Sunday, June 14, 2009

Photographing Jewelry, Etsy’s Latest Move, and Today’s Listings

PHOTOGRAPHING JEWELRY

Set up the cube and got ready for some more experimenting. Eventually, I want to get back to taking one or two photos for my listings, but until I see what makes the best photo *I* can do, I’m trying various backgrounds and camera settings.


ETSY’S LATEST

Don’t know when it happened… I’m not very Etsy-savvy… but they added a thing where you can have your listing rotate among (I don’t know how many) other listings at the top of the category page for $7 a day. But good luck getting a spot. The few times I looked to see what it was all about, they were completely sold out. The Etsy admins must be very happy. I’m assuming the people who are paying for the extra advertising are also very happy… if it’s making a difference to their sales.

I’m not ready to go that far with my experimenting, but I am trying to keep the listings up there. Where? I’m not exactly sure. New listings seem to zoom off the front category page in a matter of seconds. Heh.

Anyway, I’ll keep this up (listing and renewing, several times a day) maybe until the end of the month. If I don’t see a difference, I may just close my Etsy store altogether. I just don’t have the time or inclination to have my one-of-a-kind designs in too many online markets. I mention “one-of-a-kind” designs, because I feel these are more time-consuming to list than anything I can shoot once, and list once, but have 10 or more in my stock to sell. With OOAKs, you spend all that time and when your item sells, that’s it… you have to consider that time to shoot, photo-edit, and list as part of the expense of that one piece.


TODAY’S LISTINGS

Got some bracelets up today.

2 comments:

  1. that last bracelet is amazing! it's really quite set apart from all of your other designs. wow!

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  2. This has been my slowest month ... Laura please don't judge by THIS month... try your experiment in October or November and I bet you will reap the benefits! It always works for me ... the more I list and relist the more I sell ... even if I cycle something 5 times that is still just a $1.00 listing fee ... really worth hangin in there!

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