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Fri Nov 3 2017 09:40:59

Etsy Tests Search to Focus on Fast Shipping

By: Ina Steiner

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Etsy, like other marketplaces and retailers, worries about competing with Amazon's quick delivery - even though many of the items offered through Etsy are unique or may be made to order or personalized.

Etsy is now testing a change to its search engine by adding filters that allow shoppers to exclude items from search results that take longer than 1 or 1-3 days to ship:

"To help shoppers find items that ship quickly, we’re testing new search filters for items with short processings times, including those with 1-day and 1-3 day processing times. During the test, only some shoppers on Etsy will see the new filters."

That's not the only testing Etsy is doing as the holiday shopping season ratchets up (Amazon, eBay, and retailers launched holiday marketing campaigns on Wednesday). Etsy will be testing other ways of highlighting items that ship quickly, offer free shipping, or are on sale, it announced.

Another change it has already committed to testing in the coming weeks "a new design and placement for shipping information on the listing page. During the experiment, shoppers will be able to see both the price and processing time for items higher up on the page. During the test, a percentage of shoppers on Etsy will see the new design."

- Is it a good idea for Etsy to highlight shipping time for hurried holiday shoppers?

- Is it a good idea to run tests now and in the coming weeks?

Let us know what you think and if you have any advice for the marketplace.




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by: Sierra This user has validated their user name.

Fri Nov 3 10:03:45 2017

While I detest the non-stop testing on Etsy, my items are ready to ship so they should rank high in the fast shipping search!

I look forward to having the shipping information higher up on the page. I hope this means it will be more visible!

I don't expect to offer any free shipping options this holiday season.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: BuildingMyOwnSite

Fri Nov 3 13:23:00 2017

You'd think that after what, 12 YEARS, just ONE of the bozos making decisions in Dumbo, would have figured this out, and nailed it down.  

Currently Testing At Etsy:
“Filters for items with short processings times”
“Including  1-day and 1-3 day processing times”
— So what, who doesn't (except special orders)?   I wonder if their new “Highlighting” will show just WHERE it is sent FROM?

Upcoming Testing At Etsy:
“Both the price and processing time..... higher up on the page”
— So what, how much higher up?

Solution To The Above:
— List all of the following at the top of the page, and NOT HIDDEN:
● Item Price, Sizes, Choices.
● Shipping Carriers, Choices, Cost, Transit Time.
● Seller Handling Time, Shipped From.

I've always done this on Ebay, Etsy, and My Site. Always PROMINENTLY.  Usually in added Html, making it all easy to see.  Except of course, at Etsy, where BOLD, ITALICS, FONTS, POINTS, HTML, COLORS.....or ANYTHING UNIQUE & INDIVIDUAL  is NOT allowed).  Isn't that a HOOT !!!

As the Queen Decrees:
“Research Shows That White On White Is Preferred By Buyers”
''Stop trying to make your shops unique, that's what banners are for''.

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This user has validated their user name. by: BuildingMyOwnSite

Fri Nov 3 13:39:46 2017

12 Years. 4,380 Days. 105,120 Hours. 6,307,200 Minutes..........

Still........ Going...............................................

''Where should we hide, I mean put the price''?

Just Shoot Me

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by: Flying Childers This user has validated their user name.

Fri Nov 3 18:27:43 2017

Whatever hope I had in the last year that Etsy was going to get better for the sellers of authentic vintage and handmade, has gone up in flames.

Not only that, but whichever sentient human beings over the age of 40 who may have worked there, have apparently left the house leaving the nursery school to run itself.

The young snowflakes who work at Etsy will be easily replaced by the robots they are training with the Blackbird AI technology.  I can't imagine that dealing with robots exclusively could be any worse than dealing with the semi-human androids who run the operation now.  Whatever humanity they might have once possessed is long gone and it's hard to believe that an actual machine could be more mechanical than these sorry excuses for people.

Testing will go on, the downward spiral will continue as more and more premier sellers are forced out in favor of mass produced, sweat shop merchandise made in factories overseas.  

If you really want to know what's going on, check out all the ETsy groups on FB.   That's where the best and brightest go to these days to exchange ideas and information since they've been muted on the forums.

The Etsy drones are going to be in for a big surprise one of these days when they realize that:

1.  They don't own any of the merchandise they sell and

2.  We already have Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc. that do a thousand times better jobs of selling the cheap crap that Etsy now features.

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Fri Nov 3 21:30:43 2017

Etsy is CRAP. They WANT us to go out of business.
There is an Evil entity looking online to see where our money is made.
When they find it, they put it out of business by slowly choking it off.
Have to find another source of money.
Don't have time for this sh!t.

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by: Flying Childers This user has validated their user name.

Fri Nov 3 22:22:04 2017

They should change the name to Testy.

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by: Tracey This user has validated their user name.
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Sat Nov 4 11:30:42 2017

You can’t have progress without change.  I am glad Etsy does not make abitrary changes made without testing.  

Testing general ends (or slows down dramatically) mid November in time for the busy shopping season.

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Sat Nov 4 20:39:44 2017

Just visited Etsy's FB page.
Now I know why it fell off the radar.
They're extolling the virtues of (in most cases) ....JUNK !
The whole place is a sh!t storm of useless crap.
"Gee, what do I do with my precious money ? Save for retirement, spend a little on ever-inflating food and utilities, paint the house, or waste it on junk that will never gain value. (My Stuff gains in value, but you have to wade through the sh!t storm to get to it.)
And then there's the emphasis on the Number of items a seller is offering. If a seller has more than 100 items, I'm figuring it's non durable cheaply made crap......and I'm right. Etsy is pushing for over 2,000 items per seller....'cause then they make the renewal fee money.....
So, Etsy must know this, and THAT'S why they won't spend on TV and Radio advertising.

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by: Flying Childers This user has validated their user name.

Sat Nov 4 21:00:01 2017

Tracey-  I surmise from  your post that you are not an Etsy seller else you would know that they have basically admitted that there will be no end to there infernal testing, even during the current holiday season which is now upon us.

Also, if you were a seller, you would realize that Etsy's tests are entirely arbitrary and in almost every instance have a negative impact on the very people they claim to be helping.

How about testing some ADVERTISING for the site?  How about testing improving the rotten SEARCH FUNCTION?



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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Mon Nov 6 06:25:06 2017

Etsy, just like eBay, had something special in the beginning.  Then they threw it away. Greed trumps special.  And  note that the madness started once both of them went public.

And just like eBay the changes won't stop. The house will never be built.  Neither of these sites have management that understand what stability and simplicity mean, nor do they understand that the sellers are their customers.



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