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Ask me Anything About making money on Etsy (Etsy AMA)

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by William702, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. zinxpxbl

    zinxpxbl Junior Member

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    I was always curious about etsy. What are the main sellers / what sells well in your experience? Just broad categories if you don't want to be specific.
     
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    In my mind T-shirt selling is a niche. its a niche that does very well. all t-shirts do well. And yes 100% you will need to advertise the shop. the biggest problem people have is thinking if they create a shop people will flock to it. most people wont even know it exists so you need to promote it with all types of social media.

    If you go to craftcount dot com you will see a list of all the categories, top sellers, top selling niches etc. its a great site for that
     
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    O hey, had no idea. Thanks!
     
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    Can you explain more on how this works ?
     
  5. William702

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    My pleasure, hope you find the info you are looking for with that site but if you still have any specific questions feel free to ask.

    That's kind of a ridiculous question, not only is it very vague but its a very expansive question too. How am I supposed to answer it lol
     
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    If you had to guess, about what % are genuine, one-girl-and-her-hopes affairs as etsy is traditionally perceived and what % are people outsourcing the work to Pakistan and the marketing to Ukraine or wherever pretty girls are cheap?
     
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    it was probably running at 95% before they introduced the fact you can work with a manufacturer, if you do want to work with a manufacturer they have to be making your goods, you cant just sell their stuff also you have to get approved manually by etsy as well as the manufacturer.

    I would say the amount of genuine handmade shops of people doing it all themselves is probably around 90%+ believe it or not. most "shops" on etsy are just little hobby shops selling a few things now and then. However out of the larger shops that are true businesses I suspect that a much larger percentage bend the rules and sell things they did not make.

    Not sure what you mean about the last part about pretty girls being cheap. if you are referring to a shops avatar you can put whatever pic you want up but if you are referring to purchasing goods from producers in those countries and selling them on then i suspect there are a few people that do it. however the VAST majority of etsy sellers are making their own goods and selling them under the rules.
     
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    I don't know... even Adidas is having its shoes hand-sewn in S-E Asia...

    Anyway, so basically 90% by shop count, but probably much less by $ volume, I take it. Makes sense.
     
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    It's all about how Etsy define the word handmade. I could go to eBay and buy a bunch of beads and findings and make some earrings, that's clearly handmade. I can go to a bulk tea supplier and buy a sack of tea and 1000 tins and fill them. This is also classed as handmade. You can buy nail polish base put a colorant into it and syringe it into bottles put the top on and you are a nail polish maker. Same with makeup, buy the base, buy jars and boom you make cosmetics. it's not all about people knitting things or making furniture. The definition of handmade changes a little across different product types.

    but there are people who straight up buy crochet items from places like the Ukraine and just sell them as their own back here in the US. there are a few famous shops that did it. three bird nest would buy socks and bits of ribbon from china, and probably purchase pieces already made and just sold them as their own. a shop that was on shark tank called grace and lace that purchased manufactured items and just tinkered with them in the slightest way to try and claim its now handmade and is selling tens of millions of dollars now. I think they partnered with Barbara.

    It really all depends on what you are thinking of selling. if you are thinking of working with a supplier you had better choose a niche that you can feasibly be the one making the products if you don't want to have the hassle of getting approved by them.
     
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    One question , does etsy allows other websites like teespring or teechip to print the t shirts or it only work with print aura ?
     
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    The last time I spoke to Printaura I had the head of marketing and the CEO on the phone asking how they could target Etsy members better and they let slip a ton of info. I think the CEO was friendly with some of the higher ups and Etsy and have some sort of deal as I have heard of a lot of people having trouble setting up new t-shirt manufacturers other than them. You would have to send Etsy a message asking them. If you get an answer it would be great if you could come back here and share it with us.
     
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    This isn't even legal, is it. Etsy risks massive consumer protection headaches if true.
     
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    Not really. They say they have to approve them so I have no doubt they will expedite some and sideline others. Etsy have done things for me that they may not have done for other sellers. Some top sellers get a personal admin that they can liaise with at Etsy and some people dont even get their support emails answered. It's the same in lots of businesses where there are a few people that get preferential treatment. I can't see why their business dealings would be any different. Of course the reasons they give to the public and the real reason may be different.
     
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    Hey, I hear you, but nevertheless "everyone does it all the time" is how multi-million dollar settlements with USG agencies happen.
     
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    Very true :)
     
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    Hello

    We have a fashion jewelry factory, and we already opened en ETSY account, but suspended quickly by etsy,
    so, I am wondering if u have any good suggestion how we can return to etsy shop?

    our business is based in China and they seems very strict to Chinese sellers...

    Thanks a lot in advance
     
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    Yeah that's because its against the rules of Etsy. Etsy is not about mass made cheap products from China its about handmade. As you say you have a factory, its hardly fair for small businesses to try and compete with that. Etsy is for handmade or vintage items so trying to sell anything outside of the guidelines will get your shop closed down. As I have mentioned in other posts its very easy for Etsy users to see if a shop is genuine or not and 90% of users will report a shop if they see they are breaking the rules so that means Etsy has millions of enforcers working on their behalf policing the site. On a personal note I am not a fan of Chinese factories trying to claim products are handmade by the definitions of Etsy when they are not either.
     
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    A few questions

    1) I've seen quite a few listings which include names of TV shows or other known brands. Is Etsy okay with that?
    2) If I were to start with multiple types of products, should I open one store for each niche or throw them all together?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    If you have the time to promote your products on social media, why don't you direct the people to your own website instead ...?( I mean, what if they find some items on etsy that are cheaper and buy from other etsy stores instead)
    So we should sell our handmade items for less than $20 ....Does that mean, we can't make our items with premium quality things...?
     
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    1) Etsy take the stance that if it has not been reported then they do nothing about it. They don't know if the person has permission or not so denying them could lead to legal action so they stay clear unless they get a take down notice. If someone is selling Frozen blankets or Frozen related items Etsy won't do shit if just any old member reports them, but if Disney send them a take down notice it will get taken down right away. But if someone opens a shop in china selling something clearly not handmade and claims it is handmade it will get taken down if someone reports it 95% of the time.

    2) Personally I would try with one shop first and when you are comfortable open a second. If the products are totally unrelated I would open multiple shops.

    Yes I 100% agree if you have a website it is best to send the traffic to your own site and build a true business rather than sending the traffic to Etsy. But if you dont have a website its OK you can still just sell on Etsy and someone may find your shop that way. I'm not suggesting you have to sell items at that price but that's the sweet spot for someone just looking for a quick gift. If you have a product that costs more to make then of course the price will be higher. The market is open for a lot of things on Etsy.
     
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