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Selling on Etsy, should I?
« on: September 29, 2016, 04:28:00 AM »
I've been considering selling some packs on Etsy. I've got a few designs down to a point where I'm happy with them. A lot of friends use them, they're happy. So I'd like to take it a step further, and read some things about selling on Etsy.

Now keep in mind that this is still a hobby, and I don't have too much time to spend making stuff, but I could spit out some 6 packs a month. In your opinion;

-Should I sell on Etsy, is it a fair platform? I've got no experience there.
-Is this a good "next step" for someone who has only sold to friends and friends' friends?
-Are their fees justified? A quick sum teaches me that for every 100 Euros listed, an additional 8 need to be paid to Etsy, in fees.

I'd like to use this to crank up the income a bit, I want to make more so I can invest more in materials. However I'm not looking to turn this into a professional passtime.

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Re: Selling on Etsy, should I?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2016, 08:16:18 AM »
If you could spare 29.99 a month, Bigcommerce has a really well put together platform that caters to the small business. Services like shipping apps that you can install are typically free if you only produce small numbers. Then you just have your normal payppal fees to contend with. I'm technically a hobby as well, but you can see what I'm working with to give you some ideas. www.thr3six.com

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Re: Selling on Etsy, should I?
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2016, 11:38:09 AM »
It's a great looking website, but the thing that attracts me on Etsy is the easy exposure. There must be tons of people either casually browsing it, or looking for specific stuff, that kind of attention for a regular website requires a lot more work.

Thanks for the reply!
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Re: Selling on Etsy, should I?
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2016, 11:55:19 AM »
Are you on Instagram? Cause there is a whole community on Instagram alone and I'd rather but my effort into that platform even though it's not a sales platform.

Is your target market on Etsy? All I think about when I hear Etsy is hipsters and jewelry.

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Re: Selling on Etsy, should I?
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2016, 01:42:45 PM »
I started on etsy. It's a good platform, and offers good exposure, especially if you are selling something on there that not everyone else is selling. I think it's 20 cents to post an ad, and they take a percent of the sale (3%) I think. It's a fair amount, unless you are selling something like small hardware items that are a buck.

One thing to watch out for are others trying to break into the market. They will sell stuff super cheap, there were people selling big assault packs in there for like 40 bucks for a while, and from the look they probably had 40 bucks of material in them, and they were probably made in China.

My advice is to search around etsy to see if you will be competitive. Even if you aren't sure, it's worth a shot for the 20 cents it cost.

They also have a new feature where they will let you buy your domain and put your own store on there.  It looks easy to manage, but it costs an additional monthly fee.

It's also easy to use, especially from a mobile device.

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Re: Selling on Etsy, should I?
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2016, 03:29:39 AM »
Essal,
I'm not on Instagram, or any social media really, also I don't really know about the target market, there's quite a lot of backpacks being sold there, thought I could try it.

Chuck,
It's $0.20, or 0.19 per listing, which sounds fair enough, but in most of Europe they take 4% of the listed price plus 0.30 per sale. Sounds like someone's getting rich.

Thanks for the replies, I think I'm going to just try it as soon as I've got some new inventory.

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Re: Selling on Etsy, should I?
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2016, 02:50:19 PM »
I'm on Etsy and it's a love hate relationship. I would say it is fair as far as pricing and features, the interface Is good and pretty intuitive, and the site is familiar and recognized by consumers. However, Etsy is not the handmade market place it claims to be, search optimization is challenging and the market (is, the number of people selling on Etsy) is crowded. I still use it, but am contemplating switching to something else regularly. HTH
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