3/21/12

Listing tips with unrelated proud momma photos of bangles.


I make listing items on etsy easier by writing the text previous to listing, with its title on top. I have a simple program called TextEdit, you all proly have something similar on your PCs that is just the simplest thing for writing up notes with minimal frills?
OK, once you have that text ready and your photos all edited and good to go, find the item in your shop that is most similar to the one you're listing and click it. On top you'll see a blue bar with several options. Click 'Copy.' You can also do this with sold items.
Now you will be in the 'list item' page of that item- but it won't be that item! That item is still safe in your shop. Now remove all the pictures and upload the pictures of your new item you're listing. Remember, etsy gives you 5 chances, use them all. Show the backs of your items, show a size comparison, let the person really know what they're getting. Also, the 1st picture has to be your 'eye-catcher.' This might be a portion of the item, it might be the item in a rumpled pile- it just has to be your prettiest picture.

Imaginary Trip to Afganistan. gypsy bangle stacks
Beatnheart
Next go to your text where you have it opened in a window, highlight it and click controlC to save it. PC users I think also have a right-click way to do this. Mac users will actually click the apple icon and C. Go to the description area, highlight all the text with title and press controlV to paste all the new text. This is also useful if there's a part at the end that you like to include in all your texts. Some people like to mention shipping, a sale or maybe there's a description of the piece that is similar to your new and copied listing. This way you can just not highlight that part when you paste your new text. Don't forget to change your title too! Triple click the title section to highlight it all and press delete. Go to your text where the title is in the beginning of it, and triple click it, drag and drop it into the title slot. Can someone please remind me what the little boxes you write shit in are called?
readbetweenlines 
Now go to the tags, remove what doesn't fit, and add whatever needs adding. This will be especially easy if you have a series of similar pieces or if you make a lot of beads in the same style or material.
Anyways, then click Preview and then Publish. Das it!

By the way, if you make beads and sales are slow, try splitting your beads into smaller lots. Remember people are cheap! buying a whole strand for $20 is a big commitment! Also, the reason people always need to destash is from having to buy whole strands of beads but only having plans for, say, 3 of them. So try selling in batches of 3. You don't need to change your pictures or description, just add '3PCS' to the title and in the description, include "You will receive three (3) pieces."


potterygirl1

15 comments:

betweenreader said...

omGEE, I gunna be famoose ...

Sharon Driscoll said...

Thanks Marina - I have a tendancy to list larger sets of beads and you are right. I have a huge stash of stuff myself that I bought here and there when I only needed a set of three.

Roberta said...

This from the J.Peterman of Etsy! LOL!
Love your descriptions...

Thanks for the tute!

potterygirl1 said...

Thanks for the great Toot! Now which toot is it tute or toot?
Love making them :)

Beatnheart said...

Baby bangles are so happy to on yer blog... Thanks teach!

Claire Maunsell said...

I've now got 15 or so generic draft listings in my draft section. I just copy and add a title, remove some of the generic description that doesn't apply (removing is easier than adding ) ,do dimensions and pictures - all of which is essentially the same as what you do except it's easier for me to find 'generic strata beads, 'generic pod',etc stops me having to sift through my sold listings...
If you look at your draft listings, there is an option to copy it on the right hand side of the page - BEFORE you even open up the listing to edit it! So you just click 'copy' and the copy opens up and your original stays ready to use next time. For the picture on the generic listings I make sure to upload a solid color instead of an object - this is a reminder to only COPY this listing instead of opening it and using it. Does this make sense?

Kind of like getting a form you need from a pigeonhole full of similar ones.

happyfallout said...

Those were called 'text input fields' long ago when I was a web developer.

There's a good point about selling smaller sets of beads. But, unfortunately, I'm lazy -- it takes so much more time to put up seven listings than one, so I just usually drop a whole bucket of beads and see what happens.

PipnMolly said...

Nice tips. Thanks
I often come across long strings of beads or stones that I love but don't buy because I can't imagine what I'd do with so many. If there were even a 1/2 dozen or so...on the other hand it is nice to have some destash to trade.

PipnMolly said...

......and destash for people to make your beautiful bangles from.

Rosie Moceri said...

Fantastic bangles everyone!!! Just beautiful. I love how each person's personality comes through. Thanks for the quickie copy/paste toot too!

anvilartifacts said...

ahhh so that's how you all get things listed so fast. good to know. thanks for the helpful info. so many pretty bangles......

Jackie said...

Ladies, the bangles are awesome, nice work. I haven't made any yet...but I'm gonna!!

Jackie said...

Oh Fanci, thanks for the assist, I can always use a way to save a little time. THANKS!

Little Brown Sparrow said...

etiquette? To reply to comments?! Oh lord I'm SCREWED. I'm realllllly bad at communication, a sort of hodge-podge of procrastination, distraction, social anxiety and general assumption that people don't want to talk to me (long story), so I almost never reply to comments, in the thread OR next post! Mind you I haven't blogged since about 1845.

NuminosityBeads said...

Next we need you to do a tute tute, so when we're ready to show the world how to do what we do you'll be the tutexpert. You're gonna make it sooo easy for us, I just know you will. Lots of good banglishiousness here. I ought to post my Indian picture of the bangle seller I was riding by in a taxi, I called it "Mr. Joe Bangles"
One day I'll get my photographer into the studio so at least I can kind of show you how I do my stuff at the torch.
xoxo Kim