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Etsy’s Guide to Selling From Europe: Part 1

Mar 22, 2010

by daniellexo

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Did you know that during 2009 30% of sales on Etsy involved a buyer or seller outside the U.S, reaching over 160 countries? A lot of that action is happening in Europe.

Setting up a shop is technically the same process for a seller anywhere in the world, but we know selling from Europe comes with its own challenges. So I went to the Etsy community with the question, “What tried and true tips do you have to share?” With the help of many of our successful European sellers, I bring you a two-part guide to selling from Europe. (These tips are actually great for most sellers outside the U.S.!) Part 1 will cover product development, descriptions, tagging, and community. Part 2 will dive into shipping, customer service tips, and legalities.

Your Unique Niche
Etsy buyers are looking for unique work they can’t find anywhere else. As a seller in a far off land, you may just have a leg up! AThousandJoys says, “The best thing a European Etsian can do is really show off your heritage and be proud of your traditions and where you are from. That’s what makes your work so unique and exciting and sets you apart from the thousands of other goodies that can catch a buyer’s eye right in their backyard.” Deepindigo agrees, “Be original and don’t be afraid of show your country’s culture. In this ever-shrinking world, it can be refreshing.”

The techniques and materials native to your country are not just fresh to U.S. buyers, but also to buyers all over the world who share or are interested in your country’s history. Etsy seller byAMOR uses this to her advantage and says, “Try to include something unique to your country in your designs, whether it be a material or a technique. I love to use Connemara marble and Kilkenny marble. My local Irish customers love the stones and other buyers are interested in unique materials from my country!”

Slippers From Lithuanian Wool by ing00te

While you should embrace your differences, remember that a lot of your buyers will come from all over the world. Vilte says, “As most of your clients will come from the U.S., study their trends. There are some ‘weird’ obsessions Americans might have — like buying everything with owls and mustaches!”

Descriptions and Tagging
If the English language doesn’t come easy to you, Belgian seller ArtMind suggests letting your buyers know why your descriptions might not always use proper grammar. She says, “If English is not your main language and you’re not too comfortable with it, it doesn’t harm to state this in your profile. You can call it ‘creative English’ to indicate that you try your best.” I find most buyers are very understanding. I’ve even heard of a buyer taking the time to help a seller rewrite all of her shop descriptions!  

Etsy has a very supportive community. There are lots of ways to practice your English right here on the site. 5erg says, “Most difficult for me about the language is that no one teaches you at school how people really talk in the U.S., so for finding the best tags it might be useful to hang out in the Etsy Forums from time to time — or just read the Forum threads to see what common words people actually use. You could even start a thread to ask about the tags you might use for your craft.” Great ideas!

English Etsy seller FeltandWeave suggests becoming familiar with the different words Americans may use to describe your work — thus what keywords shoppers will be searching. “Items are often called by a different name, some bags are also called a purse, a brooch can be called a pin, so try to use your tags accordingly.” If you need help with this, spend some time browsing similar items in your Category. You’ll probably pick up alternate terms in no time. This blog post, International Tagging, can help and has a list of common American English words translated to British English terms.

Wellies British Flashcard Shirt by charlieandsarah

To appeal to American and European buyers, ErikaPrice suggests you “make sure your tags include both American and European English spellings.”

Make sure you let your buyers know where you are shipping from. ThongbaiTatong writes, “In the beginning of each product description I mention that this item is from the Netherlands. Further down the item description I say, ‘Be well informed about the purchase as I ship from the Netherlands. Please visit my Shop Policies for more information about shipping, refunds, etc.’ Then I add the link directly to my Shop Policy page for people to click easily. It helps because, firstly, a lot of people think it is nice to buy a product from overseas. They see it as something special, coming from somewhere far away and mentioning where your product comes from is a kind of advertisement. And secondly, people know that this product is shipping from the Netherlands, so they know what kind of delivery time to expect.”

Lastly, make sure you are using metric and imperial measurements in your listing. This blog post, How to Internationalize Those Measurements, can help. Vadjutka says, “Sometimes I have a hard time counting in inches, so this conversion site is a friend of mine.” And don’t forget, clothing and jewelry sizes vary from country to country as well. Here’s a website to help you convert jewelry and clothing sizes.

Irish Gaelic Text Glass Tile Magnets by CrowBiz

Set Your Location
Make sure you’ve set your location to City/Town, State/Province, Country, Europe. That way if a buyer wants to shop by City, Province, Country or all of Europe, they’lll be able to find you. Mirthquake adds, “If you are from Holland, don’t just say Holland, but say ‘The Netherlands, Europe.’ Don’t be mistaken for Holland, Michigan.” Lamarquisedesanges has found many buyers through the Shop Local tool and says, “Make sure you’re not being too precise with your location, so that people will be able to find you through Shop Local. If you enter ‘Mortagne Au Perche,’ which is lost in the middle of the Normandy countryside, there is little chance someone will find you.” Find out how to set your location here. 

Four Transportation Prints by gracehesterdesigns

Community
Etsy Teams are a great place to find other sellers in your area. creamrose says, “I recommend joining a European Team, or at least popping in on the UK thread or the Euro thread (both in Teams and Events Forums), for advice and good chats!”

“I second joining the European/UK Etsy Teams. They’re full of good advice from people who’ve likely struggled with the same issues you might be facing as a new person. Don’t be shy about asking for help, everyone is very friendly!” says nicolehill.

Debs102 gets lots of help from her Team: “I sell from Wales and find being part of Etsy Teams is a big help — I learned that ladybirds are ladybugs, colour is color and a stocking stitch is stockinette stitch!”

Joining forces with a local Etsy Team can also help you spread the word about your Etsy shops and Etsy. ABoxForMyTreasure says, “Etsy isn’t that well known (yet!) in many countries in Europe, so if you’re a new Etsian, take every opportunity to tell people you meet about the site and what it’s about. Spreading the word will lead to more local customers.”

The Etsy Forums can also provide support. SunflowerWoolArt suggests checking in with other sellers after you list a new item: “After I list something new, I often ask for advice in the Critique section of the Etsy Forums concerning the names that I use for my items. Native speakers often suggest some better or alternative terms, which I can use in the titles or tags so my items can be found more easily.”

Do you have a tip or resource to share with international sellers? Let us know in the comments below! 

More Seller How-To Posts

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RESOURCES

 Shipping:

 Royal Mail 
Deutsche Post
Russian Post
Correos
LaPoste
DePoste
AnPost
Posten
Ptt
Track Mail –  USPS
Post/EMS  Tracking

 

Teams:

Europe
Barcelona
Estonia
Germany
Greece
Holland/Flanders
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Mediterranean
United Kingdom
Scotland
Spain
Turkey
Wales
Etsy in Spanish
ES Etsy
CraftBrittania 
French      Handmade
…more Teams

 

Language:

Internet Acronyms
Etsy Lingo
Colors in English
Google Translate
Babelfish
English  Thesaurus

 

Other:

EU Sales Tax 
Sizes  Conversions
Measurements
Tagging
Etsy in Italiano
Etsy in French

 

Craft Mafias:

Glasgow  
Manchester
Nottingham

 

A Few European  Blogs:

Allerliebst
Bientôt Demain
Decor8
Ensuite
Frau Liebe
I Love Handmade
My Day is Friday
Pia Jane Bijerk
Print & Pattern
Trendenser
With Love From  Europe
Yvestown

 

The moon is rising - wool picture - wool tapestry - wall hanging - in waldorf tradition
The moon is rising - wool picture - wool tapestry - wall hanging - in waldorf tradition
Sold
florentine leaf earrings
florentine leaf earrings
Sold
Yellow Stripes - Short Stirrup Legwarmers / Spats
Yellow Stripes - Short Stirrup Legwarmers / Spats
Sold
Madhatters Tea Party necklace
Madhatters Tea Party necklace
Sold
Handpainted superwash merino roving \/ tops ( SW16)
Handpainted superwash merino roving \/ tops ( SW16)
Sold
Black hand knitted leg warmers
Black hand knitted leg warmers
Sold
Fabric Buttons  For Sewing, Crafting And Knitting, Made In The UK,  Pretty Little Houses
Fabric Buttons For Sewing, Crafting And Knitting, Made In The UK, Pretty Little Houses
Sold
NEW - Spring 2010 - knit cotton skirt in black, red and white
NEW - Spring 2010 - knit cotton skirt in black, red and white
Sold
Nuno felted top -  Inner senses OOAK
Nuno felted top - Inner senses OOAK
Sold
Calm - 5 - Mini art feeling
Calm - 5 - Mini art feeling
Sold
RESERVED CUSTOM Original Oil Painting ACEO / ATC 2,5 x 3,5. Psycho Peace Dove
RESERVED CUSTOM Original Oil Painting ACEO / ATC 2,5 x 3,5. Psycho Peace Dove
Sold

222 comments

  • martice

    martice said 7 years ago

    great article!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 7 years ago

    thank you for information=)

  • AmandaSainsbury

    AmandaSainsbury said 7 years ago

    good stuff :)

  • AliBaliJewellery

    AliBaliJewellery said 7 years ago

    good article!

  • vadjutka

    vadjutka said 7 years ago

    Woah! Must have been a very hard work to put this (and I suppose the coming) article together! Great points and tips!

  • NancyvdBoom

    NancyvdBoom said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for all the contributions from EST, EUROPE!!!!! ;-)

  • ClareBears

    ClareBears said 7 years ago

    great article! Lets hope we can encourage more europeans

  • QuercusSilver

    QuercusSilver said 7 years ago

    WOW! That's a whole load of useful information.

  • creamrose

    creamrose said 7 years ago

    Really useful info here:)

  • sianuska

    sianuska said 7 years ago

    Love the tea party necklace - cute! X

  • BHBKidstyle

    BHBKidstyle said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • iragranteco

    iragranteco said 7 years ago

    Great job Danielle:) this will be very useful for many New European Seller!

  • Huismus

    Huismus said 7 years ago

    Very useful post, thanks!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 7 years ago

    Great article !

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 7 years ago

    I think this info usefull for all sellers selling from outside US! Big thanks to Daniellexo!!

  • LeelaBijou

    LeelaBijou said 7 years ago

    Great advice and info! Thank you very much! :)

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe said 7 years ago

    wonderful tips! I have made notes :)

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    CUTE stuff! I love those tips, even though I'm not a Euro seller. And "Wellies"! Haha.. so cute!

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • marcelacamargo

    marcelacamargo said 7 years ago

    Great article, there is a lot of original talent in Europe I love looking at their work because the influences vary so much from continent to continent.

  • missindie

    missindie said 7 years ago

    Great article! I love all of the unique pieces from Europe, so cuteee!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 7 years ago

    I just love Europe!!

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 7 years ago

    Great tips!

  • BacaCaraJewelry

    BacaCaraJewelry said 7 years ago

    Great article Danielle! Lots of useful information for all sellers outside the USA.

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 7 years ago

    wonderful article !!

  • TataniaRosa

    TataniaRosa said 7 years ago

    Great article.

  • meteor

    meteor said 7 years ago

    Very helpful! Lots of good ideas and ways which works very well for selling. Thank you!!!

  • thelightningbolts

    thelightningbolts said 7 years ago

    Bravo! Wonderful advice

  • HecketyBeckety

    HecketyBeckety said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the info and I'll improve my wee shoppie!

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 7 years ago

    Oh! Great items from dear EST fellows! YAY! Wonderful tips!

  • knockandrun

    knockandrun said 7 years ago

    Great tips! I'm very proud to be a European Etsian.x

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this great article!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 7 years ago

    hip hip hurra!

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 7 years ago

    I love the cut-out! And very useful article too :)

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 7 years ago

    Great article.Great items from my friends.

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this article and for including my Madhatters Teaparty necklace - I'm thrilled!

  • MayaLee

    MayaLee said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thanks! From Sweden with love :-)

  • Karolija

    Karolija said 7 years ago

    Helpful tips, thank you, Danielle!

  • pouch

    pouch said 7 years ago

    I love the way charlieandsarah embrace all things British!

  • pouch

    pouch said 7 years ago

    I love the way charlieandsarah embrace all things British!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Great!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    I just love buying items from other countries! I figure if I can't travel there myself at least I can have a little trinket from there, and a little bit of there air sent to me in the package.

  • CleopatraKerckhof

    CleopatraKerckhof said 7 years ago

    Very valuable tips - thanks!

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 7 years ago

    Great work Danielle to put these lots of helpful information together! Thank you. Hugs from Hungary :)

  • Maari

    Maari said 7 years ago

    I definitely agree on joining a team and hanging out in blogs and forums. Thanks for the tips!

  • LustreBeads

    LustreBeads said 7 years ago

    Brilliant, thanks!

  • LuckyRainbowDesigns

    LuckyRainbowDesigns said 7 years ago

    excellant article! :)

  • viltalakim

    viltalakim said 7 years ago

    super article, maybe a tip: most european people preferr bankingtransfer in euro's instead of using Paypal in dollars... Hope you understand my creative english:)

  • nicolehill

    nicolehill said 7 years ago

    Thanks for putting this together Danielle, hopefully it will help new European sellers on Etsy!

  • verityunmondoaparte

    verityunmondoaparte said 7 years ago

    wow, so cute article and more tips for European Sellers like me!! Hughs from Italy ^_^

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 7 years ago

    Since I grew up in Germany, it's great to hear from European Etsians. I really can see , that tagging might be a problem, because we've only learned British English at school. Having been in the US for 14 years now, I'm more than happy to help, if somebody has difficulties .

  • 1dream

    1dream said 7 years ago

    Thank you Danielle!Great article!

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 7 years ago

    Hello Europe, nice to hear from you.

  • meltemsem

    meltemsem said 7 years ago

    Very helpful tips , excellent article! Thank you so much! Hugs from Turkey!

  • niftyknits

    niftyknits said 7 years ago

    Checking out language differences is really important I think. I thought p&p was universal, but discovered you guys don't say "postage and packing", you say "shipping and handling" s&h similarly, I had put "ready to post" in my descriptions, but was advised to change it to "ready to ship" Being in an international team (etteam) has really helped me with the language barrier from UK to USA!

  • handebilten

    handebilten said 7 years ago

    thank you.. great..

  • BeljaysFeltnArt

    BeljaysFeltnArt said 7 years ago

    Useful tips no matter where yo are in the world. Thanks

  • sabahnur

    sabahnur said 7 years ago

    super article daniella! what did my european friends says are just right!:)

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 7 years ago

    Helpful suggestions, even for a shop in Singapore. And I love the cute house buttons!

  • squirrellicious

    squirrellicious said 7 years ago

    YAY for Europe and this great article! Thanks so much from Holland X

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 7 years ago

    Very useful, thanks!

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 7 years ago

    Great article - thank you from Limoges, France x

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    All the best to the European Etsians. I have been a long time fan of Mirthquake's wonderful birds.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    This is helpful to stateside sellers, too! Etsy should encourage U.S. sellers to be less 'Ameri-centric' and urge use of common European terms and jargon to help international buyers find items, i.e. use of 'woollen' in title or tags. Americans would look for 'wool' or 'woolen'. Also, it would be so helpful if there were enough spaces in tags to include 'Southern Hemisphere' to accomodate the reverse seasons.

  • ginaregina

    ginaregina said 7 years ago

    O yes, the language barrier

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 7 years ago

    Super article ! We are amazing here all of Europe my friends ! Hugs from Turkey !

  • CardboardCastle

    CardboardCastle said 7 years ago

    helpful. thanks!

  • pinestreetphoto

    pinestreetphoto said 7 years ago

    great article. thanks! greetings from spain!

  • IdleFarrago

    IdleFarrago said 7 years ago

    marvellous stuff... thank you!

  • gr8jewellery

    gr8jewellery said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 7 years ago

    lovin euro week!

  • byAMOR

    byAMOR said 7 years ago

    Nicely constructed article. Very useful. And thanks for the wee mention too!

  • gracehesterdesigns

    gracehesterdesigns said 7 years ago

    This is truly an international marketplace - I myself am from Singapore, my prints were in German-English (but can be custom to be in many languages), I reside in the US, and I ship worldwide! Thanks for including my transportation series.

  • selecta6

    selecta6 said 7 years ago

    Great,super.

  • wildcatdesigns

    wildcatdesigns said 7 years ago

    thanks for the resources list - noticed the link to Scotland's etsy teams but our team (McEtsy) is no longer listed for some reason?!

  • momochas

    momochas said 7 years ago

    Great article and very helpful for all of us in the european side of the world!

  • SilkstoneDesigns

    SilkstoneDesigns said 7 years ago

    Brilliant article, very helpful! Thanks Danielle!

  • AlegriaDesigns

    AlegriaDesigns said 7 years ago

    Helpful tips, thanks !

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 7 years ago

    helpful info, thanks!

  • EarthBabyDesigns

    EarthBabyDesigns said 7 years ago

    As a US seller I garnered a lot of information from this article too. Very well done and quite informative. I think using these items I can tweak my shop and descriptions to be more appealing to international customers. Thanks. Oh, and that Connemara marble necklace is to die for!

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 7 years ago

    sweet creations!!

  • iomiss

    iomiss said 7 years ago

    Fantastic article! I think will help us a lot. Smiles from Spain!

  • VintageJamie

    VintageJamie said 7 years ago

    very helpful also to Asian sellers. thank you! :D

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 7 years ago

    Informative article, for those of us who would like to encourage International customers. The sizing charts are very helpful, thanks!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    Great article.

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 7 years ago

    Great work! Thank you, Danielle!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 7 years ago

    Europe and all over the world---we have amazing talents---thanks so much etsy for bringing us all together!!

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    More to our Etsy world than I had realized, Thank you Again for placing this article where the information can be read and appreciated

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 7 years ago

    What an amazing article! Great tips, some of them I would also recommend, but a few I haven't think about it yet and I'm going to try it :) And please, if you live in Europe, join our team, it's the best thing that happened to me on Etsy, the European Street Team is filled with supporting and amazing (somewhat crazy) people that i LOVE. And GO EUROPE! :))))

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    i love all my international buyers and can't believe the creativity of all the etsy artists throughout the world. what a great global economy.

  • craftypagan

    craftypagan said 7 years ago

    Very helpful post-thank you!

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 7 years ago

    Great tips! A site I couldn't live without: http://dict.leo.org/

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 7 years ago

    great article!! you are right! one in every four of my transactions is from outside the US, either Canada or Australia...

  • unkamengifts

    unkamengifts said 7 years ago

    Love the article and especially LOVE the papercut of Europe! Go Joe!

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 7 years ago

    great article....

  • ElenaMary

    ElenaMary said 7 years ago

    those wool slippers are wonderful!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Great to meet all our European Etsians!

  • CricketsCreations

    CricketsCreations said 7 years ago

    Great article! :D Another idea is to become familiar with holidays in other nations (such as Thanksgiving in US and Canada) and to be aware that Mother's Day, etc can be celebrated on different days. :) I have purchased wonderful items from Karramandi and RobinsCrochet in the UK and sometimes it makes a purchase extra special when it comes from "all the way in another continent." All best to my peeps across the pond, Celeste (Crickets)

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 7 years ago

    gorgeous tea party necklace!!!

  • Caskendesigns

    Caskendesigns said 7 years ago

    I'd love to purchase something special from Europe. Great article.

  • pomella

    pomella said 7 years ago

    Great article - makes it very welcoming for us Europeans on Etsy. Thank you.

  • evihan

    evihan said 7 years ago

    very helpful...thank you soooo muchhh

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips on selling from Europe!

  • riorita

    riorita said 7 years ago

    Lovely European items!

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 7 years ago

    Wow, great sum up off the massive thread! Thanks so much! :)

  • pasin

    pasin said 7 years ago

    Helpfull info... THANKS...

  • sineminugur

    sineminugur said 7 years ago

    Great article!Thank you from Istanbul:)Turkey!

  • sineminugur

    sineminugur said 7 years ago

    Great article!Thank you from Istanbul:)Turkey

  • mixeralex

    mixeralex said 7 years ago

    Very continental

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 7 years ago

    Great article! Nice work Danielle!

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo said 7 years ago

    Wonderful and useful article!!! I use The‘creative English’ too :):)

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac said 7 years ago

    Wonderful tips everyone! delighted to see fellow Irish team mates ByAMOR and aBoxformytreasure in there!!! ;D

  • LilygraceOriginals

    LilygraceOriginals said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the article - it's great that Etsians in Europe are getting coverage :)

  • britishvintage

    britishvintage said 7 years ago

    Great article. I've spent many years on American message boards, so am quite familiar with American English, but I still learn new words and phrases. Equally, my American friends now have many Scottish terms in their vocabularies!

  • lacravatteduchien

    lacravatteduchien said 7 years ago

    Great article!!

  • bipin

    bipin said 7 years ago

    Great

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 7 years ago

    Thank you very much for tips! I would have been so happy if I would knew all this when I just started to sell... uh.... but forums helped a lot, indeed.

  • syko

    syko said 7 years ago

    Great article! Regarding vocabulary- I have learned a lot from all the comments I get at my blog. In a blog your customers will get the chance to learn more about you and your local environment. I don't care very much anymore if I misspell a word here and there, the most important thing is that we understand each other I think, and art is a universal language! x Kajsa in Helsinki

  • SweetLeeda

    SweetLeeda said 7 years ago

    Great article...very interesting bits I'll go and apply now! Thank you:)

  • skullandcrossbuns

    skullandcrossbuns said 7 years ago

    really useful information, thanks from another EuroEtsyian :-)

  • AfricaAtelier

    AfricaAtelier said 7 years ago

    Really useful article, keep the Euro Etsian advice coming!

  • jennapritchard

    jennapritchard said 7 years ago

    Great to get some Euro related advice! Having trouble getting my product across,will join a team now!

  • engri

    engri said 7 years ago

    Thanks!!!

  • silviareitsma

    silviareitsma said 7 years ago

    Thank you all so much for the tips! Great article!

  • lamarquisedesanges

    lamarquisedesanges said 7 years ago

    wonderful article DANIELLE :)

  • toosis

    toosis said 7 years ago

    Great Article with good tips. Thank you for sharing.

  • zuccherofilato

    zuccherofilato said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the useful tips! Great article!

  • frombelgiumwithlove

    frombelgiumwithlove said 7 years ago

    Thanks !

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thanks!

  • cityroad

    cityroad said 7 years ago

    some very handy tips! Thank you Danielle & all those who came up with suggestions ;-)

  • StarAniseRecipes

    StarAniseRecipes said 7 years ago

    this is very useful. I always try to use both UK and US terms in my descriptions, but then I am worried that it looks inconsistent and as if I am making orthographic mistakes :/ and it does not help that English is not my first language :) what can you do, just have to deal with it! and hope that sales will come :D

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 7 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • Bezencilla

    Bezencilla said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much! I keep myself learning all the time!

  • veroslava

    veroslava said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this article...and i`ll use some advices, for sure...thanks!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 7 years ago

    Fantastic Article, that really brings out the facts and tips of selling from Europe!!! Thanks so much:)

  • kariusdeparius

    kariusdeparius said 7 years ago

    I'M lost in the middle of the Normandy countryside!!!, but not fare from PARIS anyway... I therefore tag my location EUROPE, FRANCE, FOURGES (27), near PARIS. For the Community : "Etsy Teams are ALSO a great place to find other sellers of same LANGUAGE" : I'm a happy member of FRENCH Handmade Etsy Team, please check out our links: http://team.etsy.com/viewteam.php?id=420 HAPPY EURO WEEK !D

  • Laurasbox

    Laurasbox said 7 years ago

    Great Article :)

  • vilte

    vilte said 7 years ago

    Great article, Danielle! Lots of good info for new Euro sellers. Will wait for the second part of this epic work :) Thanks for quating me and featuring!

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver said 7 years ago

    This was a very information article. And I love the wellies t-shirt!

  • LaLaShoes

    LaLaShoes said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! This will help a lot of people!

  • monocotoleydon

    monocotoleydon said 7 years ago

    Excellent article! I'm an American living and selling on Etsy in the UK, but I hadn't considered that I should be including terms and language that is likely to be searched by each country, despite being very familiar with the two countries and their language differences. I have special respect for all the sellers working in English despite not speaking it as a first language. I know that writing descriptions, profile, announcements etc. are hard enough for me already, despite being a native speaker!

  • ladaworks

    ladaworks said 7 years ago

    Great. I can't wait for second part.

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat said 7 years ago

    Fantastic article! Thanks Danielle!

  • lulujewel

    lulujewel said 7 years ago

    Great article. I always wondered how other Etsy seller in Europe are doing. Looking forward for the second part.

  • HandmadeByAlison

    HandmadeByAlison said 7 years ago

    Lots of helpful tips, thank you. Isn't it great to be part of this world-wide marketplace? I just love having convos with folk on the other side of the world and the idea that something I made has found a home in another country.

  • DeAnneDeSigns

    DeAnneDeSigns said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • efiwarsh

    efiwarsh said 7 years ago

    Great Article with good tips. Thank you for sharing

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    great tips - as always.

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 7 years ago

    Great article and lots of tips - thank you ever so much, Danielle!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Great stuff!!

  • midnightcoiler

    midnightcoiler said 7 years ago

    What great work! I love 5erg's painting, chirp chirp!

  • emmieloustudios

    emmieloustudios said 7 years ago

    Great article - thank you!

  • sweettidings

    sweettidings said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you!

  • 5erg

    5erg said 7 years ago

    Great article! About the location, I like it when people write it out longer - add their city, state, country. That way you can guess the shipping time for example. Thank you so much for quoting me and even featuring a painting of mine!!:D Awesome!:D

  • animadesign

    animadesign said 7 years ago

    Thank you Danielle for your excellent post. I always follow you with great interest. You are very helpful.This is my current treasury list for EURO WEEK. http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=121499 It is dedicated to the great guys of our lives!!!

  • gizecraft

    gizecraft said 7 years ago

    Thanks Daniellexo for this article. Saying hello to all from Portugal! :0) Gizecraft

  • madebyCsJ

    madebyCsJ said 7 years ago

    great article! thanks for the infos!

  • merakels

    merakels said 7 years ago

    Great article, I just change the location

  • merryroseberry

    merryroseberry said 7 years ago

    Great advice to us Europeans, and to others too! Thank you very much!

  • ABCbirdhouses

    ABCbirdhouses said 7 years ago

    Excellent tips. Thank you.

  • CarasPorcelainStudio

    CarasPorcelainStudio said 7 years ago

    Very intersting article. I love the size chart also. I will search now for some European sellers. Thanks.

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 7 years ago

    very helpful tips! thanks a lot :)

  • HandmadeByKat

    HandmadeByKat said 7 years ago

    Great article! I love the fact that Etsy has a worldwide audience. One of it's biggest appeals. My first sale was to someone in Australia. Since they have opposite seasons to the North America, they are looking for warm and cozy when we're in our hottest weather. Trying to get my mother-in-law, who lives in England to sell on Etsy. Maybe when she retires at the end of the year....

  • Mamasakio

    Mamasakio said 7 years ago

    Thanks Danielle. Nice article, useful tips!

  • PortugueseVintage

    PortugueseVintage said 7 years ago

    good tips for me...thanks

  • laurabailliedesigns

    laurabailliedesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for adding my necklace Danielle! :)

  • Alchemyfibrearts

    Alchemyfibrearts said 7 years ago

    Great to get all the tips together in a concise article and thank you very much for showcasing some of my handpainted wool Danielle :-)

  • glasspondstudio

    glasspondstudio said 7 years ago

    I ship from Mexico and this is all very good and related information. Thanks!

  • Auka

    Auka said 7 years ago

    Really wonderful and helpful article. Will use it a lot as a spanish seller!! Thanks so much!

  • roroism

    roroism said 7 years ago

    thanks:-0 viva EuropeanStreetTeam:-)

  • SarahOfSweden

    SarahOfSweden said 7 years ago

    Thank you.

  • Scriptorivm

    Scriptorivm said 7 years ago

    Nice article. Thanks Danielle!

  • junipa

    junipa said 7 years ago

    Thank you, very nice article.

  • MissusDPaperie

    MissusDPaperie said 7 years ago

    very valuable tips! Thanks Danielle!

  • nevita

    nevita said 7 years ago

    Thank you,it is really worthy for European seller like me. Tagging and descriptions are really hard work for me

  • madebyferdy

    madebyferdy said 7 years ago

    Fab article thanks

  • miriam

    miriam said 7 years ago

    europe rules =)))))))))

  • gullcottagecrafts

    gullcottagecrafts said 7 years ago

    Great Info! Thanks

  • laantigua

    laantigua said 7 years ago

    Yep, imperial and metric systems, what a nightmare. As a European (from Spain) living in the USA, I still struggle a little with those. It is sometimes difficult to mentally represent how much is 1/8 of an inch! Not to mention 1/16 of an inch, it is terrible! Thankfully, we don't have to deal with acres here at Etsy!

  • MyLovingTree

    MyLovingTree said 7 years ago

    Thanks for a great article, a lot of useful tips for all sellers!

  • preciouspearls

    preciouspearls said 7 years ago

    Finding a niche is maybe the most difficult thing. I have only just started putting up some items on Etsy, so far my product do not have any thing German or Dutch in them (I am from the Netherlands, living in Germany). I might have to rethink my designs, reading all this amazing advice! THANKS!

  • lucietales

    lucietales said 7 years ago

    Thanks a lot for these inputs! This will be my ETSY Bible ;)*creative english* speaking

  • matilou

    matilou said 7 years ago

    This is just the best article !!! I am so pleased about the whole Eureopean development !!! Thanks so much etsy and europ sellers and buyers to help us out that way :D

  • alatsupplies

    alatsupplies said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • OmniaCrafts

    OmniaCrafts said 7 years ago

    What a helpful, comprehensive article, for both us European sellers and all sellers, worldwide! It's important to remember what a fabulously diverse community Etsy really is, and to make sure that everyone knows how to navigate that diversity to find the perfect items! Much love from the UK (and France!) and horray for the European Street Team! :)

  • DoodooShop

    DoodooShop said 7 years ago

    great article!

  • MyeDeRatch

    MyeDeRatch said 7 years ago

    Nice stuff! Thanks :)

  • Love4Dashuri

    Love4Dashuri said 7 years ago

    Thanks for all the info!!

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 7 years ago

    thanks for for such lovely article...

  • acanthusjd

    acanthusjd said 7 years ago

    Really helpful. Cheers from Scotland!

  • molinafashion

    molinafashion said 7 years ago

    Thank you. I love how the etsy community help each other out.

  • GemHeart

    GemHeart said 7 years ago

    Really useful stuff, I love the way you are so supportive here on Etsy and I'm looking forward to being a part of it all!

  • SewDanish

    SewDanish said 7 years ago

    Thanks for putting all this info together :-) Birgitte

  • madeofjacinta

    madeofjacinta said 6 years ago

    fantastic!!!

  • Gabsie

    Gabsie said 6 years ago

    I have also problems with writing in proper English. But when people undertstand it, its fine for me.

  • twiddleythumbs

    twiddleythumbs said 6 years ago

    nice article

  • lisastubbs

    lisastubbs said 6 years ago

    fab! thanks

  • Grovecottage

    Grovecottage said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the great article Danielle. There is a lot to learn!

  • DreamsCorner

    DreamsCorner said 6 years ago

    Great article! I think will help us a lot. Thank a lot!

  • marias9

    marias9 said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the great article. Being a Dane - located in Dusseldorf and my German is not the best - I'm very happy to be able to sell my vintage Buttons and Findings on Etsy. Have a Buttonly Day!

  • ellarta

    ellarta said 6 years ago

    Thank You, that very helpfull.

  • SAMceramics

    SAMceramics said 6 years ago

    The comments on promoting regional or country specialties is something worth considering in the design and creative process.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Great article. Thank you.

  • ellarta

    ellarta said 6 years ago

    Thank You so much. This very helpfull.

  • Craftelina

    Craftelina said 6 years ago

    Danielle, thank you very much for this summary,especially about the European team. I think it will be very helpful to me.

  • MyMoonlightCreations

    MyMoonlightCreations said 6 years ago

    Thanx very much, great info :)

  • puck513

    puck513 said 6 years ago

    Thank so much...

  • MartinaMasini

    MartinaMasini said 6 years ago

    This is great advice, particularly the American wording bit.

  • chocovenyl

    chocovenyl said 6 years ago

    Yes owls are a recent fascination....I should try mustaches!

  • MinjiLee

    MinjiLee said 6 years ago

    very encouraging article. I do many erreur by writing in english. It helped also lots of my question that I had. Thank you!

  • Karramandi

    Karramandi said 6 years ago

    Great article. As a seller in the UK I'm always curious as to how to tag items for the US market. Thanks Yvonne x

  • LollipopBabyDesigns

    LollipopBabyDesigns said 6 years ago

    I always wondered why so much love for owls- do they represent something for Americans?Good article though, thanks.

  • FunkFishFriends

    FunkFishFriends said 6 years ago

    As a new memeber in the Etsy community and coming from an european country I find this article very useful!Thanks a lot!

  • manulhand

    manulhand said 6 years ago

    Thanks for your article. It's really great post :)

  • jmmcards

    jmmcards said 6 years ago

    I'm new here and the above article seems like a great source of advice!

  • TheKeyInTheBottle

    TheKeyInTheBottle said 6 years ago

    Really Useful !!

  • RIA77

    RIA77 said 6 years ago

    Thanks! Love to sell from Europe to Us!

  • LISAsKNITWEAR

    LISAsKNITWEAR said 6 years ago

    Very Helpful. Thank You.

  • vanessaeight

    vanessaeight said 5 years ago

    This is a great article - very helpful and makes it very welcoming for us Europeans on Etsy.

  • craftstall

    Q Hasnat from CraftStall said 4 years ago

    good ideas

  • ekohaus

    Dovile S from FeltWoolSlippers said 4 years ago

    So Helpful! Thanks :)

  • VINTAGEMARISABEL

    Marisabel MANSENCAL from VINTAGEMARISABEL said 4 years ago

    Great article thanks!

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