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1.0 out of 5 starsThis info is available on Etsys site for FREE
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2012
Save your Money! Based on Reviews I thought this would be a great book (even though the cover is extremely off-putting) offering info that wasn't already provided by Etsy..what a total disappointment! I read a bit and then realized I had read all the info before..ON THE ETSY SITE..for FREE! Save your money and read The Sellers Handbook on Etsy's site...FOR FREE! And if you have questions, go to their Forum. It's FREE and extremely helpful!
5.0 out of 5 starsIf you want to sell on Etsy, you need this book!
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2012
I make jewelry and have sold it in shops in the Metroplex area, but I've wanted to widen my sales opportunities for a long time. I've considered selling on Etsy because I enjoy buying from Etsy, but I felt intimidated by the prospect of learning how to do that. This book gives all the knowledge you'll need to be able to sell on Etsy. I also have a lot of vintage items I intend to sell, and this book gives great guidelines on what can and cannot be sold on Etsy. It's a huge help in taking that big step to selling your products online. I definitely recommend it to any crafters who want to widen their audience or to those who have vintage pieces they want to sell at better-than-garage-sale prices.
5.0 out of 5 starsEverything You Need To Know About Etsy
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2012
Etsy has become the world's marketplace for handmade and vintage items. It was started by Rob Kalin, an artist and carpenter, in 2005. Mr. Kalin was looking for a place to sell his work online. He found that eBay was not a good fit for crafters and artisans because they seem to favor big sellers of mass-produced items.
Mr. Weber has written a very comprehensive book about how to navigate the Etsy marketplace. The book begins by explaining how to open an account and how to make purchases.
The real value of this book is the precise information that is given on how to open and operate an Etsy shop. Mr. Weber explains what kind of items can be sold in an Etsy shop, how to design the shop, how to list items and how to manage sales and shipping. He also goes into detailed information about how to market your shop with social media, SEO and paid advertising.
Mr. Weber explains the importance of interacting with the Etsy Community. He describes the Etsy forums, Circles and Teams. He features 14 successful Etsy sellers in this book and shares information about how they got started and how they operate and manage their businesses.
The author provides some basic information about copyright, licensing and taxes. The last chapter in the book is "Mind Your Manners and Dos & Don'ts". This section offers advice that will be a great help for buyers and sellers who are new to the site.
I read this book because I am in the process of setting up an Etsy Shop. I have sold on eBay for many years but I agree that Etsy is the best place for "crafty" people.
I was very impressed with the amount of information that this book offers. It is a very useful primer for selling handmade art and crafts online. I can't think of a single relevant topic that is not covered in this book.
I found the information on PayPal online payments very helpful. I have used PayPal for almost as long as I have sold on eBay but I still learned some new information on receiving online payments in this book.
Kudos to Steve Weber for the research that he did for this book. This is a must-read resource for anyone who is interested in buying or selling items on Etsy.
The book went over a lot of very good points needed by sellers just starting out. I liked the excerpts from real online sellers and their experiences. Some of the content was dry and hard to read but that may come from the fact I have been researching and read similar things before. I think some of the book organization was a little confusing for which topics were discussed in which order. Overall a well rounded reference book.
5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderful guide to get you motivated and start selling!
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2012
I really have enjoyed learning all the ins and outs of selling on Etsy through Steve Weber's book. I feel like we were sitting across from each other at the kitchen table. It is very easy to understand and up to date. I am now ready to start up on etsy as a seller. I really enjoyed the store profiles he used and his interviews with them. You can really learn a lot from his series of books.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt has everything you need to know.
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2013
This book has all the ins and out of Esty selling. If you are planning on selling casually just one item at a time, this book is good to read, but offers so much more than you will ever need.. If you are planning on opening a store on Esty and selling as much as possible, this is really the book for you.
5.0 out of 5 starsBest book for those of us new to Etsy!
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2012
This book answered all my "Im new to Etsy" questions, and then some. Lots of little 'tidbits' of info for sellers in here. Loved the shop owner interview sections. Now I know how to get my shop up and running with the best of them! Thank you Steve Weber for writing this guide.
Just finished the first couple of chapters, so far Etsy 101 seems to have some valuable information on starting up and selling on their website as well as information for new shoppers. I believe this book will offer the information I need to start selling my handmade jewelry pieces on their site.
5.0 out of 5 starsSteve Weber knows how to put really useful information together
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 6, 2012
Etsy 101 is not the first book by Steve Weber that I have bought. 'Plug Your Book' was equally as good, full of informative information that can be easily followed and that you can return to again and again. The UK has been slower to catch onto Etsy. I first heard about the Etsy website a year ago and passed the information onto some of my clients - small (craft) businesses, they are now being updated about the book. The 'vintage' and 'book' section were interesting. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed with Steve Weber's work although there is always the exception to the rule. i will be watching out for his next book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2013
I've read other books by Steve Weber and, like the others, this one is of equally high standard. Steve Weber has a relaxed and informative style that I find easy to follow.
I'm new to selling on Etsy having joined in October 2013. This book is great for newcomers like me, being very informative, full of good practical advice and easy to follow. A very handy book to have at your side when navigating Etsy.
Etsy is still in its infancy in the UK, but hopefully it will grow to give Ebay some real competition to force it from its recently greedy practices.
2.0 out of 5 starsgood basics but poor for improvers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2012
I found this book quite clear in explaining how to set up your etsy shop. interesting to read the interviews to experienced sellers, but it lacks on tips for more effective promotion and SEO. I was looking for an Etsy bible, and this book it's just not it. A little bit disappointing since I think I could have done most of the things alone following the etsy on-line guide. A was hoping for some insight on special topics and couldn't find them.
I am new to selling on Ebay and although some of the advice is common sense some is really good ideas and makes you think before you act. Loads of good bits and a pretty good read for an information book