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01-16-2012 08:41 AM

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Hello I am new at this web site but It looks like a perfect place for me. I have the golden question to ask and I praying someone on here can HELP me. I been selling on etsy for about five months now and I am doing well I have 37 sells in this time. I only sites that I have not sold a single item. I really need another site like Etsy. If I can find it I could make a living doing what i love and leave the fire department before I go crazy. I have 10 years in now I am burned out. Thanks and God bless.

Please someone take the time to help me.


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#1 posted 01-16-2012 09:33 AM

What is etsy? never heard of it.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 09:36 AM

Wish I could be of help there, but I got tired of listing things on Etsy and not making any sales. I have tried several other sites with no luck either. It seems the only way to get rid of any of my projects is to give them away.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 10:13 AM

I have never heard of etsy however as I have said before else where on this site you need to market your product and or items the standard way first, going to craft shows and the like. The internet is just a tool and you still need to do the hard yaka and standard marketing.

If people have never heard of the website then they are not going to visit and the way to get them to visit is by telling them at the craft shows, and markets, and fairs etc and start getting you name out there.

The way I would do it if I was selling anything I made, I would have a central website showing off your product with good crisp and clear clean photo’s… Then with a but click here to buy which takes you to the auction or shop site like eBay or (I assume) etsy. Then I would be attending every fair, craftshow, market place and woodworking show etc that I could. and try selling the old fashioned way… to get your name out there. People also usually like to see, (see the real colour in different lights, touch and lookand visualise the size of a product before they buy.

Ensure you have a card with your contact details (including your central website) on all the products you sell.

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 06:01 PM

Hi Lee Ray, I have heard of etsy and I have a shop on there to. Another website you could put something on is facebook at least with that you could have pictures on there and people could see what you sell, I also have a facebook page for my business. If you want to see it go to facebook and type in K & N Furniture, Inc. and you can get a idea and if people like what they see on there then they can email or call you. I hope this information helps. That and another website you could try is craigslist but I will tell you know more of the cheap customers shop on craigslist.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 06:57 PM

Etsy is the only show in town if you are looking for a site that gets
traffic. You can try Ebay of course, but your stuff will likely
just get lost in the shuffle.

There are other sites where you can list handmade things for
sale of course, but none I’ve seen are getting traffic so they
are, in effect, virtual ghost towns.

The Facebook suggestion is a good one – with it you can achieve
top-of-mind awareness among people you know and you may
be surprised at how supportive your community can be when
you persistently remind them that you are creating handmade
things.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 07:42 PM

I have a list of a few on my other computer, later I will let you know.

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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#7 posted 06-01-2012 04:30 PM

Hi Lee Ray,
I know of a good website like Etsy that would be perfect for the type of products you make. Not sure if I can post a link here, so if you’d like to message me, please do so. Thanks and good luck!

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