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    Hey all,

    I've been making hand made jewellery for nearly a year now and although i've had a few successful craft fairs (and unsuccessful!!) they have been few and far between so I am looking and other ways to sell.

    I have been reading a thread about esty from last year but just wanted a more up to date view from all you guys. Is it still as popular? Do you still have regular sales? And also (sorry for all the questions) what do you do all do about shipping to the US - I know this is a US based site but in the UK i offer free p&p from my site but dont think i could offer the same for the US.

    PLEASE HELP
    Thanks
    H Bee
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  • #2
    I have sold 8 pieces in 3 months and had 3 commissions via Etsy. Don't know if that is good or not. All have been for abroad so far imcluding 2 from Australia. You can set up different postal rates for different destinations etc so you could have free for UK and then something else for US etc. Peopl on there reckon it's a bit slow at thye moment but I can't compare to the past. Lower range of goods e.g. £5 - £10 seems to be douiing better but people are starting to think of Christmas already. At 20c an item it's a heck o0f a lot cheaper than a craft fair with no transport costs etc.

    Pete
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    • #3
      I'd never heard of etsy I might look into doing this. Do you pay 20c an item to list or when it sells? I've been on £bay but it's getting more and more expensive to use that as a means of selling, especially when you add paypal on top.
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      • #4
        It's 20c per item to be listed I think that's per month. It's all rigged up to PayPal as well so there's little or no hassle. When a piece sells it is immediately taken off the shop and you can adjuat the description, picture price etc anytime. Also run sales or discounts.

        Pete
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        • #5
          Well i've done it, I just had to turn down a space at a craft fair this weekend as its OH b'day so i've signed up...

          Im just trying to set up my profile thingy to start with! EEee its quiet exciting! Its 20cent for 4 months I think I read which is great! I chose not to go with Ebay as i know i only look on there if im try to find a bargin, people dont really care if its handmade or not.

          H Bee
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          • #6
            Shameful plug, but I have a list of really helpful business info and Etsy tips on my blog if you're interested :-)
            http://crafterholic.blogspot.com/200...-business.html

            Find what you want to do and then do it with all your heart.


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            • #7
              I have heard of Etsy but at the moment i have shops on Groovycart which is free, and Misi and Folksy and they charge 20p per lising have had small sale on Groovycart and bigger one on Misi, but haven't had them online very long. Good luck
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              • #8
                I joined Etsy last week and I sell Jewellery and hair accessories. I have had 2 sales and 1 commision so far. 1 was to the UK and the other 2 to USA. I am really please because I have only listed about 10% of my range as I've been busy with other things.
                www.loutique.co.uk - unique jewellery and accessories
                www.etsy.com/shop/loutique
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by loutique View Post
                  I joined Etsy last week and I sell Jewellery and hair accessories. I have had 2 sales and 1 commision so far. 1 was to the UK and the other 2 to USA. I am really please because I have only listed about 10% of my range as I've been busy with other things.
                  Wow thats excellent well done! I havent had time to do anything to my shop yet but i definitely will be adding items this week!!!

                  Thanks to everyone for your comments
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                  • #10
                    I like etsy above all the other sales forums, but I sooo wish they'd make it possible to list in £'s as well as $'s. It would make life much easier and perhaps then I would use it.
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                    • #11
                      Whenever I am using Etsy I have google open as well with a currency converter. Easy ebnough to flick over and convert. Very mild aggravation when thinking of the huge potential customer base.

                      Pete
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                      • #12
                        I agree with you Pete, but wouldn't you have to keep updating because of the exchange rates? I'm sorry to sound so thick, but I am when it comes to maths, lol!
                        Last edited by onlyme; 13-09-2009, 09:42 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by onlyme View Post
                          I agree with you Pete, but wouldn't you have to keep updating because of the exchange rates? I'm sorry to sound so thick, but I am when it comes to maths, lol!
                          Hadn't thought of that.....rushes off to see if he is undercharging
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                          • #14
                            I've only added 4 or 5 items so far and had a few people looking and one lady made an inquiry into one of my bracelets but has not bought it.. yet - im still keeping my fingers crossed.

                            I just have a quick question about 'hearting' products and shops, do i just heart everthing to get myself seen or just stuff i like?? A bit confusing! lol
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by crafterholic View Post
                              Shameful plug, but I have a list of really helpful business info and Etsy tips on my blog if you're interested :-)
                              http://crafterholic.blogspot.com/200...-business.html
                              Thanks just about to have a look!
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