Learning Series: What I Have Learned From the Etsy Forums Part 1

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Over the almost 2 years (in October) I have been an Etsy seller, I have learned a lot from other sellers who have shared their wisdom and experiences. In this series of posts, I would like to document what I have learned to serve as a reference for myself and anyone else who might find this information useful.
Let me start with Craiglist.
For anyone not familiar with Craiglist (www.craiglist.org), Wikipedia defines it as:
"a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements – with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums."

You can use Craiglist to sell your handmade items and here are some useful tips:

1. Sell local and keep it local.

2. Post your item/s in the right category.

3. Post the maximum allowed pictures, 4. Post your very best ones.

4. Include an email for contact purposes. This is optional because Craiglist has a system of email. You can choose the "anonymize" option.

5. Do not be surprised to be contacted by out-of-towners. Be ready to offer to ship.
Be ready to ship even locally. May be cheaper than driving to meet someone because of high gas prices.

6. Answer your emails promptly.

7. Offer a range of lower and high priced items.

8. Be ready for offers or counter-offers.

9. Always be polite, respectful and friendly.

10. Read Craiglist's Terms of Use. Follow them.

11. Read this tutorial on how to advertise on Craiglist.

12. Do not post your website url. Your ad may get flagged and removed.

13. Because generally, people have either not a lot of time or short attention spans, keep your descriptions short. Let your pictures sell your work!

14. Keep in mind that your posting expires in 30 days.

I have sold several items through Craiglist (my Ford Explorer, a cappuccino machine, my patio furniture and advertised several yard sales) and I have been very happy with the results.

Here is my current ad:


forrestina vintage June 23, 2009 at 11:41 PM  

Here in Portland, OR, listings expire in 7 days--that may vary in other places. Craigslist is VERY popular here but I never do well selling Etsy stuff there. Have bought and sold furniture, house goods, decor--all personal stuff--there for years. Good luck to anyone that gives it a go!

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