What is Etsy?

Updated: May 16, 2019

Etsy is an e-commerce site that sells handmade, vintage and unique. In the past few years, Etsy has gained a reputation as the go-to online spot for custom or creative items. Etsy is composed of millions of independent sellers, world-wide. Etsy sellers make and ship their own items - and it’s because of this that sellers can also accommodate your requests; making your purchase truly one-of-a-kind.

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Etsy is a unique platform for shoppers and sellers. Looking for something special? Looking to sell your own unique items? Etsy has benefits for both shoppers and sellers.

Shopping on Etsy

You can find just about anything on Etsy. Most items on Etsy are handmade or custom. A few categories on Etsy are: home goods, arts and crafts, paper goods and jewelry. Aside from these categories, you can also find custom-made dog leashes, digital downloads for birthday parties, handmade candles and an endless amount of satirical coffee mugs.

If you are looking for a specific, vintage item, you may be able to find it on Etsy. If you are looking to have an item custom-made, you can probably find that on Etsy, too.

Opening an Etsy shopper account is free! You can shop Etsy online or via their app. The handy Etsy app is available for Apple and Android devices.

How to Shop Etsy:

1. Shopping on Etsy is simple with their easy-to-use search bar. You can enter a keyword, store or seller name to find the product you need.

2. After hitting “Search”, results will be displayed.

3. Another option: Search Etsy’s categories to explore the possibilities. You’re guaranteed to find something you’ll fall in love with.

Selling on Etsy

Etsy is a platform for creators. Etsy sellers have total control over their product and inventory. Sellers can utilize Etsy’s setup wizard to ensure a smooth store setup. With Etsy’s selling platform, there’s no need to worry about setting up your own website or processing payments – Etsy handles all of this.

Etsy also ensures confidence in secure payments with vendors like PayPal, Google Wallet and Apple Pay. Lastly, Etsy guarantees protection. If there’s an issue you can’t resolve, Etsy’s team will step in to solve the dispute. With support like this, it’s easy to see why so many individuals have become Etsy success stories. Turn your hobby into a lucrative career, from home.

If you think you might need more support to start your Etsy store, don’t worry – Etsy’s got you covered. Etsy features three plans: Standard ($0 monthly), Plus ($10 monthly) and Premium (pricing to be released in 2019). Each option features tools, customization options and support to help you confidently manage your store on Etsy.

While setting up an Etsy storefront is easy, some costs are incurred. Etsy seller fees are as follows: Etsy charges .20 item featured online + 3.5% per transaction handled. If sellers utilize the Direct Checkout, an additional 3% is charged to the seller.


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