My Etsy store went live at 4 AM Pacific Standard Time. Pictured above is a screenshot of my Etsy page. I currently have 27 different types of candles stocked. Some of these candles were transferred from the Made in Nevada store (pictured below). Others are completely new and were never listed with the other shop.
Since there are no membership fees or commissions with Made in Nevada, it won’t cost me anything to maintain a presence on this site. In contrast Etsy will charge me 20 cents per month per listing. They will also charge a 5% commission on all sales which is far less than the astounding 15% that’s charged by Amazon and eBay.
Although I could have opened my own website that would have been completely independent of Etsy, Amazon, or eBay, I decided to go with Etsy because it’s an established name brand that attracts 39.4 million buyers each year. It also has a built in advertising option which I have not yet taken the time to explore.
While Amazon is a much larger vending platform, given my limited production capabilities, I really didn’t need access to that large of a market. One of my other issues is that I have no interest in selling my candles abroad.
Ever since I learned that it’s ILLEGAL for me to sell fake food candles to any customer residing within the European Union, I’ve decided to sidestep the entire question of which countries I can legally ship my candles to by restricting all sales to the U.S. domestic market.
Surprising enough, for shipping purposes Etsy has classified the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico as being overseas which would then require the use of international shipping. While Alaska and Hawaii are also not part of the U.S. mainland, for shipping purposes they are not considered international. The United States Postal Service also regards Puerto Rico as domestic and not international.
It only took me a few hours to open the Etsy store. It helps that I’ve been blogging about candles and already had all of the pictures that I needed. Since Monday, January 17 is Dr. Martin Luther King Day, I knew I would have the day off.
I started entering inventory at 11 PM on Sunday night. I finished at 3:30 AM on Monday morning. After opening the store, I took a few moments to create a banner heading and to complete the information needed for the virtual store front.
It took me nearly an hour to figure out how to add the Etsy store to the main menu on this blog. After adding the store, I then had to learn how to create a connecting link so that a reader could click on the link to either go to Made in Nevada store or the Etsy shop.
Having created this link, I then had to blog about it. Since it’s now almost 5:30 AM, I’m going to bed.
It took about two months for me to get my first order through Made in Nevada. It will be interesting to see how long it will take for the Etsy store to generate my first order.