Sunday, December 30, 2007

Three pointers about Starting on Etsy

A new Etsy seller asked me to give her a few pointers about starting on Etsy, and this is what I told her --

My experience of selling on Ebay and Etsy made me realize that customers on Etsy are willing to pay more for what they want compared to Ebay. If I have to give you 3 advices to start on Etsy,I would suggest that you

1. get a great digital camera (I just ordered a new Canon SD950 online because I think it will help my business.The pictures currently on my website were taken with my current camera, Sony cybershot T1 with 5.1 mp)
2. list items regularly and frequently: this is the easiest and also the most difficult part to run an Etsy business.Listing regularly,if not daily, will keep your shop at the top of Etsy's category search, so that customers can find your store. If you sell in a competitive category like jewelry,you need to list/relist/renew more frequently.
3. have a professional store set up: banner, shop announcement (if you have nothing to announce, you can always use it to greet buyers) store policy (under"profile") and some things about yourself(under "profile")

While there are other important factors that affect a seller's success on Etsy, I have found the above three points to be prerequisites for a successful Etsy shop.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

300 items sold

I'm excited to see that I have sold 300 items by this morning. As anticipated,I have been getting a lot of holiday sales since November -- I sold 37 items in October, 74 items in November, and from Dec 1~ this morning (Dec 16) alone I have sold 92 items!

My sales number and amount are not the only things that made me happy. I'm also glad to see a few customers collecting my jewerly, mostly my pearl hook earrings. I have customers who came back to my store whenever new items are listed. Well, I guess women always need one more pair of earrings :)

Other than the pearl hooks, my tiny pearl rings have also been doing very well since they were first introduced on 11/16. This design was actually inspired by a customer, who wanted a smaller pearl for her ring. She ended up buying a ring with a larger pearl, but I decided to try out new rings with smaller pearls anyway.

I love working with customers and am glad to see them sharing my enthusiasm about pearls. My new pearl supplies just came in two days ago, so I'm sure I'll have a lot of fun making new pearl jewelry after the New Year.

Happy Holiday!

Monday, December 10, 2007

I was on the Etsy Front Page!

I've been hoping to get on the front page ever since I started selling on Etsy, and it finally happened today! Yay!

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