...its early on Saturday morning here in sunny Bacchus Marsh...its just the way isn't it...I look forward to my sleep ins on the weekends yet here I am at 7.30am, wide awake, drinking my coffee and reading blogs...well, its a pretty good way to start off my weekend...but I wish I was asleep :D
Anyway, I have been reading through a few blogs and came across one which is a post on Etsy v eBay...very good post too...so I thought I might do one on the things I have learnt about selling on Etsy these last few months.
After a very slow start in March 2009, I put my Etsy shop on vacation for months and went back to Zibbet and eBay...but in November last year I decided to end those two selling sites and move to Etsy permanently...it has been the best move I ever made.
To this day tho I believe eBay is (for me anyway) a better site to sell original artwork but when it comes to jewellery Etsy wins hands down!
I am getting close to my 80th sale on Etsy, and that is just in the last 3 months of selling...these are the things I have learnt in that time...
1. GREAT PHOTOS are a must...a camera with a macro setting will give you those lovely detailed close up photos that sell your items so well...considering that the buyer only has a few photos to go by, those photos better be clear enough and attractive enough for that buyer to purchase your work...I found that once I bought my new camera with a macro setting and redone all my photos my sales started happening :D
2. RE-LISTING also keeps your items near the top of the searches...I try and re-list once a day, maybe 5 items all up...that brings my expenses up to a $1.00 a day which is a small price to pay to bring buyers to my shop...even better than re-listing old items is to list new items daily, even if it is only one or two new items per day :D
3. FREE SHIPPING has done wonders for me - once a week I will put a shop announcement on my Etsy shop, telling buyers about limited free shipping and that brings in more sales for me...international shipping for me costs $2.10 and domestic shipping is only $1.10 - I find that is a small amount to lose in order to make a few extra sales.
4. FREE GIFTS are always (or most often than not) included with every sale - I have made so much jewellery and some of that jewellery I am not 100% happy with, therefore I will not sell it but I am happy to enclose a piece of it with every purchase as a thank you gift...this keeps my buyers so happy that most of them have become return buyers now and that makes me happy!
5 KEEPING THE BUYER IN THE LOOP - I always send convos. to all the buyers, thanking them for the purchase and letting them know when I have posted their item and when they can expect to receive it...this keeps them happy and I am always getting great feedback on my customer service :D
OK...that about does it...I am by no means an expert on selling on Etsy considering I have only been there a few months...but the above is just something that I have found helps me sell my creations...I hope this post has been helpful to you...
OK my Blogger Buddies, it was great chatting to you this morning...cheers to everyone, Val xo