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Etsy Sellers Have Come a Long Way, Baby

Etsy Sellers Have Come a Long Way, Baby

“You’ve come a long way, baby” is an old advertising slogan that could apply to the Etsy sellers of the 2020s. A post on Wednesday about some tweaks Etsy made are indications of how different sellers are today compared to years ago on the marketplace for handmade and vintage goods and supplies

“SKUs are now in your CSV reports,” Etsy announced. “SKUs will now appear on your Sales Listing, Order, and Order Items CSVs.”

That sounds very business-like. SKUs are numbers merchants assign to specific products to help them track inventory. The announcement serves as a reminder that Etsy sellers are no longer required to slowly crank out handmade goods one at a time (if they aren’t offering unique vintage goods).

The 1970s ad slogan for Virginia Slim cigarettes highlighted the progress women had made compared to a previous era. Etsy sellers have likewise evolved, though whether that’s “progress” is debated by those who bemoan the fact that Etsy allows sellers to design items and have them manufactured.

Among the other changes Etsy announced on Wednesday:

  • It extended the length of sellers’ auto-reply from two days to five days.
  • It increased the maximum number of orders per page from 20 to 50, and also added pagination at the top of the Orders & Shipping page.
  • It removed a banner from the Orders & Shipping page displayed for orders that had a payment-processing delay.

You can find the details on the Etsy Announcement board.

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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.

5 thoughts on “Etsy Sellers Have Come a Long Way, Baby”

  1. Oh, yes, you’ve come a long way, baby, because we’re making way more money off of you now than we ever did — and the government just keeps letting us take more while we pay nothing in taxes. How cool is that?!?

  2. Its a race to the bottom for everyone except Etsy. If they really believe that the “churn” is endless, they are going to have a rude awakening.

    IF you sell some for $3200.00 you are capped at $100 for OSA
    IF you sell something for $480.00 you pay $57.00 for OSA
    IF you selling something for $20.00 you pay $2.40 for OSA

    How you charge 3 different times for shipping?? How is any of this fair or legal?

  3. Etsy now is another eBay or amazon.
    Handmade is not a “must” anymore. I think Etsy is transforming “HANDMADE” into a Category.

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