“To Err is Human”
But what makes us superior than other animals is that we can learn from the mistakes, both ours and others. It is a good thing to share our mistakes with others, so that they don’t make the same mistakes.
Having said that, let me share with you some of the mistakes Etsians, both successful and otherwise have made so far. Over the time, they have recognized these mistakes and learnt from it. Some of these Etsy mistakes may seem to be too obvious when said out loud, but very crucial nevertheless.
Don’t Rush with your decisions
First rookie Etsy mistake is that the sellers end up investing too much too soon on raw materials when they start up. They may not take time to vet their vendors or find economical sources.There by ending up paying more than they really have to. Here are few things you got to keep in mind while sourcing raw materials for your shop.
Make it right to post it right
Oh, you better get your package size right… Else, you would have to find a new logistics provider or pay a bomb to ship the packages to your customers. Almost all postal services have the maximum allowable package dimensions for different kind of services. It is better to get yourself acquainted with it before you make the products.
Pricing can be a pain
The quest to come up with the right price for the articles is a never ending one. Newbies on Etsy end up making the mistake of either overpricing or under-pricing their wares. If you price your products high, especially as a newbie then you may throw off the buyers. At the same time if the pricing it too low, lower than the standard price for such items on the platform, again you may not be able to sell. Also by undervaluing your products, you will suffer from losses too. It is advisable to set your price at least close to the current trends.
Track the Pack
It is always good to keep track of your packages. No matter how small the package is, opt for the tracking label. You might end up paying a bit more for your shipping, but it will save you from a lot of trouble, in terms of claims of non-receipt of the product by the customers or the items getting lost in transit. Some of the Etsians claim that the delivery number of non-delivery or delayed delivery claims went down drastically after they started tracking the packages.
If you are using USPS or Canadian Postal Service, then you can print postage paid shipping labels through Etsy. Prepaid shipping labels, combined with the postal pickup service will help you keep your mind off the logistics and saves a trip to the post office. During holiday season when the number of orders are the really high, you better print the shipping labels in advance as soon as the order is received and confirmed so that you do not miss out on the timeline at the last minute.
Now that you know about the most common rookie Etsy mistakes, you can work on not making them yourself.