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CraftHub vs Etsy Instant Download Service

crafthub vs etsySo 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 offers the ability to create Ad Hoc links for any file uploaded to CraftHub whether it’s attached to a listing or not. (More info on Ad Hoc Links) – Etsy? Nope

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,

Bobbi MyWiredImagination

 

Cool Tools for Etsy Sellers

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

 

 

 

 

So What have You Been Up To?

So what have you been up to? Me? I’ve been writing and creating like a crazy person. (Don’t say it – you know I can hear you snicker from here, right?) I just released my newest tutorial – Back to the Beginning – Beginner Bangle Bracelet.  I’ve spent a year writing this one, on and off – re-writing it – editing it….. It’s been a labor of love and a nightmare at the same time.

This tutorial was written for the absolute beginning wire worker. It’s a simplified version of my Swarovski Crystal Bracelet tutorial, but by no means a lesser pattern. This bracelet pattern has evolved over the course of many years teaching students how to wire wrap for the very first time, and has paved the way for my Crystal Hoop Earrings, the Marcella Ring, and many more designs. At the back of the tutorial is tons of information on tools (with photos), wire, suppliers, and all the basic information to get you started. Almost as good as having me right there with you!

In between writing, I have taken small breaks to answer ideas that pop into my head – The Fancy Swarovski Crystal Braceletthe Double Marcella Crystal Ring, and  the Clasp Ring for arthritis sufferers – and tons of Fanciful Flowers you haven’t seen yet….. tease 🙂

So I guess enough chattin’ up for one day, and time for me to get back to work – Next up in tutorials…… Fanciful Flowers Earrings and more 🙂

Thanks for stopping by – See you next time – Don’t forget to Wrap Happy,

Bobbi

 

 

Have You Tried Craftsy Yet?

NO???? Boy are you missing out!!! Craftsy is a wonderful online venue to learn, share and create, and not just for us jewelry junkies either.

Interested in knitting?, crocheting?, felting?, sewing?, jewelry?, quilting?, paper crafts?, embroidery? Craftsy has it all!!!
And if that’s not yummy enough, they recently added Patterns to their wonderful site. They already have thousands of patterns from Independent Designers, and more are added everyday. …….. Wait there’s more 😀 – all of the patterns offered for sale, are available for immediate/instant download – talk about instant gratification!! 😀 And if you’re one of the Designer’s with your patterns on Craftsy for sale, it gets even better, because Craftsy sells for you absolutely FREE!!! No more forking over, up to 50% of your hard work and income to someone else!!!

You gotta check it out – you’ll love it as much as I do!!! All of my work is there :)) check it out….. All of my upcoming tutorials will show up there first too! 😀

  BobbiWired