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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2200 - January 13, 2010 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 5

Etsy Average Selling Price Up in December, Launches New Search Feature

By Ina Steiner
January 13, 2010

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Etsy reported 25.6 million of gross merchandise volume (the value of goods sold on its site) in December 2009, a 98% year-over-year increase compared to December 2008 and roughly 17% higher than November's $22 million.

Etsy December 2009 Sales

  December 2008 December 2009 Percent Change
Dollar Sales

$12.9 million

$25.6 million


Unit Sales




New items listed




New members




Page views




Source: Etsy.com

Sellers on the marketplace sold 1.5 million items in December, up 78% year-over-year, and up 12% from November. The average price per item sold was up, and Etsy said, "We translate that to mean that sellers are doing a better job of pricing their items, thus increasing their income."

There were actually fewer new items listed on the site in December compared to November: 1.8 million, a decrease of 6%, but up 65% from December 2008. Over 307,000 new members joined the Etsy community in December, and the site experienced 671,752,056 page views for the month.

The company also announced the launch of a new search feature called Etsy Search Suggestions that will display suggested searches below the search bar based on what the visitor is typing. The suggested searches are recent related searches performed by other Etsy visitors, and the suggestions are available for searches within Handmade, Vintage, Supplies, All Items and top-level Categories. Etsy said the feature is now live for a small percentage of Etsy traffic, and it will be gradually rolling it out to everyone over time.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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