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originally posted by: CranialSponge
a reply to: skalla
When I started reading your thread, the first thought that came to my mind was "I wonder if he's ever heard of Etsy?"... and I see that yes, you have. LOL.
I'm an Etsy "veteran". I've been shopping on Etsy for years, not only for gifts and the like, but also for a lot of my jewelry supplies and tools that I can't find locally where I live (raw metals, wire, stones, beads, pendants, specialty hammers/anvils, etc). I've been chomping at the bit for a couple of years trying to decide if I want to set up an Etsy shop too.
From what I can see, your shop looks good. You've got plenty of nice big clear pictures of your products (very important as we customers like to zoom in to see the fine details before we buy), great descriptions of each item explaining how they're made, etc.
You might want to make an Etsy banner for your shop heading just so that it stands out visually and gives people something to visually remember your shop by.
I see that you're making rings... have you considered making bone/stone/wood pendants for necklaces ? If there's one thing I know about Etsy it's that there are thousands upon thousands of jewelry makers that purchase their supplies on that site (as well as having their own shops to sell their finished jewelry). Shops like "ScorchedEarth" are very popular and sell a ton of their pendants and dangly matching earring pendants to other crafters on the site.
Most crafters who purchase specialty items to make their own goods usually credit the supplier in their product descriptions to let customers know where, for example, a cool looking pendant on the necklace came from... it's all about networking and sharing the wealth on Etsy.
Having a huge variety of wares to sell is oober important for any kind of success on Etsy... and making goods that appeal to a variety of different types of customers would be a smart move on your part. If you're selling both gift-type items, as well as handcrafted supply parts, you might be able to increase your customer base tenfold on Etsy.
I'd be interested to hear all about your experiences on Etsy once you start selling stuff, how the shipping works, payments, Etsy commissions, etc.
Oh, and by the way.... I just added you to my "favourite shops".