Etsy is a beautiful market of handmade and creatively designed materials. Shop owners spend a lot of time and effort to create these sellable items and put a lot of thought into their pricing structures. While this work and payment is well deserved, there are a few ways in which you MIGHT possibly get a discount on etsy.
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I know that this post might put a sour taste in some etsy shop owners’ mouths, but I promise it’s not made to undermine all the hard work and thought process they go through to create and list their gorgeous handmade products. I am an Etsy Shop owner myself, designing digital printables and svg cut files for party, gift giving, home decor and wearables in my shop Spot of Tea Designs! The below methods to suggest possible discount are more to encourage a bigger wave of support off and on the etsy platform, that might result in a small benefit to you as a buyer.
Here are 5 ways you MIGHT be able to get a discount on etsy.
1) Follow the shop on social media. Not only is it a surefire way to show your support for a brand with a double tap or story share to help increase awareness of their products (which etsy shop owners ALWAYS love), and in turn increase their social reach, but you might also come across the occasional sale or secret discount code they only offer to their social followers.
2) Favorite items and put them in your cart! Etsy offers shop owners a marketing option to send discounts to shoppers who have either a) favorited an item or b) added it to the cart but haven’t checked out within a certain time frame. Not all shop owners use this function, but many use this automated feature so it doesn’t hurt to try it out before you make the purchase you were going to make anyway.
3) Read the shop descriptions and product listing descriptions before purchase. As an etsy shop owner I KNOW most people don’t read the full descriptions. I can tell by the obvious questions they ask or issues they have when the answers are in fact right in the listed descriptions and images. I’ve known shop owners who include bulk discount codes in their shop descriptions and not-so-secret discount codes hidden within in the listing descriptions. These same shop owners will tell you how little these secret discount codes are used, just proving how people don’t read the full descriptions!
4) Ask the owner. I don’t mean for you to demand any sort of discount or be rude to cut down all the pricing provided by an etsy shop. But again, some shop owners may give up that “secret” code or bulk discount they have blatantly displayed in other spots on their site if you just ask them for it nicely.
5) Leave a 5 star review after purchase. Fun fact: at the time of writing this post, I’ve had over 6500 sales, but only have about 750 reviews. This sad fact proves how many people don’t return to the etsy platform to give a positive review of their experience. We shop owners LOVE to see our products in use and some of us even credit our reviewers with a special discount after they share!
On behalf of all etsy shop owners, I want to thank you for turning to that platform to support their small business! I hope you’ll try some of these tips above to socially follow a shop or come back and leave a 5 star review, and it just might turn into some future benefit for you as a buyer!