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01-14-2012 09:04 AM

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I opened an presence a few months ago… but was a little wayward in listing product… I did actually list one item… I got a request for a similar chopping board… only a different size… the request came from someone just up the road from me … about an hour…this of course galvanised me into action… remember I am in Australia and Etsy is still in its infancy… I now have 5 items up and many more to come…It is a very real alternative to having my own e-commerce website… and much more exposure…
It is realitively simple to join and upload items… and only costs 20 cents per item listed…but as I have already said.. a little slack in the listing department…no more… I will give this a real shot and list a few new items each and every day…
If you would like to drop over and then let me know what you think… I would surely appreciate it…

Kind regards to you all and thanks in advance…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 09:20 AM

Hi Larry. Who’s the bloke in the photo on esty?

The boards you create are always very nice and I think the photos you post should reflect that. I can appreciate board pictures in your shop but it might take away from their beauty for customers. I wish you success with your sales.

Cheers for now.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 12:35 PM

Etsy looks like a good out let for crafts etc. Best of luck with your sales Larry, they should go well.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 02:32 PM

Larry, you have some nice things on there. I hope it works out well for you.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 01-14-2012 02:33 PM

Etsy seems to be the way to go to get your creations known. When I get back in the shop and caught up, I my give Etsy a try.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 01-14-2012 02:44 PM

Just a thought Larry, but is there anyway that you can put links in your store front to a few polished presentations on LJ’s of how they are made? Some of the challenge in selling homemade crafts deals with trust in the one who constructs these items. Perhaps a link to how bbq, cheese, and cutting boards are created might help install confidence in the creator and help hit home that the price of the boards is a reflection of the intense labor involved.

There is a difference between seeing the work in person and viewing a board online. The BBQ board, for example, might need a little polish in the presentation so that people know you didn’t just grab a chunk of wood, drilled a few holes, stuck some beer caps in it, and called it good.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 01-14-2012 02:54 PM

Your Esty site looks great Larry! I know you will be successful with it.

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#7 posted 01-14-2012 03:58 PM

The Etsy site looks very good Larry. It seems like it would be easy to shop there. I hope you get lots of sales from it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-14-2012 04:15 PM

Nice start on your Etsy site. You make beautiful boards that should sell pretty well I would think. Two small comments about your Etsy site:

1) In the left side it says you started your site on September 11th, i.e., “Nine-Eleven”. Shoppers in America might cringe when seeing that. Might be a distraction, unless your intention is to make it a tribute or something.

2) I clicked on Policies and it was blank. I was curious what your “shipping & handling” charges will be, if any taxes are involved, what the shipping method is, what your returns policy is (in case I gift one and they don’t like it), etc.

Just some thoughts, hopefully taken in the constructive spirit in which they are shared. I marked your site as a Favorite (within Etsy). Since I have an Etsy account I think that means Etsy will help me “follow” your store. Keep us posted on your experiences. Someday I may put up an Etsy store too.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#9 posted 01-14-2012 04:22 PM

Listing and re-listing is the only way to effectively sell on Etsy or you get buried in the back pages. I may re-list everyday for a week before I get a sale for my trouble, but the cost to do this is insignificant.

It helps to also drive traffic to your Etsy store using all the free services like Twitter and Facebook pages. You can set everything up to update those sites every time you list an item on Etsy. Some of my sales come from Twitter users and my largest lazy susan sale (30” walnut) came from someone who saw my work on Facebook.

I talk about this in my Online R Us series.

One thing about it is you can’t sell online if you don’t start somewhere. You have a good start Larry. My start three years ago resulted in one sale every 3 or 4 months. But, rather than get frustrated and quit, I kept at it and now have good consistent sales.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#10 posted 01-14-2012 05:10 PM

Nice looking “Store Front”. Hope you sell lots of stuff!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 01-14-2012 05:23 PM

I have been thinking about doing this, too. Don’t want my website to be commercial in nature (at least not at this time). I have built a lot of fancy boxes and was thinking about the Etsy site for selling some of them. Good input from closetguy…..I have found out too, from building two website over the years, that patience and trial and error eventually leads to traffic and success. My antique tractor site was launched in 1996 and now gets me around $500 extra dollars a month. You never know but anyway, congrats on the new site on Etsy!!

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#12 posted 01-14-2012 06:46 PM

I hope you get tons of sales Larry

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#13 posted 01-14-2012 07:50 PM

Larry, I opened a shop on Etsy in Nov. I have only sold one box so far, but hopefully the extra exposure will pay off.

Good luck with yours.


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#14 posted 01-14-2012 07:53 PM

Hey, DeGoose, welcome to Etsy! For any of you wondering about selling on Etsy, take a look at these ‘Treasuries’ of very fine work being offered there. Woodworking is alive and well on!



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#15 posted 01-14-2012 10:09 PM

That looks like a good start Larry. And for $.20/item, it’s very affordable! Might as well post all of your work to display the diversity of your talent.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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