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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceSmall Business · 1 month ago

How do sellers make custom hand-made orders quickly for sites like Etsy?

I'm curious how it's possible for people to sell custom made stuff on sites like Etsy.  They must have a warehouse stockpiled with supplies.  

I made a couple of handmade oak dog beds in my garage workshop.  They looked nice and my neighbor suggested I start selling them on Etsy.  When I looked, the competition offered several sizes including a custom size, 5 different kinds of wood, a dozen different kinds of stain and the list goes on.  Somebody orders one and they expect it to be shipped quickly, but I could end up with 20 custom orders that I may have to get extra supplies to finish, then work my butt off when I should be sleeping only to have customers complain that I'm taking too long to fill their order.

One time I tried hand screen printing some T-shirts for an event.  They wanted white ink on black shirts.  I had to order the plain black shirts because they needed 100 shirts, all different sizes.  The supplier back ordered the shirts, then a huge box showed up on my doorstep days AFTER the event.  As a result, the organization had to go out of town to a professional printer to have their shirts done and left me stuck with a big box of black T-shirts in assorted sizes. 

Would there be anything wrong with offering less choices when selling on these sites? 


Are these sellers mostly retired and have nothing better to do?  

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They can make things to order and yes many are probably retired or part time too

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They hire Trolls to do the work for them

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