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Ebay vs. Etsy

#1 Post by HamiltonIllinois » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:04 am

Over the years I have heard a lot of complaints from sellers about eBay, and generally nicer things about Etsy -- particarly because it seems the seller has lower sales costs there. With this in mind, I recently started buying some stuff via Etsy. In my small sample so far, it seems to me that since the review structure at Etsy is far less strict, even though the seller makes a larger profit the service I am getting as a customer is rather poor. On my current "issue" the seller sells via both channels at the same price, so I bought via Etsy thinking I was helping him out. But, in reality, he seems to see it as an opportunity to be a jerk, even though his eBay reviews are strong. WHAT GIVES? Anyone else ever feel this??
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#2 Post by JerseyMo » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:23 pm

I tried selling on Etsy did not make one single sale in a month. So, I've not logged in there for years now.
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#3 Post by GreenBayStamps » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:30 pm

I think comparing them is apples and oranges. The diversity and exposure is not the same. I have purchased a couple things on Etsy and had good experiences. I just sent back a eBay purchase that was a major surprise when it arrived, not the way it was described as represented in the photos. Dan sells on there and shows and describes his watches very nicely.
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Re: Ebay vs. Etsy

#4 Post by GJH » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:32 pm

Never bought a watch there, but have asked about some and gotten very quick responses back. I have bought a bunch of other
non-watch related things and have had positive results. I am sure the fees for the seller are much better there.
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Re: Ebay vs. Etsy

#5 Post by HandyDan » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:10 pm

Etsy is the only place I sell, unless I deal directly with the buyer. EBay fees are too high and it’s very buyer-centered. I don’t see the latter as a big issue but the fees are considerable if you’re going to sell a lot of watches. Etsy buyers can use PayPal or whatever credit card they want. I tend to get paid by Paypal about half the time so buyers must like paying by credit card too. I can also offer discount coupons on Etsy. Lastly, i don’t have to worry about stupid eBay rules like including links or people contacting me to make offers.

Etsy doesn’t always have a lot of “deals” though, many things are over priced. I price things on the lower side and I tend to sell them eventually but I wonder if an auction format would command more. I doubt it... on eBay I typically list with a buy it now and make an offer.

I buy on eBay routinely but I’ve scored some nice buys on Etsy when the seller didn’t know what they had. That’s rare though... most prices are silly-high.
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#6 Post by diveboy » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:48 pm

Have you thought about instagram?

There's an increasing amount of dealings I see using PayPal.
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#7 Post by stryfox » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:44 am

I mostly sell on eBay. It gets more exposure than anything else out there. I tried Etsy with zero results. I may have to give it a try again. Instagram has its appeal. If you enjoy communicating with fellow watch enthusiasts it can help sell stuff.
I don’t really push sales on instagram but as time goes on you can wind up with a following of enthusiasts that like what you specialize in. I have had a few contact me and after some discussion sold a few using PayPal. This is only a good avenue if you enjoy the conversation. That’s my opinion anyway.
I happen to enjoy talking to people about common interests so it works for me. It takes up time but if you are out on the internet discussing it anyway why not benefit from it.
Facebook I have sold some there too. Usual only modern stuff as the people who see it are on my friends list or local market type stuff. Only watches with a wide appeal seem to sell there. Of course you have to deal with people offering you $20 cash right now for a $200 Watch. Just how that goes.
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#8 Post by HandyDan » Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:48 am

I haven’t tried Instagram but that’s mainly because this is a hobby and not a business and I mainly sell watches to free up funds for more project watches and parts. That may not make sense unless you have a spouse who reminds you when more packages come into the house than leave. I have to sell in order to buy. I don’t like how large eBays cut is in comparison to Etsy and with Etsy I feel like I have more of a shop-feel.

I probably have an advantage because my blog has a good presence and I make Etsy one of the easy ways to contact me. I get way more “can you work on my watch” requests than I do sales but I don’t have the time to dedicate to taking on projects that I’ve already done.

I’ve thought about experimenting with Instagram to drive traffic to the blog but haven’t bothered to try. Who needs another reason to check their phone?
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Re: Ebay vs. Etsy

#9 Post by stryfox » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:32 pm

Sounds like we are pretty similar. I’m a watch hoarder. I sell to buy more.
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Re: Ebay vs. Etsy

#10 Post by HamiltonIllinois » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:18 am

Just to clarify, my Etsy experiences so far have been mixed. I recently bought a few very hand-made watch straps that turned out terrific. My one bad experience so far was buying a leather holster for a new gun. The seller hand-makes exactly what I need and he sells on both eBay and Etsy at the same price. I bought on etsy thinking this would give him a better profit with hopes that it would give me better service. So far, it has been just the opposite. He seems to have set my order aside because he knows he needs to fulfull his eBay order quickly to avoid bad reviews. What a PITA!
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