How to use Etsy: The Basics
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Etsy is a great application to use for shopping and purchasing handmade items. From a ring to a car part to a guitar, there are millions of different items that are for sale on Etsy, as well as millions of different shops that you can look through on the application. People all over the world have discovered the amazing benefits that Etsy provides them with and that is why many more people have started to download the Etsy application. However, Etsy can be a confusing application to understand for those who are not fully updated on their technology use. There are a few basic steps that you will need to understand before you will be able to use Etsy to its full ability. After you understand and use these steps, you will be ecstatic about the many different benefits that Etsy can provide you with.
What is Etsy?
Etsy is an online social marketplace that focuses on selling vintage and handmade items, as well as unique factory-manufactured items. There is a large variety of items that you are allowed to shop from; clothing, jewelry, car parts, art, home décor, beauty supplies, music, instruments, phone accessories, toys, knitting, weapons and many other categories of items are available on Etsy. Etsy does charge a $.20 listing fee if you are interested in becoming a seller. However, there is no charge to be a buyer and use their website. You simply just have to pay the seller and you will be able to receive the website.
Certain sellers on Etsy will sometimes e-mail you coupons after you have purchased an item from their shop. You will have to pay shipping on Etsy, as there is no type of exclusive membership for buyers in order to exempt them from shipping costs. But, you can purchase items from anywhere in the world. Also, if you are interested in selling, you can sell from anywhere in the world. There are some guidelines that you have to follow with Etsy if you are interested in selling on their website. For example, you are not allowed to sell an item that is less than twenty years old and call it vintage. There is a certain image that Etsy has to maintain, so you have to abide by their rules if you want to sell on their site.
Is it difficult to operate?
First starting out with Etsy is not that difficult. If you decide to sign up with Etsy, they will walk you through step by step on what you need to give them. You just need to simply give Etsy your e-mail and create a username and password in order to create an account with Etsy. Besides that, if you have ever gone shopping online, Etsy is very similar to any other online store. Simply type in what you are looking for, click on what you want, add it to your cart, check out, pay with either PayPal, credit or debit, tell Etsy your address and you are all done!
How to Join and Use Etsy
Step one: Once you have downloaded the Etsy app, you are one step closer to reaching your goal. Click on the Etsy app and allow the application to open up on your device.
Step two: Create an account with Etsy. Just simply enter your e-mail, username, and password. You will be all set to go. You can also choose the “Sign up with Gmail” or “Sign up with Facebook” option, as it will place a profile picture, your e-mail and password in for you so you will never have to type in any of that information.
Tips and Tricks
Did you know that if you found an item on Etsy that you really love, but do not want to purchase it right away, that there is a favorite button that will save all of the things that you just absolutely adore? Etsy will save all of your favorites on your profile, so you will be able to go back and look at the things that you want to consider purchasing, later.
There is also a follow button on Etsy. What this button will allow you to do is follow the Sellers on Etsy that you find yourself purchasing from often. Even if you just like one item, you can still follow a Seller! You can follow as many Sellers as you want, as there is no limit in place on Etsy.
Etsy will also suggest items that you may possibly like based on other items that you viewed. For example, if you looked at a pair of knitted socks while you were on Etsy, they would suggest other knitted socks that are for sale on the website.
Etsy is a great app to use for supporting small businesses. You can filter through your search results in order to narrow down specifically what you are looking for. You can narrow down what country you want to shop from, what sizing you need to order in, what color you would like to order in, how much you would like to spend on your item and so forth.
You can leave customer reviews on Etsy! If you are happy with a product that ordered, let your client know. If you are unhappy with your client, let them know. You can leave starred reviews and a word review attached. For example, you can leave them a starred review and explain why or why not you were happy with their service.
Custom orders are one of the biggest benefits of Etsy, as a large amount of Sellers allows custom orders. Basically, if you wanted a t-shirt to say “#1 MOM” on the back of the shirt, you can have that custom made to order. While some Sellers may charge extra for this, others may not. You can customize every single part of your order; the color, size of the shirt, the font – you just have to message your Seller and tell them what you want.