Learn all about Etsy buying best practices in this free lesson.
Etsy has almost 2 million active sellers online, with each of them creating and selling all types of unique items. In this lesson, we'll go over how to search for and buy items.
Simply type a keyword into the search bar on the homepage, then click the Search button.
A results page will appear, displaying a list of results related to your search terms. Etsy offers several ways to sort and narrow down your searches.
If you're not quite sure exactly what you want to buy, you can browse Etsy using its categories and collections. At the top of Etsy's homepage, you'll find a menu bar containing various categories of items.
Simply hover your mouse over a category and a menu will appear with several more subcategories. Click a subcategory to open it.
You'll be taken to that subcategory's page, containing items for sale and further options for narrowing down your browsing.
Once you've found an item you're interested in buying, you can take a closer look at its page. There, you'll find information on the item, the shop selling it, and details about the sale itself.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to become more familiar with the Etsy listing page.
Click the Favorite button to add an item to your favorites. This feature allows you to save items you like in case you want to revisit them later.
Click the Ask a question button to send a message to the owner of the item. This is helpful if there are any questions or concerns you have about the item that aren't covered in its description.
You'll find the price of the item here. Sometimes you'll see a + next to the price for items that can be ordered in different sizes. This means it is the item's lowest starting price, and it may increase if you order a larger size.
Some items on Etsy have various options. In this example, the drop-down menu allows you to select which of the puppets you'd like to purchase. Other items, like paintings and prints, may have various sizes or dimensions to choose from.
This is a brief overview of the item, including what materials it's made from, where it's shipping from, and other details.
Click the Add to cart button to add an item to your shopping cart. When you're ready, you'll be able to purchase all items in your cart.
This is a link to the store selling the item. It lets you know the store's name, location, and other items it has for sale.
This is a photo gallery featuring pictures of the item. You can scroll through them using the arrow buttons on both side of the picture or by clicking the thumbnails beneath it.
Here, you'll find the item details, including a detailed description of the item and other information regarding the sale.
Click this tab to view the reviews for this particular item. After shoppers buy an item, they can leave feedback on the item and its seller. These are combined to form an overall rating out of five stars.
Click this tab to view the item's shipping details and policies, including accepted payment methods, refund/exchange information, and frequently asked questions.
Most shops on Etsy accept credit cards or PayPal as forms of payment. For more information on what PayPal is and how to use it, you can review our What is PayPal? lesson. Some shops also accept Etsy gift cards, which can be both purchased and redeemed here.
Etsy makes buying things from sellers easy, with a streamlined process and checkout system.