princesscatt Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 6:28pm
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I was searching for ideas for pirate cookies and stumbled on someone's Etsy page and they were selling their cookies on there? They had other candies and goodies too. Just never thought you could sell food on there...wondering if anyone has sold their products on Etsy.

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Kiddiekakes Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 7:20pm
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What is Etsy?

debster Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 7:28pm
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I've been on there but didn't know regular folk like us could sell there, what do they do take a % of what you sell?

mrslevite Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 8:05pm
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You can sell on Etsy. Read the rules and sign up. There is a $0.20 per item listing fee and then Etsy takes a percentage of the sale. You can also sell at Artfire.com It's a good, up-and-coming site for selling handcrafted items, but Artfire doesn't have the traffic that Etsy does. I sell hand-dyed yarn and wool for spinning on both sites.

Anyway. I haven't listed any baked items, but I am very tempted to. I have made some very good tasting gluten-free cookies. I just need to get better at decorating them before listing them for sell.

I, too, am interested in hearing how others are doing wtih sales on Etsy and other handcrafted selling sites.

princesscatt Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 8:56pm
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This person was selling groups of iced sugar cookies. She had a pirate set and other sets. I'm going to go back on and see if anyone else on there does baked goods and how they ship them...I'll let you all know what I find out...

princesscatt Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:07pm
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Went back on to see the prices and most people were selling a dozen for $45 plus extra for shipping...the cookies were gorgeous and perfectly done but wow...$45..

mrslevite Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:46pm
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One of the sellers I saw (don't remember who) was selling quite a few at the $45 per dozen range. They were gorgeous, but, yeah, 'Wow!' was my reaction, too. icon_smile.gif

djs328 Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:48pm
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Does anyone know if this falls under any sort of food products laws & the HD? ie: can you do this if you are not 'legal' in your state?

mrslevite Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:53pm
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Does anyone know if this falls under any sort of food products laws & the HD? ie: can you do this if you are not 'legal' in your state?


I'm not sure there are laws that cover Etsy type sales. I hope everyone is aware enough to respect the "buyer beware" rule, since obviously these items are coming from someone's home kitchen.

mrslevite Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 5:08pm

This is one of the Etsy shops that makes me drool! (I wonder if Cakebox Cookies is on Cake Central?) http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5661893

princesscatt Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 5:40pm

cakebox is the one i saw on there...her work is outstanding but the prices are high....

verono Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 5:55pm
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One of the sellers I saw (don't remember who) was selling quite a few at the $45 per dozen range. They were gorgeous, but, yeah, 'Wow!' was my reaction, too. icon_smile.gif




I have cookies that I sell more than that icon_redface.gif

mrslevite Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 6:08pm
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One of the sellers I saw (don't remember who) was selling quite a few at the $45 per dozen range. They were gorgeous, but, yeah, 'Wow!' was my reaction, too. icon_smile.gif



I have cookies that I sell more than that icon_redface.gif


Good for you! Don't be embarrassed about it. I sell sock yarn for more than I would ever pay for it! icon_biggrin.gif

Do you sell on Etsy?

verono Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 6:11pm
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One of the sellers I saw (don't remember who) was selling quite a few at the $45 per dozen range. They were gorgeous, but, yeah, 'Wow!' was my reaction, too. icon_smile.gif



I have cookies that I sell more than that icon_redface.gif

Good for you! Don't be embarrassed about it. I sell sock yarn for more than I would ever pay for it! icon_biggrin.gif

Do you sell on Etsy?




No, for now it's only people around me..

cinderspritzer Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 6:39pm

You are supposed to comply with your local food service laws to sell your baked goods on Etsy. I don't suppose you HAVE to, but if you don't and someone gets sick and reports you and it comes back that you're not licensed and all that... *shrug*


http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6263253

-Tubbs Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 11:21pm

I listed on Etsy for a while. I did get a few enquiries, but no actual orders, so I let it lapse.

RachieRach Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 4:20am

I LOVE etsy! The premise of the site is home-made so I do think most buyers are aware of what they are getting. I think it is just a matter of the laws. I know that I can have a homebased business in nyc but I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that those laws don't apply to the internet. Defintely something to investigate as I think many of you would do well with a shop on etsy.

princesscatt Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 11:25am
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I LOVE etsy! The premise of the site is home-made so I do think most buyers are aware of what they are getting. I think it is just a matter of the laws. I know that I can have a homebased business in nyc but I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that those laws don't apply to the internet. Defintely something to investigate as I think many of you would do well with a shop on etsy.




I live in Jersey and have been trying to figure out who or where to go to ask about the laws here, who did you have to call in your state?

-K8memphis Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 12:36pm

Interstate food sales go into a whole 'nuther realm of regulations. Some of the people I've worked for would not cross the state line with deliveries. This was back 20 years ago but my guess would be it has gotten more complicated rather than less.

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