I have tried my hand at sites to use to upload my creations to sell. It is hard to know when someone sees your work and says, you should be on Etsy, or you should be on Poshmark. I agree those sites are amazing ways to bring people to fabulous content and help your items be seen. But it’s not easy, and it’s really a full time job. Your photos are recommended to be stellar, not necessarily professional, but close to it. They. have to be a certain pixel amount and its also recommended to have several shots of each one, so that your potential customer can have a clear view of what they are buying. This is not for the faint of heart. Perhaps it is child’s play to the seasoned Etsy user, and the Expert Posher, but for newbies like me its like landing on another planet and learning to speak a whole new language, culture and way of life. I made my first Etsy account, and buckled under the pressure and TOS services required to have an account. If you have never done it, it can be daunting. I have worked in retail customer service, shipped products for customers locally and abroad to Canada, Greece and Italy. However something is different when you are using a company account, and all you are doing is making the label and handing it off to a shipping associate verses doing it yourself. Poshmark is by the far the easiest to get the buying public in front of your arts and crafts or your favorite gently used fashions to relinquish. The big key, is finding a port of sanity in the minutia of things.
I am a visual learner, in that, I learn by real examples and the best thing to do is to go to youtube.com and search for videos of people who have done the same thing and tried it. But don’t take any one person’s word for how these sites are, because each of us is different, if Jane Doetsy, does it and she didn’t like the experience that doesn’t mean that you won’t, it just means that there is a wealth of knowledge and experience to digest before getting our feet wet. Maybe you will do well or maybe you would need to try another site. I am doing Etsy at this time, however I did give Poshmark at try for 1 day, and I deleted my account right after. I couldn’t grasp all the nuances fast enough to understand Poshmark Culture. They ask you to share items, which I did, and someone whose item I shared, presumed that because I shared it, i must have wanted to buy it, even though I made no actions in anyway that I wanted to buy her item. I was just following Poshmark’s suggestion to “share” as it increases people looking at your items. This isn’t necessarily the case every time as, Poshmark has a built-in, automatic follow list that follows other sellers and buyers on our behalf, its effortless and really an algorithm. The difficult part for me was that, the person who sent me an offer, caused my account to be somewhat frozen. I was already in the process of deleting my Poshmark account, when it said no accounts could be deleted until all offers are completed or canceled. After a few tries I was able to cancel the offer sent to me and delete my account. I think for big picture learners like me, it would be nice if Poshmark and Etsy had a pretend version of using their product, complete with a video example of how it would work. But I am not giving up, I made a new account exactly how I want it to look, with a stylized profile picture and background for the account, this is where one can be creative. I haven’t loaded anything to the account, as i want to take my time this time around and get as much information on how Poshmark works, so that I can be informed and effective as a seller.
Hopefully there will be an update using Poshmark to sell my jewelry creations in a future post.
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