t adventures and my own ecclectic way of recycling:

Buy eco-friendly in my Etsy Shop:
« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2012 10:39:20 AM »

You've got a good point there Bea, it wasn't a fail, and actually would probably be perfect if I took the time to block it, because the only thing I'm not thrilled with about it, is the edges are a little woobely.
I guess I was looking at it from the point of view that my time/experience wasn't of much value on that piece because it was my first attempt, instead of looking at it from a quality point of view.  Maybe it is worth more : )

& Le-Chat, I never noticed until you said something, maybe it's this new computer, but that w.i.p photo look way too bright, and almost washed right out  Embarrassed    I know the ones of me with it on are kind of crappy because I had my boyfriend take them with my moms camera.  I'm not really, quite sure what you mean about a 'drape' photo though.  I get the basic like 'oh a photo of it draped on something' but do you mean holding it or just having it laid over something?

This isn't that great a picture of the 'scarf' because it was something I made/kept for myself and I was really just taking pictures of myself w/ it on, but unfortunately I don't have better pics right now, and it's too hot to take new ones lol.  I finished this one a couple years ago when I decided I really missed the little red hooded scarf I had when I was a little girl. The hood and scarf ends are all one piece with one seam down the back of the hood.  It's really warm, and I love it. 

I'd really like to get more knitted and crocheted items up in my shop, but the only problem is that stuff takes so long for me to finish things. It seems like it takes so long to get one thing done, that I get bored with it, and end up setting it aside to work on something else  Tongue

« Reply #25 on: August 11, 2012 02:44:29 PM »

I have some ideas and tips to present your scarf (and future ones) in a more interesting way on Etsy and attract more viewers and possible buyers. Only right now it's late at night in my part of the world and I'm taking off very early in the morning to go sell on a market. So promise I'll take time to get back to you Monday!
« Last Edit: August 11, 2012 02:46:10 PM by Le-Chat » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Read about my t-2-t adventures and my own ecclectic way of recycling:

Buy eco-friendly in my Etsy Shop:
« Reply #26 on: August 13, 2012 05:33:08 AM »

Your front picture just shows a piece of knitting, not a scarf. However interesting it may look to a knitter (like myself) the possible buyer is looking for a scarf and wants to see a scarf. So that front shot should be a close-up of the scarf nicely wrapped around the neck, without showing the whole body and face and not necessarily showing the complete item. A possible 'drape' could be just wrapped around the neck once, then a single flat knot in front showing off the unique knitwork with that cable on one side.
Second if the viewer arrives in you current listing at all, right now the second shot shows a beautiful girl wearing a scarf, not a beautiful scarf on an attractive model. I sort of have to search for the scarf in it and make an effort to take my attention away from the model. Can't blame your boyfriend  Wink but you should try to turn that around.  I'm not saying you can't show your head in any of the pictures, but you should focus on the scarf so you don't want to show your whole body in all of the photo's. Even in the overall shot try to let the scarf fill it up, not you as a model.
For inspiration take a look at this shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/afra
« Last Edit: August 13, 2012 05:39:47 AM by Le-Chat » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Read about my t-2-t adventures and my own ecclectic way of recycling:

Buy eco-friendly in my Etsy Shop:
« Reply #27 on: October 01, 2012 05:01:51 AM »

I was doing really well, updating regularly and getting lots of views. Then for the past 2 weeks i've been so busy in the day job that I haven't had time to even touch it! My views have definitely suffered Sad

Again I don't really have time to do any sewing or things today, but hopefully tomorrow I can do something. I've also started looking for a new job, one that doesn't take up so much of my time and make me so tired.

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« Reply #28 on: August 25, 2013 01:17:49 AM »

I have a happy! One of my treasures was featured in the etsy finds email the other day!   Smiley


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« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2013 07:38:07 AM »

Yay, congrats!
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