Etsy is an amazing place if you’re looking for something vintage, pre-loved, or even a bespoke, handmade gift for yourself or a loved one. Rather than paying a fortune and a half for your little gems, our guide allows you to get the most out of Etsy, without a hefty price tag.
2 for 1
Usually if you buy more than one item from a seller, they will combine postage or offer you a flat rate fee. Sometimes they won’t actually state this on their website, but there’s no harm in private messaging them and finding out before you buy.
The quality of a vintage or pre-loved item is indicative of its price. A Cartier bracelet won’t be selling for $500 unless it has significant plate damage due to wear and tear, or the parts are missing. Sellers will usually include the condition of the item in the description box, but it’s always best to double check for peace of mind.
Hand-made sellers who are just starting out will usually have higher prices than those who are more well-established. This is because they produce all the items themselves and don’t have a large demand at the moment.
Be weary of new sellers in general, since they might be scams. And always look at their feedback and use PayPal as your preferred payment method in case something does go wrong.
If you are buying a few different products from the seller (or are a loyal customer), there is no shame in asking for a discount. Sometimes the seller will actually approach you, but you can always message them and ask if they can give you a cheaper postage price, or trim some extra dollars off of the grand total.
Flat rate postage
If you’re buying something from Europe or the States, there is no denying that postage might cost you an arm or a leg. Search for sellers who offer flat rate postage and ensure that you won’t have to pay any additional charges once the package reaches customs.
Many stores create promotional codes every few months on older collections, so it’s good to keep in the loop and join their newsletter. You can save some money and also bag a bargain!
What are some of your tips for Etsy?
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