Etsy - Buying and Selling

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Timing Your Etsy Post and Checking on Expiration

With a little planning and forethought, you can post your Etsy listing so that it reaches the maximum number of potential customers. Once it is posted, you can go into your account at any time to see when [more…]

Sending a Revised Invoice to an Etsy Customer

What if you need to send a one of your Etsy customers a revised invoice — for example, to upgrade shipping? Unfortunately, Etsy doesn't offer any tools to handle this task. You can, however, use PayPal [more…]

How to Use Google Analytics to Track Your Etsy Business

Ever wonder how many people have visited your Etsy shop? Or what keywords they used to find an item in your store? Thanks to Etsy Web Analytics, you can find out. With Etsy Web Analytics, a free service [more…]

How to Issue Etsy Gift Certificates

Etsy recognizes the importance of marketing your shop and offers several built-in promotional tools. In addition to offering coupons, you can sell gift certificates to your Etsy shop. A gift certificate [more…]

How to Buy a Spot in the Etsy Showcase

If you're looking to increase your exposure on Etsy, considering featuring your shop in an Etsy showcase. If you purchase a showcase slot — it costs $7 for a 24-hour run — you're sure to experience an [more…]

How to Move Etsy Funds from PayPal to Your Bank Account

When someone uses PayPal to pay for an item from your Etsy shop, the funds for that transaction land in your PayPal account. Although you're free to leave them there, at some point, you'll likely want [more…]

Collecting Sales Tax on Items You Sell on Etsy

Odds are, you need to collect sales tax for the items you sell in your Etsy shop at least some of the time, (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and New Jersey are the big exceptions that don't require [more…]

Pricing Your Etsy Merchandise for Wholesale and Retail

When you open up your Etsy shop, you become the proprietor of your own small manufacturing business. That means you need to establish two prices for your goods: the wholesale price and the retail price [more…]

How to Set Currency Preferences in Your Etsy Shop

Because most Etsy sellers hail from the U.S.A., the site's default currency is the U.S. dollar. However, when you set up your Etsy shop, you can change your settings to accept payments in other currencies [more…]

How to Use PayPal to Ship Your Etsy Products

If you use USPS as the shipping carrier for your Etsy shop, you can ship through PayPal, even if your buyer paid using another method. Not only does PayPal not charge extra for this service, but it's cheaper [more…]

How to Create an Etsy Widget for Your Website

Do you maintain a blog or some other type of personal website? If so, you can use it to host an Etsy Mini, a wee widget that displays items in your Etsy store. People who visit your site can click an item [more…]

How to Buy Something on Etsy

As you browse or search the gazillion items available for sale on Etsy, you’re bound to find a thing or two (or 7,968) that you simply can’t live without. Fortunately, Etsy makes buying a breeze. All you [more…]

How to Pay for Your Etsy Purchase

What happens on Etsy after you add an item to your card and check out depends on which payment option you choose — credit card or gift card, PayPal, check, or money order. [more…]

How to Leave Feedback after an Etsy Purchase

After you receive your item, take a moment to leave feedback about the transaction on Etsy. When you leave feedback about a sale, you indicate whether the experience was positive, negative, or neutral. [more…]

What Can You Sell on Etsy?

In a nutshell, you can sell three types of items on Etsy. It’s a good idea to check out these categories to see where your items fit (or if they fit) into the world of Etsy. [more…]

How to Make Your Etsy Account More Secure

You can count on Etsy being a fairly secure site to use. But, there’s always ways to do just a little bit more. In case you’re extra concerned about security, Etsy offers a few optional features to make [more…]

How to Lodge a Case against an Etsy Seller

If you have a problem with an Etsy seller — specifically, you didn’t receive the item you ordered, or the item didn’t match its description — you can report the problem by lodging a case against that seller [more…]

How to Use Etsy’s Seller Protection Program

Try as you might, not every transaction will be as smooth as Mick Jagger with the ladies. Fortunately, Etsy offers Seller Protection. Seller Protection guarantees that your account status will remain unaffected [more…]

How to Set Up Your Etsy Payment Methods

You can choose to accept multiple forms of payment at your Etsy shop. However, depending on your preferences, one or several may work better for your Etsy business. Here’s a rundown of the different types [more…]

How to Use Etsy's Tax Calculator

Perhaps the most important Etsy policies you need to consider relate to payment. After all, you started your Etsy shop in the hopes of pulling in a few Benjamins. You’ll want to be sure to be sure to convey [more…]

What to Include in Your Etsy Shipping Policies

Unless you enjoy keeping your Etsy customers in the dark about how and when they can expect to receive their items, you’ll want to outline a clear policy with respect to shipping. [more…]

Setting Up an Etsy Policies Page for Your Customers

With your policies established, all that’s left is to share them with your buyers. Fortunately, your Etsy shop includes a special Shop Policies page, where you can do just that. [more…]

How to Set Up Your Etsy Shop's Return Policy

Obviously, you want all your Etsy customers to love your items. But — no disrespect — sometimes they won’t. When that happens, you need to refer buyers to your policy on returns and exchanges. [more…]

Tips for Adjusting Merchandise Pricing in Your Etsy Shop

To ensure that the price you’ve hit on for your Etsy merchandise is, in the immortal words of Goldilocks, “just right,” you need to do a little research. Many artists and craftspeople underestimate their [more…]

How to List a New Item in Your Etsy Shop

Listing a piece in your Etsy shop is surprisingly painless — provided you’ve done all the necessary legwork first. (You’ve composed your item title and description, captured a few gorgeous pictures of [more…]