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Etsy Here I Come!

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Thanks to the advice/encouragement from trinketsndreams the other day, I have been tempted into using Etsy as a possible outlet for my crafts, and have dipped my toe in the water by listing some tiny delicate polyclay leaf charms on etsy:

fifty polyclay leaf charms

fifty polyclay leaf charms

On the positive side, it’s only 20 cents to list an item – so with the current $/£ exchange rate that’s only 13 pence. But on the scary side, the exchange rate means that there is a fine line between my prices being set too high for people in the USA to want to buy my stuff, or for them to be too low for me to make a living (assuming that my theory is correct, and that far more people in the States know about polymer clay than in Britain (I think more craftspeople have heard of Etsy there, too, than here), so that’s where my main customer-base will be).

If I have time over the next few days, I think I’ll make a scientific experiment. I’m going to put three identical polyclay items for sale on Ebay.com, Ebay.co.uk, and Etsy. I’ll submit exactly the same photos and descriptions and prices for them, and then I’ll count how many hits I’ve had on each page.

Happy Birthday to Me!

August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

It was my birthday a couple of days ago, and my sister bought me a brilliant present – a mini photography studio.

It came from http://www.maplin.co.uk/ and is called an “Ebay Photo Studio Kit“. I have now had chance to set it up, and it’s perfect for what I need. The kit includes a fold-out white ‘cage’ to diffuse the light, a blue background cloth (which I can replace with a different coloured cloth, as it is attached with velcro), two spotlights, plus an extendable camera stand.

mini studio

mini studio ready for action

mini studio packed away

mini studio packed away

…and all for (a very reasonable) £29.99.

Thanks Jackie!!

I will now be able to take some photos of the items I’d like to put on Etsy.


My second New Thing Of The Day was that I discovered how to embed PayPal buttons into websites. I got the instructions from PayPal on their ‘Merchant Services‘ section, and although it did involve quite a bit of geekery-pokery, I did eventually manage to get a test button on my website. It’s still under construction, but here is the ‘Shop‘ page of my new website.

Now I just need to make something that people actually want to buy!