Last year I was shocked by so many orders coming in (Thank you Etsy!), as a freelance + lazy shop keeper, I never knew I could do that. Although I post my sales information early, I really didn't expect any luck.
So far, I know my shop and I have too much imperfection, my packages are not fancy enough, some of my photos could not get 100% perfect as it should be (though I have tried my best to reach the best printing quality), and my customer service is not 100% perfect, the shipping is taking so long compared with non-international shipping.
But, as the only person behind the shop, I am always trying my best.
Okay, let's come back to MY ONLY PROMOTION in the year: BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY sales!
Here are the policies this year:
#1 DISCOUNT: 20% OFF
#2 Buy 4 get 1 free (leave me the listing of which one you want during check out)
#3 COUPON CODE: 2013GO
#4 EFFECTIVE DAYS: NOV. 29, 2013 - DEC. 3, 2013
(due to different time zone, I will activate the code on Nov. 28, and inactivated it on Dec. 4)
#5 TURN AROUND TIME: I will start shipping the packages from Nov. 31, first come first out, all package will be out no later than 1 week after order placed. (I cannot estimate how many orders there will be, but this year may not be too rush, since Etsy is not be promoting for Black Friday & Cyber Monday. Last year I shipped the packages within 1 week.)
#6 TRANSIT TIME: 20-45 days (compared with 15-30 days in normal time)
#7 TRACEABLE? For almost all except for Australian orders, I will offer a tracking number in the etsy invoice after shipping, and we both can trace it, but it take the carriers about 2 weeks to update the tracking status.
I understand that many of you are purchasing for X'mas gifts, but since I am based out of the States, and am using INTERNATIONAL AIR MAIL, which will take much longer than normal shipment you are used to, we really need to be pay much patience. Plus, this is their busiest time of the year, so....
a package placed on Nov 29, 2013:
BEST situation: shipped on Nov. 31, 2013, 15 days of transit time, arrive on Dec. 16, 2013
WORST situation: shipped on Dec. 7, 2013, 45 days of transit time, arrive on Jan. 22, 2013
So far so much!
I will come back and update if I think off anything else!