Major Website Update

Tutorials On Etsy Update

I first wanted to quickly mention an update about my tutorials on Etsy. In my previous post I mentioned that I was having to limit my tutorials that I was selling on Etsy to being emailed out, and I was limiting them to certain countries due to the EU VAT law on digital products. I’ve now been able to change my tutorials back to digital products on Etsy so that they can be sold to any country as a downloadable product. Etsy have stated in this blog post:

Until we make the site update necessary to collect VAT from those buyers, Etsy will pay the VAT on digital items sold to buyers in the EU and delivered by automatic download. After the VAT collection process is in place on the site, we will begin collecting VAT from buyers during checkout and remitting it to the appropriate tax authorities.

This has allowed me to change things back to how I had previously been selling my tutorials on Etsy.

Website Update

I’m currently in the process of doing a major update to my website purplewyvernjewels.co.uk. There’s a new major update to the shopping cart I use for my site, which is great as the newer cart is a responsive website. This means it’s specifically coded to change it’s look depending on whether you are viewing via a computer, notebook, phone etc. Therefore, it should give a much better experience for all users, rather than being best viewed via a computer. However, there is one major downside in that it isn’t easily updatable from previous versions of the shopping cart. There is no quick update script that can be run, like there has been with previous versions as the two versions of this shopping cart are just too different. For those that are a bit technically minded, it uses a database that’s formatted differently from previously which makes it difficult to update and transfer information from the old database to the new one. Therefore, I’m having to effectively rebuild everything that I’ve placed in the database for my current website, in order to put it in to the new version. I’m a fair way through adding in my products, but I’ve still got a way to go yet. Plus, at the moment I don’t know whether I will be able to transfer previous customer and order information in to the new database yet, depending upon how the information is formatted in each database. So it will be a while before the new website is ready to go live.

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Craftsy & Dawanda

I have been trying out two different online selling platforms recently.

Dawanda

First up is Dawanda, which is a predominately Germany based site. It has platforms in a variety of languages, with the English platform being currently free to list on.

I have currently had two sales through there. Which considering I only had one sale through Folksy even when I had items listed in the “busy” Christmas buying season, is an improvement. I haven’t as yet fully capitalised on using the Dawanda site, I will need to translate my listings in to German and pay to list on the German platform to give myself the best chance of selling on Dawanda. So I am planning on translating my listings, and seeing what difference that makes to my sales on there.

Craftsy

Craftsy is an online place for selling tutorials and patterns. It’s free to list and free to sell on. You do need to have a PayPal account, and obviously pay PayPal fees that are associated with selling, but Craftsy don’t charge anything for selling through their site.

So far I’ve had 5 orders through Craftsy. So this site definitely enables me to reach some of my target market and fits well with me selling my pdf tutorials.

February 2013 Update

It’s been a tad too long since I last updated, I must try to get back in to the habit of blogging more regularly.

Christmas Event

So to catch up from where I last left off, the Winter Fayre I attended at the end of November was a wonderful success, it was packed and was busy the entire time.

Christmas Sales

The Christmas buying season online, was better than I had expected. I even tried out Folksy in the run up to the Christmas season to see whether that would be another possible venue through which to sell. Although I did get one sale through Folksy, I was quite disappointed by the visitor stats, as they were very low and not what I had expected. Whilst I expected views to be lower than Etsy (as Etsy is more widely known worldwide) than Folksy, I didn’t expect a lower amount of views than my own web site obtains. So I’m not currently impressed with Folksy, although it’s a venue I will keep my eye on as it is targeted towards the UK market, whereas in comparison Etsy is very US targeted.

Community Pop Up Shop

The Community Pop Up Shop that I sell items through in Chelmsford town centre closed at the end of December. However, it has now reopened, yay! So my items have now been restocked there, plus it’s back in it’s original location.

Community Pop Up Shop Inside

Community Pop Up Shop Outside

New Items

I have been adding a new range of items to my stores ~ macrame charm bracelets.

Custom Colour Crystal Bar Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Crystal Bar Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Crystal Sideways Cross Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Crystal Sideways Cross Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Infinity Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Infinity Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Anchor Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Anchor Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Plus, I’m working on adding a range of macrame tutorials as well. I have one listed so far, but more will follow.

PDF Tutorial Square Knot Macrame Bracelet Single & Two Colour With Adjustable Slider

PDF Tutorial Square Knot Macrame Bracelet Single & Two Colour With Adjustable Slider