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#487836 - 01/25/09 05:31 AM Setting Up an Etsy Shop  
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I'm interested in setting up an Etsy shop for my origami. Can people who are using Etsy offer any advice on getting started?


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#489693 - 01/31/09 02:50 AM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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OK I am going to give this a try! For costs it says "It costs 20 cents to list an item for four months. When your item sells, you�ll pay a 3.5% transaction fee. " that seems reasonable.

Shoot! Someone already took "lisashea"! I thought I owned that name everywhere on the entire web smile I don't want to be "Lisa Shea origami" because I might sell non-origami stuff. Hmph.

I'll take lisasheadotcom - you can't have an actual "." in a name.

Done! Now to set up some items!


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#489698 - 01/31/09 03:09 AM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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Let us know how it goes!


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#489706 - 01/31/09 03:30 AM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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OK everybody I am looking for feedback! Here is my shop -

Lisa's New Etsy Shop

Any suggestions on the entries there? It was really quick and easy to set up! I'm happy to help anyone else who wants to do this. Etsy is a great way to promote any hand made crafts you have.


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#489712 - 01/31/09 03:54 AM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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Looks Great Lisa!


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#489714 - 01/31/09 03:55 AM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Stephanie - Weight Loss]  
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It was REALLY easy. You can see by my post time stamps that it took under and hour from start to finish to get the entire thing done. If anyone wants help in setting up Etsy post here and we can all chime in!

Do you think my photos are clear enough?


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#489718 - 01/31/09 04:23 AM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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Hey Lisa! Very cool:)! I like your Etsy shop! I really like your banner!

I think for your photos, if you brighten them, they will come off even better. That's one of the things I've learned from the forums on Etsy - increasing the fill light! I think they are definitely clear though.

I LOVE the pictures for the pink bouquet - they are interesting with nice but not distracting backgrounds. I am drawn to these type of pictures more when I browse through Etsy shops.

One of the Etsy forums suggested that you not put words in your pictures but I think that's probably personal preference.

I'm still working on my shop but you guys can check it out:).

Leah's Etsy Shop


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#489720 - 01/31/09 04:49 AM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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That's great.

Yes the photos look really clear to me.

I'm not sure if the origami would show up better with a plain background though? To me they would show up better on a white or one color back ground. Do you think?



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#489722 - 01/31/09 05:32 AM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Stephanie - Weight Loss]  
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Hey Lisa!
That is a really lovely banner...it pops. I hearted your shop (saved as a favorite)!

A suggestion that I was given when I started out is that the Announcements section of your shop should be very short... ie: buyers want to see what you're selling as quickly as possible. You might want to move some of the good info you have listed into your profile area.... no need for duplicate info between areas.

Another area I still struggle with is photos...they need to be very clear, concise and bright. Getting more light into your pics will help your lovely Origami stand out.

The forums on Etsy are a great way to get info for guidance. Here is a lens I authored on the subject... hope it gives you some ideas especially on promoting your new storefront:
http://www.squidoo.com/promoteEtsy

Most sellers relist items on a regular basis, it is really the only way within the Etsy framework to bring your items to the top of the search. Although, you should have an easier time of it than all of us who sell jewelry there!!

Again, best of luck and if you have any questions... let me know~ I'll be glad to help!!
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#489812 - 01/31/09 06:56 PM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Leah - BellaWellness Host]  
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Leah - I adore your banner, that is really pretty!

What do you mean by no words in my pictures? I don't think my pictures have words in them? Do you mean the watermarking? I *have* to have watermarking in my pictures, people steal them pretty much every single day, to put in their forums for "ideas for my wedding" or "ideas for my party". If people are going to steal them so much, at least I can get some advertising out of it. I really can't stop their thefts.


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#489814 - 01/31/09 06:57 PM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Stephanie - Weight Loss]  
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Originally Posted By: Stephanie L Watson
I'm not sure if the origami would show up better with a plain background though? To me they would show up better on a white or one color back ground. Do you think?


I thought all my Etsy origami did have a neutral background? Which one were you looking at?


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#489818 - 01/31/09 07:00 PM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: mygemstonebox]  
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MyGemstoneBox - thanks for the great advice! Part of my focus with that main page info is that there are thousands of origami sellers out there and many of them are young kids who do a very shoddy job. So that impacts what people think they should pay for origami. I need to make clear up front that I've been doing this a while and create high quality product, so when they see my prices they understand why they are higher than other sites. If they don't see that material, they might just balk at the prices and leave immediately. I will try shortening that up to get the message across with fewer words though!

That seems really cheesy that you'd have to keep relisting to get a high entry. It encourages people to "game" the system which I never liked. I will think about that later.

Is there any way to add HTML to your main site description, your profile or to an item description? Like bold and italics?


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#489827 - 01/31/09 07:15 PM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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OK - shipping question. in eBay I can say that I need to caculate shipping for international people. Here it makes me set ONE price! How can I set a single price for the entire rest of the world? Or do I really have to go country by country and hand calculate it for every location, for every item?


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#489860 - 01/31/09 09:35 PM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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Hey Lisa,

Thanks, I was wondering if my banner was clear enough!

I copied the link to some of the forum talks on watermarks. It seems totally like a personal preference. They do give some ideas of how to make it "less distracting". People have all kinds of opinions that they offer - it might be worth a read to get some ideas:).

Etsy Opinions on Watermarking

A Specific Thread


I hope your shop "takes off"!


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#489862 - 01/31/09 09:38 PM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Leah - BellaWellness Host]  
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Just saw your other questions. With shipping most people state that if it's an international buyer to just message them for shipping prices.

Also the thing with relisting getting you to the top - Etsy has been feeling the same way about it too, that its a cheesy way of promotion so they are actually working on ways to make this more fair. I really like that they are responsive to things like this and seriously interested in running an honest operation that maintains it's indy charm.

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#489888 - 01/31/09 11:50 PM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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Amethyst and Crystal Spirituality-Themed Purple Six Crane Origami Mobile

On Etsy

On my computer the background looks like it has a pattern and competes with the origami...


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#493607 - 02/13/09 04:14 AM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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How is your shop doing? I make handmade greeting cards and am considering opening a shop.

#494829 - 02/18/09 04:57 AM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: firebird56]  
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I haven't had anyone order an item yet, but I think it's yet another way to get "free publicity" for my origami items. So I think it's always a good idea to take every avenue you can to pursue your interests. You never know which one will catch someone's eye!

Just today I am doing my first ever silver origami (real silver jewelry in my kiln). I'll be putting them on Etsy and I'll let you know how they go!


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#495202 - 02/19/09 01:11 PM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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I love both of the shops! This information is very useful and inspiring. Time to roll up my sleeves!


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#499775 - 03/04/09 10:16 PM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: LM - Writing for Children]  
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Lovely! I so wish I was a crafty person! I recommend etsy quite often. It's a great way to get started, and from what I hear, gets better pricing than eBay.

Remember to use good marketing tactics here, too--include biz cards with shipments, keep a customer list of ppl who buy from you, maybe include a one-sheet "catalog" or a tip sheet (how to's, FAQ's like symbols, color meanings, etc).

The goal is not just to make one sell but to create a customer base so you can get repeat business!

Good Luck!

#627123 - 09/10/10 04:58 AM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Leah - BellaWellness Host]  
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I thought i would bump up this old thread. Anyone have success with an etsy shop?

#795758 - 12/11/12 01:40 PM Re: Setting Up an Etsy Shop [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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Just thought I'd add to this thread. Lisa just sold a beautiful moonstone necklace on her Etsy site. Way to go Lisa!


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