Etsy Not So Ezy

I was all determined to hop, skip and jump into setting up my Etsy store this week and have been punched in the face with the realisation that it isn’t so simple. Well, I guess it is easy if thousands of people have managed to do it before me, but there are lots of little bits and pieces you have to do before it all starts happening. PayPal and its RIDICULOUS UGLY and AWFUL TO USE website is my main complaint at the moment. In order to sell something on Etsy, it is best if I have a PayPal account. Thanks to Etsy (not PayPal because I don’t know how you’re supposed to find any sort of information on that site), I have learnt I need a Business or Premier account in order to be able to sell items via credit card payments. On the side of all of this, I need to work out postage which means I need to send things through Australia Post’s overpriced mailing system. At least it isn’t Canadian Post, I guess.

So here’s my problem – I have a sock creature. It is worth $X. In order to put it on Etsy it will cost me 20¢ which I’m not so concerned about and am quite happy to pay. If I then sell the sock creature, Etsy will take 3.5% of $X. PayPal will take 2.something% of $X. Then the poor person who was getting a reasonably priced, totally awesome sock creature needs to fork out $20-odd to get it sent to them. And that was just my experimental “What if I sent it to the only postcode I know thanks to TV shows telling me to send my letters to PO Box 123, Richmond Victoria, 3121?”

It’s all a bit crazy and I think I need to stop and think about this for a second. I guess this just shows how little people must be making when they sell their products in shops or online. How can people make a living?

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4 Responses to “Etsy Not So Ezy”

  1. Griswald of the Grammar Police says:

    It’s “its” not “it’s”. That will be a $50 fine.

  2. Jess says:

    Ahhh nuts! Thank you, Mr Griswald…

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