How can I tell if a buyer is genuine?
I just got my first order and the shipping address is weird, and the etsy account was made the day of the purchase. I'm a bit hesitant to send it out because I can't tell if it's genuine.
I have received payment for the item.
Google Maps can't understand the address, to me it's a mix of letters. Can anyone from America tell me if this seems like a real address? It's the address I got from Paypal and they class it as unconfirmed. I did message the buyer on etsy asking her to confirm her address.
APO, AE 09366
Yes, I agree, it definitely sounds like someone living on a military base. I have an odd address that gives me problems ordering things online. Drives me crazy.
Oh and can I ask you a question?
How long did it take to get your first order on Etsy...and do you think it's worth it? Been playing around with the idea of doing an Etsy account myself...but I am skeptical that you would get enough business to justify it.
If I count this, its taken me a couple of months. I'm still cautious when listing items, listing loads is going to cost a lot of money, and there is no guarantee that they will be bought before they expire. I think to get a lot of sales you need to put a lot (at least a page) of items for sale, advertise and make sure they look good. I've seen some things on etsy (plushies) that look scruffy and unfinished, not seeming stable enough to give to a child. Also patterns seem to do well.
I think if my items were worth more money it would be more worth it when someone bought something, but if I got say 1 sale a month, it's Â£2.80 after etsy's fee and being converted. It's not much at all, whereas if I was to sell something worth about Â£30 it would be worth the wait and the insertion fee(s).
I have been putting off making things to sell on etsy because of the initial costs of materials and the listing fee, plus if it's a plushie/something big I need somewhere to store it whereas I have all my bracelets in a small box.
It also depends on what you are selling. Fashion items will sell, like steampunk, lolita. So do supplies that may be tricky to get in certain countries. I get my faux fur from a couple of etsy sellers in America, never seen any fur like it in UK.
If you look at http://www.etsy.com/people/blackunicorndesigns (she's from CO+K) she hasn't been open long, less then I have I believe, she has had way more sales then I have (double). My first sale was my mother testing out my shop to see how it worked.
Yeah its a American Air Force Base in Kuwait thats what ASFB-Ku means. You still mail it to the US though, because the military has their own postal system for people over seas. You might want to ask your post office about send it though, because I know when I would send stuff to my husband when he was in Iraq, I'd needed a larger more detailed customs form.
I'm BlackUnicornDesigns on etsy :)
I've had 20 sales now since first listing items at the end of September, so I'm quite happy with that.
I think you need to list more items, Nikki, especially some zombies or plushies. The more items you list, the more views you get. I've been getting lots of views, and I don't have facebook, twitter or anything like that, just depend on etsy searches.
However, I don't think anyone makes a fortune on etsy. You will sell much more at craft fairs, xmas fetes etc. I always sell 30 -30 items at craft fairs in one day, and also sell in some shops on a sale or return basis. People buy more when they can touch and lift and prod!
It would be worth your while to find out if any local schools, churches, brownies and guides, etc are planning xmas fairs, and try and get a stall there.
Awesome what's your etsy store called?? as for the just made aoount people usually use etsy to browse then make an account to buy i have a buying account and until this nasty girl reported me for no reason (her stores somethingv like vans beads or van beads and unfortunatly she has an account on her) i had an account for lists and faves only