How to Save Money on Etsy
Love handmade décor, but don’t know where to find it? Would like to walk around decked out in unique statement jewelry, but can’t afford designer stuff? Worry not, because there is Etsy for all your needs and fancy dreams. Etsy is a shopping heaven for all fashionistas, home decorators, and ladies who understand a thing or two about the value of uniqueness.
This said uniqueness doesn’t have to come at a high cost, because even though some merchants are not cheap there, we are here to help you learn some Etsy saving techniques and tricks to make sure you will take your dollar and stretch it as far as possible:
Understand the site
Etsy marketplace is huge, so you should learn how to find the best deals quickly and efficiently. There is a tab for ‘Lowest Price’ and there is also an option to set the maximum dollar amount you want to spend - utilize those tools while shopping and save.
Always compare prices before you buy an item that you like; there is no reason to rush.
Sign up for a newsletter
This is a free service, but it can be very beneficial for your saving opportunities. You’ll discover special deals from your favorite stores right in your email.
On the bottom of the page you can find ‘Local’ tab, where you will see local events and locations. If you go to these events, you will meet sellers, get free samples, and won’t pay for shipping.
Use social media
Find your favorite sellers and follow them on social media for news, deals, coupon codes, local events, and more.
Etsy Gift cards
If Etsy gifts cards would make a perfect present, let your loved ones know about it and be sure they will indulge you.
Sellers often display coupons on the top of their pages on Etsy. You can also find promo codes at couponing websites and Etsy shopper forums.
Buy in bulk
This might be easier said than done, because we don’t always need 20 hand knitted bears, but BOGO offers are also considered bulk, and we all can use a hefty discount on a second pair of earrings, right? You can find “Bulk Buy Discount” on Etsy home page or on sales tab, where you will see discounts from a few dollars to 25% or even more.
Sometimes it makes sense to combine a few things from the same seller and most of them will gladly combine all of that into one shipping.
Check for future coupons
When your order arrives, check the box for coupons to be used in the future – many merchants include those.
Share with friends
If you like something, but it’s only sold in bulk, ask if any of your friends would like to join you on the order and split the good deal.
You can always find sellers who offer coupons for shipping or have totally free shipping. This can mean significant savings.
Ask for deals
Some sellers will give you a deal just for contacting them, but read their rules first, because you might find that it’s not accepted. Always be respectful and appreciate that most items take time and talent to make.
Favorite and follow
Mark your favorite stores as such and follow them on Etsy for the best deals. Having all your best stores in one place will make your shopping while saving a more pleasurable activity.
This is an indirect way of saving, but an important one nonetheless. Reading reviews of the sellers before buying something will protect you from bad quality and dishonest merchants, so you will never waste your money.
Knowing return policies of merchants will also help you save, because some custom made items are non-returnable and you better know that ahead of time.
Promotions on Etsy
New merchants like to offer various promotions to establish themselves, but even the well to do ones host a promotion event from time to time, so check for those.
Cash back credit cards
You might get as little as 2% cash back on certain purchases, but it’s better than nothing, so use credit cards like these if you have any. You can also sign up for Ebates and get 1% cash back on everything you buy on Etsy.
Etsy is great for inspiration. You might see something you like and decide to make it yourself, which would be a lot cheaper than buying and loads of fun.
Another Etsy shopping nuance is safety. It is recommended to always pay with a credit card or through PayPal. Always read reviews for sellers before buying. You can contact Etsy customer service and ask for a suspicious seller to be checked out. Don’t forget to practice safe credit card usage procedures, don’t give away passwords, track credit card spending, and ask for receipts.
Etsy is sheer perfection for all small businesses and their supporters. You can find the greatest products for you and for all your friends and loved ones on a budget. Just make sure you look for the best deals while on Etsy and then shop till you drop!