Saturday, February 16, 2008

Ebay to Etsy... make the move in 5 easy steps!

With ebay announcing yet another fee increase, there are more sellers than ever making the move to etsy. I've been saying for a year now that etsy is the place to be, but not many listened. ;-) Now there is a huge boycott planned, however, and hundreds of custom boutique clothing sellers are making the move.

Here are a few things to remember to help with your own success on etsy.

1. List fairly often. The listings on etsy last for a long time and easily fall to the bottom of the stack. If you list something and just sit back and wait, within a few weeks it may be on page 160 or so. When a buyer comes in and searches "applique tee", odds are they're going to find something to catch their eye before they reach page 160. So you need to renew your item fairly often (or list new things!) to be at the top of the stack.

2. Keep your titles pretty. Forget the ebay way of cramming every word you can into the title in hopes of being found. Keep your titles short and sweet on etsy. Instead, put all of those wonderful words into your tags! When a basic search is done on etsy, it searches both tags and titles! You get 14 tags so use 'em up! It's also a good idea to put your username in your tags so your regular buyers can find you easily. I try to put PamperingBeki in every one of my listings.

3. Remove the words "auction" and "bidding" from your listings. Many of us copy and paste things from ebay to etsy, but most etsy sellers and buyers are very turned off by the words "auction" and "bidding". It brings up memories that make us shiver.

4. Let your buyers know where to find you! This is key, of course. Whether it's through your blog, newsletter, emails, whatever - they have to know where to find you.

5. Have fun! It's a whole new experience on etsy! If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments here or email them to me and I'll try to help. I'm not sure I have all the answers but etsy has been wonderful to me and I'm excited to share the love!

24 comments:

Rycrafty said...

#2 is so true, you can totally tell the ex-eBayers just by the titles. And it does turn me off buying, or even looking, unless the picture is amazing.

plasticpumpkin said...

Thanks for plugging other venues besides eBay. I can't believe they're going to hike fees again!!!!!!!

Mikiye Creations said...

Great recommendations for the transition for those coming over.
..Yeah, it IS A TURN OFF for me too when I see the word "auction" good call to tell them to not use that!

Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

GREAT LIST Bek! This was perfectly said and will help so many with their transition to ETSY. Once they do it, they'll never want to look back. WE LOVE ETSY! :)

heather said...

What an awesome post Beki! I totally agree about listing often! It seems I will get a few views on the days I don't list anything and then the days when I have new listings it just explodes!
I'm really very hopeful for all Etsy has to offer boutique designers such as myself!
:) Heather

The Perfect Trio said...

Thanks Beki!!! I'm making th move too and these hints are great!

Sylvia C. said...

Great tips for everyone,really!

Sylvia C.

Beadiful Things by Ann Westby said...

Great list -- I wish I'd seen it a year and a half ago when I made the move. I've never looked back. Ebay who?

Shannon said...

This is a great list. Helpful for new Etsy sellers AND old. :)

amy said...

I totally agree--Etsy is awesome! I feel like I'd get lost on Ebay and etsy is just so friendly and has incredible sellers. Thanks for the list, I can always use good selling tips.

smittenkittenorig said...

Excellent info for incoming newbies! Very cool for you to do this. I love that even with the crazy growth Etsy's had it's still retained it's community feel. :) The more the merrier & help is always near.

modkidboutique said...

This list is great! I am totally new to etsy and I am making a big mistake right now according to this... I didn't know about keeping titles short & sweet. LOL! Mine are super long and crammed like on eBay... UGH! I guess I should change that. I have not made any sales yet and keep wondering what the problem is...

I am so glad to have left eBay though (even though I am not selling anything yet). I felt unwanted over there and I think my life will be much happier without it. :)

jessicadoyle.ca said...

Nice list of points.

I've never sold on ebay; only on Etsy.

nice to meet you :)

modkidboutique said...

Hey girl! I just linked to your helpful list :)

Wendy said...

Great list! You are like me, you migrated awhile ago though. Hopefully the ex-Ebayers will read your list and they will have an easier time transitioning.

CB said...

I am glad you like my punk rocker song, my dd sings it all over the house, which is funny coming from a four year. Sandi Thoms other songs are just as great too.. I have been watching your etsy site for a while now, I am so glad others are moving to, I hope that means sales on esty will pick up also.

Tizzalicious said...

This is such a good idea for a blog entry! I think it'll be useful for a lot of people!

Becca said...

Great list Beki! I was wondering, can I sell modeled only clothing on e-bay? I don't consider them used as they've only been photographed for selling and they are handmade. I'm looking for a way to get out of e-bay, but not sure if I'll be allowed on etsy.
If I can't do the clothing, maybe I'll sell some art prints of my photography.
Thanks!
Becca
www.beccasfreshfruit.blogspot.com

Becca said...

Duh... I mean can I sell modeled only clothing on ETSY (not e-bay as typo-ed above! LOL!)
Becca

Funktional Threads said...

Great tips. Although I've been on Etsy about a year, I still find it hard to remember to customize my titles and descriptions for Etsy.

Jewelgirl said...

Great information to know. I have
alot to learn about selling stuff.
But in the future I may?! Just wanted to stop by and say HI!

PamperingBeki said...

Becca, no you can't sell modeled clothing on etsy. Even though they're handmade, they're not handmade by YOU which makes them a resell and those aren't allowed.

But I happen to know you're pretty darn talented at creating things too! :)

PamperingBeki said...

Becca, no you can't sell modeled clothing on etsy. Even though they're handmade, they're not handmade by YOU which makes them a resell and those aren't allowed.

But I happen to know you're pretty darn talented at creating things too! :)

Nnairda's said...

Great tips! I'm new to Etsy and I would have never thought to put my name in the tag. I will start doing that.

Thanks!