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Etsy International: How to Internationalize Those Measurements

Jul 3, 2009

by Vanessa Bertozzi

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The following post is translated from English to Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish and Turkish. Please scroll down to find your language. Special thanks to FrucciDesign for writing the initial post!

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Le billet qui suit a été traduit de l’Anglais vers l’Espagnol, le Français, l’Allemand et l’Italien. Faites défiler de haut en bas pour trouver votre langue.

Dieser Blogbeitrag ist vom Englischen ins Italienische, Französische, Deutsche, und Spanische übersetzt. Bitte scroll nach unten um die entsprechende Sprache zu finden.

Piu’ in basso trovate la traduzione di questo post in spagnolo, francese, tedesco e italiano.

Poniższy post zostaÅ‚ przetÅ‚umaczony z angielskiego na hiszpaÅ„ski, francuski, niemiecki, wÅ‚oski, polski i turecki. PrzewiÅ„ stronÄ™ w dóÅ‚ by znaleźć swój jÄ™zyk.

Bu yazı Ä°ngilizce’ den Ä°spanyolca, Fransızca, Almanca, Ä°talyanca, Lehçe ve Türkçe’ ye tercüme edilmiÅŸtir. Ä°stediÄŸiniz dili bulmak için sayfayı aÅŸağı kaydırınız. Özgün yazıyı yazan FrucciDesign ’a özel teÅŸekkürlerimizle.


[Necklace by MaisyandAlice]

English (translation by FrucciDesign)

Size does matter! (And dimensions do too.)

I experienced some culture shock when I moved to the U.S. from Italy. The Americans use U.S. customary units as their system of measurement, not the metric system!

I actually knew that measurement was different in the U.S. from Europe (we do learn this in school), but it really hit me only when I went for the very first time to the grocery shop and I had no idea how to buy 1 kg of apples or 1 L of milk, and I don’t even want to talk about temperature!

It may sound silly, but dimensions really do matter in our Etsy shops.

When sellers are listing an item, it is very helpful for buyers to have both types of measuring information.

This is my favorite link, where you can find any kind of conversion starting with the most common —  from inches to centimeters, to clothing sizes or jewelry sizes or even cooking measurements!

 


[Photograph by sara*..(= on Flickr]

Espagnol (translation by Karmacrochet of the Etsy in Spanish Team)

¡El tamaño importa! (y las medidas también)

Cuando dejé Italia y me mudé a los Estados Unidos me llevé una gran sorpresa.

¿Qué sorpresa? Los americanos usan diferentes medidas que nosotros, ¡ellos no miden en metros!

Yo sabía que esto iba a ser diferente que en Europa ( nosotros aprendemos eso en la escuela), pero esto fue una cruda realidad la primera vez que fui al supermercado, no tuve las más pálida idea como comprar 1 kilo de manzanas o 1 litro de leche, ¡y no empecemos a hablar de la temperatura!

Esto te puede sonar gracioso pero la realidad es: las medidas son muy importantes en tu negocio en Etsy.

Cuando los vendedores listan un producto, es muy importante para los clientes mostrar las medidas en los dos sistemas de medidas.

Este es mi favorito sitio, donde podés encontrar como convertir de una unidad a la otra,  empezando con las más comunes – pulgadas a centímetros, medidas para ropa, joyería  y ¡también las medidas que necesitas cuando estás cocinando! http://es.metric-conversions.org


[Ponytail holders by jackandjane]

Francais (translation by Sarah Camut)

Oui, la taille compte! (et les dimensions aussi).

J’ai fait l’expérience d’un « choc culturel » quand j’ai déménagé de la France vers les Etats-Unis. A propos de quoi? Les Américains utilisent leur propres unités comme système de mesure, pas le système métrique!

En fait, je savais que c’était différent de l’Europe (on apprend ça à l’école). Mais cela m’a vraiment frappée quand je suis allée pour la toute première fois au supermarché et que je n’avais alors aucune idée comment acheter 1kg de pommes ou 1L de lait, et je ne parle même pas de la température!

Cela peut sembler fou, mais les dimensions ont vraiment leur importance dans nos boutiques Etsy.

Quand les vendeurs mettent un objet en ligne, cela aide beaucoup les acheteurs d’avoir à disposition l’information sur les deux système de mesure.

Voici mon lien préféré, où vous pouvez trouver toutes sortes de conversion, en commençant par la plus commune — des pouces (inches) aux centimètres — en passant par les tailles d’habits ou des bijoux, jusqu’aux mesures de cuisine!” http://1000conversions.com — et aussi http://www.convertworld.com/fr


[Scarf by malam]

Deutsch (translation by Stefanie Karp)

Größe ist wichtig! (und Maße auch.)

Ich hatte einen kleinen Kulturschock als ich aus Italien in die USA zog. Warum? Die Amerikaner benutzen ihre eigenen Maßeinheiten, nicht das metrische System!

Eigentlich wusste ich, dass es hier anders ist (das lernen wir ja in der Schule). Aber ich verstand es erst so richtig als ich das erste Mal einkaufen ging und keine Ahnung hatte wie ich ein Kilo Äpfel oder einen Liter Milch kaufen sollte; von Temperaturen ganz zu schweigen!

Es mag lächerlich klingen, aber Abmessungen sind wirklich wichtig in unseren Etsy-Läden.
Wenn Verkäufer Waren anbieten hilft es den Kunden beide Maßeinheiten zu haben.

Das hier ist mein Lieblings-Link, wo man jede Art Umrechnung findet, von den üblichsten wie inches zu cm, bis hin zu Kleider- und Schmuckgrößen und sogar Einheiten fürs Kochen! http://www.umrechnung.org — und auch http://www.convertworld.com/de

 


[Photograph by WillowsWorld]

Italiano (translation by FrucciDesign)

Le misure contano! (cosi come le dimenzioni)

Quando mi sono trasferita a vivere in America uno dei primi “shock culturali” che ho avuto e’ stato al super mercato.

Di cosa parlo? Qui in USA non si usa il sistema di misura metrico.

Certo, in teoria lo sapevo che era diverso che in Europa l’avevo studiato a scuola, ma ho toccato con mano la differenza solo la prima volta che sono andata a fare la spesa ed ho cercato di comprare 1kg di mele, per non parlare di 1L di latte…e che dire dei gradi fahrenheit!

Lo so, puo’ suonare sciooco ma le dimensioni contano specialmente nel nostro negozio su Etsy.

Quando si mette in vendita un prodotto e’ molto utile per i nostri clienti avere entrambe le misure in metri e in pollici.

Questo e’ il mio link favorito dove potete trovare ogni sorta di conversion dalle piu’ comuni per convertire pollici in centimentri,ma anche taglie per vestiti o per gioielli fino a misure per la cucina…che possono essere sempre utili! http://www.green-acres.com/it/convert_unit.htm — e anche http://www.conversioni.it


[Photo by Matt Carman on Flickr]

Polish (translation by HAREandDRUM):

Rozmiar ma znaczenie! (i miara też)

DoznaÅ‚am sporego szoku kulturowego kiedy przeniosÅ‚am siÄ™ z WÅ‚och do USA. Amerykanie używajÄ… wÅ‚asnych miar zwyczajowych jako gÅ‚ównego systemu pomiarowego, a nie miar metrycznych!

WiedziaÅ‚am wczeÅ›niej o tym że miary amerykaÅ„skie różniÄ… siÄ™ od europejskich (uczÄ… nas tego w szkole), ale naprawdÄ™ dotarÅ‚o to do mnie przy pierwszej wizycie w sklepie spożywczym kiedy nie miaÅ‚am pojÄ™cia jak kupić kilo jabÅ‚ek czy litr mleka, że o mierzeniu temperatury nie wspomnÄ™.

Może to oczywiste, ale miara ma znaczenie dla sklepów na Etsy.

Kiedy wystawiamy przedmiot na sprzedaż, pamiętajmy o podaniu, tak pomocnych klientom, miar w obu systemach.

Oto mój ulubiony link, gdzie znajdziesz wszystkie ekwiwalenty miar, poczÄ…wszy od najprostszej wymiany cali na centymetry, aż do rozmiarów ubraÅ„ czy biżuterii, a nawet miar kuchennych: http://www.onlineconversion.com/

A oto link to podobnie wygodnego kalkulatora w wielu językach: http://www.green-acres.com/pl/convert_unit.htm

 

[Photo by ozgurmulazimoglu on Flickr]

Turkish (translation by NenoBebo)
Ölçüler önemlidir! (Boyutlar gibi.)

Ä°talya’ dan ABD’ye taşındığımda ilk kültür ÅŸoklarımdan birini süpermarkette yaÅŸadım.
Neden mi bahsediyorum? Amerika’da metrik sistem kullanılmıyor.

Sistemin eÄŸitim gördüÄŸüm Avrupa’ dan farklı olduÄŸunu teoride elbette biliyordum, ama aradaki farkı ancak ilk defa alışveriÅŸe,  1 kg elma almaya gittiÄŸimde tam olarak anladım. 1 lt sütten ve fahrenhayt derecelerden bahsetmiyorum bile!

KulaÄŸa aptalca gelebilir ama ölçüler Etsy maÄŸazalarımız için özellikle önem taşıyor.
Satıcıların, ürünlerini listelerken ürün bilgilerini her iki ölçü sisteminde birden vermeleri alıcılara büyük kolaylık saÄŸlayacaktır.

Bu link benim favorim; burada en çok kullanılanlardan en az rastlanana kadar çeÅŸitli ölçü birimlerinin karşılığını bulabilirsiniz; inçi santimetreye çevirebilir, ayakkabı ölçülerini bulabilir, hatta mutfakla ilgili ölçüleri çevirebilirsiniz.

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119 comments

  • MyGrandmasAttic

    MyGrandmasAttic said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for your point of view. I need to get to work and add those measurements. :)

  • soundcatalogue

    soundcatalogue said 9 years ago

    merci pour les sites de conversion!

  • LittleMaryMoo

    LittleMaryMoo said 9 years ago

    Thank you for this article. It took a few listings to reaslise that I needed to to this. It is really hard to think and visulise in the system you didn't learn as a child so I pop both measurements in my listings now.

  • jemmetals

    jemmetals said 9 years ago

    Ah measurements. I had the same but opposite issue when I was in Italy, resulting in my purchasing a kilo of spinach and trying desparately to find new ways to eat it

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 9 years ago

    Love this! These collaborative Storque articles are so very informative and fresh. Fantastic layout!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 9 years ago

    Vielen Dank, sehr hilfreich! Thank you, very helpful!

  • foamywader

    foamywader said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the info!

  • thymbyldesigns

    thymbyldesigns said 9 years ago

    I can't find the Etsy shop for the German translator... I'd like to see how my countrywoman applies the measurements in a useful way - it's never too late to learn a new trick! Is the article originally by FrucciDesign or by Vanessa? It doesn't say anywhere...

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 9 years ago

    Fabulous idea! Thanks!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 9 years ago

    Need to add those measurements. Thanks for the very useful link!

  • Ornamentii

    Ornamentii said 9 years ago

    These kinds of articles are so helpful in seeing outside our own little world. I make handmade jewelry, and always list in cm or mm when giving sizes. Most of the rulers in the USA have measurements in cm and mm besides inches, so my USA compatriots can make the conversion easily. Although I currently do not ship outside the US, I plan to in the near future, so the comments from people outside the US are SO helpful! Thank you!!!

  • yestreen

    yestreen said 9 years ago

    I do centimeters, always. If somebody needs a measurement in inches I use my calculator: 1 inch = 2.54 cm :)

  • minouette

    minouette said 9 years ago

    I always list both. By the way, there is one significant error in the translation into French. In the original blurb, the seller explains she moved FROM the US and to Europe. In French this is backwards. "J'ai fait l'expérience d'un « choc culturel » quand j'ai déménagé de la France vers les Etats-Unis"

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 9 years ago

    Merci pour le site de conversion... je suis tout le temps en train de faire des conversions car bien que je sois aux States depuis 10 ans je compte toujours en metre et centimetre... Pourtant je n'utilise que les inch dans ma boutique, il faudrait que je mette les deux mesures! Merci pour le rappel! :) Hibou

  • KOALACaddie

    KOALACaddie said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much. I will add the appropriate international measurements to my listings. I love the beautiful shawl from Silvia66. It is exquisite.

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop said 9 years ago

    Such a good point... I'm off to include centimeters to all my pogo listings. Why hadn't I thought of that before?

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 9 years ago

    Stunning!!

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 9 years ago

    Ehhh I need to list both measurements. Thanks for the eye opener! lol :)

  • kaleidoskopicromance

    kaleidoskopicromance said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the translations. If nobody minds me saying so, we do not use "gn" in Spanish words for the "ñ" sound. If the letter "ñ" is needed, it can be written by pressing at the same time Alt and 164. Proper use of the words is also good in any business.

  • masaoms

    masaoms said 9 years ago

    Great post!!! Muchas gracias por el link!! ;-)

  • LabyrinthLeather

    LabyrinthLeather said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for this article =:)

  • Beadz2Pleaz

    Beadz2Pleaz said 9 years ago

    I also come from a place of the USA metric system being foreign yet I don't put the other in my listings so thanks for this, it's a real valid point. Of all the folk out there, I should know how hard it is to do the conversion. Temperatures still get me.

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign said 9 years ago

    jemmetals that's funny!!!! thymbyldesigns, the article was originally from me...I was the one lost on the Californa's freeways who didn't know how many gallons of gas are enough to fill the trunk of the car while trying to calculate how hot it was 90F that day thinking that all my grocery shopping was very cheap compare to Italy....sure a pound is half a kilo!!

  • alibli

    alibli said 9 years ago

    Great Tips! :)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 9 years ago

    It's too easy to think the world exists of only what we see around us. Thanks for enlarging my perspective! I will use the link (onlineconversions.com) and make adjustments to my store to accommodate more customers from different places!

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto said 9 years ago

    Thank you very much! I've just begun to convert the measure and these site are very useful. Especially the Italian one!!! :)

  • Karmacrochet

    Karmacrochet said 9 years ago

    lol jemmetals! When I moved to the US, my first trip to the grocery store took like 6 hours I had no clue about the brands measurements or anything so I read all the labels.

  • Silvia66

    Silvia66 said 9 years ago

    Thank you very much for this article, it is very interesting and useful. Also thank you very much for including me in the list♥

  • BeautyWithin

    BeautyWithin said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. I try to soak up this type of information that you and others are so gracious about sharing.

  • COGnitivecreations

    COGnitivecreations said 9 years ago

    Being Canadian, we already function in both (officially in the metric system, but usually "fluent" in imperial). I've been using imperial measurements in my listings since I find that 90% of my customers are from the US, but this article made me consider including both... Thanks again Etsy! Et ma langue maternelle est le français alors c'est avantageux pour communiquer avec plus de clients. :o)

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 9 years ago

    Thanks for this. It will be very helpful. I am American visiting family in Australia right now and am struggling with this very issue. This is a good reminder that others may struggle when viewing measurements in my etsy shop. I certainly want to make it easy for everyone!

  • Tefi

    Tefi said 9 years ago

    Yay! I'm thrilled you featured Karmacrochet. She makes great items.

  • etcetrix

    etcetrix said 9 years ago

    TIP: Type in your desired size conversion right into Google search engine. Typing in (without quotation marks) "15 inch to cm" yields a quick conversion of "15 inch = 38.1 centimeters" Works for mm as well...and more.

  • Boldacious

    Boldacious said 9 years ago

    Great storque piece. +Those Black Moon earrings are darkly divine!!! D X

  • CarolBradley

    CarolBradley said 9 years ago

    I'm surprised people need to be told this.

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 said 9 years ago

    Great article. Being on an Etsy seller with most buyers from US, I become get used to it with inches until I'm not so expert with metrics any more. Thanks God here in my country, they provide manual magic tape measurement which includes metrics & inches, in case you are not on line. Thank you for sharing the conversion links. I know how you feel about "temperature" :)

  • PrudenceOctavia

    PrudenceOctavia said 9 years ago

    that Girasole ECO-RING is gorgeous.

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 9 years ago

    I list in inches, but encourage buyers to send me their measurements. Easily converted if necessary.

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 9 years ago

    Great article, beautifully presented. Thanks to your reminder, I'll be adding metric measurements to make shopping easier for buyers from many different places.

  • ciaraobscura

    ciaraobscura said 9 years ago

    This is something I've been so far behind on getting situated in my shop. I'm so appreciative of your link to the awesome conversion site... very helpful!

  • LittleGreenSquirrel

    LittleGreenSquirrel said 9 years ago

    Merci, muchas gracias and ank you thay! All the tips are helpful!

  • ennadoolf

    ennadoolf said 9 years ago

    Great article! I always try to remember cm along with my inches.

  • steampunkjunk

    steampunkjunk said 9 years ago

    Love this article! Thanks!

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 9 years ago

    Great article! Thanks!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago

    nice!

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 9 years ago

    Having lived in the United States and Mexico (and now France), I grew up with a bilingual education using both metric and imperial, and convert easily from one to the other (hmm...10 cm = 4", 2 kilos = 4.4 lb, etc). So I always include both measurements in my listings to help out all my buyers, no matter where they may be. Thank you for featuring my dress in the related items :-)

  • BelleReverb

    BelleReverb said 9 years ago

    Thank you! The clothing size converter is exactly what I've been looking for. I have found others on the web but this one seems to be the most accurate for converting UK to US sizes.

  • ScrapArcs

    ScrapArcs said 9 years ago

    You can also just type the conversions into google for most things and it will give you related measurements. For example, try "8mm in inches" or "4 oz in grams" and the results will be right there.

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the reminder. In Canada we use both systems, some things are easier(or standard) to measure in metric and some in imperial.

  • HAREandDRUM

    HAREandDRUM said 9 years ago

    Into Polish, by Hare and Drum: Rozmiar ma znaczenie! (i miara tez) Doznalam sporego szoku kulturowego kiedy przeniosłam się z Wloch do USA. Amerykanie uzywaja wlasnych miar zwyczajowych jako głownego systemu pomiarowego, a nie miar metrycznych! Wiedzialam wczesniej o tym ze miary amerykanskie roznia się od europejskich (ucza nas tego w szkole), ale naprawde dotarlo to do mnie przy pierwszej wizycie w sklepie spozywczym kiedy nie mialam pojeca jak kupic kilo jabłek czy litr mleka, ze o mierzeniu temperatury nie wspomne. Moze to oczywiste, ale miara ma znaczenie dla sklepow na Etsy. Kiedy wystawiamy przedmiot na sprzedaz, pamiętajmy o podaniu, tak pomocnych klientom, miar w obu systemach. Oto moj ulubiony link, gdzie znajdziesz wszystkie ekwiwalenty miar, poczawszy od najprostszej wymiany cali na centymetry, az do rozmiarow ubran czy bizuterii, a nawet miar kuchennych. Thank you for the link, really helpful! I join the author in her culture shock experience. I still can't figure out how measuring in 16ths of an inch can be comfortable. Oh well, when in Rome... :)

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 9 years ago

    I live in Turkey we use cm but I give both inch and cm .I use program inch converter to calculate inches.Its too useful and easy way to convert from cm to inch.

  • sandali

    sandali said 9 years ago

    AWESOME -- yes, it does matter indeed !! I notices with my first shop that no one seemed to understand my measurements in CM's -- now I convert everything to inches too -- I believe it's best to put both the cm's as well as the inches then the whole globe will understand -- happy days ;)

  • roroism

    roroism said 9 years ago

    Swedish / Polish greetings :))))

  • ovgilliesdesigns

    ovgilliesdesigns said 9 years ago

    I love the differences! Makes you more aware of other cultures and different perceptions. Takes a while to list both measurements in each listing, & personally I prefer metric (especially when dealing with gems/beads), but either way is not too much of a problem as you can find decent convertion online.

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 9 years ago

    Very useful article. It expands the horizons of everyone and saves sellers and buyers a lot of time and trouble...

  • daisytoad

    daisytoad said 9 years ago

    I've wondered about this, as I like mine in inches, but the rest of the world uses metric! Thanks!

  • chinacutter

    chinacutter said 9 years ago

    Thanks for your article.So helpful!It is increasingly easy for us to communicate with friends today.

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 9 years ago

    I was just thinking about converting my measurements...Now I don't have to use the ruler! Thanks! ^_^

  • perfectsixtynine

    perfectsixtynine said 9 years ago

    cool-69

  • f2images

    f2images said 9 years ago

    Very helpful links! And an interesting topic. Thank you for featuring my image! Emiko :)

  • dbabcock

    dbabcock said 9 years ago

    Thank you! That's a wonderful link.

  • GimCarry

    GimCarry said 9 years ago

    In Thailand use cm.,m.,kg.,km. when I watch Discovery channel or TV programs from western,I'm confusion so I have proportion paper on my wall but it's ok. I want to learn :) Thank you all 917stefanie, FrucciDesign, Karmacrochet, lilyofdesert, Vanessa

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for this reminder! I generally add cm in addition to inches, but sometimes I forget!

  • PAINTINGSBYSAM

    PAINTINGSBYSAM said 9 years ago

    Thanks!

  • SpringColors

    SpringColors said 9 years ago

    thank you. this is very helpful.

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike said 9 years ago

    I simply Google the conversion I need and hop - it's there. For example - google "31.5cm in inches" and get "31.5 centimeters = 12.4015748 inches".

  • TheNebulousKingdom

    TheNebulousKingdom said 9 years ago

    thanks for the article. It's so great to have the French translation!

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 9 years ago

    wonderful article for everyone!

  • rntn

    rntn said 9 years ago

    Thank , go inter item :)

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 9 years ago

    Muchas gracias for the conversion tools.

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk said 9 years ago

    I always list cm and inches in my descriptions - I have an AWESOME little hot pink tape measure that I got for free from fusionbeads.com - it makes it so easy to get the different measurements!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for this fabulous article with these useful conversion info! lovelove

  • metrostation

    metrostation said 9 years ago

    I always list inches as that is what I learned in school and we switched to metric halfway through which made it hard to get used to but I will try and list in both thanks for the article and useful tips!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 9 years ago

    this is very cool, never really thought about it but it makes sense to cover all of the measurement bases:)

  • lesthings

    lesthings said 9 years ago

    Great point!From the beggining on etsy I was aware that this was essential,so thanks to my metric-inches rule I put all my measurements in both systems. Another issue is the ring measurement system...it's different for almost every country and I worried about it.Luckily,I had some american designer rings and finally found the correspondence.From my experience it works!!! Thanks to karmacrochet for the excellent spanish translation:))

  • AMIdesigns

    AMIdesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the link to the conversion tables. I am in the UK so am sort of familiar with both, but this is great

  • littlejennywren

    littlejennywren said 9 years ago

    Coming from a country that uses the metric system I have been using inches in my listings because this is an American site - not very clever of me. I'll use both from now on.

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 9 years ago

    Many american sellers include a picture of an american coin for size reference by their article, specially supplies. This of absolutely NO USE for a foreigner who has no clue as to the size of the different american coins. So if you sell overseas, include measurements, any measurements or even a measure tape in inches on your pictures is of help, but please, no coins!

  • neraidodhmiourgies

    neraidodhmiourgies said 9 years ago

    it it good to enclose in the descriptions both cm and inch, to help the buyers and make their shopping more easy and fun!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 9 years ago

    I think it is always important to include exact sizes for items, I now have my metric measurements down, I had to quickly learn the sizes for my sterling silver discs. Great post always interesting topics.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    In all my photos of small items I include an American coin, a british one & a Euro as well. I had to ask one of my lovely US customers to send me the US money (obviously I paid her for it & the postage, I'm not cheeky enough to ask people to mail me money just because it would be nice!) I'm sure we all have repeat buyers that get to be friends, so most sellers could acquire a few coins of different currencies to give scale in photos. I also list measurements in both inches & centimetres... I'm old enough to work in inches, but for anyone British & under 30 it's just as hard to understand Imperial measurements as it is for the rest of Europe!

  • KatyScudieri

    KatyScudieri said 9 years ago

    You can also download MS Calculator Plus, which has all kinds off conversions on there! I use it ALL the time. The only one it doesn't have which I use once in a while is dwt (pennyweights). :)

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for making me see the other side, I will get to work on adding metric measurements.

  • MichelleStudio

    MichelleStudio said 9 years ago

    I used to work at an Italian furniture company. Also growing up with metric system, I completely understand the shock with different measure system. However, it didn't hit me that I should post different measurements on Etsy shop. It does make sense. I will work on it in the future. Thanks for the reminder.

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 9 years ago

    Oh, thanks a lot! I really need to add to my metric sizes US ones!!

  • chocolateandsteel

    chocolateandsteel said 9 years ago

    I just wanted to share my favorite link as well. It's on online calculator for converting measurements: http://worldwidemetric.com/Measurements.html

  • walkthetalk

    walkthetalk said 9 years ago

    thank you~ i never even thought to show metric measurements in my shop~ great idea... editing i will go!

  • BirdhouseBlessings

    BirdhouseBlessings said 9 years ago

    Thank you.

  • macraMe

    macraMe said 9 years ago

    What a mess with the measurements, and who had ever a claim for it? This article is very useful to us! Our special compliments for our friends Silvia66, LesThings, malam, tortillagirl and alibli! :-) :-)

  • LisaFerinDesigns

    LisaFerinDesigns said 9 years ago

    Ciao FrucciDesign, Dovro' veramente aggiungere le misure metriche e comminciare anche a spedire in altri paesi! Thanks to all the lovely translators. A good reminder!

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 9 years ago

    This article is very useful to me! !! well done!!! Thank you very much!!!

  • codesign

    codesign said 9 years ago

    I can't believe I didn't think of it, and I actually came from Hong Kong where we use the metric system. I had to completely learn all measurements when I came to the US. Must include cm/mm now to my cards. Thanks for the post and a reminder that the United States is just one country.

  • TJToubeaux

    TJToubeaux said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for the links! They really help. I'll have to update my shop with all the conversions.

  • evihan

    evihan said 9 years ago

    very useful....thank youuuuu

  • vantiani

    vantiani said 9 years ago

    Exactly what I need! Yay! Thank you oh so much! Huge Hugs!

  • bijouxteria

    bijouxteria said 9 years ago

    Being a french store it is very useful! Thank you!!!

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear said 9 years ago

    This is one of the best posts ever! It's very very useful...thanks!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the info!

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 9 years ago

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  • aimeesarmoire

    aimeesarmoire said 9 years ago

    Isn't it funny-- as a vintage bead/button dealer (beadsandbits.etsy.com) I find it the most normal thing in the world to use metric in most listings -- but in my vintage/handcrafted shop, I use (admittedly, crazy!) "standard" measurements. Must be an ambidextrous thing!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 9 years ago

    nice and very helpful!!

  • NotMaryNot

    NotMaryNot said 9 years ago

    errata corrige: is "dimensioni" not "dimenzioni".

  • LadyLuLus

    LadyLuLus said 9 years ago

    I liked this article a lot!

  • lassandaliasdeana

    lassandaliasdeana said 9 years ago

    it´s right!!! measures are sometimes a problem!!! thanks for information!!! ;)

  • JiaStyle

    JiaStyle said 9 years ago

    Very helpful information! Thanks for including our "Ring Marque - Textured silver ring" in the related items!!!

  • junkyjunk

    junkyjunk said 9 years ago

    Another helpful, and informative article! Thanks!

  • NenoBebo

    NenoBebo said 9 years ago

    Thanks to the team for bringing this topic to sellers' agenda. It is a great article and I had to translate it! I hope it'll be helpful for everyone :)

  • JayBehrle

    JayBehrle said 9 years ago

    Thank you. This is very helpful.

  • CherryBubblesVintage

    CherryBubblesVintage said 9 years ago

    Thank you for this terrific info! I've been thinking of adding alternate measurements for my vintage items - the conversion site link will be a great help in doing so!!

  • PALEOLOCHICHomeDecor

    PALEOLOCHICHomeDecor said 9 years ago

    Is very important to put all the info possible as we aim worldwide, I usually use http://www.convertworld.com for measurments and exchange rates. All the best!

  • Doucepoints

    Doucepoints said 9 years ago

    I always write my measurements in centimeters and in inches. I got myself a tape measure that has both sizes on them, to make things easier. What always cracks me up is seeing an American coin in a picture. Sorry, that doesn't really help me.

  • GingiBeads

    GingiBeads said 9 years ago

    Thanks a lot for the hard work you all put on this article, It's very useful for me! My humble contribution: Approximate Conversions to Metric Measures http://ts.nist.gov/WeightsAndMeasures/Metric/conv.cfm Approximate Conversions from Metric Measures http://ts.nist.gov/WeightsAndMeasures/Metric/doc5.cfm

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 9 years ago

    Thanks! Gracias! I always put measurements in both cm and inches but wondered if it was really necessary..... now I know it is! :)

  • derinmavi

    derinmavi said 9 years ago

    Wow, this is a great article, so happ that I came acroos and great to have it in Turkish!

  • ANGELsTIME

    ANGELsTIME said 9 years ago

    Great info, great article.

  • tuttodecorato

    tuttodecorato said 9 years ago

    Yes more shops, especially the american ones, have to put more measurements, in feed and in cm.

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 9 years ago

    great info -I have just found and it is a big suprise for me to see "turkish" translation too :) great! thanks everyone!

  • ScotlandUK

    ScotlandUK said 9 years ago

    This conversion site is great, I sit with a tape measure at my side and do my conversions this way, but this site offers a lot more. Can anyone tell me where I can join an Etsy UK/Europe forum page? I am also having a hard time to get get my first sale and would like any advice you can give me. Thanks M

  • CarvingRoots

    Georgi Georgiev from CarvingRoots said 4 years ago

    Thank you for this article!

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