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13 Words That Have A Different Meaning When You're An Etsy Seller

There's nothing like working for yourself. There's also nothing like working for yourself.

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1. Test

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What it usually means: A trial to establish the quality, performance, or reliability of something before it is put into widespread use.

What it means on Etsy: A sudden, confusing change of layout you initially hate then come to love ... until the next test.

2. Reseller

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What it usually means: A merchant who buys manufactured items to sell for profit.

What it means on Etsy: The bane of your existence.

3. Cha-Ching

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What it usually means: The sound a cash register makes.

What it means on Etsy: The most wonderful, joyous sound in the entire world coming from your phone.

4. Five Stars

What it usually means: The highest possible rating of something, indicating it's world-class or top-notch.What it means on Etsy: The minimum acceptable feedback of your shop.
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What it usually means: The highest possible rating of something, indicating it's world-class or top-notch.

What it means on Etsy: The minimum acceptable feedback of your shop.

5. Four Stars

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What it usually means: A slightly lower rating than five stars.

What it means on Etsy: A cause of stress, confusion, and anger that can briefly convince you it's no longer worth even keeping your shop open.

6. Packing Supplies

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What it usually means: Boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc.

What it means on Etsy: Invaluable materials to be hoarded when found for free so you don't have to buy your own.

7. SEO

What it usually means: Search Engine Optimization

What it means on Etsy: A mystical formula for getting views that seemingly changes at random.

8. Banner

What it usually means: A sign announcing or promoting somethingWhat it means on Etsy: Something you spent a ton of time creating and tweaking and are terrified will suddenly disappear from your shop in the next test.
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What it usually means: A sign announcing or promoting something

What it means on Etsy: Something you spent a ton of time creating and tweaking and are terrified will suddenly disappear from your shop in the next test.

9. Blogger

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What it usually means: A person who writes about personal opinions, activities, and experiences on a website.

What it means on Etsy: 1% of the time, an incredible opportunity to have your items shared with a new audience. 99% of the time, someone looking for free stuff.

10. Front Page

What it usually means: A cover or first page.What it means on Etsy: A place you're beginning to suspect your items are never going to appear on.
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What it usually means: A cover or first page.

What it means on Etsy: A place you're beginning to suspect your items are never going to appear on.

11. Photography

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What it usually means: Taking a nice picture.

What it means on Etsy: A tedious, time-consuming process to get a picture with a perfectly white background that you'll end up retaking next week anyway.

12. Renew

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What it usually means: To refresh or make new again.

What it means on Etsy: A sad reminder that costs 20 cents and lets you know that an item hasn't sold in four months.

13. Success

What it usually means: Attaining wealth, respect or fame.What it means on Etsy: Whether it's 1 sale or 1,000 sales, paying off a bill or supporting your entire family, launching your own business or just supporting your creative outlet, every Etsy seller defines success for their shop. Whatever you want it to be, whenever you want it to be.
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What it usually means: Attaining wealth, respect or fame.

What it means on Etsy: Whether it's 1 sale or 1,000 sales, paying off a bill or supporting your entire family, launching your own business or just supporting your creative outlet, every Etsy seller defines success for their shop. Whatever you want it to be, whenever you want it to be.

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