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Forum topic by Matt (Upper Cut) posted 2334 days ago 2466 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt (Upper Cut)

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2334 days ago

I just stumbled on this website, etsy.com that will setup a store for you to sell your stuff, anyone used it?

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks, http://uppercutwoodworks.com/


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Eric

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#1 posted 2334 days ago

First time I’ve heard of it. Looks okay, I guess, but not sure how many people actually know about it.

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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Tomcat1066

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#2 posted 2334 days ago

I’m familiar with etsy.com, but I don’t know how well you could sell your stuff on it. It really depends on a lot of factors, but the fact that most people have never heard of it doesn’t bode well for your chances ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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toyguy

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#3 posted 2334 days ago

Someone else on this site mentioned etsy a week or two back. I had a look at the site, but that was it. It does sound like it might be just the ticket for someone looking to get rid of some stuff. Cost is not too much, but like the other posters, you will find your stuff if no one knows about it. But…I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try, maybe they are the up and coming…..

Good luck.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Teri

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#4 posted 2334 days ago

This is actually a great outlet and well-known by those that shop online for custom made products. This would work well if you have a static site that links to your products on this site. That way etsy.com can worry about the e-commerce side of things like the payment gateway (you wouldn’t have to have your own secure certificate), and they offer more than one type of payment system.

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN

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Alin Dobra

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#5 posted 2333 days ago

I am doing essentially what Teri suggests. I have stuff listed on etsy but I link to it form my web page.
I never sold anything on etsy though (I only started 3 months ago) so I do not know how good it is to sell stuff.

Alin

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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LastAmericanHippies

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#6 posted 2333 days ago

I love Etsy! I have been selling there for about 6 months and have sold over 100 items it is a huge site, the fees are much better than ebay, .20 a listing with free pictures and I think 5.25% charge when you sell something. 20 cents is worth the risk to try it out.

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closetguy

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#7 posted 2332 days ago

LastAMericanHippies, what do you sell on Etsy?

-- I don't make mistakes, only design changes....www.dgmwoodworks.com

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Tommy_Joe

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#8 posted 2032 days ago

I’m learning allot on this forum. I’m pretty impressed with Etsy.com and I will sign up when I have something ready to sell.

Thanks!

-- Tom, St. Louis, www.RhodesWoodsmith.com

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Loren

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#9 posted 2032 days ago

My girlfriend sells a lot of stuff on Etsy. She deals in vintage fashions and
her own creations mostly.

She has a sale going on right now. http://tessimal.etsy.com

From what I’ve seen it’s mostly a ladies’ shopping experience so whatever
you put up there should be aimed at what the buying community there
is interested in. I’m not saying you can’t sell furniture or whatever
though. Listing on Etsy is cheap so it’s easy to test the market.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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christopheralan

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#10 posted 1979 days ago

I just started mine about a month ago. No bites yet. However I am not worried. I have had my website listed on the back of my car for about 6 months now, and I just got my first call from someone seeing it as I was driving around. Just being patient might pay off later.

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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closetguy

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#11 posted 1979 days ago

I’ve been an Etsy seller for almost a year. Most all my sales came during the last two months of the year. It is one of the most inexpensive ways to sell and you can’t beat the exposure. It costs .20 to list each item which runs for 4 months. You also pay 3.5% to Etsy for each sale and 2.9% +.30 cents for Paypal. I sell more items through my business web site, but it’s probably because I promote it more. I only have the Paypal fees this way, but I have to spend a lot of time promoting the other site.

Here are other sites that are worth checking out:

handmadefusion.com
artfire.com
handmadecatalog.com
shophandmade.com

-- I don't make mistakes, only design changes....www.dgmwoodworks.com

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dennis mitchell

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#12 posted 1979 days ago

Checking the sales made by other woodworkers and the low prices. I’d not plan on making a living on etsy. Or even making enough to buy that new bandsaw…but you never know do you.

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WoodSpanker

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#13 posted 1971 days ago

Maybe if you listed pieces on ALL of the auction/craftsman type sites, you could make a living. Especially if you have your OWN website to promote. Something to think about….

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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