ScrollSaw Information and Resources #33: Deciding which products to put on ETSY

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 07-01-2012 11:22 PM 6731 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 32: Selling on the ETSY WEB Site Part 33 of ScrollSaw Information and Resources series Part 34: ETSY Product Decisions »

So, in my last BLOG entry I posed that I was considering posting products on ETSY. I got a lot of good responses. Now the decision of “WHICH ONES”. If you do not know, ESTY has a “Sellers Handbook” available on its site. Problem is that it is all in little segments and, therefore, not easy to print. However, as I am doing a real careful search and study on this, I copied all of the important sections and pasted them into a WORD document, all 100 pages.

They, also, suggest doing a careful study of what you will place on the site. If your product is just like everyone else’s, then what the point. Or if your product does not stand out, priced wrong, bad pictures, vague descriptions or whatever, then NO SALES.

So what do I post?

1. Something I enjoy making.
2. Some product that is different than those I see on the site, today.
3. Well written descriptions as the customer can’t hold or touch the product.
4. TAGS that will allow search engines (GOOGLE, ETC.) to find me site and product.
5. GOOD photographs – take 20 or 30 and use 5 or 6.
6. Reasonable shop polices, for both the customer and for you.
7. MOST OF ALL, GREAT customer service. BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the sale.

Thanks for looking and I will keep you posted.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#1 posted 07-02-2012 11:43 AM

Hi, Jerrell! I have heard from many that have done well on places like Etsy and many that haven’t. I think that doing your homework as you have done here and studying up on it is a real advantage to your success there. So many people are selling on places such as that, you need to have your items stand out in a good way, as you said. I think that people will notice the details and care that you are posting with and how that will naturally carry over to your products and customer service. Having a professional looking page and store front will make a big difference.

I wish you a lot of luck in your venture there. Please keep us posted as to how you do. :)

Take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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