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How to make and sell something on Etsy

On Etsy, I am a member of the Boomers Street Team for people over 40 (oops, giving away my age here…).  We have a chat thread on the forums and over the last 24 hours a funny list has been compiled of the process of making items and selling them.  At least, I thought it was funny … enough to share with you all, with permission.

Here we go then… hold tight…

The Stages of Product Creation:

(1) Dream it up.
(1a) Consult with fellow Boomers.

(2) Dawdle.

(3) Gather supplies.
(3a) Pull things from boxes, shelves, drawers, closets, and all flat surfaces.
(3b) Touch everything.
(3c) Rearrange everything. (Categorize, shuffle, toss, rearrange, stack, reposition.)
(3d) Despair over colors, shapes, and not having enough variety. (Grumble, mumble, snort, harumph, sigh.)

(4) Dawdle.
(4a) Doodle.
(4b) Chat with Boomers.
(4c) Have a cup of tea, a glass of Pepsi, a smoothie, latte or ?
(4d) Eat chocolate.
(4e) Weigh thyself.

(5) Fret.
(5a) Fret about product idea.
(5b) Fret about weight.
(5c) Seek diet partner among Boomers.

(6) Go back to piles of stuff.
(6a) Rearrange stuff.
(6b) Put stuff back the way you found it.
(6c) Put stuff on the wall, on the floor, on the dining room table, or anywhere that’s in the way of anything else.
(6d) Post photo of stuff on Flickr to share with Boomers.
(6e) Take stuff down because you’re sick of looking at it.
(6f) Re-discover stuff 10 months later, when you think “This looks pretty good, after all.”
(6g) Finish item quickly before you change your mind.
(6h) Chat with Boomers.

(7) Procrastinate before photographing item. (Look for the camera that’s buried under the unused stuff.)
(7a) Consult with Beth (fellow Boomer photography expert) for photography tips.
(7b) Ponder tips while unwrapping chocolate bar.
(7c) Look for props that you can use to “frame” item for photo.
(7d) Arrange and re-arrange props.
(7e) Look for more props.
(7f) Chat with Boomers.

(8) Photograph your item.
(8a) Fret about photos.
(8b) Re-photograph.
(8c) Chat with Boomers.

(9) Fret about description.
(9a) Write rough draft of description.
(9b) Wake up in the middle of the night, sweating.
(9c) Write final draft of description.

(10) Dawdle some more.
(10a) Chat with Boomers.

(11) Look up shipping prices.
(11a) Weigh item.
(11b) Look up postage.
(11c) Blink in disbelief.
(11d) Halve postage to ship overseas.
(11e) Commiserate with Boomers about the price of shipping.

(12) Think about pricing.
(12a) Fill out pricing worksheet, then toss.
(12b) Surf Etsy shops for similar items.
(12c) Consult with Boomers.
(12d) Throw dice and announce, “Whatever.”

(13) Have a drink (whatever works for you).
(13a) Chat with Boomers.

(14) List the item.
(14a) Dash to home page of Etsy to watch photo of item display for 15 seconds of fame.
(14b) Dash to shop to see resulting views.
(14c) Dash to promotions forum to consider asking “Why is nobody looking at my stuff?”
(14d) Look at all other posters in forum with same question, and re-consider.
(14e) Fret.
(14f) Dash to BBEST discussion thread for support (with chocolate).
(14g) Refresh your discussion forums screen after each step in every stage because you don’t want to miss anything.

(15) Promote item.
(15a) On BBEST promotions thread.
(15b) In blog, lens, e-mail and/or other Web site.
(15c) At the grocery store, while paying for the bill.
(15d) At the doctor’s office, while paying for the bill.
(15e) At the post office, while buying stamps for packages of unsold items.

(16) Pray for sales (before the pocketbook is emptied).
(16) Re-list when item does not sell.

(17) Chat with Boomers during every stage.
(17a) Go back to 14-17 for as long as it takes!

Originated by Judy Nolan, with contributions by fellow Boomers

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Moo and Virii

My Moo cards

Moo cards

I have been busy with various things over the last few days so I thought I’d post a few odd photos I have around.  These are my Moo cards with some of my work on them.  If you haven’t seen Moo cards, they are tiny – about 2 inches by 1 inch, and very sweet!  You can have as many images as you like printed on them and they link to Flickr.    I’ve been involved in a promo swap with various members of the Ecoetsy Street Team that I am on, so I’ve been busy sticking labels on the back with my Etsy shop address.   Being a shy shrinking violet and not used to promoting myself, I also left them around surrepticiously in a few cafes in Pontypridd on Saturday.     Someone has actually organised a sort of Moo card treasure hunt where a box is left in a particular position (in a park or somewhere) and pinpointed on a blog.  You can go and take a few and leave a few of your own for other people to find.  I read about it a few months ago but can’t find the link again.  If I find it I’ll update this post.  It sounds quite fun!  Moo are actually having an Easter egg hunt at the moment with cryptic clues on their blog – the eggs are hidden online and in real life as well.  With real prizes!

Today I’ve been busy trying to sort out a very slippery virus my kids managed to acquire on the laptop.  Not the laptop I use, thankfully.  Despite running AVG and Spybot and AdAware it is still there.  And clearing System Restore in case it was in an old restore point.  All the while the mains lead kept cutting out and running down the battery halfway through running AVG etc…. grr… I’ve handed it back to them to sort out now…  but any ideas would be gratefully received!

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Removing backgrounds in Paint Shop Pro

A quick question: does anyone know how to remove backgrounds in Paint Shop Pro? I want to remove the background from photos of various objects (like you get in a sales catalogue) and can’t figure out how to do it. Well, I can sort of do it but PSP doesn’t seem to act consistently… I’m sure it’s because I’m not a competent user!

Instructions for dummies, please!!!

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What sort of reader are you?

Found this over on Lesley Riley’s blog:

What Kind of Reader Are You?

Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz

So – what sort of reader are you? Tell me!!

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