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Old 08-20-2017, 05:26 AM   #1
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I get that is a site for hand crafters, but I find etsy fees kind of expensive, plus the competition is so much.

Plus once I sold a bar of soap (like a year ago), and the buyer gave me 4 stars because she loved it, and I did not have the lotion to go with it. Kind of upset me, because I do not sell any lotion at all.

I have had an etsy account for year, and never use it ...

I have some of my soaps for sell on eBay.

So why pick etsy over ebay? Should I list on both? Would I get more sells?


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Old 08-21-2017, 01:16 AM   #2
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Not sure vs eBay, but eBay just doesn't shout handmade to me and I don't shop there for those types of things. With Etsy you don't necessarily have to drive your own traffic like with a standalone site. Minimal startup.


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I've avoided Etsy as it's so over populated with handmade soaps etc. I don't have time to maintain my website like I should little lone work with an Etsy site.
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Old 08-21-2017, 06:35 PM   #4
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I find etsy fees expensive. I had a couple of things there, and sold them, and they took nearly half of the sale. So it was not worth it.

I get what you are saying kittish. I do not really sell a lot or anything, but sometimes I have too much, and want to make more! lol
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It seems like a lot of soapers use Instagram and social media to gather followers then do their main shop on their website. I like Wordpress for making sites, and there are lots of plug-ins you can use to handle the shop/money part of it.

I had an Etsy selling necklaces about 10 years ago, and I liked it fine. But it seems completely overrun with soapers, I think it'd be really hard to sell there now without undercutting yourself.
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I give away during thanksgiving and Christmas.

But sometimes you want to, because is like ratification in what you do?

I have a website, plugged to eBay. I have sold some. Don't make money really, but at the very least I break even with supplies. I don't have a lot of money, so it helps.

I mainly sell MP, so is kind of made to order, so I do not lose or have overstock. But lately I have been crazy trying different recipes and techniques.
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Kenna over at Modern Soapmaking recently did a workshop on Instagram to promote your business. Might be worth a look???

http://www.modernsoapmaking.com/?s=instagram
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Thanks Zanny. In a way I think I am my own worst enemy! Because I really hate facebook, and instagram is a byproduct of it (I think).

I basically do no social media. But my son offered to put it on his page. I have fall and hallloween soap curing that I wanted to sell a few bars, but they are not ready in term of curing time.

And now I may have issues with my Halloween soap. I posted in another thread, but 10 days after curing, still feels kind of soft ....
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And now I may have issues with my Halloween soap. I posted in another thread, but 10 days after curing, still feels kind of soft ....
Um, Halloween is 9 weeks and 3 days away! Plenty of time to cure. I saw your Halloween soap... pretty cool. You can always change the name to something seasonal if you need to.
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I found Etsy to be too large and it was difficult to stand out. I'd like to do my own website, but Shopify and other hosted e-commerce solutions are pretty expensive. I may have to check out Wordpress and the add-ons to see if it makes sense financially.


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