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Etsy PLUS ~ The New Etsy Plan, Is it Worth It?

I have been “successful” on Etsy for 4 years now, so of course a NEW thing on Etsy is sure to tickle my interest.

Here is a pretty in depth video I just did to really dive into the back-end of what is new with Etsy’s first monthly payment plan.

At this time, Etsy Plus will be $10 per month until January 2019, where it will increase to $20 per month. Whether or not any of the features you receive with this plan are worth anything, remains discoverable.

Initial Perks Include:

  • 5 Choices of Banner Options (Carousel, Collage, Big, Small, None)
  • 2 Choice of Featured Listing Layouts (Traditional, or 1 focus listing and 4 small focus listings)
  • $5 Promoted Listing Credit
  • 15 Free Listings, Renewels seemed to effect this countdown but at a 2 for 1 rate
  • 30% Off Moo Cards
  • 20% Off 1st Order of Custom Printed Boxes
  • Restock Request Emails
  • Custom URL Discount and Redirection (Your “.com” goes straight to your Etsy Shop)

It is a mighty list, indeed. However, will it feel worth it at $10 per month? $20..? Some of these perks do not benefit me personally, just by the way I run my store and how my products are made. You may find them much more valuable than me.

I feel like half of the “perks” are merely discounts. Should you take advantage of the URL, for instance, you only benefit from that the 1st initial time. Each consecutive month you pay for this privilege seems moot t that point.

The Restock Request option is intriguing! I did like the fact that even before these new Plans, they added a “Cart Recovery Discount” option for sellers to switch on that recognizes stagnate items left in shopping carts and turns them into an opportunity to send the cart owners discounts for the items. It is interesting that a function like this is separate from the Plus Plan. Perhaps they had thought of charging for renewal emails sent initially, either way, here we are.

Just needs a little bit more. It’s like paying for coupons and renting a front page carousel. Getting 15 free credits and $5 in ads is neat and has an $8 value, but it’s not really free when you pay $10 for it.

For now it seems interesting, but if I don’t often utilize the discounts, Renewal Notification system, or the promoted listings, all I am really paying for is a fancy carousel banner and featured listing layout. I will wait until there is just a bit more to entice me.

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Reign Designs – My Bro from a Galaxy Far Far Away

Do you like Star Wars? Then you are going to like my friend Don who is Reign Designs.

I have been commissioned by Don to utilize my laser skills for his kick ass custom pieces for years now! Specializing in a style that is a Samurai / Star Wars FUSION, Reign Designs makes Custom Display Helmets, Awesome Shirts and so much more!! I mean, check out this latest Darth Samurai piece! 😮

Apart from his obvious talents in the handcrafted field, Reign Designs is also an awesome Graphic Designer! Seriously, hit him up for all your graphic arts needs. He’s super nice and doesn’t bite, I promise!

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Now Selling on Amazon HANDMADE!

The first time Amazon was announcing their Handmade category, I was pumped! I applied and then… denied. Sad face. 🙁

But, just a quick 3 years later, I am back at it again and… Success! I am currently working on getting items into the amazon warehouses so you can benefit from their Prime Shipping!! For now, there are a few designs available and even more “Exclusive to Amazon” designs coming!

PLUS: All Earrings will feature Stainless Steel studs or hooks! Sensitive ears rejoice!

Another benefit 👉 Everything comes in a GIFT BOX! Noice. Real noice.

Click the image to see what it is up close!

 

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Like Re-Selling? Follow my YouTube favs – RALLIROOTS!

I’ve talked about eBay in my one of my vlogs. I have been selling on eBay for years! I sell my jewelry in one store, and random stuff in another. It’s a little bit of a side hustle for me to wiggle free stuff off my family members and sell them! How devious I am! So, of course, I ran across RALLIROOTS and their adventures in the eBay reselling game!

If you want to make a few extra bucks this summer and would like to venture into selling online – check these guys out! You will learn about which brands are big $, what to avoid, and awesome tricks on ranking, listing, pictures and more!

I love these guys SO much, I just HAD to make them a lil something to show my appreciation! In this video, you will see what I made them just after the 9 min mark, but watch from the beginning! They bring a lot of value to the table! Definitely follow their youtube channel!

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Morning Tea with Foxy! Vlog Episode #1 – What am I doing with My Life?

Hello world!

I have decided to start a vlog where I document my excursion into new ways to make some mundo moolah! If you’d like to learn and earn along with me, be sure to check out my youtube page and like & subscribe!

MY GOALS are to Figure out HOW TO:
1. Maximize Profit on Etsy and eBay!
2. Experiment with Thrift Flipping and Retail Arbitrage.
3. Make Online Store of my Handmade Products.
4 See idf Depop or Poshmark are worth it.
5. Maybe try Dropshipping??

Come with my on my journey to find MORE ways to make MORE money in less time! My ultimate goal is to start earning enough money to go to Disney World!

Let’s LEARN and EARN together!

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FoxyFunk
eBay: https://ebay.to/2HTWtRS
Retail Store: http://lasermoon.online/
Depop: https://www.depop.com/foxyfunkdesigns
Poshmark: https://bnc.lt/focc/lU1Q2Z8HpM (Sign up with code FOXYFUNKDESIGNS to get $5 off your first order!)

 

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FoxyFunk ~Embodiment~ has Arrived!

I have always wanted to expand on what I make and phase one is in process!

To start off FoxyFunk Embodiment, I have started production on  awesome products such as  Lip GlossRoll on Perfume, and Powdered Mud Mask!

I hope to add a full line of bath, body and beauty products held to the same standard as my jewelry and apparel! Keep your eyes peeled!

See my entire Bath & Body ware for sale exclusively in my Etsy shop!

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Meet Alex Doll – Custom Pieces for a One of a Kind Gal!

Meet Alex Doll! From Washington, DC, this devious masterpiece runs Atomic Doll Productions, where she creates old school carnival sideshow experiences for clients such as ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’, ‘Shocked and Amazed’, even major networks! She regularly performs various amazing feats, such as swallowing razor sharp razor blades, cuddling and high-heel kicking on a bed of nails and piercing her delicate skin with needles to the delight and cringe worthy swooning of her audiences!

Ms. Alex Doll contacted me through Etsy for some customized Mad Max pendants back in 2015. Now that she had a contact with a laser lady, I was asked to make some custom pendants for her own Etsy Shop and audiences!

She is absolutely a sight to be seen! Do befriend her Facebook Page for upcoming shows and check out her collection of oddities in her Etsy Shop!

Shout out to John Detrich (Main Top Post Image) for his amazing art! If you like all things ODD or need one of a kind art for yourself or posters & more for your business, then you have to follow this guy: Instagram : Website

And of course, should you need custom pendants made for your business and interests, Contact Me!

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Collaborating with the Great Anja Kotar! #TooCool

A few months ago I was lucky enough to get invited by the lovely and talented Anja Kotar to be the manufacturer of some awesome earrings and necklace pendants!

She recently released her new Album – NOMAD – and these prescription and pill inspired earrings will be featured in one of her upcoming music videos! The song “Happy Pill” is motivated my youth turning to outside sources to feel inside, whilst “fitting in”, as it were.

This little iPhone inspired pendant was also manufactured by me and continues to reflect her albums inspiration of what it takes to be a teen in the USA.

She is an up-and-coming artist you should definitely follow on Instagram!

“NOMAD is a concept album structured as a mixtape representing growing up in America. “

Connecting music & fashion for the new generation of cool.

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Custom Made Acrylic Jewelry for Your Projects or Business

People have been coming to me to make them custom jewelry and accessories for themselves, their projects or their business ever since I opened up shop!

I have observed that there is a bit of a void in the custom manufactured wholesale and bulk jewelry and accessories department, so I aim to fill that void!

I want to let it be known that I can, and will, fulfill your need to have custom pendants made for you! Whether it be one piece you’ve always dreamed of, or a whole line of products for you to resell!

Here are some examples of commissions I have taken on that were made to be resold, thus making YOU money!

This sort of thing is great if you want to make your logo, band, or general design into a pendant or a fully made up piece of jewelry! I can do keychains, necklaces, earrings, studs, you name it! I can even make custom jewelry cards for your packaging needs!

Prices vary by difficulty, quantity and material. I guarantee that my prices are much better than you may expect, my overhead is low, so we share the benefits! There is no project too small and I work with you throughout the entire process! Message Me now to get your custom order started!

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Final Warning from Esty! Copyright Infringement and YOU…

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I LOVE Etsy. And I wanna work it out. If you love something, tape it to your face, as I have always said…

Sooo… Got my final warning from Etsy for Copyright Infringement!!!!!
What am I to do!?!?!

How did I get here, you ask? Cuz I’m a big fat NERD. I love videogames, superheroes, aliens, tv, and so much of that pop culture yumminess!

Some designs I make are very “inspired” as in similar shape, color or “feeling”. Some things however, I admit it, straight up from a thing. I’m sorry. 🙁

pacmanNearly everything that has been taken off of Etsy was from a video game! I have had 8 things in the last 2 years (exactly) taken down. Every one was from FallOut, Pac-Man, Portal, or something along those lines. However, the last “straw” was a Pac-Man design I have had in my store for nearly that whole 2 years being open. However, the Portal design I had up was taken down within 24 hours.

Wondering how many you can have taken down before they shut your doors? I have heard 3 strikes and your out, but I think it really is a case by case situation. There’s really no way to know how long you can “get away” with something. But should we even try to “get away” with it??

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From Esty’s Fact Guide: “It may be tempting to include names of popular brands or celebrities in your listing titles, tags or descriptions – for instance, the name of a luxury handbag company that inspired your purse design. But using that brand’s name in your tags has been considered problematic by certain IP owners. Similarly, just tacking on “inspired by” or “____-like” in the tags or description may not prevent you from receiving a notice of infringement from the IP owner for a number of legal reasons, such as causing confusion. The same goes for any items that were “inspired by” popular books, movies or television shows.”

If you are wondering if you can get away with it, don’t chance it! And for the record, that “10% change in a design thing” – is NOT a thing. Don’t let a lawyer have to tell you. 😛


Am I mad? NOPE. I am GLAD I was able to share this fandom of a beloved game to the masses. I hope every time someone wears what little I have dispersed into the world gives a smile and cheer to the people who wear and see it. I hope it sparks conversations of how great that game is and share memories of their past. I hope it sparks a friendships that last a lifetime! I wish I could afford to get proper licensing for such big brands so I can keep spreading this love, and hopefully one day I can!

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And this little piggy flew right into a success lit sunset!

So what to do now? Out of fear of my shop closing, I took down a bunch of things. It was kind of sad… Then I thought to myself, “Hey Mere-bear, you got style gurl. You got some bangin’ designs all of your own! You gotta take those designs and blow it up, lady! You ARE a designer! You have talent… and dammit… people like you!”

Gave myself a pretty good hug after that pep talk. You be prepared world! Be prepared for new FoxyFunk Designs like you’ve never seen before!

I hope I can inspire YOU to be the BEST you ARE and spread that jam all over this peanut butter sandwich! If you have any questions about  your Etsy experience or copyright and trademark rules, please message me!

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For Those Who Don’t Know, I Have a Store Front!

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Big news! On August 5th, 2016, my husband and I opened a groovy little shop in Loveland, CO! It is called Laser Moon : Nerd HQ. Not only do we have FoxyFunk Designs, and my husbands PropFunk wares, we also feature a bunch of other Colorado artists.

Apart from all the custom items we can make for you and your business, our showroom is basically a tiny Comic Con. Laser Moon is your Loveland Headquarters for all things superhero, sci fi, fantasy and more!

Run by veteran Comic Con vendors, we have packed this place with Collectibles, Apparel, Jewelry, Accessories and More! Find over 10 local artists showcasing their art and merchandise!

No need to wait and pay to get into a convention to buy all the nerdy things you need in your life! Fulfill a birthday wish list, excite an anniversary, and make the holiday’s memorable!

Find us on the NW corner of Garfield and 4th in downtown Loveland! You’ll know when you see us, our front door is the Tardis! (It’s bigger on the inside.)

We also offer our Custom Laser service and also vinyl cutting services! Expect a lot of cool new products in my Etsy Shop! If you are ever in the area, we hope to see you!

From left to right, Charlie, Meredith and Uriah Funk stand in their new shop, Laser Moon Nerd H.Q. that opened on Aug. 5, 2016 in Loveland. Meredith began laser cutting her trinkets two years ago and has been selling her work on Etsy and Ebay and opened up a shop of her own to sell other art and "nerd" goods. Photo by Michael Ortiz/ Loveland Reporter-Herald
From left to right, Charlie, Meredith and Uriah Funk stand in their new shop, Laser Moon Nerd H.Q. that opened on Aug. 5, 2016 in Loveland. Meredith began laser cutting her trinkets two years ago and has been selling her work on Etsy and Ebay and opened up a shop of her own to sell other art and “nerd” goods.
Photo by Michael Ortiz/ Loveland Reporter-Herald