Like A Bad Pop-Up

18 Feb


I know it’s not exactly mistagging or reselling but it’s so obnoxious and makes Etsy look so ebay. These cheesy “make money” “etsy success” books that people are hawking like that shady guy on the corner, with some of the most obnoxious graphics that cling to every category. I found just the above in Art, Books, and Paper Goods.

I would think that these items would repel others just as much as me but the odd part is that they sell! What info can they possible include that a good Google day of study doesn’t deliver? And when top sellers like littleputbooks join in you know it’s gonna be bad.

It’s just embarrassing. It makes us all look like a bunch of sellouts.



9 Responses to “Like A Bad Pop-Up”

  1. Bobbi February 19, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    the first few that came out were done will class. Now every asshole with an opinion on how to run a shop thinks they can cash in… really sad

  2. wut February 20, 2009 at 12:51 am #

    I would genuinely like to know just how much insight they offer. It’s not rocket science–make trendy crafts, take good pictures, stagger your listings, then kiss ass and spam like crazy.

  3. Dennis Anderson February 20, 2009 at 4:48 am #

    I convoed one, onetime and asked them who they were and how successful was their other shop… they just told me they couldnt revail who they were.

  4. Brenda February 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    any of their information is free if people just look in the forums or ask in the forums…

    besides people are so individual, just do a search on ‘should I include an invoice in the package?’, ‘recycled packaging or new?’, ‘freebies in the package?’…you get people on both sides of the fence..and pretty vocal about it! lol

    actually Dennis, you could have reported that shop, they are supposed to disclose their other store names somewhere in their shop!

  5. wut February 20, 2009 at 9:27 pm #

    I realize that I forgot one of the most important steps to profit:

    Pirate copyrighted images and trademark characters as much as possible. If any big meany calls you out on it, feign ignorance and play the victim.

  6. Linda Pare February 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    I knew it was bound to happen. More people realized they could be profitable by taking other people’s money this way then by actually making wonderful handmade items that people could really use and enjoy.

  7. Curious February 24, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    Just like everything else, this idea got copied all to hell, too. So now the one or two that really COULD have helped a total newbie look cheesy.

  8. eclipse February 26, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    The majority of these “how to sell” shops don’t even disclose who they are in their other allegedly successful Etsy shop.
    First of all, that’s breaking Etsy rules, and do you really want Etsy advice from someone who doesn’t even know the rules of Etsy?
    Second of all, when they don’t disclose their shop they really have no credibility. They say they are successful but how do you know? You can’t check their sales or feedback.

    Most of the info in their how-to books is just copied and collected from various forum posts, blogs, Storque articles, Etsy wiki articles, etc. Stuff that is all available for free and was written by OTHER people, not by the seller.

    (sorry about the double comment, I had a typo in the email address on the first one. Please delete that and publish this one)

  9. oh joy! May 11, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    its a national law that communities, both rural and urban, have Small Business Administration centers to help you with your business. Getting business advice from someone who has only sold items online for one or two years would be foolish. You need people with perspective, resources and research.

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