Etsy, is it worth it?

Me and my oldest daughter Tova has started an Etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/shop/SloydJuntan In this blogpost I will mind-vomit a lot of things I’ve learned.

We sell stuff we make ourselves, Tova takes the pictures and fixes the shipping and those other things that I find a little bit boring. She takes a hefty commission, but really, how many boxes of bowls do we need around the house 🙂 So what we have are unique items that are not super high in price.

But do we make any money? are those boxes of bowl’s getting fewer?
What have we tried?
What worked?

I fell down the SEO rabbit-hole. And also the joy of figuring out blackbox algoritms on how Etsy promotes things in searches. And Etsy ad’s.

First of SEO, yes, SEO on Etsy matters, you get more hit’s on your things if you figure out good tags. But you also need to give your item’s titles that include search terms. That makes your handmade unique items look like Aliexpress things though. I dont like the estetics of doing that.

However, the search algos on Etsy does not kick in until you made a few sales. So until you sell something, there will be no boost. This is a downside if you are not making the bowls exactly the same. Your one-offs will not have any benefit from this.

I read somewhere that Etsy boost’s things that you get sales from organically. So, you need to advertise outside of Etsy and get sales. Then Etsy will pay attention to you.

Videos on the items, no change for us.

We tried some print it yourself posters, but either the motives are not nice enough or the prices are too high. They have been favorited though, but maybe that is from ppl wanting to remake them in their own style.

When selling from Sweden Etsy adds VAT to all the different areas where they charge you. I’m not sure why they are charging Swedish VAT for us. The way is ass-backwards if you are a swede. Unless you are a company (registered) you always se the prices including VAT. For an Etsy buyer, that is also the case. For a seller? nope. The listing fee is 0.20 USD, and then VAT added for that.

Profit. You really really need to take a deep look when pricing things. It’s made to be confusing. First you have a listing fee. Then VAT on the listing fee. Then depending on how you charge for items, or rather how the sale is being done, either via Etsy or Paypal there are different charges. Subtracted from your profit. Then the item (if you have more then one) are getting “re-listed” witch is another .20 USD. Then A bunch of different things happen. This is for one sale of Tovas wonderful small crocheted figures.

Confusing, right? What is the actual income from Etsy for the sold item?

Then we have Etsy ADS. They are worthless if you are selling one-offs. The algoritms wants a month to learn Etsy tells us. But if you sell your thing, then it’s gone. And the learning cost has been wasted. Still I tried it. Ran with about USD 3 for some time. Got 3 sales on the. Cost 54 USD. + taxes. So, a pretty big net loss.

This is five days of ad’s. No sales, Turns out that if you read on Reddit, the consensus is that even if you have several of the same in your shop it’s not useful to have ad’s. Mostly because they cost so much. And if you are in a saturated market, and there are some that are reselling imported things that competes with your handmade thing the competition has been know to click your ad’s so that you have to pay the cost.

Free shipping in the US for orders over 35 Dollars. Nope, because you cant sett different prices to different locations, so everyone else would have to pay for the free shipping (it’s not free you know, it’s just hidden)

What will we do going forward? We’re just going to add the things we are making. Not doing anything digital except for patterns that Tova makes. We are not going to do any ad’s. And if we sell something, that’s nice. But It’s easier for our minds to just be happily excited when it happens. And only do marketing via the instagram account https://www.instagram.com/sloydjuntan/ Hope to se you there!

Javascript to automatically put likes on a tag on instagram.

I made and modified a script that I found on the internets that automatically puts likes on a tag on instagram when you are using a web browser.

It’s a little complicated, but also not that complicated.

Open chrome
Navigate to instagram.com
Be logged in
Type a search tag.
Open the first image you like.
then rightclick, chose inspect.
Find the “console”
Take the script I’ve added to this page and poaste it there (modify for english isntagram)
and press enter.

Viola, it will like and like and like

var likeCount =0;
 function loop()
 {
 	console.log('Script loading…please wait…');
 	var Time1 = Math.ceil(Math.random() * 10) + 3;
 	var Time2 = Math.ceil(Math.random() * 10) + 3;
 	var randomSkip =  Math.random() * 10;

 	setTimeout(function ()
 	{
 	 //Unlike

 		if (document.querySelectorAll('svg[aria-label="Sluta Gilla"]')[0]) 
 		{
 			console.log('Already Liked');
 		}
 		else if(parseInt(randomSkip) >=8 ) //we skip some of the post, we dont want to be a heart sleuth
 		{
			console.log('Random Skipping: ' + parseInt(randomSkip) );
 		}
 		else
 		{
 			likeCount++;
 			console.log('Liking the post');
 			 //Like
 			var btn = document.querySelectorAll('svg[aria-label="Gilla"]');
 			btn[0].parentElement.click();
 		}
 		setTimeout(function ()
 		{
 			if (document.querySelectorAll('a.coreSpriteRightPaginationArrow').length)
 			{
 				console.log('Loading next post');
 				console.log('Totally liked : '+likeCount);
 				var btn = document.querySelectorAll('a.coreSpriteRightPaginationArrow');
 				btn[0].click();
 			}
 			else
 			{
 				console.log('No more posts on this tag!');
 			}
 			loop();
 		}, Time1 * 1000);
 	}, Time2 * 1000);
 }
 loop();

Testing passive income- several years ago.

Many years ago, back in 2010 I tried something to fool the Spotify algorithms. I made an album with a lot of songs that where very short, with super-generic song titles. In those days the talk was that Spotify was paying a little for every play.

Now 11 years later I can tell you that the album “The Sound Of Money” by “Get Ritch Quick!” has made about 3 dollars in total revenue. But no income.

I would give this scheme a 1 / 10. I’m not “ritch”. But it made me laugh later now, with all the samples of coins.

Testing passive incomes – T-shirts (and other prints)



So I’m diving into passive income schemes. What is passive income?
Passive income is when you make something for a limited time and then it continues to make you money even if you are not doing the work anymore.
A musician that records a song, and then get’s royalties is a passive income. A painter that makes a painting and sells it once, that is not a passive income.

So I’m trying the t-shirt print game. Making t-shirts that are witty and unique. And also other things.

The way to do this is print on demand.
Print on demand is just putting the print on the thing when someone has order one. Nice for the environment!

There are a lot of options around. Redbubble and Printify and so forth.

I chose Spreadshirt, since, it I have bought stuff from them in the past and they seemed local to me (Sweden) because of the environment.

I did not put a heck of a lot of effort into thinking about this, or even do some research. Blinded by all the money I would make.

So now that I’ve taken a bunch of nice looking designs, and made some new that are witty and fun, and should be sellable, really, because they are nice looking and they are similar enough to other.

Spreadshirt has this nice thing where you can create individual “stores” but have one spot where you upload things but can create different “brands” So I used that and created a store that makes Prohibitory traffic sign but with other things. Using European style graphics.
So far the biggest seller has been the one against balloons. https://shop.spreadshirt.se/funnyverboten/f%C3%B6rbud+ballong?idea=603fa4d389e7102447680354
With 3 sales.

During these two weeks, the store has been open, 3 sales.

Guess I have to try and make ads for the shop now. Since even using the exact search terms does not end up on the ad Spreadshirt has bought on google does not show any of my t-shirts.

So I just changed the spelling of ballong from “balong” in the tag’s and installed Google search console to see what I can do with that.

Now I’m going to make a couple more Prohibitory traffic signs about the weather.

Skålar, omgång #1

Kära go vänner, här är en bunte med skålar, från min första omgång med skålar som jag svarvat “a la medeltid”

De är oslipade och ej heller inoljade. Båda kan göras, såklart. Jag har en vakum-kammare där de kan oljas in ordentligt.

Jag vill helst att de skall användas och att de som köper dem skall kunna köpa ett sett. Så, såhär:

Skål för att ha som bruksföremål vid historiska rekreationer, frukostbordet, etc o.s.v. 300:- Samma skål som prydnad/pynt 400:- Eller som så vanligt på medeltiden, en byteshandel!!

För att köpa/byta till sig en, eller flera, ta kontakt med lukas.larsby@gmail.com  berätta där vilka nummer ni är intresserade av, och om de skall oljas/slipas och om det är kontanter eller byte som gäller. (nummret finns i videon)

#10 paxad!

Ballruler, a ruler that will help you turn balls on your wooden lathe.

 

I like to make things, the last two years it’s been woodturning that has been taking up almost all my time. I’ve made bowls, spinning tops, vampire-killing devices, birds and a lot more stuff. Recently I’ve been into making balls. wooden balls. I’ve followed great tutorials on youtube and elsewhere. And even though I have bought a special tool that makes the ball making easier, I really like the basic old, normal, no-thrills creating an octagon and go from there. If you have no idea what that is, have a look at this youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_dp_TAvX-s

I do this when I make balls, but I don’t want to calculate the different areas every time, so I made a ruler with a couple of sizes. I originally had these on a template for each. But I misplaced half of them inside the garage workshop faster then I could use them. So I decided to make a bigger ruler that would be hard for me to lose.

Here is a video on how to use it:

Here you can download the template:

ballruler_odd.pdf
ballruler_odd.png

ballruler_even.pdf
ballruler_even.png

I ran mine through the laser, but a piece of paper glued on something sturdier should work great.

 

 

Accordion stuff

So I’m learning button accordion and here is a few things I made to help myself:

First out is a image with the stradella bass layout and the names of all the notes on the c-griff button side. But in portrait more witch I could not find on the internet.ah

 

Secondly I like to have fun so I made this :

accordion-to-plan

 

I so far have it lasered on a piece of wood and I also bought a t-shirt with it as a print.

if you want either of the images above as a vector, lemme know!

 

Thirdly I made a small Processing app that shows a note and then waits for my imput_

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-16-11-54

On the left is the note the program wants you to play, and to the right is the one the program found you playing. However the identification of the note on my old accordion it has a difficult time finding the correct note sometimes. I also had to add a drift variable in the code, since, apparently the one I have is not in perfect 440hz pitch on the A.

Anyway here is the source code for processing if you want to try it out, or improve on it. notehelper