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Kalista
Oct 18, 2001


If you haven't been to Etsy ( https://www.etsy.com ) yet, go! I've all but abandoned eBay in favor of Etsy.

(Disclaimer: I am not a seller on Etsy and I'm not familiar with their policies on listings, fees, etc. I'm coming strictly from a buyer's point of view.)

Etsy is the best website I've found for DIYers and crafters to buy and sell supplies and finished goods. Their payment methods are various (credit card or paypal), they have Feedback, and some unique ways of browsing people's shops. Lately I've spent too much time at work using the "Pounce" view just to see random stuff. Harsh on my pocketbook!

If you're on Etsy, show off your shop! Love Etsy? Hate it? Discuss it here.

Here are a few of my favorite shops, to start off with.

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5202178 - Sells prints, jewelry and tshirts
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5007565 - Fantastic hats!
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=14907 - Cool jewelry
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5133492 - Beautiful beaded jewelry
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=102343 - Drool-worthy fiber batts for spinners

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gum bichromate
Sep 4, 2006

~*~*~*~*~*~*~* I AM NOT A SLAVE! TO A BREED!! THAT DOESN'T EXIST!!! THE BEAUTIFUL PIBBLE, THE BEAUTIFUL PIBBLE
~*~*~*~*~*~*


My shop isn't stocked yet, but I'm hoping people who do run shops could answer some questions about the logistics of running one?

Muffy_the_Diver
Oct 19, 2004

ALL ABOARD THE BUTT TRAIN

I've been toying with the idea of making stuff to sell on Etsy, so here's the rundown on pricing and whatnot. Basically, $0.20 to list an item, the listing will stay up for up to four months, and if the item sells, Etsy will charge you 3.5% of the purchase price (not including shipping).

I went looking through their FAQ forum (I think?), and found a thread by a disgruntled seller, stating that the average fees paid per item sold was something like $2.75, with some items costing them in excess of $13 to be listed/relisted however many times/sold. Some replies to that were to add 3.5% to whatever price you want for an item, as well as to only list an item once (as the likelihood of it being sold on a subsequent listing is really, really low).

If I ever decide to start selling, I'll let y'all know!

Anyhow, some awesome sellers:
Hansigurumi: sells all sorts of amigurumi (literally "knitted stuffed toy" in Japanese, where cuteness is emphasized) sea creatures, owls, etc, along with patterns!

Gillian Lee Smith: artwork, accessories, and a really cool corset.

Autumn Russell: amazing dresses!

Treetop Studios: Portland-based artist with some really cool prints for sale.

Ecstasy: Some really cool ideas for screenprinting/redesigning shirts and accessories.

Finger Sandwiches
Jul 12, 2000

Perfect for getting that last bit of food from across the table.

My sister just started selling her glass there during the last month or so. She doesn't really know what to charge people for stuff. She's been making stuff for years but only recently started selling any of it.

Her stuff is here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5388525

Kalista
Oct 18, 2001


Muffy_the_Diver posted:

Gillian Lee Smith: artwork, accessories, and a really cool corset.

I've actually bought some of the artwork from Stiletto Heights, who collaborated on that corset. Neat stuff!

Jet-Poop posted:

My sister just started selling her glass there during the last month or so. She doesn't really know what to charge people for stuff. She's been making stuff for years but only recently started selling any of it.

Her stuff is here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5388525
If it were payday, this little red flower dish would be mine! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8136170 Get here faster, Friday! Your sister does very nice work! Added her shop to my favorites.

effika
Jun 19, 2005
Birds do not want you to know any more than you already do.

Jet-Poop posted:

My sister just started selling her glass there during the last month or so. She doesn't really know what to charge people for stuff. She's been making stuff for years but only recently started selling any of it.

Her stuff is here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5388525

This shop is awesome. I saw a striped bowl like she has at an art show for about $400 dollars. I am so glad this is reasonably priced!

pixel8ed
May 31, 2004
A three-legged woman is better than a headless man.

I'm an Etsy addict. I buy a lot of stuff from there and have yet to be disappointed! I started my own shop at the end of October. You can find it here: http://www.pixel8ed.etsy.com

Whispering Machines
Dec 27, 2005

Monsters? They look like monsters to you?

I am in love with Etsy. My favorites:

Silent Cheesecake- Jewelry with bugs and flowers in little glass vials, I have one of a black widow with little red blossoms
Jesswitaj- Nice screen printed dupioni and silk neckties- I got one for my boyfriend for Christmas

I haven't bought from these people but want to:
1 Of My Kind-AMAZING art nouveau jewelry
Willy Nilly Water Lily- Out of stock right now but makes adorable plushies
Louise Black/Dollflesh- beautiful gothy/vintage clothing and corsets

gum bichromate
Sep 4, 2006

~*~*~*~*~*~*~* I AM NOT A SLAVE! TO A BREED!! THAT DOESN'T EXIST!!! THE BEAUTIFUL PIBBLE, THE BEAUTIFUL PIBBLE
~*~*~*~*~*~*


These might sound like a dumb questions, but I've never bought anything off etsy, and I'm about to start my own shop.
How does shipping factor in to the price? As a seller, should I add it in? Or is it charged separately when someone checks out? Does that separate charge go to etsy or to me?
How do I get paid? Should I open a new bank account just for etsy business?

pixel8ed
May 31, 2004
A three-legged woman is better than a headless man.

Shipping is added in as a separate cost. When you're listing your item you'll go through a bunch of screens, one that asks you for the description, one to tag your item, one to set the price which will include separate spots for your shipping, one for pictures as well.

You'll want to figure out your shipping costs on an item prior to listing it. You can list by specific country too, so your US shipping price can be different than your Canadian shipping price which can be different from your Australian shipping price, etc, etc. Some sellers decide not to ship internationally, but if you really want to cater to everyone you should consider it.

Other than that the place is a little like Ebay. You might want to consider buying a couple of lower priced items to get yourself some feedback to get started with. Post in their forums in order to get your name out there a little. Browse and add shops to your favorites and they might return the favour.

You get paid however you would like. You can take cheque, money order... Most however do Paypal since it's pretty instant. Well, instant for the buyer. As a seller I have to wait days to get money out of Paypal and into my bank account but it's only a minor inconvenience.

Good luck with your shop when you do open!

gum bichromate
Sep 4, 2006

~*~*~*~*~*~*~* I AM NOT A SLAVE! TO A BREED!! THAT DOESN'T EXIST!!! THE BEAUTIFUL PIBBLE, THE BEAUTIFUL PIBBLE
~*~*~*~*~*~*


pixel8ed posted:

Shipping is added in as a separate cost. When you're listing your item you'll go through a bunch of screens, one that asks you for the description, one to tag your item, one to set the price which will include separate spots for your shipping, one for pictures as well.

You'll want to figure out your shipping costs on an item prior to listing it. You can list by specific country too, so your US shipping price can be different than your Canadian shipping price which can be different from your Australian shipping price, etc, etc. Some sellers decide not to ship internationally, but if you really want to cater to everyone you should consider it.

Other than that the place is a little like Ebay. You might want to consider buying a couple of lower priced items to get yourself some feedback to get started with. Post in their forums in order to get your name out there a little. Browse and add shops to your favorites and they might return the favour.

You get paid however you would like. You can take cheque, money order... Most however do Paypal since it's pretty instant. Well, instant for the buyer. As a seller I have to wait days to get money out of Paypal and into my bank account but it's only a minor inconvenience.

Good luck with your shop when you do open!

Thank you so much! I'm just so worried about it failing I guess v:(v

nicrosin
Jul 10, 2001

kokoro wo yusaburu ai no monogatari

There is forum thread on Etsy called "Confess ONE lesson learned & spare a newbie" that is an excellent read for both new and experienced sellers: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5186947&page=1

If you do set up shop, be sure to check Livejournal communities that are into what you sell, and post to those communities. Even if you hate/don't use Livejournal it is an excellent way to target and attract customers.

Personal shops:
Chronomorphs - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5228029
I rework busted pocket watches into jewelry as a side hobby.

Dolluxe Designs - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5215824
My girlfriend's shop selling hand-made Dollfie clothing and accessories.

Crimson Empress - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5215797
This one sells her own clothing line and accessories.

Carlton Banks Teller
Nov 17, 2004




I don't have anything up on Etsy, but some goon is advertising their soap via banners on SA and I have to say that their creations are beautiful. It's enough to make me want to get into soap making, and I'm not really a bath-and-beauty whore.

Whoever that is ... make a thread, k?

elbow
Jun 7, 2006



Carlton Banks Teller posted:

I don't have anything up on Etsy, but some goon is advertising their soap via banners on SA and I have to say that their creations are beautiful. It's enough to make me want to get into soap making, and I'm not really a bath-and-beauty whore.

Whoever that is ... make a thread, k?

You mean a thread like this one?

Her store is http://savor.etsy.com and her soaps are all super delicious. Plus, if you tell her you're a goon when you order from her, she'll throw in a sample or two

Kibbles
Jan 16, 2004
Go sell stupid someplace else.

Carlton Banks Teller posted:

I don't have anything up on Etsy, but some goon is advertising their soap via banners on SA and I have to say that their creations are beautiful. It's enough to make me want to get into soap making, and I'm not really a bath-and-beauty whore.

Whoever that is ... make a thread, k?

Oh geeze yes, I have to order, that is the tastiest looking shop on all of Esty. Sounds better and is not as spendy as Lush.

Carlton Banks Teller
Nov 17, 2004




elbow posted:

You mean a thread like this one?
No, I mean an instructable.
But I didn't know about the SA-Mart thread, so thank you!

pixel8ed
May 31, 2004
A three-legged woman is better than a headless man.

Her soaps are amazing! I got one during SASS and I placed another order last week. They look amazing, smell even better and they're a great quality soap. I think she's out of town though due to a family emergency, but not for too long.

jn4d_1917
Apr 12, 2005


I've only browsed Etsy a few times, because I fall in love with all the beautiful and creative things, and then get so disheartened by the cost of everything. I'm a stitcher, crafter, jewelrymaker, etc, so I understand that you want to charge for your labor and designs as well as materials, but I'm also a student and that means being broke pretty much all the time.

So my questions are these:
Do y'all find Etsys to have significantly high markups as well?
Do things actually sell at these prices?
Is running an Etsy actually a good way to suppliment my income, or more of a hobby?

pixel8ed
May 31, 2004
A three-legged woman is better than a headless man.

I think most things I've looked at are fairly priced when you consider that everything is handmade. It takes a lot of money in supplies and a lot of time to create these items and I don't mind paying a little extra for that quality. Honestly, I have never bought anything from Etsy and regretted it. I've purchased bath and body items, prints, jewelery and crocheted items among other things.

Unless you're willing to put a lot of time into promotion its probably best as a hobby thing. A lot of people do a pretty good job though of supplementing their income. Some even use it as their only source of income which amazes me.

TouchyMcFeely
Aug 21, 2006

High five! Hell yeah!



I'm not a crafts person and haven't anything to sell but I just found my way to the men's shave section thanks to this thread and there's so many goodies!

Thanks a ton. I hadn't ever heard of this site before.

corporatewh0re
Nov 11, 2005


I totally have an etsy shop! I do gocco screen printing, and to offset the cost of the stupid expensive supples, I sell stuff here:

corporatewh0re.etsy.com

zap actionsdower!
Aug 7, 2004

in favor of festivals

Etsy etsy etsy!

my shop is at http://catrocketship.etsy.com

I paint things.

Mofette
Jan 9, 2004

Hey you! It's the sound, in your head goes round and round




My friend has a shop up at
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=10299

Kateblack

djnkro
Sep 16, 2007


howdy

http://couturedejourdotcom.etsy.com

finances shop. makes good snacky foods, cloths, and jewelry

Whispering Machines
Dec 27, 2005

Monsters? They look like monsters to you?

I think once I make enough Kanzashi I'll start selling them on Etsy. So maybe sometime this spring.

And maybe I'll throw in a goon discount

Whispering Machines fucked around with this message at 05:47 on Jan 14, 2008

Hunnyous Bunnyous
Jan 22, 2007

Deceptively sweet and nougat filled~ :9

I'm actually kind of surprised that not more people have an Etsy account on here. It's just such an awesome place. In any case, here's mine:

http://ikebanana.etsy.com

I have some charms and things up for Valentine's Day if you're so inclined. Otherwise, I do accept custom orders. hehe

Mofette
Jan 9, 2004

Hey you! It's the sound, in your head goes round and round




my best friend just launched a vegan chocolate store

http://chocoagogo.etsy.com

She's amazing!

Pegacorn
Apr 21, 2005

by Fragmaster


Whispering Machines posted:

I think once I make enough Kanzashi I'll start selling them on Etsy. So maybe sometime this spring.

And maybe I'll throw in a goon discount

Please do! What about a bulk discount? I have a really cool idea for a piece and I need kanzashi for it but I can't make my own, believe me I tried.

TONY DANZAS HO
Aug 27, 2003

Making you do a carepostin 2.1 isn't as uncool as making to an analysis in the middle of a flamewar that boosting my ego.


Question for anyone that makes art things and sells them on this site, specifically things like paintings: Is it worth it? Do you actually turn a profit and feel like the time you put into setting up the shop/shipping things out/etc is made up for by the money you make?

Or is it more of a "I love my craft and I do it because it brings me pleasure" type of deal

BQuietNDrive
Dec 2, 2004
Furious Masticator

Chiming in with my fiancee's shop:

Reach for the Sky

She's fairly new. Mostly pendants at the moment. A decent amount of people make these with scrabble tiles, but I think (and I'm biased) that hers are more original and higher quality. Hope you all like it.

Cowslips Warren
Oct 29, 2005

What use had they for tricks and cunning, living in the enemy's warren and paying his price?



Grimey Drawer

My only complaint with Etsy is that there is so much stuff to look at!

I remember in a gift-giving thread last year, someone posted a mermaid necklace that they bought off Etsy. I wish wish wish I had kept that Etsy page, because another awesome necklace, a kind of clear orb with dice inside and the words Fate Has You, was there, and I didn't buy it before I lost the page forever.

The search continues...

iloverice
Feb 19, 2007

future tv ninja

One of my friends started selling jewelry!
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5558849

I keep telling her she is underselling her stuff... but she never listens.

BoogerPrincess
Jun 5, 2007



Wow! I never knew this site existed! I am looking for a good place to get original art for my new home.

Boats
Feb 7, 2006


I made some shirts.


http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5211774

Kibbles
Jan 16, 2004
Go sell stupid someplace else.

elbow posted:

You mean a thread like this one?

Her store is http://savor.etsy.com and her soaps are all super delicious. Plus, if you tell her you're a goon when you order from her, she'll throw in a sample or two

Yeah, just got my order from her. (OMG YUMMY STUFF) I LOVE ETSY, I'm going to keep an eye on this thread, shop some more next week, probably.

I now browse it a lot and pick stuff up because most shop owners have great prices on top of cool stuff. I'd rather have that go straight to the person. Seeing some good stuff in the thread, my poor credit card.

I did get a few friends (some goons) laugh at me for buying soap "from Somethingawful".

neongrey
Feb 28, 2007

Plaguing your posts with incidental music.


They'll laugh until they see the soap. Stuff's terrific.

altazakin
Aug 2, 2004

So you're not that special. Welcome to the human race!

Hey thanks for mentioning me in here! I didn't realize there was an etsy thread until Kibbles send me a message

My store's being restocked right now, I got featured on Etsy's main page and it WIPED me out. I'm making hundreds of bars this weekend.

I sold an estimated 200 pounds of soap in two days... woah! Thanks everyone for the nice comments about my soap!

Catkin
Apr 28, 2006

it is all a dream- a grotesque and foolish dream.

https://magipp.etsy.com

I don't have much stuff for sale, but I'm working on some things.

Whispering Machines
Dec 27, 2005

Monsters? They look like monsters to you?

Does anyone know of any etsy shops that carry perfume oils? I like exotic/dark/unusual stuff, like one might find at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.

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sweetface
Dec 1, 2003

You'd be surprised what I laugh at.

Whispering Machines posted:

Does anyone know of any etsy shops that carry perfume oils? I like exotic/dark/unusual stuff, like one might find at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.

Try this one: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=93472
They are exotic and seem to do very well, so people must like their stuff.

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