How do you feel about Etsy offering sellers their own web site through a new program called Pattern?
I can tell you from my perspective, this is a good thing ... but it also means YOU have to figure out how to promote it.
If only there was some place that promoted vintage
... no matter where you sell from... hmmmm
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Zibbet is offering this web site option to their sellers also.
I like the idea, but everyone is saying it is just a mirror image of our existing shop.
I have read hundreds of comments about Pattern, firstly I dont like the name as to me it has no meaning.
It would appear that some people have had one order from Pattern, I have so far had over 200 views, but I don't know if this is from existing members reading the forums or from new buyers.
It would appear that so far the majority of Etsy members are against the new website and will not be using it, some like me are trying out the 30 day FREE trial.
At the moment it seems that Etsy is in a bit in of chaos, with members not receiving their money in to their bank account, Some members not receiving the new shop layout, others having their site going back to the old layout and of course having to pay $15 dollars a month for Pattern if they opt for it.
Also I have read that Etsy may be paving the way to eventually do away with shops and only have the new website Pattern, time will tell and we will have to wait and see.
Here is a link to my Pattern website which if it works I quite like, it is a bit limited to what can have and may want in ones own website and it is not a stand alone website, just an extension to your Etsy shop. http://antiquesetcetera13.patternbyetsy.com
As they say' you pays your money and takes your choice' see what you think.
Regards and good luck Ken.
All the details that are already in your Etsy shop including photo's are automatically transfered to the Pattern shop. so all you need to do is choose a background colour, type of script and either a Theme with or without a Logo.
Once I figured it out, just a few minutes.
When you add new items to your Etsy shop it automatically downloads on to your Pattern website.
What a lot of people are having difficulty with is the new shop settings, whether or not to use their own settings or to use Etsies, one of the problems being showing ones address as required by European law when selling in Europe.
Please feel free to ask me anything else you would like to know.
I took the plunge and did open the Pattern site just to see what would happen. Here's a link to my shop. I'll see if there is anything to be gained in the future. Pictures are intact on my computer, but I haven't looked yet from my cell phone. Oh, and I also registered for a domain name just because....
Interesting replies to this thread and exactly why the vintage people need TVV.............. :)
Spread the word folks! :)
As a suggestion, after you have activated your store and have a few spare minutes which I had yesterday, I played around with the different settings, i.e. Colour scheme, Font and layout to see what looked best. It only takes seconds to change a different setting and get back to the previous one if your not happy.
By the looks of all the hundreds of comments about Pattern, I doubt if there will be many people using it after the 30 day FREE trial is over, unless as previously said Etsy decides to end shops and force everyone on to Pattern because not only will they get their 20 cents per listing, +3.5% of the seling price, they will also have from everyone an extra $15.00 a month coming in. Many sellers have said that for less than $15.00 they can get a stand alone website and do what they like and take any payments that they want. So who knows what will happen in the future.
Well, I for one am ticked with it all.
What a confusing mess. I do not have a Pattern shop. If one searches for etsy pattern shop it comes up on Google a bunch of shops selling patterns. Kudos to those stores.
My problem is I have 2 Etsy shops and have most always pointed my sticky urls to them.
On social I have rarely actually used the urls of any the venues I sell on. Fickleness is the rule of online selling IMHO.
Has always made it easier for folks to find me.
Now since this Pattern launch my sticky urls are working HIT and MISS. I guess Google is confused.
Is anyone else having problems that do not have a Pattern shop and have used sticky urls over time?
I may end up having to look into this pattern or Shopify but holding out till the dust settles.
Tell me if you get to my shops like this? Pretty please with sugar on top.
I have them from GoDaddy. I just buy a url and then point it to my Etsy shops. Get the privacy feature on them. The pointing to wherever I want is under the domains.
You may want to hold out on them though as working fine now but not sure now how Etsy sees them or Google TBH since I am not a pattern shop for now.
I have used sticky urls since 2002 when coming online.
Makes it easier for me to give to customers and also move if I have to.