So you got all excited that Etsy finally offers digital media sellers instant download and it’s free, right? Well you know the old saying “You get what you paid for”? Before you bash me for my opinion though , please hear me out. I’m not down on Etsy – I love my shop, and Etsy in general. It’s just their instant download service I don’t like. I did purchase a digital listing from an Etsy seller I knew was using Etsy’s system so I could see how their system works. I can’t and won’t try it from a seller’s perspective, because I don’t want to permanently give Etsy any of my files. I have however read and followed every bit of the discussions on the Etsy Digital Team.
Now if you’re new to selling digital media, only have a few small files, and don’t care anything about having control over your products and branding, then Etsy’s service might be right for you. If even one of those points don’t apply to you though – keep reading.
CraftHub is a paid service – $8.00 mthly for Basic service (50MB file size limit) and $15.00 mthly for Premium service (100MB file size limit, product stats, and customizable listings – more on that in a bit). Both plans include unlimited transactions and download reporting. CraftHub also offers a 14 day free trial. – Etsy’s service is free (for now).
CraftHub offers file size limits up to 100MB – Etsy recently upped their file size limit from 10MB to 20MB.
CraftHub offers an extensive account dashboard where you can easily manage every aspect of your files and related listings. Etsy? Nope.
With CraftHub, you upload all your files at one time (or whenever you want really), and attach them to your listings as needed; and you can attach as many files as you want or need to any listing. Easily upload an edited file, and it automatically attaches the edited file to the listing. – With Etsy, you upload your files every time you create or edit your listing, with a maximum of 5 files per listing. Edit your file, and you have to edit the listing and upload it again.
With CraftHub, you have the ability to remove or edit files from previous purchases. – With Etsy? Nope.
With CraftHub, YOU decide the download limits – how long the customer has to download the file(s), how many times the customer can download the file(s), even the ability to lock the download to the first IP address the file is downloaded to. You can also disable or refresh a link at any time. – With Etsy, THEY decided – your files are in the buyers purchases page indefinitely and the customer can download it as many times as they wish.
With CraftHub, you can easily see what IP address(s) the file(s) went to, exactly when they were downloaded to the second, where the IP address is located, and if necessary, instantly kill the link if you suspect abuse. – With Etsy all you get to see, is IF the file(s) were downloaded – not when or where. And from what I’ve read on their Digital Team, Etsy doesn’t intend to provide that information any time soon.
With CraftHub, you can easily customize and brand both the download email to your customers and the download landing page they visit. And when I say customize, I do mean customize! Both have FULL text editing with HTML allowed. If you’re not computer savvy – CraftHub provides extensive tutorials to help you craft the perfect email and landing page. – With Etsy? Well they did recently add another generic “Message to Buyers for digital items” text box on your shop info and appearance tab.
CraftHub recently added a new feature for sellers to create a custom promotional listing. Want to offer a “Buy ___, Get ___ Free” or “Buy Any ___ for $__ Your Choice” type of listing? CraftHub gives you the tools to do that. You select any and all files you want to include, and the customer gets to see all their choices and choose what they want. – Etsy? Nope, nada, never will.
CraftHub is also working to develop promotional listings that would combine physical and digital products (think “buy any __physical products get __ digital products free”); automatic reminder notices for customers whose links are about to expire; and Digital File Delivery and Management for other selling venues like ArtFire, and/or stand alone personal websites. – Etsy? Nope (probably more like “not just no but hell no”)
I hope you’ve stuck with me all the way through! I am not in any way related to CraftHub admin, nor do I get any monetary benefit for posting all this info – I just passionately believe in CraftHub’s benefits, and needed to share. If you’d like to learn more, check out CraftHub’s awesome website here.
Hope to see ya again soon,
Happy Full Moon Monday 🙂
Just a quick note to let you know there is still a few days left in my SUPER SHINY Sale – 25% off my ENTIRE Etsy Shop MyWiredImagination – ALL Finished jewelry, Tutorials, Jewelry Supplies, Gems and Crystals 25% off – even already discounted tutorial packages 😀 ♥♥♥ Sale ends Thursday, February 28, 2013.♥♥♥
Shop happy, and have a great week,
Yes Virginia, we have a Winner! Sorry, am running out of quippy intros for the game 🙂
The winner for the 14k GF wire and Vintage Swarovski Crystals in Peridot and Tourmaline ring is Lindell Radl0ff, who was the first to correctly guess size 5. Since I already have your mailing address Lindell, your new shiny is all bundled up, and off to the PO tomorrow.
On to the next ring. Time for a Tanzanite 😀
The next ring with the most comments and “likes” on Facebook is this one in 14k GF wire and Vintage Swarovski Crystals in Tanzanite. Some of the rings that will end up in this game, may have minor flaws that prevent me from selling them (I am my own worst critic) – this ring however doesn’t have any flaws; I just thought it’d be fun to add to the game. It is a slight variation on my Marcella Crystal Ring 2 tutorial, which btw is on sale right now – just sayn’ 😉
Sooooo – post your guess for the size here in the comments, and the first one to correctly guess will win the ring – FREE. Guesses are only valid here on my blog – 1 guess per person – and if you win a ring, please be fair, and don’t try to win another one for a month. There will be plenty of rings in the future, I promise .
Have fun with game – don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you get notified as soon as I post a winner (it may be you) and a new ring.
Good Morning my pretties 😀 Well here’s a twist – no one correctly guessed the ring size for the ring posted Jan 23, AND Cindy never contacted me on the ring posted Jan 18 – guess she didn’t subscribe to my blog to get notified 🙁
Soooo – Beverly Hoagland had the next closest guesses (without going over) on both rings, and I decided to let her choose which one she wanted. She chose the Montana and Sterling. Congratulations Beverly!!
That leaves the Vintage Glass Opal and Gold Filled ring. After Beverly, Sarah G had the next closet guess without going over – Congratulations Sarah!! The ring is a size 5 ¼ btw. Contact me here on my blog, or on Facebook with a mailing address so I can get your new ring to you.
On to the next ring 😀
The next ring with the most comments and “likes” on Facebook is this one in 14k GF wire and Vintage Swarovski Crystals in Peridot and Tourmaline.
Some of the rings that will end up in this game, may have minor flaws that prevent me from selling them (I am my own worst critic) – this ring however doesn’t have any flaws; I just thought I’d add it to the game. 😀 It is a slight variation on my Marcella Crystal Ring 1 tutorial.
Sooooo – post your guess for the size here in the comments, and the first one to correctly guess will win the ring – FREE. Guesses are only valid here on my blog – 1 guess per person – and if you win a ring, please be fair, and don’t try to win another one for a month. There will be plenty of rings in the future, I promise. 😀
Have fun with game – don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you get notified as soon as I post a winner (it may be you) and a new ring.
I am a die-hard Pack Rat – It’s awful – I don’t let go of anything that has the remote possibility of being useful. Note I said ‘pack rat’ not ‘hoarder’ – there’s a difference – garbage is garbage, but there is lots of useful “stuff” in my collection. This is one such piece of “stuff”.
I have been playing around with a micro-torch lately, and needed a flame proof work surface – not good to set your bench on fire. I nearly fell off my chair with kiddyness when I remembered this old kiln in my garage. It was a ‘gift’ almost 30 years ago, and I’ve hung on to it all this time, despite not having any idea how to use it – it has no power cord, but looks like it should have one. I’ve never been able to find any useful info on it despite having the brand name “Nova” and the model and serial number. There are 4 pieces to it; 2 lined cylinders, and the top and bottom which I use to torch on.
Soooooo, what’s in your garage? 😀
See ya again soon,
Good Morning my pretties 🙂 As promised I’m not waiting for Fridays to post a winner and the next ring. The size for the ring posted Jan 18, 2013 was 9 1/2 – the first person to correctly guess it was Cindy Peiper – Congratulations Cindy – (Don’t forget to contact me here or on Facebook with a mailing address so I can get your ring out to you).
The next ring with the most comments and “likes” on Facebook is this one in 14k GF wire and Vintage WG Pink Glass Opals. Some of the rings that will end up in this game, may have minor flaws that prevent me from selling them (I am my own worst critic) this ring however has no flaws, it was just an experiment with my Marcella Crystal Ring 2 tutorial, that wasn’t quite what I had in mind :D.
Sooooo – post your guess for the size here in the comments, and the first one to correctly guess will win the ring – FREE. Guesses are only valid here on my blog – 1 guess per person – and if you win a ring, please be fair, and don’t try to win another one for a month. There will be plenty of rings in the future, I promise :).
Have fun with game – don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you get notified as soon as I post a winner and a new ring.
Happy Friday my Pretties – Bet you thought I forgot – nah, just a bit late.
The size for last week’s ring was 3 1/2 – The first person to guess it was Perri Jackson on Facebook – Congratulations Perri!!
For those of you who have come fashionably late to the party, the first person to correctly guess the size of the ring I post, wins that ring – FREE.
I am changing the game up a bit – part of why I’m late – I had several comments on Facebook, where folks were confused as to where to vote, and one full blown complaint (fortunately sent privately) that because guesses were everywhere, I “would cheat” and just pick whomever I like. That almost made me quit the game, but then what would I do with all these rings 🙂
Soooooo…. All votes are now here on my blog posts only. PLUS, you only get one vote – awwww, I know – but on the upside, I won’t wait til Fridays to post a winner and a new ring – more like every 3 or 4 days. How’s that? 🙂 You can vote for the next ring in the game – each time I need to post a new ring, the one with the most comments will be the next one in the game. Please don’t post your size guess in the comment, it won’t count. Rings that will eventually wind up in the giveaway can be viewed here on Facebook.
Have fun with game – don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you get notified as soon as I post winners and a new ring.
The size for last week’s ring is 9 – The first person to guess it was Sally Bolene Wooten on Facebook – Congratulations Sally!!
The first person to correctly guess the size of the current ring posted will win that ring, and I’ll send it to you – FREE. Every Friday I’ll announce the winner for the week and the next ring in the game. You get 3 guesses per ring – One on the current week’s blog-post if you’re subscribed here on my blog; One on the current ring picture on my Facebook, and a 3rd guess IF you share the current picture or post somewhere on the net and let me know about it in a comment here or on Facebook – the share can be on your own blog or Twitter or Pinterest or Facebook or whatever social media you prefer.
“Congratulations! Your design has been selected for the second round of judging in Fire Mountain Gem and Beads 2012 Swarovski Elements Jewelry-Making Contest.”
As soon as I saw the return address I started a little jig in the yard – of course, I quickly stopped, so as not to frighten the neighbors lol.
I am so totally tickled *insert big cheesy grin here*
Last Year was awesome winning a Finalist slot in their 2011 challenge – Here’s crossing my fingers in hopes to do it again ~~~ Wish me luck 😀
Happy New Year everybody!!!
“The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” ― Chuck Palahniuk
Well It didn’t take long for folks to guess the first ring – Congratulations Bonnie !! – So on to the next one – Please see my earlier post Happy Holidays and Guess My Size for info and entry rules.
I am going to slow things down just a bit though or you’all will guess them faster than I can take pics and add them to the game. Since I started this on a Friday, winners and the next ring will be announced just on Fridays. Oooh how’s this for a title – Freebie Fridays? Works for me lol.
Good morning fellow jewelry junkies – are you having a good holidays? Mine have been okay, though I’ve been having to deal with some ugly personal issues, but that story is for another day, and not what I’m writing about today.
Some of you may have noticed the ring sale I have running in my Etsy Shop – now even though I’m saving for a good video camera to do video tutorials (Santa skipped my house), and taking advantage of my sale would be really cool, that’s not why I’m writing today either. 🙂
Aside from needing a video camera, I started the sale because I realized I’m buried in rings. You see when I make rings (and all jewelry in general) I don’t really make them with shop inventory in mind. To break it down, I’d say about 50% are made in developing new designs for tutorials; 20% I make for myself (though I really don’t need any more); and the other 30% I make just to see what I come up with.
While I was (am) photographing and listing pieces, I’ve run across quite a few, that for one reason or another I can’t “sell” them. To me they have some kind of ‘flaw’, and I would hate for someone to buy them and notice the flaw, though I am my own worst critic (I’m told), and the buyer probably wouldn’t see a flaw.
In any case, I can’t just throw them away – they are all made with good crystals or gems and Sterling Silver and/or 14K Gold Filled wire. Soooo, the reason I’m writing this post (you knew I’d get around to it sooner or later) is to have some fun with them.
Simply put – You guess the ring’s size, and I’ll send it to you – for FREE. Yes, you read that right – for FREE, the first person to guess the size of the current ring offered gets that ring, no strings attached. I’m only going to post one ring at a time – when someone wins it, I’ll post another one (I have about a half dozen or so right now, and I’m sure I’ll add more). If you’d like a sneak peek at some of the rings that will end up in this game, I will post them on my Facebook Page in the photo folder “Guess My Size” – note: the order of the photos is not the order they will show up here, hee hee.
You’re welcome to comment on the photos, but guesses posted on rings other than the current ring won’t count and will be deleted. I guess that would be a rule – there has to be rules right? Rule #2 – You have to subscribe to my blog – that’s to your benefit too, so you get notified the minute I post a new ring in the game 🙂 Rule #3 – You only get 2 guesses – one in a comment here, and one on the Facebook post – if you post more guesses in either place, I’ll just use your first ones. That’s enough rules right? Play nice so I don’t have to add anymore 🙂 For a third guess at the current ring offered, share this post on Facebook, and let me know in a comment here or on Facebook 🙂
The first ring up is Sterling Silver and a Vintage Swarovski Crystal that WAS the color ‘Seal’. The ring was in the tumbler for only 5 stinkin’ minutes, and all the color’s gone? See the ‘flaw’? 🙂 As a rule, short spins in the tumbler have no affect on the crystals, but not for this one I guess. I suppose I should be grateful to find that out now, but I paid an awful lot for those crystals to have the color come right out :(. Other than that it’s a great ring – have fun, and Guess My Size 😀
See ya soon – good luck,
Some of you may know my Mother passed away in 2005. August 1st was her birthday.
I had been wearing some of her charms just strung on a chain, and thought it time for something better. I played around making the charm holder pendant as a way to cheer myself up a bit. A friend suggested I should show people how to make it, since I wasn’t the only one (to wear charms strung on a chain). So here it is ~ I hope you like it.
7 to 12 in. (17.8 to 30.5cm) 16ga ½ hard round wire. (depending on the size of the pendant you want to make.) 2 or 3 – 6mm(or larger) jump rings.
|Cut and clean a 7 inch (17.8cm) piece of half hard round wire.With your round nose pliers grasp the wire 2 in. (5.1cm) from the end of the wire.|
|Cross the wires over the pliers, and spread them just far enough apart to create a loop.|
|Use your thumb to shape the left lobe of the heart.|
|Continue shaping the wire, until it looks something like this.|
|Hold on to the completed side of the heart, and use your thumb to shape the other lobe of the heart.|
|Slide 2 or 3 jump rings onto the shorter wire. These will act as the ‘bail’ for your pendant.|
|Use chain nose pliers to wrap the short wire around the long wire.|
|This is how your pendant should look at this point.|
|With your thumb, shape the long tail of wire into a curve.|
|With round nose pliers, grasp the wire roughly 1 inch below the wrapped wire, and bring it around the jaw of the pliers to create the bottom loop.|
|Create a hook in the end of the wire. This will be the “latch” for your charm holder.|
|Tada 🙂 Add some hammered texture and some charms and you’re good to go.|
|This is mine, though I think I might need to make a bigger one.|
Don’t forget to Wrap Happy,
Let me start by saying I LOVE working for myself. Granted the hours are very long – on average 12 to 16 hours a day, every day; no paid sick days, no paid vacation days, and the constant feeling I’m sooooo far behind. You might think I’m whining, but I’m not – okay maybe just a teensy bit, but I’ll try to keep it at a minimum.
I would love to have an assistant, but it’s just not in my budget – I hear you snickering – yes I have a budget. O.o So instead of an assistant, I’ve been on the hunt for some simple tools to help with the workload. I’ve found several that are so far really useful, and thought I’d share. 🙂 All of these are built on the Etsy API so they integrate with your Etsy flawlessly.
First up is Etsy Shoptimizer – It’s a free app that is a ‘report card’ of sorts to help you optimize your shop. It’s super simple to use and covers a ton of useful information and suggestions.
An oldy but a goody I use on a weekly basis is Craftoplolis also know as Etsy Shop Lovers. It can be a little slow to load if you have a ton of product in your shop, but it’s incredibly useful to see “hearts” , listing information, and batch edit your listings for everything but tags.
Which brings me to one of the newer tools I’ve tried; BETSI – Bulk/Batch Editing Tool. There are 2 versions; one at a $9.00 monthly subscription rate, and a free BETSI lite. I personally like the full version, and think the subscription rate is well worth it. BETSI Lite would work really well for newer shops with fewer listings, and little to no deactivated or expired listings. There are several other batch editing tools available; some I just didn’t care for and a couple I hated, but you can decide what works best for you.
The newest tool I found is something of a “Holy Grail” kind of app for any Etsy Seller with digital products. Instant Digital Download Delivery for your Etsy shop by CraftHub.me. It is built on the Etsy API but not yet on their apps list – it only just became live August 16th. It was super simple to set up, and you get 5 transactions for free to test drive it. “Transaction” is defined by total sale, not the number of files sold. 🙂 There are several payment plans to suit your needs, and you can upgrade as your sales grow. If you do a search on Etsy for instant downloads you’ll see a ton of listings, but if you read their descriptions you’ll see they’re confused on what instant is – “within 24 hours” is NOT instant. As far as I can tell there are currently only 4 shops that truly have Instant Download available – (one created her own coding) and the 3 shops using CraftHub – Me 😀, SwellandGrand printable invitations, and FancyDogStudio who is partnered with CraftHub. I’m sure this list will grow as word gets around.
There are tons of other tools for Etsy sellers and buyers available. If you haven’t ever clicked the little link in the lower left corner of Your Etsy – Resources you really should. I’m sure there is an app for just about everyone!!!
You could find the perfect assistant you’ve been searching for. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by – comments and questions are always welcome!
wrap happy ~ Bobbi