Etsy is an online shop that sells products created by small and independent entrepreneurs. Etsy is known worldwide for unique and striking products that you can’t easily find in mainstream department stores. The items are crafted by hand, either from new, recycled, or upcycled materials. The products showcase the imagination and individual style of the sellers. On the other hand, buyers get quality pieces that stand out from the ordinary. Since many of their products are handmade, Etsy emphasizes human interaction in the marketplace.
Etsy was founded in June 2005 by Robert Kalin, Haim Schoppik, Chris Maguire, and Jared Tarbell. It is an online space for artists and crafters to sell their creations. The company has since then grown to be a global community with offices in key cities such as Berlin, London, Tokyo, Toronto, and Paris. The headquarters are in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York.
What You Can Find
With a catalog of 40 million items for sale millions of sellers worldwide, it’s not hard finding an item you’ll like. Etsy offers jewelry, artwork, books, clothing, and many other products from all over the world. The site also sells craft tools and materials, gift wrapping accessories, and vintage items that are more than 20 years old. To help you find the products that interest you, the search bar is prominently displayed at the top section of the page. You can also shop by category. Choosing from a vast array of products can be overwhelming. To help you make a quick choice, the site has an Editors’ Picks list which features one-of-a-kind gift suggestions.
How To Buy From Etsy
To start shopping, register and open an account with Etsy using your Facebook account or your email address. Each product has a ranking with five stars as the highest rank. You can also see the number of people who have given feedback on the product and who’ve tagged the item as one of their favorites. When you click on an item, the price is in your local currency. If you have a preferred location, simply change your regional setting. It helps to first read the Direct Checkout Policy before making your payment.
How To Save
Etsy helps you find items that fit your budget. The site has recommendations for gifts that are budget-friendly and affordable. You can find products from all over the world. But if you want to save on shipping costs and at the same time source for products made in your area, support Etsy local. Sellers on the site may offer discounts on their products and offers on shipping costs. Click on the company’s name or brand logo to find out their latest offers.
Connect With Etsy
You can connect with Etsy through various social media channels. Connect on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter or use the Etsy mobile app and shop anytime. Since Etsy is merely a conduit between the customer and the seller, you need to contact the seller directly. Visit Etsy’s Help Page and read the company’s Policy for Buyers. Etsy does not provide a telephone number to call for customer service. You may instead request Etsy to call you. The phone support is operational throughout the whole week from Monday to Friday from 8AM to 8PM. You can also connect from Saturday to Sunday from 10AM to 6PM. To get in touch with customer service, you need to sign up with your email address and contact Etsy Support.
There is no standard shipping fee. The shipping fee will vary according to the product’s dimensions, the location of the seller and destination of the product. When you click on an item you wish to purchase, click the link that shows the shipping policy. This lets you see where the product will be shipped from, the costs of shipping, and the number of shipping days. Delivery time will also vary depending on location. Also, there is an added fee for insurance.
There is also no standard return policy. Some sellers allow returns, some do not. To make sure if you can return a product, read the seller’s policies. The policies will appear under “Shipping & Policies” menu bar when you click on a product. Also, review Etsy’s guide on Returns, Refund, Exchanges. To cancel a purchase, you need to contact the seller or the shop directly. Review the seller’s policy on canceling and Etsy’s help guide on Cancelling a Purchase.