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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Thu Apr 27 2017 22:24:49

What Do You Think of Etsy Changes to Checkout?

By: Ina Steiner

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Etsy made some changes to Checkout, announcing today it will offer Guest Checkout and Buy It Now for all sellers.

With guest checkout, anyone can browse, add items to their cart, and make purchases on Etsy without creating an account

The Buy It Now button takes shoppers straight to checkout so they can complete their purchase immediately, without having to add items to their cart first. 

Many sellers left positive comments in the announcement, but some sellers were concerned because shoppers who use Guest Checkout are unable to leave a review, which is very important to sellers. 

Some sellers were also concerned about the Buy It Now feature - as one seller explained, "I have the same customer purchasing multiple items from my shop and paying shipping multiple times when they use buy it now. I then have to combine and refund multiple shipping. Customers will not understand this concept."

Making it easier for shoppers to buy is a good thing - do the advantages of the new features outweigh these concerns? Let us know what you think of these features.




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

Fri Apr 28 10:16:54 2017

As long as the "Guest" can't return the item (usually broken) or ask for a refund, I'm o.k. with it.
Otherwise IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Apr 28 10:17:53 2017

My question is will it enable fraud. More is known about registered users. Less with guest users.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Diaper Mess

Fri Apr 28 12:37:30 2017

IMHO, I think PayPal is cutting down accepting payments for pornography. Even though eBay's porn listings are strictly under the Everything Else category, they have been cleaning up their porn-act this year. When I tried to purchase ''Vintage Lingerie'' on eBay, I did see something about buying within their Adult category requiring a credit card to submit proof of age.

ETSY site is full of porn listings and makes it quite easy to purchase just about anything.

IMO, I believe the reason ETSY is pushing Guest Checkout with ETSY PAYMENTS is because their credit card server may not be concerned who buys pornography; whereas with PayPal, it would probably become more difficult to purchase pornographic items on ETSY using PayPal.

ETSY search option is full of pornography.

ETSY (Help) menu reads ''Pornography is prohibited on ETSY''.

IMO, they just prefer to call it ''Mature Audiences''.

WHAT A DIAPER MESS !







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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 1 05:49:25 2017

Most retail sites have a "guest" checkout:  Target, Best Buy, even Walmart.  This is a smart move.

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by: rover This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 1 05:56:33 2017

Having to ''sign in'' and ''create an account'' every time you want to buy something on a casual basis is a pain in the rear. Imagine having to ''sign in'' every time you went into a chain store or a supermarket! All you do there is fill your cart and then pay.

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by: Transferware Odds and Ends This user has validated their user name.
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Mon May 1 07:50:14 2017

I like the idea to have options for buyers. I love the "buy it now" and directly sitting above the "ad to cart", gives first time viewrs or shoppers options. But with change comes issues, as always, nothing is always "the best way". If a buyer goes to add multiple items to the cart, thats fine if they ant ot purchase all items, I just hope the shipping calculations are correct, nothing worse than a customer that thinks their getting ripped off by high shipping cost......hopefully it all works out and customers get used to  the idea.  

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by: JohnGermaine This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 1 09:49:50 2017

Another failing company since management seems to think that managing MY business is in the interest of their bottom line. After they screwed around with the search, my sales tanked. I haven't sold a thing since February, yes, February. Then when they announced that we have to comply with their payment system and will give me my money when they feel like it, I have been moving my items out of there and will have nothing for sale by their You Must Comply Date.  They are headed down the wrong path, but they will have to figure it out for themselves without me.

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by: Garcia This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 1 10:20:07 2017

I realize that most retail sales sites have guest checkout, but it you think about it, they ask for lost of information before you can checkout.  I hope Etsy will do the same.

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

Mon May 1 10:26:10 2017

Agree with John G.  Etsy has way too much involvement with our shops and takes way too long to pay us.

Guest checkout seems like  a no brainer and the buy it now glitches are real.

For so many reasons, it is getting harder and harder to sell genuine vintage and handmade on Etsy.

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by: Etsyan This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 17 18:53:17 2017

JohnGermaine took the words right out of my mouth.  It is MY business.  I brought it to Etsy.  They should have no say on how I get paid, when I get paid, or have any ability whatsoever to manipulate my sales through their search engine games.  Since the new changes started, my sales have also tanked.  It's my only income....or was.  I'm with the rest.  I'm moving it out as fast as I can.  Anything that remains there will be sugar on my toast, but not my main meal.  But my main meals are coming at their discretion now that I have to wait for my money!  In my PayPal account, I could make the money today and eat today.  This BS is for the birds.



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