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    I'm sick of doing craft fairs, don't seem to get a huge lot out of them and want to promote my things online more. As well as having my own site (which you will be able to buy off of eventually!!), I'm giving up on ebay but have just signed up to etzy and looking at lots of other sites too. Want to expand my options by selling on a few different places.

    I was just wondering, anyone who sells in more than one place at the same time, how do you do it? Much of my work is unique pieces (or thereabouts) and I don't want to sell one thing to two people at the same time - if you see what I mean! But I'm not sure about putting some bits on one site and some on another as it'll reduce the amount of stuff people see and therefore the possible selling options.

    Anyone got any advice/ideas???
    Caroline

    Diamond Ideas

    http://www.diamondideas.co.uk/

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    Diamond Ideas is also on facebook!

    Go on, add some sparkle to your project!

  • #2
    Hi Caroline

    I'd say put everything on all the sites you can and then make sure you check your emails very regularly so if something sells you can remove them from the other sites as quickly as possible. The chances of 2 people buying the same thing at exactly the same time are quite slim I'd imagine. And if it did happen just send an email to one of the customers blaming ebay/etsy etc for not removing the product when instructed
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    • #3
      Aaaah very cunning! Thanks for the tip - good idea! Am always happy to blame others
      Caroline

      Diamond Ideas

      http://www.diamondideas.co.uk/

      http://twitter.com/DiamondIdeas01

      Diamond Ideas is also on facebook!

      Go on, add some sparkle to your project!

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      • #4
        It helps that lots of my items can be reproduced although because of the handmade nature they differ slightly. I try and make several pieces similar so that I can list one on each site - I currently sell on 3. I am in the process of making new things just for specific sites but we will see how that goes.
        Visit my Etsy store http://swirlyarts.etsy.com
        My daily thoughts! http://swirlyarts.blogspot.com
        My blog of cute stuff http://cuteable.com


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        • #5
          I sell on 2 sites at the moment (and am thinking about a 3rd one!) and I don't list the same item on both sites. Similar to swirly I create similar but slightly different items. Some sites specify that the item is only available on that site too.

          I personally would be too worried about what would happen if I listed an item on different sites and it was sold at the same time - unlikely I know but the thought would cause me too much anxiety so I don't do it!

          I also have a blog where I have a link to both my Etsy and Folksy sites so I hope people will check both out. I also post pictures on Flickr of everything I make.

          knit sew crochet hop..........

          my etsy shop www.cloudhopping.etsy.com

          my folksy shop www.folksy.com/shops/cloudhopping

          my musings www.cloudhoppingdesigns.blogspot.com/

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          • #6
            I'm on everything I can get on: Etsy, Dawanda, Folksy, YouCraftyLot and my own website too.

            I list everything on all sites then take them off the other ones when it sells.

            So far so good...
            Yvonne
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            My website: www.mymiyel.com
            My blog: www.mymiyel.blogspot.com

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mymiyel View Post
              I'm on everything I can get on: Etsy, Dawanda, Folksy, YouCraftyLot and my own website too.

              I list everything on all sites then take them off the other ones when it sells.

              So far so good...
              Ditto! I make so few sales that the chances of me selling something in more than one place at the same time is extremely unlikely. I used to worry about it but I've become a bit more assertive and I'm not afraid of facing up to people and telling them that the item has just sold elsewhere! I just work on the principal that if it's something I can duplicate then it's not a problem and if it's a one off item then I just refund their payment and apologise!
              Natalie
              website blog

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              • #8
                More on selling....

                Do any of you use flickr - for advertising purposes? I'll explain a bit more. Flickr is where you can post photographs of you 'stuff', organised into sets; cards, beads etc. then you can submit them to public 'groups' or 'pools' which you can join. You need to tag your photo's in just the same way as if you were selling them on etsy, ebay etc. so that'll be quite familiar to you all.

                You can't directly advertise that your stuff is for sale but you can keep all the information about you and what you do in your profile which should direct interested parties back to your etsy, ebay, own sites, e-mail etc. So, if people are genuinely interested they can get to you and your stuff. A kind of round about selling.

                There are literally thousands and thousands of public groups - but maybe you know this already? Etsy has a whole range of groups for you to join.

                I've only just started to explore this route and I'm sure there's a lot more to know but even in that short time I've been amazed at the interest it generates. I've even been asked for the use of a 'photograph' and I wouldn't call myself a photographer.

                Without intending to hi-jack the thread, I'll be interested to hear your opinions and about any experiences you've had with Flickr.
                Julia

                Website: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JuliaYo...=hdr_shop_menu
                Facebook:
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                • #9
                  Im on etsy , folksy and have my own site but i try to list different things as most of my items are made to be different from each other !!
                  I find listing regularly is best but not easy to do !!
                  I have my blog as well and have been on flickr for ages but you do have to be very careful with your links as they are strict about you trying to sell your things !!
                  I love flickr and it is very good for getting feedback on your things as well as the odd chance of people finding some thing they like and then contacting you .. i have had a few sales this way myself !!!

                  I think you just have to keep trying different things until you find something that works for you !!!
                  allabouteden blog

                  fromthehandsofkittyeden

                  my folksy shop

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                  • #10
                    I link photo's to my blog from Flickr in the hope that people will then find the link to my website but I wouldn't risk putting a link straight to my website on Flickr. As Saraeden says, they don't like you advertising at all!
                    Natalie
                    website blog

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                    • #11
                      I rotate stock from site to site, this way each site stays refreshed and you do not have to be constantly ties to the computer waiting to update a shop if an item sells.

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                      • #12
                        I like your idea of rotating stock, hadn't thought about that before.

                        knit sew crochet hop..........

                        my etsy shop www.cloudhopping.etsy.com

                        my folksy shop www.folksy.com/shops/cloudhopping

                        my musings www.cloudhoppingdesigns.blogspot.com/

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