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So who uses Etsy?

Is it worth it?

What does it cost to list something, like, artwork?

Do you make a lot of sales through it?

I'm honestly very curious.
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keymonster From: keymonster Date: March 24th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I have used etsy. I got some sales, but not many, then again I didn't keep up on my shop much. I'm sure you could get some good exposure there. And the price is pretty fair :)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 24th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm figuring I could list pieces that don't sell at con auctions there and see how they do. Thanks! :)
pac From: pac Date: March 24th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)

So who uses Etsy?
i use etsy...

Is it worth it?
it depends.

What does it cost to list something, like, artwork?
each item you sell costs 20¢ to post one item for four months. etsy gets 3.5% of what you sell. that's it.

Do you make a lot of sales through it?
you can. check out articles on storque (http://www.etsy.com/storque/search/tags/quit-your-day-job/) which interview people who essentially quit their day job and become makers full time selling through etsy. it takes a lot of time/energy and a lot of marketing/exposure to make a living through etsy. i have never sold anything through etsy, but i really haven't mentioned my store outside of my website and sometimes on here. other than that, you'd kind of have to hope someone happens to be looking for what you're selling if they're browsing etsy.
johnraptor From: johnraptor Date: March 24th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Listing things on Etsy is cheap and easy, but I'm thinking of abandoning my Etsy store because I've never sold anything. Granted, I don't sell much regardless of the method, but I think Etsy isn't the right place for 2D art. It seems to be more focussed on jewelry and textiles.
From: astolpho Date: March 24th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I ain't had much success with etsy just yet. It's handy as far as inventory tracking is concerned (like, if you have x number of items and need a storefront that will unlist an item once it's sold out, rather than juggling it manually through livejournal), but so far all of my sales have been to people who've found my etsy store from me promoting it on livejournal. Which isn't much.

Bigcartel might be an alternative worth investigating.
nambroth From: nambroth Date: March 24th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
So who uses Etsy?
I used to.

Is it worth it?
Um... depends.

What does it cost to list something, like, artwork?
Someone already answered this; it costs to list each item and then they take a small % of the sale. Like ebay but less expensive and the listing lasts longer.

Do you make a lot of sales through it?
No. None. Maybe if I advertised the hell out of my store and marketed it to the moon and back... or sold stuff real cheap. But, no, I did not. I don't think too many people shop specifically for flat art on there... mostly crafted items. Plus the economy is kinda shitty and people aren't spending much right now.
One of my friends does a lot of business on etsy but she makes bath and body products.
desertwalker From: desertwalker Date: March 27th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use Etsy because the rates are WAY lower than eBay's.

You probably already found this out, but for Etsy, you'll have a 20 cent insertion fee, free pictures, a 4 month listing period, and a 3.5% cut from each sale.

I've had some success selling jewelry on my store (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5936447), and I imagine sales will be much better as soon as I get time to fine tune/increase my inventory.

I don't know how Etsy's 2d art market is going, but for the low fees, it's certainly worth a try.

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