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Notes From Chad

Sep 13, 2011

by Chad Dickerson

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Recently, I happened upon the Dalai Lama’s Nobel Lecture in 1989, delivered upon his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. As I was preparing for my trip to Berlin later this week for Hello Etsy (with stops in London and Dublin), his words reminded me of one of the reasons traveling in other countries warms my spirit:

“When I meet people in different parts of the world, I am always reminded that we are all basically alike: we are all human beings. Maybe we have different clothes, our skin is of a different colour, or we speak different languages. That is on the surface. But basically, we are the same human beings. That is what binds us to each other. That is what makes it possible for us to understand each other and to develop friendship and closeness.”

The Dalai Lama’s words also made me think of what I see happening every day in the Etsy community. Etsy is a truly global community that represents people in 150 countries around the world, speaking a variety of languages, and the company has staff in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Australia, Japan, and the UK.  I wrote about our Etsy in German preview last week, and today, we’re taking a major leap forward by beginning to open up Etsy in German to everyone.

Many companies on the web today build separate sites when they launch in another country. At Etsy, we will remain a single marketplace with local features to make it simple for those who live anywhere in the world or speak another language to be a part of one global community. For German speakers, we’re offering a fully translated site, tools for sellers to create and manage shops and listings in German, and search features that help German-speaking buyers find unique items on Etsy from all over the world. To experience Etsy in German and to learn more about the specific features, follow these instructions.

Last week, when I dropped into the Forums and asked for community feedback for my upcoming talk at Hello Etsy, “Finding Your Courage,” the response was a testament to the “friendship and closeness” of online communities like Etsy that transcend international borders. Our members interact and build friendships with people all over the world, every day. As Matt of mattjohnsondesigns noted in his post: “I have been ‘favorited’ by people in Berlin, Boston, New York, LA, London, etc. This would have been impossible (or would have taken years) had I not joined Etsy.” As Etsy continues to grow around the world, we will continue to build the community in a way that encourages interaction among people, regardless of where they live or what language they speak.

Thanks to everyone who was so generous with their stories and their feedback on the topic. We’ve come a long way together in the past six years, and we are just getting started delivering Etsy in the languages that people speak all over the world. I hope to see some of you at Hello Etsy in Berlin!

Chad

3 Featured Comments

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 6 years ago Featured

    I am amazed by and thrilled to be a part of this amazing community! Selling internationally would have been impossible without Etsy. I find such a joy in sending my items abroad and communicating with my buyers from all over the world. I am always excited when someone from a new country finds me. Thanks so much for sharing that quote. It speaks volumes.

  • lizhutnick

    lizhutnick said 6 years ago Featured

    I ship all over the world now and to think, I was so timid about it at first. From being unemployed to being back in business (almost full time) in such a relatively short period of time from when I first opened my shop here is a testament to Etsy as a great venue for individuals and small groups to make their businesses here worldwide businesses.

  • MySweetieBean

    MySweetieBean said 6 years ago Featured

    Welcome to Etsy, Germany! I have to say Chad, I really love the fact that Etsy has remained a single marketplace that is inclusive and growing all the time. Crafty sites in other countries don't allow non-resident sellers. Etsy is opening more doors to increase international visibility, and I love it! I just had my first sale to a photographer in Norway, and a few convos from other international etsians inquiring about custom work. I bought something from England recently, and have favorited quite a few items from other international sellers. I love our global community here. I've made some great friends I wouldn't have met otherwise. Have a great time in Germany! (Too bad your visit didn't coincide with Oktoberfest.)

68 comments

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 6 years ago

    I would never have had the opportunity to grow my business into a global entity without Etsy! Thanks & good luck Chad!

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo said 6 years ago

    I totally agree with vintageEye! Thank you Etsy for the chance to allow my faux polymer clay food shop grow and for all the wonderful info and bits you all have for us.

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign said 6 years ago

    Agree, agree, agree . . .love that we are able to be part of a global community!

  • SimJaTa

    SimJaTa said 6 years ago

    Hello I am very new here at Etsy, but have the greatest respect for the Dalai Lama, what an inspirational quote for us all. Wishing you all the very Best.

  • PosyPop

    PosyPop said 6 years ago

    The world as certainly become a much "smaller" place, and that's a good thing :)

  • BungalowGlow

    BungalowGlow said 6 years ago

    I have had the pleasure of 'meeting' so many wonderful people that I have formed a common bond with; our love for handmade brings us together in ways that not many other things can.

  • gamemom

    gamemom said 6 years ago

    Love the art image (in fact, I bought it) and love etsy. Thank you!

  • carolemma

    carolemma said 6 years ago

    Have a wonderful trip Chad!

  • PaperSymphony

    PaperSymphony said 6 years ago

    I live in a central valley in California and as I mail items off to Japan, Australia, UK, Canada, etc., it warms my heart. Thank you Etsy!!!

  • briguysgirls

    briguysgirls said 6 years ago

    Shipping to London, Australia, Indonesia,.,,,,and new jersey today! (I could hand delivery the last one ;p) Thanks Etsy!!

  • phuleffect

    phuleffect said 6 years ago

    It's a truly unique and wonderful world we live in---to think how easily we're connected across the world. Have a lovely trip and safe travels!

  • CoolTricks

    CoolTricks said 6 years ago

    Love the fact that someone I would have never met otherwise is now an acquaintance because of Etsy. I have found so many things to admire and so many people to introduce myself to. Etsy is helping the world get in touch on a different level than before.

  • FancyPantsAndMore

    FancyPantsAndMore said 6 years ago

    I remember reading once "A foreigner is a friend I haven't met yet" and "Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together". I love reaching out and making new friends and being a part of that cement. Thanks Chad.

  • paulbead

    paulbead said 6 years ago

    Thrilled to hear about German etsy. I am so proud to be an International seller and love my customers and friends all over the globe. Etsy has made that easy.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    love that quote from the dalai lama. :)

  • LimonBijoux

    LimonBijoux said 6 years ago

    We should all buy one small thing from our overseas Etsy friends! One world.

  • tesorojewelry

    tesorojewelry said 6 years ago

    Have a great trip! The fact that I can send my items out (pieces of me really) to all the corners of the world is truly amazing. Thanks Etsy!

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 6 years ago Featured

    I am amazed by and thrilled to be a part of this amazing community! Selling internationally would have been impossible without Etsy. I find such a joy in sending my items abroad and communicating with my buyers from all over the world. I am always excited when someone from a new country finds me. Thanks so much for sharing that quote. It speaks volumes.

  • immortalfashions

    immortalfashions said 6 years ago

    Thanks Chad!!!

  • VillaCollezione

    VillaCollezione said 6 years ago

    thanks etsy for making my dream come true! have fun in Berlin, Chad!

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 6 years ago

    Enjoy Berlin--I hear it is has a very creative vibe.

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 6 years ago

    Chad, what a lovely post! I love the message! Thanks so much!

  • muka

    muka said 6 years ago

    Thanks everyone for all the support! We're thrilled to have such a welcoming community of buyers and sellers from across the globe.

  • mentalembellisher

    mentalembellisher said 6 years ago

    Lovely post! I've sent my stuff out to 32 countries since joining Etsy and made friends all over the world - it has enriched my life in any ways, so thanks and enjoy Europe xxx

  • compassionmalas

    compassionmalas said 6 years ago

    I agree with what others have said, plus I find it incredibly refreshing to see the Dalai Lama quoted by the leader of Etsy. With these types of ideas, I feel great about us moving together into the future. Thank you, Chad.

  • OnceUponAGem

    OnceUponAGem said 6 years ago

    Love that quote and also love that I am part of this community. Thanks, Chad.

  • OnceUponAGem

    OnceUponAGem said 6 years ago

    Love that quote and love being a part of the Etsy community. Thanks, Chad.

  • iktomi

    iktomi said 6 years ago

    I'm excited about the Berlin Etsy. Can we expect some of these tools, specifically, translation help for our English to German listings- so that we can better take advantage of the new global marketplace?

  • SpringwoodSoaps

    SpringwoodSoaps said 6 years ago

    This is so exciting as Etsy becomes more global. I know since I have been on Etsy I've made friends from all over which would have been impossible. I have learned and become more interested in other cultures and countries as a direct result of this community :) I hope to visit some of these far off places in the future!

  • spindleandfleece

    spindleandfleece said 6 years ago

    I'm thrilled that so many can share and enjoy handmade items that so lovingly created by all around the world. Good Luck in Berlin!!

  • lizhutnick

    lizhutnick said 6 years ago Featured

    I ship all over the world now and to think, I was so timid about it at first. From being unemployed to being back in business (almost full time) in such a relatively short period of time from when I first opened my shop here is a testament to Etsy as a great venue for individuals and small groups to make their businesses here worldwide businesses.

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 6 years ago

    yes its wonderful to be able to share our work all over the world, and also to meet fellow metalsmiths and others from all over.

  • PipingHotPapers

    PipingHotPapers said 6 years ago

    The friends I've made from around the world would not have happened without this wonderful venue!

  • dew24710

    dew24710 said 6 years ago

    Great post! Thanks Chad! Thank you so much Etsy for this wonderful opportunity you have given us!

  • cutrag

    cutrag said 6 years ago

    Etsy is a magical place for me. I've been here two years and until now I can not believe how the world has shrunk. I meet people here from around the world and everyone is very welcoming. Amazing ... I deal with sewing for 25 years and see how I made a big step forward for two years. I sewed "to wardrobe" and probably would have been if not for Etsy

  • MySweetieBean

    MySweetieBean said 6 years ago Featured

    Welcome to Etsy, Germany! I have to say Chad, I really love the fact that Etsy has remained a single marketplace that is inclusive and growing all the time. Crafty sites in other countries don't allow non-resident sellers. Etsy is opening more doors to increase international visibility, and I love it! I just had my first sale to a photographer in Norway, and a few convos from other international etsians inquiring about custom work. I bought something from England recently, and have favorited quite a few items from other international sellers. I love our global community here. I've made some great friends I wouldn't have met otherwise. Have a great time in Germany! (Too bad your visit didn't coincide with Oktoberfest.)

  • mentalembellisher

    mentalembellisher said 6 years ago

    (I've just spent some time in 'search your orders' in my Sold Items typing in countries to see how many orders I've had from different places, I love that little box! :-D

  • dekoprojects

    dekoprojects said 6 years ago

    I came here to show my works the wider audience. That's what really matters - if you know that other people love your work, you do your hobby with satisfaction. Better, you can find here people who have similar ideas! I love recycle things, I love everything DIY, so I love to see such other people works. That inspires me.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Wonderful community here~ Etsy is ever changing and always growing forging ahead which is awesome I'm happy to be a small part of this global community. Thanks

  • dbabcock

    dbabcock said 6 years ago

    The wide reach of Etsy has been wonderful for my shop, too. Recently, a new home furnishings store in Antwerp, Belgium ordered a nice collection of my work and has started representing me. They found me on Etsy. There's no way I would have been seen by them and many others in Europe, Asia, Australia, etc. except for Etsy's wide appeal and how hard you work to make it easy for those in other countries to navigate our site. Thank you.

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 6 years ago

    The opportunities on Etsy are amazing. Ihave sold in over twenty states, seven countries and counting (not to mention four continents!) This never could have happened with this site-happy travels to you!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Indeed. We are all part of a universal humanity. Good luck in Berlin!

  • suzyssentiments

    suzyssentiments said 6 years ago

    I am so happy that Etsy is becoming more well known throughout the world and I couldn't be more thrilled to send my little treasures to 12 countries and counting! Have a wonderful trip!!

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 6 years ago

    One of the best things, about etsy, is the awesome people I have met around the world.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Great to b a part of a global community!

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 6 years ago

    Bon Voyage and wishing you many new friends and contacts Chad.

  • rctees

    rctees said 6 years ago

    Wonderful Chad!! I was just reading to my husband a message from a customer in Spain. We were talking about how surreal it is to be communicating on such a personal level with someone in Spain....would have never been able to without Etsy (Rctees are now in 31 countries : ) Thanks guys!!

  • slappytheseal

    slappytheseal said 6 years ago

    How exciting! Thanks for your great words!

  • Briole

    Briole said 6 years ago

    I love being part of this Etsy community and having the opportunity to meet so many people from around the world!

  • BrooklynLoveDesigns

    BrooklynLoveDesigns said 6 years ago

    Its so great to able to reach people all over the world! im so amazed by the community here and all the helpful and kind words people have given me to encourage me and help my business grow

  • happyfamily

    happyfamily said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Etsy! Wise words from the Dalai Lama. Have a nice trip Chad!

  • LyndiArt

    LyndiArt said 6 years ago

    The thought of something I have made from my own two hands adorning the wall or table in a land far away jazz's me to no end. Have a great triip.

  • VintageFairRetroRare

    VintageFairRetroRare said 6 years ago

    As huge as the globe is, it's a small world, especially with the friends & customers from all over it, thanks to Etsy! Good luck & have a wonderful time in Berlin Chad!

  • shadowjewels

    shadowjewels said 6 years ago

    I used to cringe at the thought of international shipping~ now I can't imagine confining my market to the US. I have met so many wonderful people all over the world thanks to etsy. Thank you :-)

  • anekanena

    anekanena said 6 years ago

    Gracias Chad

  • latacreations77

    latacreations77 said 6 years ago

    Thanks chad Have a great time !

  • ElainaLouiseStudios

    ElainaLouiseStudios said 6 years ago

    One of my first purchases on Etsy was from a seller in the Philippians, she made me some wonderful custom beads. I used one of those beads in a necklace that became one of my first sales on Etsy. It went to a customer in Scotland. Thank you Etsy!

  • KBlossoms

    KBlossoms said 6 years ago

    I truly believe that our global economy and world is growing smaller through the internet and technology. Thank you Chad and Etsy for making it possible to reach so many people and bring happiness into people's lives through my artistic jewelry and paintings designs!

  • sarlesnatalya

    sarlesnatalya said 6 years ago

    Thank you Etsy!

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 6 years ago

    Congrats Hollie, for having one of your awesome drawing/collages featured for this article. I love your work! Also, excited about the new growth etsy is making!

  • CathyKiffneyStudio

    CathyKiffneyStudio said 6 years ago

    I live in North Carolina and I never would have thought that I would be sending my artwork to Australia, England and Turkey! When I started my Etsy site I was not even thinking about selling to other countries and then some of my first sales were international. Thanks, Etsy!

  • newmoonglass

    newmoonglass said 6 years ago

    It IS very cool...

  • MarieVaughnDesign

    MarieVaughnDesign said 6 years ago

    Very cool graphic!

  • valeriephoto

    valeriephoto said 6 years ago

    The image for this post reminds me of Henry Darger. Etsy is a great community. I recently suggested a barter: I offered any of my items for a reduced price on something I wanted. It worked out great for both of us!

  • unabellavita

    unabellavita said 6 years ago

    I love the idea that I can sit in my sewing room making an apron and in a matter of days someone from another country could be standing in their kitchen wearing that very one. One beautiful life and one small world. Thanks Etsy for this amazing opportunity.

  • woodbeedesign

    woodbeedesign said 6 years ago

    Where is Etsy Canada?

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 6 years ago

    I just noticed the new "German" language option for my shop. I was searching the blog looking for answers to some questions I have, but I don't seem to be finding them. At first I enrolled in German, but quickly realized that I have to translate every single aspect of my shop separately in a language I am completely unfamiliar with, so I unenrolled. I would love to have some light shed on this new feature. I think it's fantastic, but I just don't see how it will work for me...seems to take a ton of extra effort when I'm already spending a lot of time as it is. If you could just enroll and everything automatically translated without having to do anything else, I could see it being a feasible move to reach my international clients. Thanks Etsy for being awesome!

  • debbiesharpe1

    Debbie from UpcycledSwag said 5 years ago

    thk u cheers

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