Etsy Life: Setting Up Shop

I was surprised to see how many of you really resonated with my “Etsy Journey” post. I had lots of comments from people either with very young shops or who have been strongly considering opening an etsy shop. In my opinion, if you’ve really been wanting to try Etsy out, go for it. At 20 cents a listing it’s very inexpensive to try if you sell something etsy and paypal each take a small percentage but if not all you’re out is the initial 20. Here are a few tips I have for those of you who might be just getting things started or re-started.

  • Put all your information up. Fill out the shop policies section, the profile section, and every other section there is to fill out on Etsy. This will help you think through many possible scenarios you may encounter as a shop owner and it will answer important questions for your potential costumers. Also don’t forget to add a banner, featured items, profile pic etc.
  • If you haven’t already, buy something on etsy and leave feedback. This serves afew purposes. It teaches you how things work and puts you into the mindset of a customer so you can better anticipate what questions your potential customers may have and gives you the opportunity to get feedback. Hopefully your experience will be good and you’ll leave good feedback. If the shop owner doesn’t leave you feedback send him or her a message explaining that you are trying to build up your feedback and asking if they would mind leaving your feedback for the purchase you just made. That way when customers get to your shop they will see a positive percentage (sometimes having no feedback makes people nervous).
  • If you haven’t written up a listing write one up. Then look at it from the view point of a customer. Are there multiple pictures that show different angles, sides and details? Is the sizing, color, etc. clear (write it in words in the listing AND if possible show it in a picture)? Do you explain what the turnaround time is? Use all your tags.
  • Fill up your shop. The short of it is that most successful shops have many pages of listings. Each page has 24 items. I’m tempted to suggest trying to shoot for a full page of items to start. But unless you just have stuff sitting around you probably don’t want to make up a bunch of things that you’re not sure will sell yet. So I think 10 would be a solid start. On the other hand I have purchased something from a shop that only had 4 items. Part of filling a shop is to let potential costumers know that you’re serious. Unless you have a ton of good feedback a shop with just a few items might make customers doubt how serious to take the shop. While all the shops I’ve seen that are really successful on etsy have pages of items I fully believe that it’s possible for a shop to just sell only a few and do well. One shop I saw that sold seasonally just had a few items she’d relist over and over and remake them and that worked well. Another option would be to make multiple listings of the same item (assuming you either have multiples made or are prepared to make multiples).
  • Etsy will let you write up a bunch of listings and save them as drafts so you can post them later when you’re ready. I like to stagger listings so that they are at least an hour apart. While it’s tempting to put all your listings in at once if you stagger them you have more of a chance to hit different groups of shoppers that are on the site at different times. 

Also please understand that all of these”tips” are based on my personal experiences so please take them with a grain of salt. These are just things that I’ve noticed have worked for me but one of the great things about etsy is how different each shop and approach can be. 

To see more of these etsy related post check out my etsy life tag (I will be adding more regularly so check back in, next week I’ll share a little bit about shipping).

    Q&A: My Typical Work Day and Some Great Selling on Etsy Resources

     I hope it goes without saying but just in case you need the invitation I want you all to know that I love getting emails and questions from you guys (fun, serious, whatever).  

    A few weeks ago Krissa of the super adorable Etsy shop  Mish Mash Clothing sent me an email asking a bunch of questions. I hit on a few of her questions in my last post about my Etsy journey but I thought this one was kind of fun and to be honest I was kind of curious about the answer myself.
    I stumbled across your blog today, and had a look around. I see that you are a very successful Etsy seller, and I have a few questions if you have the time.… I would like to know how you divide your time. Do you set a certain amount of hours per day or per week that you work?

    First I have to say I spend A LOT of time working. A LOT. My hubby and I both work from home and we both work a lot. We both set our own schedules. And while we could do things in the middle of the day in the middle of the week most of the time we keep normalish work hours. Where he works on his ‘day’ job (social work-y stuff) and his music, I work on my shop and the blog. I see the blog as part of my business but I also see it as something separate. When I need to cut something it’s always the blog side that gets cut. I’m not writing this as ‘advice’ by any means I just thought it was a fun question and I know a lot of people are curious as to what the day of someone who does Etsy full time is really like.

    Typical Work Day (I do this or some variation of this probably 4-5 days out of the week)

    9:30 am Wake Up – Check email, shop and blog. Respond to questions, relist items that have sold, comment on treasuries I’ve been featured in, respond to blog comments and submit to link parties that weren’t
    up the night before while drinking juice and eating a granola bar

    11-11:30 Make or consult my “to do today list” start cutting or sewing or getting things ready to ship (printing labels packaging yup that takes a whole lot of time too). If I have new items I’ll photograph them as well.

    1:30 have some lunch, tidy up the kitchen minimally while lunch is cooking, and take my What I Wore pictures. After food is cooked I usually eat while I continue to work or while I check/respond to computer stuff again.

    2:00 get back to product making. At some point I start packing items up that are ready to ship. People don’t realize how much time this part actually takes (and that’s after you’ve gotten someone to buy something and made the item)

    3:30 go to the post office on my way to the gym. if it’s a cardio day I read during my workout

    6:00 get home, shower, and start making dinner or stop at the market (or fabric store) to pic stuff up. While I’m making dinner I start submitting to more link parties and check/respond to computer stuff again.

    7:00 eat dinner, watch tv, and submit to link parties (this is kind of my down time). I never just sit and watch tv. Even though I consider this down time I’m still on the computer, or doing hand sewing or something else that is kind of relaxing and mindless but productive.

    9:00 get back to work for real. About half the days during this time I’ll write blog posts, write shop listings and do other computer stuff that I can do while sitting on the couch. The other half I get back on the sewing machines.

    12:30 submit to the last of the link parties, print shipping labels for the next day and make sure the blog is set for tomorrow. Make my to do list for tomorrow.

    1:00 – 2:30
    get in bed and read. I love reading plus it helps me to shut my mind off (I usually fall asleep between 2 and 3:30). I’m not going to lie I wrote my times down last week to prep for this post and I didn’t get in bead before 2 am. That’s totally normal for us and half the time when I head into read my hubby is still on his keyboard making his tunes.

    The weekends I usually work half days which means probably a couple hours of actual sewing, cutting, making the product type work and a couple hours (to many hours) of computer stuff and a post office run. Even on an off day I probably work at least 3 hours but a lot of times that’s late at night. But I normally do less product making on the weekends.

    A couple nights a week we’ll go out to dinner or do something during the evening. But I usually still work for a couple hours after I get home. Sometimes we play like 6-10 ish or 9-12:30 ish. Yup we’re night owls.

    I tried to do a kind of half day during the week where I’ll go do what I want like shopping for fun, or shopping for supplies or make something for myself or try out a new recipe for the blog. But I don’t stick to it that well.

    To me I work a lot so that when something fun comes up I can just do it. If my family or friends want to go out for lunch or watch the nieces or go do something fun 99% of the time I’ll do it. I do regular craft days with my friends and my husband I go out a lot. But then again I’m someone who likes being busy and since there’s always plenty to do work-wise, when there’s not much going elsewhere on I’m usually working. But again I really do enjoy it. And if people come into town I usually will do a week full of half days. After all if I wanted I could just take less orders, it’s my business I can do what I like. Like right now I’ve been on the computer for like 4 hours and am getting antsy and even though I’m pretty far ahead on work stuff it sounds appealing to do a bit of serging while listening to my Divergent audiobook (and it’s 11:30 pm on a Sunday). It helps that I really like watching my shows and listening to books while I work ;)

    Top Tips?

    So I know I said that I was going to write a top tips post but I sat down to do it and after about 2 hours of typing and thinking, I was totally overwhelmed and felt like I had barely touched on anything. I figured if I’m overwhelming myself then what hope do I have in getting my ideas across to some of you who are just barely starting out. So instead of trying to cram a bunch of tips into one manageable post I’m going to hit on one topic at a time and make sure to do etsy tips regularly (like once a week). Definitely let me know if you have any specific topics in mind.

    And for those of you ready to dive right in here’s a ton of reading material for you.

    • Etsy’s official tips blog post I’d start here. It’s chalked full of many links on many topics. 
    • And also be sure to check out Handmadeology’s great post full of tips with lots of linked articles under each tip for more info. 
    • And last I found this Newbie Guide to be helpful when I was starting out. This looks like it’s the newest version (still 2.5 years old) but some of the info will be helpful. I know there’s a lot of info. 

    Try not to be overwhelmed just read a little here and there. If you have any questions or suggestions of topics you’d like me to talk about feel free to let me know in the comments or shoot me an email.

    Q&A: My Etsy Journey

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    (me working at a band practice because I literally needed to make use of every spare minute available)

    I hope it goes without saying but just in case you need the invitation I want you all to know that I love getting emails and questions from you guys (fun, serious, whatever).

    I get tons of questions about selling on Etsy and for the longest time I’ve wanted to write something that would be helpful. For those of you who don’t know, I make and sell baby clothes on Etsy. I do well, not like crazy, but for a small self created home business it’s good. While I DO have tips to share with those of you interested, I first want to share how I got here. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think I’m all fancy smancy but it’s a welcome supplemental income for our family doing something I really enjoy and since I regularly get asked how I’ve done it I thought I’d share. Warning this is going to be a LONG post.

    I was in grad school pursuing a phD in philosophy. I was newly married and living in a tiny condo. My sister told me she was pregnant with a baby girl –my first niece. I started making the baby clothes.

    Joined a community ed sewing class to refine my sewing skills. I had spend the last few years totally in acedamia it was nice to be back in touch with my crafty side. The baby came and I kept making her clothes. People told me they were good and I should sell them (in that non-serious way that people say that about nice things people make).

    I found a craft community called craftster which introduced me to Etsy. It was so cheap to open a shop so I listed my first item. I filled out the paper work with the State and Feds to make tax stuff legit (just in case and because it was so easy, really just a phone call and a form. I’m not sure if things have changed).

    I spent a lot of time in the Etsy forums, showing my face, making comments, asking questions, etc. I think this really helped me to get noticed. I personally kind of hate the forums since they are a time sucking hole of drama a lot of the time. But you can get a lot of good info and it’s a way of networking. My tip is to stay away from the promotion section. Ask questions, if you know answers give them. And use a nice clean product image for your profile picture.

    I made the dresses in sizes of babies I knew took pictures of the dresses and listed them for sale as made to order. I also had pictures of the dress style and fabric swatch pictures that I could make the dress out of and sold those as made to order as well. I was not interested in making a bunch of items that would just sit around my small house and never sell.

    That year I sold 100 items. I was over the moon. Most of what I sold were little dresses, coordinating bottoms and baby carriers. I set a goal to double my sales in the next year. I was blogging too.

    I blogged more and added my blog to the blog roll lists on the etsy forums every week. I still interacted in the forums a lot.

    I added more dress options both styles and fabric options. I added bloomers and lace topped diaper covers.

    Late this year I made my first ruffle diaper covers a gift for that baby that started everything. I took pictures before mailing it off and listed it. This is also the year that I made my first retro ruffler, my vintage inspired sun suit.

    I took a custom order for a Fancy Nancy dress and sold a few during Halloween that year. I also took a custom order for a Pebbles costume made an extra for my eldest niece and made a french fry costume for my new baby niece and took pictures of them and added them to the shop.

    I became involved with a few teams. Team treasuries have been very helpful for me. I recommend joining teams.

    This  year I sold a little over 200 items.

    This is the first year I sold my Pebbles and Bam Bam outfits (besides the initial custom order). They were a hit and every Halloween since I’ve been swamped.

    This is also the year I realized my shop goes through seasons. The on season is from mid-January to the end of October. November and December are very slow and things to start picking up in January again.

    I gave up cleaning my home. I paid a gal to come on a monthly basis and clean.

    I tried a few craft fairs. They were flops I was stuck with a lot of product.

    This year I sold a little over 300 items.

    This is the year things started to feel real and with it the stress came. We moved into a bigger home and instead of having all my sewing crap in our living room I got a joint work room that I share with my hubby’s music stuff and his day job work stuff.

    I was no longer teaching and I was so busy with the business I did almost nothing for school. I was supposed to be writing a dissertation. The stress of not making progress on school stuff was overwhelming. I was so busy and I didn’t want to feel like a failure for quitting. But I thought about quitting all the time. I had finished EVERYTHING (classes, tests, proposal, etc.) except the actually writing of the dissertation. Everyone kept on saying “but you’re so close”. My mind was constantly torn between wanting to quit school and wanting to finish. On one hand school was hard and discouraging and on the other hand I was seeing my business grow and feeling encouraged by customers. I gave my time to what made me feel more competent.

    Sales were steady and regular every day. Halloween was pure insanity. I couldn’t have gotten through it without the help of my family and friends.

    I joined facebook. Did some giveaways on my own sites , the sites of others and did some guest posting. I started submitting things to sites like stumbleupon, craftgawker, and all the link parties on other crafty blogs.

    This year I sold over 550 items.

    Sales were steady. I was working 14-16 hour days 7 hours a week. I took work with me everywhere. To family parties, to the bar when friends were performing music, everywhere. It was obnoxious and not healthy. I set a resolution to deal with my stress and the anxiety that ‘juggling’ school and my business had caused and another resolution to make my business more manageable.

    I worked my butt off to get ahead and we went on vacation. I added to all my listings that things would take an extra week while I was gone. I was right on schedule right when I got home. And then I got really sick. Just a terrible cold that lasted 2 weeks and I got really behind. It was horrible. Once I was well enough to look at the computer I was so behind. I sent out tons of apology emails. With help from my mom I finally got caught up and I sent partial refunds and special coupons and was so grateful for many understanding customers and just had to shrug off the handful of cruel ones. But I was freaked out. I should be able to get sick without everything falling apart and I shouldn’t have to work 16 hrs a day every day of the week just to stay a float.

    My mom started helping me regularly instead of just at Halloween or when I needed to be bailed out.

    I made the hard decision to quit school with just a Masters. The relief of having the stress lifted was amazing. I don’t regret it. I wish I had had the guts to do it sooner.

    Halloween was crazy again but this time I had regular help. I also had spent a lot of time thinking how to streamline things. I cut a lot of steps out that took up time like hand writing notes to customers,ironing at multiple steps, and more. That made a huge difference.

    I also stopped making things that I didn’t like making as much and put more energy into trying to sell the items I could sew faster. After many customers requested onesies to go with my bottoms I added sets which were great because people liked them and they fell into the ‘faster to make’ category.

    I pushed really hard to improve my blog and facebook presence.

    I was selling regularly so I was renewing my items regularly which brought in more sales.

    This year I sold over 700 items.

    I feel like I’m in a good place. I see sales picking up again after my normal seasonal lull. I am still a little nervous about the changes that Etsy made to their search but I think things will be good. I’m not sure if sales will be as good as last year but I’m hopeful that things will still be good and more importantly I’ll be able to handle them in a healthier way. On the other hand if things do get overwhelming I know how much I can handle and I’m prepared to say no or take less orders because I know how hard it was to be too busy.

    I’m going to be honest. I know many of you already have little ones. I have no idea how things will have to change when it’s my turn. I know they will have to change and I know a lot will depend on the temperament of my future kids. I hope that I have done the hardest part of getting the business started so if I get the privilege of having my own kiddos that is one thing I have going for me. I’m at the point that I can take a normal weekend if I wanted and even though I still do work most nights I could probably cut that out (or down) too.

    Okay that’s a lot and I know it’s not tips but I always find it interesting to see the path others have taken and I think you can kind of see some of the steps that helped me. I plan on doing more Etsy related posts. Very soon I’ll be sharing what a typical day for me looks like as well as my top selling on Etsy tips in more of a list form for Etsy sellers. I hope this has been helpful. If you’ve got questions you want me to touch on feel free to leave it in the comments or email me.

    Also if you feel like writing anything mean please don’t. I’ve seen many times on other blogs when people share good things or their successes it really brings out some cruel people. I’ve worked really hard and I know I’ve been blessed. I am not writing this to brag. I’m writing this to try to be helpful and because people have been asking. I hope you can be happy for me the way that I am happy for you when things go well. Plus you never know the whole story, there have been plenty of hard times along the way.

    UPDATE: another installment of a peek into my etsy life is up I’ll be tagging them all with my Etsy Life tag if you want to check them out.

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    Q&A: Advice on Buying A Serger

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    I hope it goes without saying but just in case you need the invitation I want you all to know that I love getting emails and questions from you guys. Whether it’s sewing or crafting related, questions about selling on Etsy, what my favorite places to eat in Utah are, or really anything else silly, serious, or whatever. I love feeling connected and helpful. I realize that some of your questions might be helpful or interesting to others so every once in a while I hope to post them if I think they’d help others or are just fun and interesting.

    Tori sent this to me a few weeks back and while I answered her right away I kept thinking some of you may be thinking of buying a serger with Holiday money so I figured I should share.

    Hello! My name is Tori Bonner @ I’m starting to make my daughter some simple clothing items, such as dresses, skirts and pants and had a question.  I’m assuming you use a serger?  I was thinking of getting one for Christmas, but I’m torn as to whether I really need it or not.  Do you  have any tips or advice?  Thank you for anything you can offer! :)
    Tori Bonner
    Busy B Family

     (I found this while looking for serger pics. Look how little L was)

    I have three sergers haha but I also sew for a living. A serger is kind of like a cell phone. You don’t “need” it but boy is it helpful once you have one. You can do everything to a much lesser and slower and uglier degree that you can do on a serger on a sewing machine. But my personal opinion is that if you sew a lot a serger is worth the investment.

    My biggest piece of advice is not to buy the cheapest one you find at Walmart or Joann’s. I don’t advise your first serger to be purchased off of craigslist since they are a little complicated if you have no idea what you’re doing and you don’t want to get stuck with something that doesn’t really work or works for a few testing stitches but then flops.

    If you know which make and model you want it’s fine to buy online but otherwise I’d buy one from a sewing store that services them. Or even better check out a store that sells used ones (but ones that they have serviced and certified to work). Most of those kind of places you’ll be able to try a similar one out and they’ll give you a free class to teach you how to use it and in the chance that something is wrong they’ll probably help you. Usually even the lowest priced ones there will be better than the pricier walmart ones.

    I have one that my mom bought, a singer from costco, years ago (like when she was sewing for little kid me) that I love but the newer model singers I am not a fan of. The ones I’ve seen have been frustrating to use (they keep messing up) and seem like a cheaper product (I’m not sure if it’s the way they make them, the material or what). And if you get a cheaper quality serger you’ll end up not really using it much since it won’t sew right or will frustrated you so it won’t be worth the savings in the long run. I recommend spending in the 300$ or above range on a new one (you may be able to get a better deal used though).

    I also have 2 Juki machines (MO-644D) that I’ve bought as my business has grown that I really love. I bought the lowest priced machines in the quilt shop. Juki was a brand that I had heard great things about and after testing it out in a local quilt shop I was sold. This machine is AWESOME I have recommended it to many many people with at least 4 different friends buying one and they’ve all reported loving the machine. Babylock is also know for good sergers (I’ve happily used them in sewing classes) but those tend to be expensive. I’ve heard good things about Janome and Viking brand machines but I’ve never used their sergers. To be honest I’m so happy with the Jukis that even though i could justify spending more on a serger since I use them so much if I needed another or a replacement I’d buy another of those 644D’s.

    UPDATE: Since I wrote this I’ve helped many friends and family members buy this Juki serger and we all still love them. It seems like Amazon has been the best price I’ve seen usually around or under 290 and they’ve come in perfect condition.

    My advice is that if you decide you want the convenience of a serger, look up all the small independent kind fabric shops that sell machines and smaller sewing machine shops and call to see if  they carry sergers that you can try out before purchasing and if they have used machines. Try out the more expensive ones just so you can compare how they feel. And make sure that if you end up buying it somewhere that doesn’t do classes to do a class anyways most of the places that offer classes if you don’t buy the machine from them you can pay to sign up for the class.

    And just as a last thought you might think that it would be worth it, like when buying shoes, to go try it out and then buy cheaper online. But my former sewing teacher told me that it’s better to spend a little more in a brick and mortal independant shop because they tune the machines before you buy them, I’m not sure if this is true across the board but with such a finicky machine like a serger I’d spend the extra money to have the local support and availbility of classes, plus it’s a heavy annoying thing to have to mail back if something is wrong.

    I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions and good luck shopping!

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    My Top 7 Tips For Shopping Online

    For a long time I’ve thought I should write up a list of tips/common mistakes that I see online shoppers make. Since it seems like all the commercials and news reports are Christmas shopping happy already  (sheesh it’s barely November) I thought this would be a good time for that. From my years operating a pretty busy Etsy shop I’ve seen same issues over and over. I know I wouldn’t have thought about some of these things when I was just a shopper so I hope that these are helpful to some of you.

    1. READ THE WHOLE LISTING I know that some descriptions are long. You can skim them, but make your eyes look at all the words. A good listing will give you an idea about sizing, shipping times and more. When shopping online reading the words and looking at all the pictures is the same as picking up the product and looking at the details or trying something on. One time I bought a notebook and didn’t read the whole listing so I didn’t realize until it arrived that it was much smaller than I was envisioning but when I go back to the listing sure enough it had measurements. As a seller I get customers emailing me all the time wondering about shipping time frames when my listings all have that information in them.
    2. VERIFY THE TIME FRAME, SIZING AND OTHER DETAILS BEFORE ORDERING hopefully all these details will be included in the listing. If not check the policies or announcements section of the store (etsy has both of these, most other online retailers have something similar). If you don’t see these details message the seller BEFORE you place your order. I’ve got my shipping info in each listing and in my policies but a few times a week I’ve get messages asking if an item has shipped (often 1-2 weeks earlier than the scheduled ship date). I also get panicked messages about upcoming events customers need the item for, I try my best to accommodate them when I can, which a lot of times means me rearranging my schedule. But if I had been asked before the order was place I could probably have done it faster and with less stress for both of us. But what usually happens is a week or more passes and the person needs it in the next few days so if they’re lucky I have to drop everything and they usually have to pay express shipping or if I’m too swamped I have to say sorry. Even if you’re not shopping for an event or your event is quite a bit out, if the time frame isn’t clear ask. Try to think of questions you have BEFORE you order and if you don’t find the answer ask.
    3. USE REAL CONTACT INFORMATION I know a lot of people use a junk email address that they never check for online transactions but as a seller I want to beg you not to do this. For most of my orders people have to tell me what size they want. They forget all the time. I have to email multiple people each week to ask what size they want. Some never respond I’m assuming because they don’t check their messages. On etsy there is a conversation/message system. If you use etsy you should have your convos forwarded to an email address you use or make a point to check your convos. When there’s info missing I send a convo, if I don’t here back I send an email. And a week later if I don’t hear I do it again, if I remember. This Halloween I had three customers who ordered costumes that didn’t include sizes and never responded to my messages so they didn’t get costumes and I had to cancel their orders. One emailed me 2 days before Halloween asking where the costume was. I had already canceled the order since I couldn’t even start making it because I didn’t know what size to make it. One time I ordered a kitchen gadget that I wanted really bad and fast. They ended up emailing me to tell me it was out of stock and they were canceling my order (totally lame right?) but if I used a junk email I’d have been stuck waiting and wondering for a long time.
    4. INCLUDE NECESSARY INFORMATION related to the tip above, if you get to pick certain details (like size, color, etc.) make sure you include it. On etsy there’s the spot to do that is in the notes section when you check out. And for goodness sake please make sure your address is correct and if on etsy that your etsy and paypal addresses are the same. If you forget some info or notice that an incorrect address is there message the seller right away with the correct information and if they don’t respond follow up in case they have missed the message or in case the message go put in their spam folder.
    5.  CHOOSE FROM THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE so this may sound like a weird one but I get a lot of orders for sizes I don’t carry. Either too big or ambiguous. In bottoms I sell 6-12 months and 12-24 months so when people write 12 months I’m not sure which they want and I have to email and hope they’ll reply. I imagine with other option based orders similar problems can arise. Look at the options and wordings included in the listing and pick one of them. If you actually want an option not obviously describe (for example a different color or different size) ask before ordering.
    6. INCLUDE ANY RELEVANT DATE  I recommend including the date you need the item by (if there is a date) even if it’s after the time line stated. Emergencies pop up and especially with the smaller shops like on etsy, the shop owners usually do everything so if something comes up they don’t have someone to cover ‘her shift’. If you’ve included that you need it by a certain time you’ll probably be given priority. I know plenty of people who feel comfortable using online shopping last minute but I personally don’t advise it, things happen, people are human, and the post office makes mistakes. Unless you’re willing to pay a whopping 18$ for express shipping plan ahead.
    7. ASK QUESTIONS Finally feel free to send a message if you have a question. But before you do that please please please read all the info. Read the listing description fully, the policies, the shop announcements, if you have a confirmation email read that and anything else you can find. Most sellers are happy to help but if they’ve done a good job with the listings and other literature your question may already be answered there. I spend hours (yes hours) every day responding to messages. It’ll save both of you time. But there are plenty of times when you just need to ask so whether you just a little anxious and need a personal confirmation, you have questions about possible customizations, are hoping to make a certain deadline or anything else ask away.

    Well I hope that helps and if you have any of your own helpful tips I’d love you to share them in the comments section. Happy shopping.