While checking out the phone after doing a hard reset (seems to fix about 90-percent of most problems) I encountered a couple of Shopping folders, each of which contained 16 different shopping apps. 32 shopping apps. Uh oh.
Itsy Bitsy Etsy
Maybe it’s a guy thing, but I just wanted to know why there were so many apps, and wouldn’t having so many different ways to shop encourage more shopping instead of frugality?
That discussion didn’t go anywhere productive, but during the mostly one-side conversation I found out about Etsy (it was her ‘example‘ app).
As it turns out, Etsy is a decent way to find what you’re not likely to find down the street.
My view of Etsy is that it’s more or less like Kayak-meets-Ebay for shopping or selling items you don’t need but buy anyway because they’re not easily found elsewhere.
Etsy makes it easy to find products that others find interesting, add them to your cart, and buy online.
Here’s the kicker.
Etsy also lets you sell items in the Etsy marketplace by setting up your own Etsy Shop.
Not only is shopping easy with Etsy– it’s a free iPhone, iPad app– selling products is easy, too.
The numbers start to make sense. Numbers?
Etsy has about 15-million users and nearly a million online businesses which sell products through the app.
Yes, Virginia, there is a business model with Etsy. While the app is free, it costs 20-cents to list an item for sale for four months.
When an item sells on Etsy, they collect 3.5-percent of the sale price. What Etsy brings to the table is an easy way to shop and an easy way to sell.
This is really quite clever and rather addicting. Many products are not what you’d find in stores, and some are quality crafts items which are unique and not found anywhere else.
Kayak meets Ebay? Yeah. Why not?