Etsy - taking your crafts online to make some extra bucks (or find some great presents)
Etsy.com is the world’s foremost Internet craft site. Here crafters across the world offer their unique creations for sale. Customers get to pick from handmade creations that are often custom made, while crafters get the considerable exposure and reach that Etsy.com has managed to create over years of dedicated effort.
Etsy.com is thinking big. They aim to change the very fabric of commerce. The purpose of the site is to re-establish the individual artisan over mass-produced items. This is a very welcome change in a time of austerity where people have lost their jobs, or have not received the pay increases that they would normally have been entitled to. Add to that an increase in living expenses and soon you have a situation in which returning commerce to the ‘mom and pop’ operation has real value. “We are bringing heart to commerce and making the world more fair, more sustainable, and more fun.”
When you purchase an item through Etsy.com, you are supporting families and individuals rather than corporations. Of course, there are some commercial suppliers on Etsy.com, so check your suppliers profile to get an idea of what you are buying into.
Small Business Empowerment
With Etsy.com, anyone who has five minutes and a product to sell can start their own business. Etsy.com has a number of promotional tools that will help artisans to establish their markets and promote their wares.
Etsy.com isn’t just a great place for artisans to sell their products; it’s also a veritable treasure trove for the shopper. The convenience of sitting in your home or office and having access to such a variety of items means you can find the perfect gift for just about anyone. It’s convenient and you can have your shopping delivered to your front door while supporting artists all over the world. It’s a great place to find birthday, anniversary and Christmas gifts.