Wat is Etsy: Internationaal kopen en verkopen op Etsy

What is Etsy: international buying and selling on Etsy

Now that Etsy is becoming more famous in the Netherlands, you may find it useful to know what Etsy is exactly and how you use it.

What is Etsy

Etsy is originally an American online platform and community for the purchase & sale of handmade items. This is how it started in 2005, with the focus on “handmade"But nowadays you can also find the" Vintage "and" Parts "categories there. More than 4 million people have one on this platform for creative people own shop† If you buy an item on Etsy, you can buy this directly from the maker† So you don't buy it from Etsy.Below you can see the opening page of Etsy. This frontpage always changes depending on the season and current trends.

What is Etsy?


Because Etsy now has millions of buyers and sellers, it can be pretty difficult to see the forest for the trees. To a Handmade felt bag from the Netherlands To find your way between all bags of jeans and hobby projects. Yet Etsy is a great place to get one online unique object or gift. Because Etsy is aimed at handmade items and worldwide is therefore available, you can also buy a woolen hat from that little studio in South America or a woolen blanket from that maker on a mountain in Austria. That is a completely different shopping experience than at Amazon or Bol. 

Since you were on Etsy with ideal Can pay the popularity of Etsy in the Netherlands has risen sharply. There are always new ones Dutch shops At, so it is worthwhile to turn on the NL filter occasionally and by scrolling the Dutch Etsy products. At the bottom of the page/ website you can set the language on Dutch or English. 

You have to invest some time to find out how Etsy works - it is not difficult, but before you get through those trees & the forest you will need the handy filters on the Etsy website. You can filter your searches and search more and more specifically. The filters I often use are

  • Shop location: Here you indicate where the shop is located where you would like to buy something. I often look for the Netherlands, because so many beautiful things are made in our little country. Below you can see the location Filter for Dutch Etsy Shops in Red.
Find Etsy Shops in the Netherlands with the Shop Location Function


If you are clicking by Etsy in a super cool shop, you can see where it is located in that Etsy Shop. The nice thing about local searching within Etsy is that you can discover beautiful items .. that are made around the corner! Such as the beautiful Linocut print “The Hug” by Gabriela Aguirrorzabal - from Print therapy from Utrecht


Dutch Etsy seller Print therapy with Linocut Print the Hug


  • Special sacrifices: Hereby I like to check the "Personalizable" option, so that you will find all the items that you can personalize, for example a bracelet with a name engraved on it or a leather wallet in your favorite color. Below you can see the personalized mugs whose text can be adjusted - from Pinkq from The Hague
Dutch Etsy seller Pinq with personalized mugs


-> Have you made a great purchase on Etsy? Share your experience in the comments!

If we look at the Trustpilot reviews from Etsy, the figure is quite low. The reviews show that many people in the Netherlands do not know how Etsy works and therefore have different expectations. Because if you buy a product directly from a maker from the other side of the world, it may just be that your order is weeks and weeks on the road. Sometimes your product even has to be made when you place your order. Because we are used to deliveries within 24 hours and sometimes even on Sundays, this is also a very different shopping experience than the large online retailers.

Selling on Etsy is very easy; The dashboard is also available in Dutch. If you have all your details ready for filling in your shop, you can get started in no time. You don't have to have a VAT number for it. The parts you are going to fill in include:

  • Story of your store
  • Policies of your store
  • Postage costs
  • Product photos
  • Product Descriptions

Sell ​​on Etsy

On Etsy you can sell both digital products (downloads) and physical, tangible products that are sent. The layout of your Etsy store is an easy and well -arranged set of institutions, products and communication with your customers and visitors. Etsy (can) advertise for you within Etsy and on the internet, which is very useful.  Costs are associated with sales on Etsy: in total you must count on around 15% commission & transaction costs that Etsy contents on your sales. You do not need an investment to start selling; through this link Can you start with 40 free listings. These are the product advertisements for which Etsy charges 20 cents per artigue. 

Do you need help setting up your Etsy store?

Then become a member of my private Facebook page Or give yourself a super start on Etsy with my strip card For online support and coaching.  


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1 comment

Ik zou graag een antiek Duits koffieservices willen verkopen via Etsy. Hoe doe ik dit?

Birgit Wit

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