Anyone Have Any Luck Selling on Etsy?

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Hi Warriors,

I'm interested to see if anyone has any luck selling items on Etsy. For those of you that don't know, Etsy is a website where people sell mostly handmade items.

The reason I ask is that my wife and I are really into DIY, art and crafts. We probably have something from every aisle in the craft store. It would be nice to be able to sell some of this stuff but I feel like Etsy has a lot of sellers but not so many buyers. I read a lot of stuff suggesting that people sell on that website but I rarely see anything suggesting that people buy on it.

I have a few items on there but have never had much luck making any sales.

Have you sold anything on Etsy?

If so, do you sell finished items or supplies? (I have a feeling that supplies sell better)

Thanks in advance!
#main internet marketing discussion forum #etsy #luck #selling
  • Profile picture of the author baileybliss
    I haven't had much luck myself. My niche (sewn baby/toddler clothes and crochet items) is too saturated and my items get lost in the sea of listings. I know that I'm using good SEO with my descriptions and tags, which helps, but there are thousands of sellers posting everyday. Etsy is just too big now, and is overrun with resellers and mass producers, so little guys like us tend to fall to the wayside.

    I've actually had better luck selling items on Facebook and Facebook group pages - I'm part of a few that are called "Etsy sellers", "handmade items", etc..

    A few other sites that are similar to Etsy but on a smaller scale include Buy Handmade Gifts, Art, Supplies and Vintage on Luulla and a curated marketplace for independent artists and designers | Cargoh. I haven't sold on either site yet but they are the cleanest, most professional alternatives that I've seen so far that seem to have a reasonable seller to buyer ratio and a smaller community.

    Another site that is very different from Etsy but very popular is Tophatter - it's a live auction site similar to Ebay, but legitimiately live (and infinitely cooler). Your schedule your items into the correct lot (supplies, boutique, beauty, etc.), and when your item comes up for bid you talk about the item you're selling and answer questions that bidders may have via live chat. Traditionally these items sell for less than what you'd normally price, but it's almost guaranteed that you'll get rid of the item and make a bit of extra cash while doing so.

    I hope that some of these options work for you! If you have more questions feel free to PM me or add me on Skype.
  • Profile picture of the author fresh68
    etsy= no traffic

    Im an ebay powerseller.. tried them all, ebid, etsy etc....
  • Profile picture of the author fresh68
    oh i agree . ebay sucks,, it just sucks less than the other ones.be careful you dont run into a serial killer on craigslist
  • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
    A friend of mine sells vintage clothing on Etsy and he tells me he does really well with it

    Kim
  • Profile picture of the author PhilippaWrites
    I'm not crafty enough to sell on etsy, but I'm certainly a regular shopper there.

    Go for it, it can't hurt to try! Make sure you have superb photos - details, arty shots etc. Good descriptions and titles, using all relevant keywords.

    Good luck!
  • Profile picture of the author James Hessler
    My sister has a store on etsy, and has quite a few restrictions to deal with...tried pointing her in the direction of her own website to no avail...to say she struggles is an understatement but it is another 'platform' that she could use I suppose.
  • Profile picture of the author sammyanuj
    I started selling on etsy most recently though I was a member for long...I started from october 2012, I sell paintings. I also did not have much luck but then this is not my only venue......Ofcourse supplies sell better but I guess it is just marketting promotional methods that win in the end.
  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    The downfall for people who use sites like Etsy and don't do well is that they count on the site making sales for them. You have to promote your own products or your Etsy store will be just another page on the Internet.

    If I were to sell crafts, I'd do so from my own site for sure, and I'd probably have some products on Etsy as well and experiment with different ways to drive traffic to my products there.
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I know a few people who sell cabs (cut gemstones like agates) on Etsy. Dennis is right - those that understand that they need to advertise do okay - those that just stick the stuff on the page don't sell so many, but they do sell some.
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I've been on Etsy for about 7 months and have not sold anything yet. I will keep trying.
  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    I've heard of Etsy from a friend, but lately he claims that Etsy is no longer active compared way back when it initially started. If I were you, I'd use Ebay or Amazon instead.
  • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
    You can still sell on Etsy, but as Dennis said, you really should be building your own site and using Etsy to both sell, and leverage to send traffic to your own site.

    Personally, I use Etsy for my resale business. I sell all kinds of little trinkets that most of the time I lose money on actually. But, aweber has an app that integrates with Etsy now, so all those items that I sell get me a lead that I then later email market to and send to my online store, or my ebay page, or even ebay affiliate links..
  • Profile picture of the author Matthew D
    Etsy is not as popular as when it launched, only a few people promote their product in there, I don't know why but Etsy seems very low on traffic. You better promote the product by yourself. Hire a web developer and tell them to build your own online store. You don't have to do SEO, just promote your product in forums, youtube, tumblr, and any other place that is targeted.
  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    My girlfriend buys stuff from Etsy. She recently bought 2 handmade dresses for about $400 total...

    When she told me she got them on Etsy - I asked her how she knew about Etsy and she said she found it by searching Google.

    So, I don't know if that really answers your question or not - but there is at least one person buying from there

    Cheers,
    Coby
  • Profile picture of the author Youronlinestuff
    etsy is good if you have handmade/craft or vintage/retro stuff. people are there are more lifestyle orientated than price orientated. I sold a retro record player on there to some guy half way around the world, money was not an issue as he had to have it i doubt you would get that kind of think happen on ebay.
  • Profile picture of the author Danit98765
    Hi,
    Like everything else in the sales market, it is all about advertising and good marketing! Etsy got really big and there is a huge competition, but remember that you sale unique items, and all you have to do is to distinguish and publicize your items better than other sellers. Make sure you use the right keywords, appealing titles, complimentary pictures and interesting description. I know man people who make good money using this website, but don't forget to use other marketing channels to sell your products such as ebay, your own website (easy and cheap),social networks such as facebook and more...

    Good Luck!
  • Profile picture of the author ShezCrafty
    I sell on ETSY and last year I had over $25,000 in sales. www.broomchick.etsy.com This year is already better than last. I don't think you should give up too soon. It's been my experience that you have to be very interactive with your ETSY site and your store should have 100+ items in it. Using ETSY ad words helps some, but simply writing good titles and copy that has your tag words strategically placed for SEO is essential. You can get good clues from the etsy site's built-in "shop stats" tool. Definately read the etsy handbook, pretty much everything you need to know is in there.
  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    I knew a couple who started on Etsy selling items, and were so successful that they recently opened their own store in a downtown area selling the same sort of stuff.

    You can see their FB page here.
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