Monday, October 6, 2008

free critique to your Etsy shop

hello all dear Etsy sellers,

As a full time Etsy seller and the founder of Full Time Etsy Crafter Team, I am here to offer free critique to your Etsy shop. Please comment below with your Etsy ID(or shop URL) if you need some quick suggestions from me. I will try to limit my response to 100 words, and only the most urgent thing or two I feel you need to improve to increase your sales on Etsy. I will only give you a direction; for technical details please refer to other sources.
Even though this is not required, I would recommend that you check out my etsy shop and my blog posts on tips for Etsy sellers before posting a comment, this way you will have a better idea whether you can benefit from me, and it also saves me some time, which I can use to help more Etsy sellers.

best wishes,

Please read the update for this post here


saffron said...

What a helpful idea! I can use all the help I can get, especially now.

mu-yin jewelry said...

hello Poppycat,

you have a very interesting shop and your art is charming.My first impression about your shop, however, is it took me a while to find a "theme" in your shop.
I would open two shops (1.anything related to art 2.arm warmers) instead of having one, just to "organize" the look and attract buyers' attention.

The order of your sections are important.Start with the most important sections on the top to help shoppers see your specialty.

By the way, this is amazing--

mu-yin jewelry said...

Oh, by the way, if you want quick sales results, list or renew as often as possible--this is what I would tell everyone.

Weeza said...

Thanks for doing this. I could always use good advice.

moonmystic said...

I would like a critique, please.

Handmade Help said...

Thanks so much for your input.
both shops need HELP:
We're 100% charity and could really use some tips on getting the word out.

Kelly Schwark said...

You're such a gem for doing this that it's no wonder you make jewelry!!!

Theresa Rose said...

(I thought I left a comment but don't see it, so I'll try again - I hope this doesn't post twice).

Your shop is amazing and this is very generous of you to offer this critique!

I've been open for 3 months now and am generally happy with my sales, but I'm always looking for ways to improve. I've been working a lot on my photos lately, so any input is appreciated!

Theresa Rose

Clever Endeavor said...

I would love a critique my etsy store is and my new blog is if you have time to look over that I would appreciate it. Thanks

kittyanydots said...

hello! i read all your etsy seller posts, and really liked your posts about the smiley face and mini poster.

the one thing i don't do in your tips is relist often. my items are mostly $3 each, and i don't see how i'd make much profit by relisting so often.

i have considered packs of cards; would you think that's a good idea?

i'd like a critique on this and anything else in regards to my shop when you get a chance (also curious about my card display photos).

thanks :)

Catheaven said...

read through your blog on your tips and they are really helpful. It's good to know i've applied a few of the techniques.

Would love a critique though to try and keep improving.

shop is catheavencrafts

Thank you!

mu-yin jewelry said...

great!it looks like I have some work for tonight.
I'm going out for dinner now, but I will have some time tonight to check out your shops.If it takes me a few hours, or even few days to do so, it's not because I forgot about it, but just that I do take time going through each individual shop.

good luck!

Monkey Giggles said...

Found you over at the etsy forums. I would like you to go ahead and critique my etsy store.

Kind Regards,

The Queen

giggling goldfish said...

I would appreciate any input you could give. I am always struggling with my pics and would soooo appreciate any tips on those.


woolandmore said...


Meekiyu said...

if you have time...
I was looking at your tips and shop and I already see some things I need to change or clarify!

thanks =D

BadCat said...

I would love a critique.

My shop is:

I've applied some of your tips, but I do need constructive criticism!

Melissa said...

If you have time after you have responded to the overwhelming response to your post, I would love a critique. I am in the process of redoing my photos, but I have been trying to focus on new items first rather than redos of older items.


mu-yin jewelry said...

Weeza(aka. Weezawear),
Your are on the right track!If I'm right,you just started listing actively last month, and you are already getting a few sales.All I can say at this stage is to keep listing frequently.You currently have 15 items in your store.In general, a fuller(with more than 30 items)shop gives shoppers more choices, shows your skills better,
and also makes your shop look more like a business other than just a hobby.

mu-yin jewelry said...

moonmystic(aka. SuperiorStones on Etsy),
Cool jewelry!
Your photos are great, although I would use a different background for your Beach Stone necklaces to make them stand out more--photographing stone jewelry on stones reduces the impact of your products.Try to photograph them on wood,sand or other contrasting materials.
You need to set up shop sections when you are ready to list in other categories such as earrings.I would try to list some earrings to increase exposure.

mu-yin jewelry said...

Ok guys,as you can see, I just started giving critiques.I know I can just send you a convo so you don't have to check in the comments,but I have decided to make each of you come back to this post to check out my critiques for different shops.I will include tips and my personal experiences in different critiques,so you may find something useful for your shop!

mu-yin jewelry said...

handmade help(Etsy ID: handmadehelp,paintingwell),

Your paintings are not only gorgeous and perfect for charity!They are underpriced.Many artists are selling prints for almost as much as you are charging for an original.You also need to factor in the time spent on photographing and listing originals in your price.
If you hesitate to raise prices (even though you totally deserve it),list some prints or greeting cards, which you can charge for much less.

I noticed you are selling prints on handmadeHelp. Using pictures of the original painting as thumbnail(gallery) photos instead of those of the actual greeting cards will help you get more views.

Adding words DONATION,CHARITY, or ALL PROFITS PROCEEDS TO CANCER RESEARCH on your titles will also get you more views and possibly more sales.

mu-yin jewelry said...

TheresaRose(same Etsy ID),
Even though you registered last November, it appears to me that you have just started listing actively in the past few months.In that case, congrats to your initial success!Jewelry is the most competitive category on Etsy and I have seen many accomplished jewelry designers who make very few sales on Etsy.
I must admit it took me a very long time to look at your shop.While there is nothing wrong with it, you must remember you are competing with tens of thousands other jewelry designers on Etsy. You are more likely to stand out from the crowd if you have something different from others-- unique products, competitive prices, amazing photography..etc.
I would encourage you to check out Etsy Wiki's top sellers list,pick out and study top jewelry sellers' shops one by one and ask yourself why they succeed(BTW, I do this all the time and learn a lot from other designers!).
I am sorry if this critique does not seem sufficient.I am planning on writing more about tips for jewelry sellers on my blog in the near future, so please don't hesitate to let me know what tips you would like to me to write more about as a fellow jewelry designer.

Weeza said...

Thank you so much for the critique. I really appreciate it.

Jen said...

I'd love a critique.

jamauerer said...

i'd love a critique if you have time.

Kayti said...

When you have a moment Id love some advice!



Sayo said...

I would love a quick critique if you get the chance! That would be wonderful. I know I need to work on taking better pictures, and should probably be listing more... and more often... but any other advice? Thanks so much for your generous offer to help out! So nice!

Katie Kutthroat said...

a critique on my shop would be great.. i seem to be having issues selling items.. most of them have been bought by my best friends, not doing so well with unknown buyers.

Jeweled Blossoms said...

I'd love your input on my shop if you don't mind :)

Thanks in advance,

ching said...

Hi, I would really love to have a critique from you anytime. :)

my etsy shop:

thank you.

TUTU Monkey said...

Ooo....I would love a critique when you have minute. Your shop is lovely you have GREAT pictures.

Take care and thanks in advance for the critique


moonmystic said...

Thank you for taking the time to do this for us.


Clean Rinse said...

I'd love a critique -

Thanks for being so generous with your time!


Carla - Owner/Designer said...

I would love a critque

My etsy store is


Longfellow said...

I would be interested in a critique, thanks!

marla said...


I've really learned a lot from reading your critiques and would love one if you are still up for it.

Thank you.

mu-yin jewelry said...

Cleverendeavor (same Etsy ID),
Both your photos and jewelry are gorgeous, and overtime it may just take off on its own. If it doesn’t, try other sales venues because Etsy may not be for you. Most of your pendants are priced between $30 and 50, a price range that may need some time to get sales. Trading with other sellers may help to get your sales number up before you get more real sales. Some buyers like to buy from a “popular” shop – so often I wonder if some people are buying from me BECAUSE I have sold a lot of jewelry.
What you are selling is almost like a concept, and this concept needs to be appreciated by a certain group of people—those who love vintage style but prefer to wear “new” jewelry or jewelry using better metal. (I happen to be one of them so I know what they are thinking) You need to list chains in your shop. Even though buyers can convo you to add chains, half of them, especially impulse buyers, are not likely to do so. Using pictures of pendants strung on a charm as thumbnails may get you more views because the pendants look like buttons right now (and I like how it’s done!) and it may help if shoppers can imagine it on their neck before they click the thumnail pictures.

Jeanne said...

I would love a critique on my shop! I started making jewelry in the spring, opened the shop in July and kind of let it just sit there until now. I'm trying to get more motivated for it and would love some advice. My goal is to post at least a few things every week, now that I have some inventory stocked up.

mu-yin jewelry said...

I answered your questions in a new blog post.I will look your shop again this week and post the critique under this comment section. :)

D'Elle Juwelen said...

Thank you very much for offering this. I would like it if you would critique my shop.

viv said...

Just found your blog could you please critique my shop. Thank you.

JMW Jewelry said...

Hello! I found you through the Storque article, and saw that you used to live in Indianapolis - where I currently live! I'm just beginning the process of REALLY going for trying to make money with my work, and I was wondering if I could get a critique and any advice you might have for me? If you have time, that is! My shop is at Thank you in advance!

mu-yin jewelry said...

ok.As of today I still have 21 shops waiting for the critique.I wil try to do a couple a week until I get too busy for the holiday season. If you can wait--yes,I'm still taking requests, so please feel free to sign up :)

Rue said...

I would very much appreciate a critique if you don't run out of steam. Here's my shop:

In the meantime, I see I can learn a lot by reading your blog! ~Rue

azizabrowne said...

Please critique my shop at:

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