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#1 of 25 Old 09-18-2007, 12:09 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Which way would you go? Or do both?

I am stumped.

It's going to be a little while before I can do a merchant account and set up a shopping cart on my site and get the traffic, so I wondered if maybe putting up handmade things on either Etsy or Hyena would be better for now.

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I am not a WAHM, nor do I make anything that is even worth selling.

As a buyer I am more likely to buy from Etsy than Hyena. I really don't know why.
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I'm a hyena and really enjoy it. But I've met some others who actually do both. I think it matters some on what your selling due to the fee structures. I have purchased from both. But I personally prefer hyena just because I feel like I know a lot of the women on there. Etsy's so big that I've yet to find sellers that I am loyal to their store only - not sure if I helped at all but there's my 2 cents

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If you do both stores, do you list separate things or the same things?

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I think it definitely depends on what you are selling. For me, Hyena has been a much better choice than Etsy, there's just more of an audience for my items at HC.

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I have yet to sell anything on ETSY : But it works for some!
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Hand sewn baby toys and clothes (birth to 2T). Is that both or more a Hyena thing?

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My personal opinion is that your items are typically what people are looking for on hyena.

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It's more easy to get lost in the shuffle at Etsy...sooooo many listings.....but at Hyenacart, you will be listed in the clothing categories and easy to spot. When you stock things, it will be on the calendar that everyone checks.

I say Hyenacart!
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Alrighty then, I am going to give it a try.

I was worried that I wouldn't have enough to put up and sell regularly enough that the $5 a month would be worth it. But heck, I guess it will motivate, eh?

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you only have to pay when you stock! that's the best part!
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Really?? I read it here: http://hyenacart.com/sell.php
$10 set up, $5 per month.

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Here, this is on the 'costs' page:

"You can let the payment lapse whenever you want (if you're taking a break, or going on vacation, for example), and then pick up the payments again at any time (without re-paying the setup fee or making up for the time you weren't using the cart). However, I can't pro-rate or refund payments that have already been made. The $5 payment will unlock your stocking page for a month from the date that you pay. If payment lapses, your in-stock store will still be visible to your customers, but you'll be unable to add or edit items to the database. "

Your site will stay up, you just can't add new items if you aren't current on payment. :-)
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Oooooh, I see! I missed that! Thanks

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looks like you already have answers, but I'm seconding (thirding?) hyena easy to work with, great mamas over there, can't beat the price, tons of support, it makes it so much easier then it was when I started my first site years ago- good luck with everything!

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Chiming in a bit late to say Hyena Cart too. I've had stuff on both for over a year and hyena cart gives me more sales by far than etsy.

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I haven't had experience selling on Etsy or Hyena Cart, but if I were looking for baby/toddler clothes I'd go to Hyena Cart. I check out Etsy for jewelry and non-kiddo stuff. Good luck with your store!
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I haven't had experience selling on Etsy or Hyena Cart, but if I were looking for baby/toddler clothes I'd go to Hyena Cart. I check out Etsy for jewelry and non-kiddo stuff. Good luck with your store!
Jewelry seems to sell pretty well on HC, too. But otherwsie ITA.
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I have both- I'm part of a congo on HC and just either put my new stuff up there for 2 weeks at a time or pull off my Etsy to put on there. Then what doesn't sell goes back to Etsy. My 'congo leader' said that we can think of HC like a farmer's market and Etsy as our main storefront. I like that So far I've had better sales from Etsy, but I've only been on HC for 2 or 3 weeks.
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Such a good discussion! my MDC!
I am on Etsy now, just starting & haven't sold a thing, but it is so EASY. UNbeleivably easy even for me who has ZERO CCSSHTMLishness in my brain. I am just getting the hang on editing my pictures. Mercy, I am much better at tie dye than computer stuff, for sure.
That said, now that I am getting my pictures better lookin, I might as well put them up multiple places. And I think my stuff will sell better on HC, plus, this is my home & I was a diaper hyena with a huge stash back when HC started and it just feels homey for me. As a customer at least, it will take me a while to get homey feeling as a shop holder.
So, I'm going to take my time & be patient with myself & see what happens, I know I can learn, even if it is at a snail's pace.
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Such a good discussion! my MDC!
I am on Etsy now, just starting & haven't sold a thing, but it is so EASY. UNbeleivably easy even for me who has ZERO CCSSHTMLishness in my brain. I am just getting the hang on editing my pictures. Mercy, I am much better at tie dye than computer stuff, for sure.
That said, now that I am getting my pictures better lookin, I might as well put them up multiple places. And I think my stuff will sell better on HC, plus, this is my home & I was a diaper hyena with a huge stash back when HC started and it just feels homey for me. As a customer at least, it will take me a while to get homey feeling as a shop holder.
So, I'm going to take my time & be patient with myself & see what happens, I know I can learn, even if it is at a snail's pace.
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Your Etsy spot looks great- I'm sure it will be just a matter of time before you are hopping with sales.
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I seem to be in the minority, and I don't have a store of my own, but I prefer shopping on Etsy much more than Hyena. This is going to be a bit embarassing, but I find Hyena cart really difficult to shop and confusing, too. I guess it's just me : , but I feel I'm pretty net savvy all in all. Good luck in whatever you decide!

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I seem to be in the minority, and I don't have a store of my own, but I prefer shopping on Etsy much more than Hyena. This is going to be a bit embarassing, but I find Hyena cart really difficult to shop and confusing, too. I guess it's just me : , but I feel I'm pretty net savvy all in all. Good luck in whatever you decide!
ITA. If it wasn't for the spots, I would be totally lost there, and I have a cart. I think it is a bit complicated with all the congos and individual shops and multicarts. The stocking calender is a mystery adn all the good stuff is gone before I get to it. I still love shopping there. It's so family and child centric. ETSY is a bit too hipster for me.
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Your Etsy spot looks great- I'm sure it will be just a matter of time before you are hopping with sales.
thanks E.V. I just bought some showcase spots, so hopefully that will drive some views my way! Plus I have a lot more to get listed...
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Such a good discussion! my MDC!
I am on Etsy now, just starting & haven't sold a thing, but it is so EASY. UNbeleivably easy even for me who has ZERO CCSSHTMLishness in my brain. I am just getting the hang on editing my pictures. Mercy, I am much better at tie dye than computer stuff, for sure. ~Maria
y I'm an Etsy mama, too! I love Etsy. I have had sucess with my shop there, however it can be frustrating. There are a LOT of people selling there. You do feel like you are marketing yourself a lot to other Etsy sellers (by posting in the forums, joining groups, etc.) but it's all about exposure. The one thing I really like about Etsy is the tags- I have had several customers find me just by googling "Purple super cape" or something like that- My Etsy shop comes up before even my regular website does! Also there are lots of blog rings, etc. that guide other Etsy users to your site.

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I seem to be in the minority, and I don't have a store of my own, but I prefer shopping on Etsy much more than Hyena. This is going to be a bit embarassing, but I find Hyena cart really difficult to shop and confusing, too. I guess it's just me : , but I feel I'm pretty net savvy all in all. Good luck in whatever you decide!
This is the problem I have had with Hyena cart. It is really confusing to me : and if it's confusing to me, how will regular shoppers like it? I have been thinking lately about doing it in addition to Etsy, because I do think it would be my target audience... however I listed a cape in a friends Hyena shop awhile ago and got NO interest in it at all. I KNOW I don't have time to promote myself on 2 different websites! However for $5/month it might be worth trying.
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