June 30, 2011
Etsy [Thursday]: Tips & Tricks
1. I don't buy from anyone without them having a 100% feedback rating. If it's less than that I read the negative reviews before ruling the seller out - I work in customer service and I know better than anyone that sometimes there is just no pleasing some people.
2. If I am buying for a present or for a specific event I buy way ahead of time and always include a note that I am looking to have it by a specific date. Things happen. It may get lost or delayed in the mail and that is out of the sellers hands. Everything is handmade, and if it's being made after you purchase it you have to give the seller time to do so. Including the note also gives the seller an idea of when you need it by and is good for helping them plan accordingly. In fact, the only time I didn't include a note was the only time I didn't receive something on time (it came the very next day, go figure).
3. When in doubt, I ask. Can you get this to me on time? I have a metal allergy, will your jewelry affect that? I need this by August, is that feasible? This isn't in my size, are you able to make one for me? The thing I love so much about etsy is it really allows the customer to have a conversation with the seller. I asked a company in March how much a custom piece would be because I was considering it for next Christmas as a gift, and they warned me they only accept custom orders 2 months out of the year. If I had waited or didn't ask I would have never known. Many sellers are more than willing to work with you - happy customers are repeat customers!
So without further adieu, here are some of the sellers I have worked with so far!
Little Chief Honeybee these are so her and so not me, but on a whim I bought one and am in love with it. I wear it all the time because it can be dressed up or down and she lets you pick what type of backing you want on it. I picked the alligator clip so I could wear it in my hair or anywhere else, and I rock this at work as often as I can and even wore it to the wedding Saturday. I also planned ahead and mine is navy blue, so it will be following me all weekend for the holiday. I got a 3" one because I tend to like things smaller, and when she lists some that size I will be buying more! She also has a sale going on right now - 20% off! Code: CLEAROUT
Giveaway on this blog. Make sure you enter! You can get some seriously cute things from here, and if you enter and win they'll be free! Who doesn't like free?!
There are others, but I'm sure I'll be including a Part II to this at some point. What about you, who are your favorite sellers?