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Etsy in the Press: Art of Pricing in Venus Zine

Mar 3, 2008

by Vanessa Bertozzi handmade and vintage goods

The latest issue of Venus Zine #29 is out!  The Storque is on a mission to provide indie entrepreneurs with useful info on running businesses.  Venus Zine syndicated a post from Beth’s series here in the Storque, the Art of Pricing, and so we’re very proud to see one of our little articles fly into the world of print magazines and land on the newsstand. It was also very cool to see our downstairs neighbors, BurdaStyle, represented in an ad right below the article.  Who knew the pages of the magazine would so perfectly reflect our physical space, over here in Brooklyn?

Some of you may remember this teaser post from Venus’ photo shoot here at the Labs. Now that the issue is out we can spill the beans. Venus DIY editor Justina Blakeney, our most recent Featured Buyer, constructed a very cool bulletin board using many recycled materials; the prop styling and photo shoot giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the magazine.

Check it out in the magazine and let us know which Etsy sellers were featured!


  • yumiyumi

    yumiyumi said 11 years ago

    I just got my issue a few days ago and was delighted to see they used my "white love birds" print in the bulletin board.... unfortunately there was a typo and another seller (the lovely Elsita) was credited instead. I'm still very happy to see it there :)

  • makemesmile

    makemesmile said 11 years ago

    Yumiyumi, That is a lovely bird print. I went to your store to check it out in full, hopefully more people will find their way there anyway.

  • Atelier500

    Atelier500 said 10 years ago

    I LOVE all these up dates..I can find the time to read everything... Joan - in Florida

  • georgettewilhelmina

    georgettewilhelmina said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the info...

  • zannesart

    zannesart said 10 years ago

    Thanks for all the info. and being user friendly, I always wanted to have my own store, I love Etsy.

  • Beadelicious123

    Beadelicious123 said 10 years ago

    The articles are very helpful. Thanks. Kate

  • waltersbeads

    waltersbeads said 10 years ago

    nice food for thought

  • SunnyA

    SunnyA said 10 years ago

    Thanks for this information! I am reading anything and everything to start my stained glass business and succeed with it! This use to be a hobby but now, with the economy the way it is, I want to turn it into a business.

  • waltersbeads

    waltersbeads said 10 years ago

    thanks for the report. wish had more time to read it all.

  • KellysGifts

    KellysGifts said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the info.

  • ManoCelebrates

    ManoCelebrates said 10 years ago

    thanks a lot for this information every little news helps.

  • chubbycheeksweaters

    chubbycheeksweaters said 10 years ago

    Good information!

  • grleternal

    grleternal said 10 years ago

    Dear Moderator: I know that if this post belongs on another page you will see to it that the feedback goes to your potential sellers. My family knows how much I rave about and have encouraged people to sell here. When pricing vintage it's only fair to take a square look at the cleanliness of the item... If a seller is unwilling to sell a clean item then it belongs in a rummage sale as a cast off donation. I did not have the heart to place unfavorable comments regarding 3 recent purchases... 2 vintage purses, and one vintage pair of boots(3diff sellers). Times are tough and generally I honor all of my convos. When I recieved those items they went straight into the backyard for a dose of sunlight. But after paying for shipping I find the cost of these items was prohibitive. Retailers are providing brand new merchandise at up to %90 off sales. Sellers should remove dust in the creases of the material, look one more time to remove left items in purses or pockets. In particular finger smudges on patent leather,dust/dirt that could have been brushed off of the suede boots... In order to use one clutch purse I will have to submerge the item in soapy water, place baking soda in the other and use a suede brush myself to clean the boots. After they air out substantially. If I don't actually do an energetic cleaning of some kind! :( - g

  • summerground

    summerground said 10 years ago

    I do agree with Grieternal. During this bad time, sellers should take EXTRA "TLC" in making sure that the products they are selling are of good quality. Things like taking photographs as close as the real item so as not to mislead buyers and secure packaging for shipment helps to make sure that the purchase arrives in good conditions to the buyers. Those "black sheeps" destroy chances of the rest of the sellers who are trying their best out here.

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 10 years ago

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  • TiKiGiTreasures

    TiKiGiTreasures said 10 years ago

    Can someone tell me how to price shipping? I was using the priority USPS rates, but they seem a bit much.

  • mangia123

    mangia123 said 10 years ago


  • softcreations

    softcreations said 10 years ago

    I love etsy and all the valuable info on pricing for 'quality handcraft' product sales.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 9 years ago

    extremely helpful and a great collaboration. venus mag is so supportive of etsy! keep your eyes peeled for the next issue because we will be in it!!!

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 9 years ago

    Congrats on the Venues Zine feature! That's quite a feat.

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 9 years ago

    thanks for all the invaluable help about pricing ; )

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 9 years ago

    Great article. Love it. Thanks for the info.

  • snollygosters

    snollygosters said 9 years ago

    Great update. I think I stress out too much over pricing! Shipping is also tricky these days with all the price changes and flat rates. I never charge more than postage cost, and eat the costs of packaging, since I tend to go over board on that anyway! it's fun.

  • AWEshop

    AWEshop said 9 years ago

    I think we all stress out over pricing. But the worst is the few that Way under charge for their work! They not only deserve more for their time and creativity, it makes it hard for the people who do price higher and really need that higher price to stay in business!

  • AWEshop

    AWEshop said 9 years ago

    I think we all stress out over pricing. But the worst is the few that Way under charge for their work! They not only deserve more for their time and creativity, it makes it hard for the people who do price higher and really need that higher price to stay in business!

  • AWEshop

    AWEshop said 9 years ago

    oh, sorry, stupid delay!!! :P

  • popolvuh

    popolvuh said 9 years ago

    well hope to make some sells soon :) will be using the tips for sure!

  • TheOoakTree

    TheOoakTree said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the helpful info!

  • Pasteesh

    Pasteesh said 8 years ago

    I agree some people that under price make it hard to stay in business or to even get started!

  • doveandflower

    doveandflower said 8 years ago

    As a new Etsy seller, this is crucial information. Great comments too. I'm learning so much from all the info on the Etsy Blog posts. A million thanks!

  • ashcreeknativities

    ashcreeknativities said 8 years ago

    I've been asked about wholesaling....I've set my Etsy prices as low as I could. Does anyone have experience on what to charge?

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