Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Question For You!!!

 Hmmmm. I just noticed a smear of marmite on this egg cosy. There was only one little boy eating marmite this morning so, mystery solved. Now, as for the egg cosy photos - I am hoping to have a pattern up for you by tomorrow but that may be a little ambitious.
 Okay, next on the agenda, I HAVE A BIG QUESTION FOR YOU!!!
As I am slowly getting ready to have an online shop, I am wondering - do you find it easier to buy things on etsy or from someone who has their own website? I am so looking forward to being able to sell cards and patterns (continuing to have lots of new free patterns on the blog) but am still waiting to have a chat with the accountant. 
I am keen for as many opinions / bits of advice as possible so PLEASE leave a comment if you can.
Lots of love,
Kate xxooxx.

20 comments:

  1. Hi Kate.I think I would always prefer to look on a website rather than on Etsy.I must admit I have never bought anything on Etsy.I find it too big and bewildering.If you had your own website it would go in My Favourites and I would regularly pop in and have a look.Others will probably think differently!

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  2. Hi! I honestly don't really care, as long as the paying options include paypal :). I think etsy is more easy to find for the larger audience as it is already an excisting platform and such, but I have once seen an etsy plugin for a webshop. So you could have both shops and both audiences and not sell the same item twice I thought. I have to look into that as I am struggling with the same question at the moment.

    Love, Kirsten

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  3. I think either or both to be honest Kate. I have quite happily bought from etsy and people's own web sites. I'm very excited about the prospect of you opening a shop. i love all your makes! Beautiful cardy and skirt in previous post by the way xox Penny

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  4. I think both would be okay as long as you can link from your blog - key thing is ease of payment so PayPal would be a must - good luck with it all.

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  5. Etsy is my 'go-to' place for all things hand made. Registration is simple and that gives you the option to have a 'favourites' list of shops and you can 'follow'. When new items are added to shops they will show up on your home page, thus tempting a shopping spree.

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  6. I love etsy...but I will use either...and I'm going to echo everyone else...must have a paypal option...

    I also like that etsy has a feedback area...so I can see how good or how poor previous customers felt about their transaction..

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  7. Dont forget felt.co.nz ! :)

    I say sell on all three - , but promote your own website to retain your customers.

    Etsy and Felt mean the customer has to be signed up, which can put a lot of people off (/confuse them) rather than just bunching in their bank details or making a transfer.

    :)

    x

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  8. If I were you, I would choose etsy: many more people, easy to start a shop (paypal is included). You could promote your etsy shop on your blog with a widget.

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  9. Well I just prefer it when we receive things from you as gifts!! Ha ha!
    But seriously - ummmmmm I don't know. I guess it depends how much the set-up and maintenance costs will be from your own website vs. the costs to Etsy. You will have to pay them a percentage and I think from memory Paypal may have a processing fee too. You would also have some kind of merchant fees on your own website, plus have to then be responsible for making sure your website was virus protected, blah blah blah. So Etsy might be easier. I don't really know!!! Hope this doesn't confuse you too much or put you off!

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  10. I think either option is easy as long as I can pay through paypal, but I wonder if you'd be easier to find and have more traffic if it were an etsy shop?

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  11. Hi Kate, I buy from Etsy regularly but think linking back to a website is a bonus as well. I see lots of crafty people I like on FB have showcases or market nights where you buy from their albums. I have a friend who does this and it seems to be quite successful. Ravelry is also an option for patterns. In this world of social media - networking along multiple streams seems to be the way to go. There are various tutes on starting an Etsy shop and FB business when you start looking. At the end of the day - FB, Etsy, Ravelry etc are not your own and may disappear at any time. Your own website is yours forever. I am new to your lovely blog. Good luck with whatever way you choose to go. Shaz xx

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  12. Hi Kate I think etsy might be cheaper and easier and more people will discover your goodies. We have a website and to get a really nice one is pricy and it is more time consuming to keep it fresh and interesting. Love what you are doing xox Evie

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  13. Hi! My recommendation is hands down etsy. As a buyer, I always feel better purchasing from etsy rather than a personal website. Considering the ease of contacting the seller, and the awesome review system, I feel much more confident in making a secure purchase. Best of luck!

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  14. Hi,
    Till now it isn't possible to pay by Etsy for me. So I choose something and then I make contact with the owner and than I pay the note directly to the owner. That works. On Etsy it is easy to see what is new. But to buy something it is easier to go to the owner website. So advertise on Etsy and direct it to your own website? Succes. Liana

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  15. I think both ways are potentially good but you do have to market your site. I had my own site and decided it was too expensive for the meagre sales I got. My own fault, probably as my marketing was non-existent.
    On Etsy I get prompted to use their own marketing initiatives and can also do my own.

    ChezPenny
    x

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  16. Etsy has the advantage of having a familiarity, but as long as its easy to navigate, pricing is clear and payment method is straightforward and secure I don't mind either way. Good luck with your venture (adventure!)

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  17. Hi Kate, I have just recently opened an online shop and like you was unsure which way to go Etsy or my own website. After a bit of research, I ended up going with a shop on Storenvy, similar to Etsy with a big potential audience, but totally free! (they don't charge anything for listings or commission on sales) I found it easy to set up and so far the (few) sales have gone with out a hitch. Storenvy is definitely worth having a look at before you make a decision. Looking forward to buying some of your gorgeous cards! Julie xx

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  18. Hello! I prefer buying from etsy as they provide an intermediary in cases of lost shipment, etc... Additionally, I like that all sellers have a rating with feedback from other customers. This helps me to avoid buying from people with a history of late shipments and the like. Many people do both a personal website and etsy shop. Because etsy is so inexpensive to maintain, it might make sense to do both. Lastly, I agree with the others who say whichever you choose, Paypal is a must! I can't wait to be able to buy bunny cards!

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  19. I think most people will know etsy already and you will have many advantages with etsy... Why not start with that and then develop your own as time goes by? With etsy you can be ready and all set up in one weekend. A private website will take a lot more work, time and money :) good luck and whatever you decide we will all be excited to go check it out :)

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