Hello beautiful friends!
As most of you know, I have been creating and selling my beautiful handmade goodies for several years. I am so blessed to use my crafting addiction to create cherished items for you all! Most of the profits I make go right back into supplies to create more stuff!
In the past year, I have really turned my focus on using those profits to give back to our Law Enforcement and Public Safety community. As many of you know, I am a 911 Dispatcher, so the LE community is my second family. We are tight. We are united, and we help our communities and each other.
Selling goods over the past several years has been a huge learning curve! Money spent, money wasted and money earned. It is about learning to grow in the most effective, proficient and cost saving ways. And since I love giving back so much, all those pennies matter to me. Whether its saving money on shipping costs, supplies, advertising or your platform, it all adds up. So in an effort to continue to grow and give back more, I have decided to ditch the Etsy platform. Here is why.
Etsy has been a phenomenal platform for small creators, like myself, giving them the platform to start launching their dreams in selling their goods. I love what Etsy has done for me. A lot of my growth has been word of mouth and social media, as well as Farmer’s Markets. It does help to have a legitimate storefront so people don’t think that you are a scam! And everyone almost always asks, are you on Etsy?!
But over the years, Etsy has changed. There are so many sellers on there, and in my opinion, the sad part is that not all of those are handmade crafters. It has gone so mainstream that there are other sellers on there that are larger businesses and sellers that drown out the little guys. Sad. Right?!
Etsy has advised us that as of the middle of July, it will be increasing it’s fee from 3.5% to FIVE percent. Doesn’t sound like a lot, right? Well here is how Etsy works for the sellers side.
- It costs 0.20 cents to just list your product. Per listing, and that is charged back to you every month that that listing is up in your shop. Doesn’t sound like much, but if you have a lot of things to list that does add up. You will notice that some sellers have a lot of the same items double or triple posted. Why? Because how the algorithm works is the more listings you have posted, the more views you POTENTIALLY will get. Same with the tags. The more you have, the more you pay, the more potential you will have your item to pop up on the first few pages when they search what they are looking for. So that is a reoccurring fee that will be recharged every month that it doesn’t sell, and there is always adding new product that will cost you again. Most shops will add these costs back in to their products to cover these costs or just eat the costs depending on their business model.
- There are also ad’s that you can pay extra for to have your items pushed to the top of the search page. For a lot of people, the competition is so high that if you need sales, you may find this option a necessity.
- Paypal. Love me some Paypal. No way of getting around their fees no matter which platform you are using. Paypal charges us 2.9% + 0.30 cents per transaction. So for a $100 order, that would be $3.20 per transaction. If you have several of those, these fees also add up depending on your sales.
- And finally….the new Etsy fee hike. Eek and barf. On top of the 0.20 per listing fee, we have been paying them 3.5% of that orders sale price. So we have the $0.20 listing fee + $3.20 Paypal + $3.50 Etsy percentage. So $6.90 of every $100 sale goes away. As of mid July, they will start taking 5% of every transaction, bumping from $106.90 to $108.40. If you have a small hobby business, these all add up. They are stating that it is to cover something with shipping, but most of us don’t believe that, as most of us use the cheapest method to ship and refund any overages.
So although it has been a great start to my growth, I am saying BYE FELICIA to Etsy! Some months I sell more than others, so having a flat fee would be better for me. So where am I off to? I recently was reading a post on my Instagram feed from a sweet crafter friend, Kim at Robot Mom Sews. I had seen the recent email about the fee increase, and I was pissed off but said, well, if that is the only option we have, then that is what it has to be. Kim posted that she was ditching Etsy and switching to Big Cartel. I had heard of them before, but didn’t think that I wanted to pay that monthly cost, and I didn’t believe in myself enough at the time that those monthly rates would be worth it.
Last year I took the leap and got my own web domain as http://www.theblushingboston.com Looks really official haha! That will direct you, of course to here, the blog.
If you would like to purchase anything now, you will simply go to shop.theblushingboston.com . Easy!
As always, you can message me on social media or email, or on the shops contact tab.
I am really, really enjoying the new set up. It feels fresh and official, modern and looks so professional. With a very affordable flat fee of $9.99 a month for up to 25 listings at Big Cartel and the Paypal fees, this is a way more viable option for me and my shop. More money comes straight back to me, and therefore straight back to my heroes. Payment methods will still be Paypal, and now you can also checkout with any credit card, without having a Paypal account.
So big changes, but I am still easy to reach and it is very much still easy to order!
If you have any questions please reach out! You know I love to chat!