Friday, September 28, 2012

Etsy Checkout Update

After being under the weather for a bit, I got super busy. Things have finally slowed down a bit so here I am, back writing about Etsy and such. Etsy recently changed their Direct Checkout from a three day wait to just a one day wait before they deposit your money. That is great news for some of you who need the money for materials and the like. Of course, sometimes you still have to go in and manually schedule your deposit. But it is a start.

Another thing in the works is Etsy Gift Certificates. You have to have Etsy Checkout in your shop to accept them but it might just be worth it to you. One other thing to note, I got a message from Etsy that coming soon, hopefully in October, you'll be able to pay for your shipping out of the Direct Sale. That means that you'll be able to pay with money already owed to you rather than money you may not yet have. This should help those of you on a tight budget.

I will have more info on these topics as my research allows...

In the meantime, while I was under the weather, I managed to meet a couple of exciting goals. First goal was to add 10 new shops to my wholesale accounts. So, while I was sitting on the couch going through Kleenex like there was no tomorrow, I contacted a lot of shops via email. I even set up a "New Shop Special" on my website with a "Buy It Now" button courtesy of PayPal. I ended up with 13 new shops! I always love it when I can exceed my goals!

This week I finally bit the bullet and opened another Etsy shop. I am finally attempting to separate my chainmail from my steampunk to give two much cleaner looking shops. If you have time, click on the above link, check out the shop, favorite and or add me to your circle. I have been contemplating the split for quite some time. Next week I'll share my trials and tribulations in hopes that if you open a second shop you can learn from some of my mistakes ahead of time.

That is all for today. I hope each and every one of you have a wonderfully profitable and happy weekend.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Under The Weather

The weather took a change last week. We went from highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s to highs in the lower 80s and lows in the 50s. During this time I developed a bit of a summer cold and I just cannot seem to shake it. Fortunately it is in my head and has not made it down to my lungs.

I do not get sick very often. In fact maybe once or twice a year I feel bad enough to consider myself as sick. Hopefully this will pass soon and I will feel more like sitting in front of the computer. I just wanted to let all of you know I am still here.

I hope you are all having a better week than I am. On an up note, at least we have some beautiful weather here where I live.  :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Etsy To Offer Gift Certificates

Etsy recently announced that they will be offering Gift Cards. Anyone that has Etsy Direct Checkout is already good to go. It is a code that is going to be entered at the time of checkout. So, we still get paid, just like normal. It will be just like someone paid with a credit card.

The only thing you have to do to be eligible is to have Direct Checkout enabled for your shop. As a way to entice more users to switch, Etsy is paying all the transaction fees for the month of September. That is actually kind of cool in my opinion. I have been using Direct Checkout for a while and my sales have increased dramatically. Sure you have to wait a few days to get paid but you get more sales which means more money.

It has been a busy couple of weeks and it does not look to be letting up for me anytime soon. I will continue to write posts as often as I can manage. In the meantime, let me know what you'd like to learn more about by sending me an email to