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Etsy Cooperative Advertising Program: Bust Magazine April/May 2009 Issue handmade and vintage goods

Next up in the Etsy Cooperative Advertising Program: Bust Magazine!

In case you’re not familiar with this program, here are the important details:

  • Etsy will purchase ad space in various magazines, cover half of the cost, and design the ads.
  • Etsy Sellers are able to purchase spots in the ad at the discounted rate.
  • You will get to display your shop name, an image of one item, its price, and its category.
  • The limit is one spot per seller, per advertisement.

This ad will be in the April/May 2009 issue of Bust Magazine.

  • 30 spots will be available to sellers at a price of $96 each. Please note that this amount has increased slightly due to an increase in the total cost of the ad.
  • Spots will go on sale on Monday, January 19, 2009 at 1:00pm (Eastern Time). 
  • Spots are purchased in the same manner as a Showcase.
  • If you successfully buy a cooperative ad spot through Showcase, your item photo and information must be sent to no later than 7:00pm (Eastern Time) on Monday, January 26, 2009.

About Bust

  • Total Circulation is 93,500.
  • Bust is published 6 times annually.
  • The theme for this issue is Music.
  • The April/May 2009 issue hits newsstands on March 24, 2009.

BUST is a groundbreaking women’s lifestyle magazine that is unique in its ability to connect with bright, cutting-edge young women. With an attitude that is fierce, funny, and proud to be female, BUST‘s revolutionary editorial mix addresses a refreshing variety of women’s interests, including pop culture, music, crafting, fashion, sex, news, and celebrity interviews. Hip, humorous, and honest, BUST is a cheeky celebration of all things female and a trusted authority on up-and-coming trends among young women.

  • 98% of the readers are women.
  • Average income is $69,000.
  • Median age is 27.
  • 80% of readers refer to BUST for fashion.
  • 91% say BUST is their favorite magazine.
  • 68% purchased from BUST advertisers last year.

Upcoming Ads:

UPDATE: Sad news, friends. Craft magazine has announced that the current issue will be their last print issue of the magazine. All future content will be on their website   You can read about it here. What this means for us, unfortunately, is that there will no longer be any Cooperative Ads available in Craft. We will still be offering the ads in Bust, which are listed below.


  • June/July issue – 30 spots, $96 each. Spots go on sale: Monday, March 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm (ET).
  • Aug/Sep issue – 30 spots, $96 each. Spots go on sale: Monday, June 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm (ET).


1. What is the Cooperative Advertising Program?

  • By purchasing a spot in a Cooperative Advertising Program, Etsy sellers can show off their items in an Etsy-branded magazine advertisement, reach new buyers, and help boost their sales and shop awareness. Print ads in popular magazines are often priced out of reach of small entrepreneurs. Etsy is able to purchase larger ads for more impact, and let sellers buy into the ads.

2. How does it work?

  • Etsy reduces costs to sellers by subsidizing the ads.  We pay half of the cost.  The cost to you is the remaining amount, divided by the number of spots for sale.
  • Sellers get to display one image of an item from their shop, its price, its main category and their shop name. The appearance of the ad is similar to our homepage.  See the original article for an example.

3. How do I purchase a spot?

  • 1: Go to the Showcase Gateway.
  • 2: Choose “Cooperative Ads – [Name of Magazine] Showcase.” There will only be one date to choose from.
  • 3: Hit the “Purchase” button.  The fee will be added to your normal Etsy bill.

*Note: The items that appear in the Showcase section of “Your Etsy” will not affect this purchase.  The item photo that you send in via email to will be what appears in the ad.  There is not an online Showcase associated with this purchase!

**Also note: If your shop is currently in Vacation Mode, you will not be able to purchase a spot. You must turn Vacation Mode off in order to participate.

4. What do I do next?

You’ll receive a conversation from Adam with details, and we will need the following from you:

  1. Your shop name.
  2. The price of the item.
  3. The main category that the item is listed under.
  4. A high-resolution photograph of your item (300 dpi).  
  • If you need help with photo issues, please ask, and Adam will send you detailed instructions.  If you already have a photo that you like, great!  If not, check out some of our photography tips.
  • We will need your image by 7:00pm (Eastern Time) on Monday, January 26, 2009 to give us time to lay out the ad and meet our deadline.

5. How many spots can I reserve?

  • You can purchase one spot per advertisement.

6. Can I cancel a spot after I’ve made a reservation? Is the fee refunded?

  • We will only cancel and refund spots under very special circumstances. Deciding you are no longer interested in your spot does not count.  If you feel like you really have a valid case please email

7. How do I know if the current Cooperative Ad is right for me?

  • Do some research!  We’ll provide helpful info for each ad as it becomes available (see above). And, it may be helpful to visit your local bookstore or newsstand to see if they carry the magazine.  Remember, there will be more of these Cooperative Advertising opportunities available in the future. If you don’t feel like this magazine is perfect for you, there will be other opportunities…

See our posts on upcoming Showcase opportunities as well.