August 5, 2008

Another Etsy Inquiry

Woot! Another round gear set just listed in the Etsy shop, shown above. Thank you all for your responses and support yesterday. I apologize for not responding personally to all of them, but the information you are providing is so very helpful! I have another question about artists' websites and etsy. Say for example, an artist had the same item listed on their business website and etsy. Same price, same item, both ready for shipment. Are you more likely to purchase it from Etsy, or direct from the artist? I know some people just love using Etsy, and some are less likely to want to sign up for it to make a purchase. Some like to purchase several things at once on Etsy, from different sellers sometimes. But some like to feel the more personal contact from a purchase directly from an artist site. Etsy is a great tool with lots of fun features, but it can be overwhelming sometimes, althought private sites can be wonky (I know mine can be!) and require more work. Hmm. Where do you stand, as a buyer?

12 comments:

  1. I personally like Etsy and I think the major appeal of it is because it's a one stop shop. You can keep track of all your favorite artists on one site. Not only do you have the buyers as your customers, but also the sellers too. Other crafters/jewelry makers and such like to buy and support each other. All of whom appreciate the hand-made item.

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  2. I think I would be more apt to purchase from Etsy. Like Erin said, a one stop shop, is the way to go.

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  3. I'd say Etsy. There have been a couple of artists that I found on Etsy, then found their items on Ebay, and asked them to list stuff for me (stuff like on the Ebay site) on Etsy for me to buy! Plus, I know how my personal information is getting handled there...person sites can be wonky, or have all sorts of crazy configurations and security.

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  4. I also like Etsy. I like to see exactly what I'm getting and honestly I'm not that patient. Now if it was a really special piece that I wanted customized I'd certainly wait. I sell on both Etsy and E-bay and I do get requests for custom orders but I always feel pressured to get those done. With Etsy and E-bay I make what I like when I like it. Now I'm not earning my living doing this so I have that luxury.

    Robin www.handpaintedbuttons.com

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  5. Etsy for me - I know my shipping and Paypal information is there and secure, and I can keep up with what my favorite shops are offering. I like the five photo view to see the items from different angles, and the purchase is easy and simple.

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  6. I'd also go with Etsy, for all of the reasons mentioned above, plus I am always trying to build up my feedback score ;)

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  7. Thank you all, you are really helping me to confirm some of the thoughts I am having in changing my business goals right now.

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  8. Although I like the direct from the artist feel, I totally am hooked on Etsy. It's so easy to use. Actually it's too easy to use as can be seen on my most recent bank statement.

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  9. Andrew,
    Good to hear from you! Yes, I agree, it is an excellent tool. And it still is direct from the artist, its just more convenient with Etsy. Its good to know that you shop there a lot...

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  10. I actually shop at both individual shops and Etsy, but I prefer Etsy. I like being able to keep track of my purchases and favorites. Etsy is so quick and easy it's hard to beat.

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  11. It doesn't really make a difference for me. Since I wander around Etsy a lot I'm likely to find the item there first but that will often lead me to the individual website so I can see more of the artists work. I also like to use Etsy to mark my favourites and sometimes I may not think to go directly to the artists site but while wandering through my Etsy favourites it may remind me of the artist. I only have an Etsy shop at the moment. I found I didn't do many sales directly from my site but then again, I didn't really promote it all that much.

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  12. Hi Melanie...

    To tell you the truth, it really doesn't matter to me where I purchase something as long as I trust and like the seller. I can keep track of any items I purchase either through PayPal or through my credit cards. If I want to keep track of my favorite sellers, I just add them to my favorites.

    I think the most important thing to me is to make my purchases on the site that is least costly fee-wise to the seller.

    Laurie

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