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DEAR B-O-C MEMBERS and FOLLOWERS,
I am writing in hopes that you can help me solve this problem. I have been making ceramic beads, pendants and jewelry for some time now. Recently, I have found that I have so many pieces that I wanted to start selling on a website called Etsy. It seems like the perfect site for selling my handmade items. I went ahead and listed the items that I want to sell and although I got some views, it doesn't seem like anyone is interested enough to purchase. I know it's not because my items are not creative, because..."Hey! I think that they are pretty cool...not to mention....of great quality!" I am hoping that the members of Beads-of-Clay and all of the followers can give me some pointers on being a successful Etsy seller. Please Help!!
Sellin' Slow on the Internet
Dear Sellin' Slow,
I think that I can give you a few pointers and I hope that our Beads-of-Clay Members and Followers will leave some helpful advice as well. One important tip is to make sure that your pictures are of high quality. That doesn't mean that you have to go out and buy an expensive camera, but you have to find the right lighting, the best focus and be aware of what seems to get the most views from the buyers. I've included some pictures from clay artists who had pictures that caught my eye.
Also, list regularly. Rather that list 14 items at once, list a couple a day to keep your shop supplied with new items. If you don't always have enough to list as new, you can also renew items to get them back on the first couple of pages in a buyer's search.
Lastly, I think that pricing is very important. Check out what others are pricing similiar items for. Pricing too low can be just as bad as pricing too high. You don't want your items to be priced out of the range of the average buyer, but you really should consider not giving away your effort, time and materials either. It might seem like a good idea, but it ultimately can hurt those who are making a living from their handmade artisan work.
One more thing Sellin' Slow, I will ask that our BOC members and any follower who would like to share to leave tips for you too.
The more advice, the better!
If you are an Etsy buyer and not a seller, please help Sellin' Slow know what it is that attracts you to buying on Etsy!
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