How to Use Etsy

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How to Use Etsy

Etsy is a peer-to-peer e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items. If you are looking to create an Etsy account and learn how to use Etsy, read the steps below.  

Create an Etsy Account

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To get started, start your web browser on your computer, and enter etsy.com. The homepage will appear, click the orange register button in the top right-hand corner. You can sign in with your Facebook account, a Google+ account, or enter your first name, email address, and password then clicks register. And your Etsy account is now ready and active to use!

Search the Categories

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There are eight categories of products on Etsy: Clothing & Accessories, Jewelry, Craft Supplies & Tools, Weddings, Entertainment, Home & Living, Kids & Baby, and Vintage. They are listed underneath the search bar at the top of the screen. Choose the category you want to search and hover over it. This will give you an in depth look at the subcategories from that category.

Click on the subcategory you want to see, and it will take you to a page with everything everyone is selling. You can also search for specific in the search bar at the top of the screen. Click it, type what you want and press Enter. Anyone selling what you searched will appear.

Make a Purchase

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After searching and you find something you like, you can buy it. To purchase something, click on that item select the quantity, color or size and click the orange add to cart button. To view, your cart clicks the black shopping cart button in the top right-hand corner. Then click check out if you have everything you want to buy.  You will then have to enter your card information as well as address then place your order. 

Favorite Items & Conversations

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If you like something yet can't buy it right now, you can add it to your favorites. To add an item, hover over an item you want. An outline of a white heart will appear at the top of the item. Click the heart and it will be added to your favorites. To view your favorites, click the black heart in the top right-hand corner of the screen. You can create a board to add specific favorites.

When you’re on a selected item, click the add to button and select the board you want. Head back to your favorites and click on the board you want to view, and then scroll to see all your items. To see your conversation, click the button in the top right-hand corner that says you, then click conversations. Here you will see any messages you have. Click the Compose button to talk to someone, type your message and hit send. 

Now you know how to use Etsy!

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