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Diary of an Etsy Seller: Etsy Slang

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If you’re new to Etsy, the Etsy slang probably has you saying “uh… What did you just say?!” Here are some very common Etsy slang words that you might run into.

B1G1 or BOGO – Buy One, Get One

BNR – Buy ‘n’ Replace – A treasury, generally done by a team where you buy a featured item and one of your items replaces the spot of the item you bought.

BNS – Buy ‘n’ Stay – A treasury, generally done by a team, where you buy a featured item, and get a spot in the BNS in the next round. Each round is a set time- sometimes daily, sometimes weekly, and the shops who “buy in” get a featured spot in the next round.

BOLO – Be on (the) Look Out

Clicks- A Click is a view on an item, it gets the name because you have to click on it for it to count as a view.

Convo – Conversation, a message on Etsy

CTH or CUTH – Caught up to Here, or Clicked to here, used in a promotional game to state you are caught up to a specific place

DC – Direct Checkout or Delivery Confirmation

ETA – Edited to Add

HEP – Helping Etsians Promote – an Etsy group/team

FP – Front Page (of Etsy)

FS – free shipping

FTH – Favorited To Here- Generally used in promotional games to state you’re at a specific place in the game

Hearts – A heart is a favorite. It’s called a heart, because of the red heart icon you see when you favorite something.

ISO – In Search Of

MIB – Mint In Box, The item is in mint condition and still in box.

MTO – Made to Order, an item that is made upon placing the order

MO – Money Order

NOS – new old stock

NWT- new with tag,  (Price tag, manufacturers label sometimes

NIP – New In Package, item is new in package it was sold in – usually cellophane wrap

NIB – New In Box,  item is still in its original manufacturers box, especially important for old games

OOAK – One of a Kind

OP – Original Poster, or Original Post

OTT – Over The Top

PNR – Promote and Replace – Similar to a BNR, but it’s usually hosted by a promotional team. The way you “buy in” is by promoting a featured shop or item (the rules are different for each one).

Post and Run / Post and Runner – A term used to describe someone who signs up for promotional games within a team or group and does not reciprocate

PP – Paypal

RTS – Ready to Ship, Used for items that are already made and ready to ship immediately

SEO – Search Engine Optimization

TNR – Trade ‘n’ Replace – Similar to a BNR, these are generally done by trade teams. The featured shop is traded with, and the shop that traded with the featured shop is featured in the treasury.

TNS – Trade ‘n’ Stay – Similar to a BNS only this is done by trade teams. You trade with one of the featured shops and in the next round, get featured.

Trade – A trade is when two shops agree to “buy” an item (or items) from each other where no money is exchanged, and treated like a regular sale.

VTH – Viewed to Here, used in promotional games to state you are at a specific point

5 Best Tips to Get Your Etsy Shop Holiday Rush Ready

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I know, I know… These are all over the place.  Everyone has the best tips and some of them probably are good tips- others are probably not so good. Don’t think I’m going to sugar coat it for you either. Take it from me, I’ve been to loads of webinars with all the “Experts”, read the articles… blah.. blah, blah. Half of them are trying to sell you some crap for this or that and breaking my first rule to selling online. If you have to shout “BUY MY SHIT!” you’re already doing it wrong. Now that I’m done with that rant, let’s get to it!

Tip #1- Get your shit together

I know what you’re thinking. “Omg! She just said ‘shit’!” Still doesn’t take away from the fact that you need to get it all together. We’re on the verge of OCTOBER. If you have not ordered or bought your extra printer cartridges, envelopes, labels, packing materials and whatnot, What the hell are you doing? Get it done. Go to the store, go to amazon, order it NOW. Don’t wait until you run out- that’s the last thing you want to do is need it and not have it. Especially with the big rush. Save yourself a trip to Walmart or Target or the extra fee for 1-day shipping and get it now while you still have time.

Tip #2 – List what you have

It’s probably going to be a while before you get the time to create new items- make them now, draft them for later release, or list it now. Don’t wait- you’re going to run out of time soon. All those video games you wanted to play? Not going to happen. All the netflix you want to binge on? Nope. Well, unless you’re one of us lucky ones who can craft and watch tv at the same time… Then you can Netflix binge.

Tip #3 – Premake your biggest sellers

If you have one particular hat, a certain scented soap, or one pair of earrings that sell like hotcakes- make a few and set them aside. You’re going to be super busy. Don’t do what I’ve done in the past- learn from my craptastic mistakes- don’t sit and cry in your chair because you have to make 10 of the same hat and that particular yarn is giving you yarn burns. Yes, that’s a thing. So be prepared!

Tip #4 – Get your shop together

What I mean by this is… If your shop looks vacant, your holiday season might also be vacant. Even if it’s a crappy made on Paint banner, avatar, and shop icon, at least make it look like you’re trying. We’re crafters, no one really expects us to have professionally done banners… Well, they do, but when you’re first starting out, having it and making it look like you’re serious is the important part. So, look like you actually give a shit about your shop, fill out your profile, add a banner and avatar, get some shop policies.

Tip #4A- Promo Time! 

If you’re part of Etsy teams, or groups- go network, get your stuff out there, make friends. Making friends is the best part of the Etsy community. You make friends and network and suddenly you are the expert in your craft and people will remember you- this also works for you when you need a particular thing, you know exactly who to go to. Go! Mingle! Also- twitter parties, promo games, whatever it is that you do (that works for you) to promote- get on it! You’re going to be short on time soon, so get it done now!

Tip #5 – The most important thing I will ever tell you

Remember- You are going to totally rock this holiday season. You’re going to make all the best gifts, and your customers will be super happy. Not only that, you are going to live your dream of having your own little shop out there in cyberspace. So, go get ready for the holiday season and rock the next few months left in the year! You’ve got this! 😀

Diary of an Etsy Seller: Twitter

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What the heck is twitter?

Twitter is a social media platform. It is an “information network” made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. Similar to posting a status on Facebook, except Tweets can only be 140 characters long.

What are all these symbols and what are they for?!

The @ is like a tag, to talk between other twitter members.  If you post a tweet with @user you can send a tweet to another user. It’s similar to posting on your friend’s wall on facebook. Using the @ will send the user a notification just like tagging someone on facebook.

The # (hashtag) is a way to tag your tweet with a specific tag that others can search. These are probably the most important thing you can add to your tweets. Hashtags on twitter are ranked based on how they are trending.

How is Twitter helpful? 

Promotion and networking of course! Twitter is a great way to network with other tweeps in the twitterverse.