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Subject: Is anybody selling on etsy.com?
Date Posted: 11/14/2008 12:29 PM ET
Member Since: 1/11/2007
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I listed my jewelry about a month ago and haven't sold a thing.  Would appreciate some feeback on why.  I've been told its beautiful & reasonably priced.   Check the link in my signature.

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Subject: etsy.com
Date Posted: 11/16/2008 8:56 AM ET
Member Since: 6/17/2008
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Hi. I also sell on etsy.com and have been a member since the spring.  I haven't sold anything either. I don't know maybe it's because of the economy now. But even before it got as bad as it is now, i still haven't sold anything.  I'm thinking of going somewhere else. I don't know if you have to have alot of items on line or what, but I haven't been very lucky.

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 11:05 AM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2008
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Hi! I also have a shop that I set up at etsy. I have sold 2 items since June. I think this is one of those situations where you have to your own customer base to get the sales since etsy doesn't do any advertising.

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 5:06 PM ET
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I have had my shop since January, but only listed 3 earrings.  sold one and that was it. 

I was reading a thread here that was current last week and decided to try again.  I listed 21 pairs of earrings today and had sold 3 before I even stopped listing the rest.  I know it was just a fluke but it made me feel good. BTW--all 3 were sold to 1 person.

I am going to keep an open mind this time and see how it goes now that people might be shopping for Christmas gifts. and come February, i will re-evaluate it.

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 4:05 PM ET
Member Since: 10/7/2008
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I have made one sale only, which was actually a trade, not a sale. It's obviously very difficult to sell there due to the high saturation. Good luck to us all!

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 10:30 PM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2007
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I have a friend who is selling jewelry on etsy, and she is doing well. I think she does some word of mouth advertising, and she has created some business cards on her computer. She has also started selling at a few small craft fairs and hands out cards.

She also tells me that etsy has been featured in a few magazines, so word is starting to get out. Hang in there, and start some pro-active advertising.

I think it's great to add the link to your site in your signature on every site where you blog, in your emails, and anywhere else you can think of.

Good luck to you all! (Wish I was as creative as you are!!) :0)

Date Posted: 3/19/2009 4:34 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2008
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I just started selling there in the last month www.happycherry.etsy.com

I checked your site, and you DO have beautiful items! I noticed there are a lot of jewelry designers on etsy, so that means there's LOTS of competition. Some things I am going to try are: a giveaway on my blog (www.happycherry.typepad.com ), advertising locally with flyers and handing out my business cards. The key I think is just to shout about your business from the roof tops... just keep throwing darts, and eventually you'll have to hit something.... at least that's my theory! *wink*

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 11:14 AM ET
Member Since: 10/31/2005
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I just started a store last week to sell paper crafts i.e. layouts, envelopes, tags, acrds, etc.

I only have a couple items on there so far though


Date Posted: 5/8/2009 7:35 PM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2007
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I have been selling recycled yarn on Etsy for about a month now, and even though I only have a few posted at a time (as it takes a while to get a batch ready) I have sold several batches, as well as a couple of my knitted items.  I know some other people in the recycled yarn business think that my prices are a bit low, but I am happy with my prices and when I consider how much I paid for a sweater ($.50 to $4.00)(and a lot more at the $.50 price range than the $4.00 price range) I feel that my prices are good.  My store slogen is "Quality Recycled Yarn at Affordable Prices" and I think I am doing a good job keeping my prices affordable.  I know that times are tough for everyone, but we shouldn't have to give up our favorite relaxing crafts and hobbies - we just need to be a little more creative and thrifty when buying our supplies!  A link to my website and my Esty shop are in my signature line.



Subject: Etsy
Date Posted: 5/16/2009 6:33 PM ET
Member Since: 10/31/2007
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I am a frequent purchaser on Etsy.  I buy mainly jewelry supplies.  I have considered having a store there, but after reading what you all have posted, I don't think I'll go with it.   I did see that there is a lot of competion in handmade goods.   I do a lot of jewelry with vintage buttons and when I searched for button jewelry there were a lot of people who also sold it.  I still enjoy going on, but have yet to buy anything but supplies.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 3:07 PM ET
Member Since: 4/8/2007
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i am a frequent etsy buyer...so i will check all of your shops.....if i order i will PM you...so you know its me : D

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 10:32 PM ET
Member Since: 10/31/2007
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Let's keep bumping this to support Etsy shops!

Subject: Etsy
Date Posted: 5/22/2009 1:35 PM ET
Member Since: 3/29/2008
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