LumberJocks

Anybody Heard of etsy.com?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Sweating for Bucks Through Woodworking forum

Forum topic by jasoncarpentry posted 484 days ago 1161 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View jasoncarpentry's profile

jasoncarpentry

111 posts in 1154 days


484 days ago

My daughter just told me about this site (www.etsy.com). It appears to be a free “marketplace” for all kinds of craftspeople.

Has anybody used the site? Good feedback? Bad feedback?

-- Jim in Tennessee


17 replies so far

View RVroman's profile

RVroman

163 posts in 524 days


#1 posted 484 days ago

There was a recent thread discussing etsy vs. e-bay that had some good information. A search for etsy brings up a lot of threads.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

View Don W's profile

Don W

13926 posts in 1068 days


#2 posted 484 days ago

and its NOT free

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

View johnstoneb's profile

johnstoneb

505 posts in 673 days


#3 posted 484 days ago

I’ve never used it. If you do a search there are several threads on it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

View JNP's profile

JNP

105 posts in 1077 days


#4 posted 484 days ago

yes. There is also custommade.com that is an interesting site.

-- Jeff

View MrsN's profile

MrsN

930 posts in 2026 days


#5 posted 484 days ago

I have a page on the site. It is convienent because the cost is relativly low, $0.30 per listing. There are lots of people who know about the site and it has decent traffic. To be really sucessful you have to promote your site with their forums and facebook and stuff. although you can get lucky hits now and then.
some of the catergories are massive, jewelry is an example, you have to really work to stand out. The site also has a fair amount of laser/cnc types of things that the average person can’t tell the difference and only checks the price.
When on etsy it is really important to remember the audiance and sell to them. It is like a big craft fair on the computer and you can’t use your winning smile to get the sale. You have to sell them the story behind the project with out them realize what you are doing.

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

View DKV's profile

DKV

3053 posts in 1004 days


#6 posted 484 days ago

Jasoncarpentry, when I (or you) do a LJ search of etsy there are almost 9,000 results found.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

View brtech's profile

brtech

643 posts in 1423 days


#7 posted 484 days ago

I’ve purchased from it several times. It’s very legit. Most, but not all of the listings are from real crafts persons. It allows you to send email to the seller without revealing your email address until you are comfortable. It handles the actual purchase. They get a cut, of course.

View jasoncarpentry's profile

jasoncarpentry

111 posts in 1154 days


#8 posted 484 days ago

Folks, I’m sorry I didn’t do a LJ search on this before I shot off my mouth. I also apologize for assuming that the site is free when it’s not.

Usually I fact-check things before I post or email them, but I got lazy this time.

-- Jim in Tennessee

View tyskkvinna's profile

tyskkvinna

1295 posts in 1486 days


#9 posted 484 days ago

It’s free in the sense that you can open up a shop for free, be a member for free, post on the forums for free. Listing is not free. But I figure any place on the internet that truly IS free for selling things is not worth it—to obscure, too many hoops or the ever present “catch”.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

View DKV's profile

DKV

3053 posts in 1004 days


#10 posted 484 days ago

Tyskkvinna, craigslist is free and it works great. Just thought I’d say. Got my jointer and planer from there.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

10794 posts in 838 days


#11 posted 484 days ago

I set myself up on etsy, eBay and Craigslist. Quickly figured out that I can’t keep up with orders here yet so stopped everything on those sites. I need to have better stock on hand.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

View RVroman's profile

RVroman

163 posts in 524 days


#12 posted 484 days ago

Monte, what did you do for marketing so your stuff did not get lost in the sea of other things on those sites?

Jason, IMHO, no worries, sure there are other threads, but every time a topic comes up new information and ideas are shared, many that may not be obtained from reading “dead” threads.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

View Madwood's profile

Madwood

50 posts in 1551 days


#13 posted 483 days ago

Jason, I’ve had my Etsy shop for a few yrs now. It’s only 20 cents to list, but your should renew your listings fairly often if you want to sell, another 20 cents. I haven’t done bad there, but am not getting rich, for sure. Put up alot of listings, take good pix, a nice writeup for each item and above all, have unique items. Do some research on Etsy to see what’s on there and if there are 1000 cutting boards on there, DON’T sell cutting boards cuz the site is saturated. Keep your items different from everyone else.

In 4 yrs, I’ve sold about 140 items, mostly around holidays. Not a millionaire, but not complaining either.
HTH,
John

-- In the shop making chaos out of order

View nate22's profile

nate22

412 posts in 1375 days


#14 posted 481 days ago

Jason I have a etsy account. I have sold one thing on etsy but I don’t renew my post on etsy like I should. It does cost .20 but if you keep it updated then you should do alright with it. I have been on etsy for about 2 years.

-- K & N Furniture Middlebury, In.

View pashley's profile

pashley

957 posts in 2218 days


#15 posted 481 days ago

I’ve sold a few things on Etsy, but it’s more of a site by women, for women, in my opinion. Jewelry, knit crafts, these kinds of things. Basically, stuff you’d see at your local craftshow. Proof can be found here: http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/3608-30-Top-Selling-Shops-on-Etsy

-- Have a blessed day!

showing 1 through 15 of 17 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase