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    What has been members experience using Etsy to sell carvings ?
    Is it a good site to sell for a good woodcarver seeking a site to sell?

  • #2
    My experience with etsy has been a good one. People who use etsy are looking for quality handmade items . It only costs $0.20 for 4 months of listing. It is a very user friendly alternative to putting on craft shows. If I can manage it anybody can.
    You can add 5 pictures for each listing which etsy makes super easy. They take care of the financial aspect of it so you don't have to. Discount codes are easy to create.
    For me personally etsy has been a godsend. I have social anxiety so doing the ' meet & greet ' isn't happening. The idea of setting up displays to showcase our work is never going to happen so etsy makes it convenient enough that I don't have to.
    Etsy has convo buttons that allows you to speak directly to your customers so that you may sort through any questions you or your customer may have. There's a spot to add 10 tags which helps your customers find you.
    You can set your own pace and list what you want when you're ready. There's even a 'custom order' button which gives your customers a place to inquire about duplicates or changes that could possibly be made.
    There is a place for your customers to add a rating for your products and customer service .
    Many other selling platforms allow etsy templates so you can just copy your listing and transfer it. It saves on time and if something doesn't sell in 4 months , you can relist it.
    My business partner and I have only been on etsy for less than 2 years and have sold many items. It does take work though but if you truly love what you do then none of it is work.

    We aren't hardcore sellers. We sell things when they are made but we do get a lot of custom orders.
    The reason why I don't have a link to the etsy store in my signature is because that's not why I am here.
    Last edited by Spiritwolfe; 09-27-2016, 04:34 AM.

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    • #3
      Mike: I moved your post over to the Carving Business Side forum as a more appropriate place for it.

      ETSY is easy to use and inexpensive. Galleries will often charge you 40-50% commission, but ETSY charges the $0.20 Spiritwolfe mentioned to list something. When it sells, ETSY keeps 3% of the sales price for their commission. If your customer uses PayPal, PayPal will keep another 3%. If they use credit card, ETSY keeps an additional 3%. So, sell a carving for $100.00 in the first four months after listing it, and you receive a direct deposit to your bank of $94.00. At the end of the year, you can download and spreadsheet that has all your transactions in it, how much you paid for shipping, how much for credit card use, etc. Makes tax time much easier...

      We have a Team on there: Wood Carvers of ETSY. Only requirement is that 50% of your listings must be wood carvings. Several WCI forum members are selling on ETSY and belong to the WCOE Team.

      Claude
      Last edited by Claude; 09-27-2016, 07:13 PM.
      My FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/beadman1

      My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/

      My ETSY Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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      • #4
        Etsy has worked really well for me. It's easy to set up the listing and sales are equal or better than my website. https://kentuckywalkingstick.com/
        https://kentuckywalkingstick.com/

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        • #5
          I started my Etsy shop in December, and I've had 3 orders so far. One was for a pre-carved item, and two have been for wedding plates (carved to-order). I did boost a post on Facebook linking to it to get some early publicity, but I've had hundreds of visitors since then too. I'm not really doing anything to actively promote or anything at this point, but just hoping that sheer numbers over time will produce some sales to get rid of my current stock.

          One downside (which isn't at all unique to Etsy) is seeing all the views and not selling. I want to inquire about why people aren't buying: too expensive? Don't like the item? Just looking around without any intent to buy? Overall, though, I think it's been pretty good. No real complaints.
          www.AgainstTheGrainChipCarvings.weebly.com
          www.facebook.com/AgainstTheGrainChipCarvings/
          www.etsy.com/shop/AgainstTheGrainChips

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          • #6
            There are no guidelines that I know of that say "xx views = y sales". It all depends on the item being sold, the desires of the potential buyer, and on and on. Too many variables to predict. However, having said that, the more views you have, the more likely you will find someone wanting to buy. I publish all my new carvings for sale on Facebook (4 groups), Pinterest (14 boards), and Twitter (about 15 tweets, each with 3 different @mentions and 3 different #hashtags). I also post it to 4 different wood carving forums. The more you expose your work to the world, the better the chance that someone will see it and buy it. None of these cost anything, but have the potential for a wide distribution.

            The only way I know to see if your listings are too expensive is to compare it to others on ETSY. Search for your listing using the first 4 or 5 words of the item title. See how many others there are and what their prices are and what their quality is, etc. Adjust your prices to be somewhere in the middle range of others of like quality. Read about SEO (search engine optimization). Your titles need to describe the item; your tags must repeat the words in the title, your item description must use the words in the title and the tags. When you are searching and you find someone with a lot of sales, pull up a few of his/her listings and look at the titles, then scroll to the bottom and look at the tags. Are you using similar or the same ones?

            Also, if you aren't a member of Wood Carvers of ETSY team yet, please join. We have a team Pinterest page and one of the leaders puts items on a team facebook page for us.

            Claude

            Last edited by Claude; 04-11-2018, 06:44 PM.
            My FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/beadman1

            My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/

            My ETSY Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Claude View Post
              Also, if you aren't a member of Wood Carvers of ETSY team yet, please join. We have a team Pinterest page and one of the leaders puts items on a team facebook page for us.
              How does one accomplish such a feat?
              www.AgainstTheGrainChipCarvings.weebly.com
              www.facebook.com/AgainstTheGrainChipCarvings/
              www.etsy.com/shop/AgainstTheGrainChips

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              • #8
                TennsDog: If you have an ETSY account, contact me on ETSY at Claude Freaner and I'll send you an invitation on ETSY.

                Here's the team page: https://www.etsy.com/teams/9613/the-...arvers-of-etsy There ought to be a link there somewhere that says something to the effect of "click here to join"

                Claude
                My FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/beadman1

                My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/

                My ETSY Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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                • #9
                  Claude: just applied. Thanks.
                  www.AgainstTheGrainChipCarvings.weebly.com
                  www.facebook.com/AgainstTheGrainChipCarvings/
                  www.etsy.com/shop/AgainstTheGrainChips

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