Need some extra pocket change if you are game.

The exciting thing about Etsy is the price isn’t as crucial as on eBay and Amazon. A person is willing to pay more for something they want on Etsy. Whereas with eBay and Amazon, people are much more price-conscious.

Here’s what you need to do:

Find a local engraver. A good way is to find a jeweler or a trophy shop. You’re looking for someone who engraves things like flasks, plates, cake servers, and knives (for weddings) or items like those.

Strike a deal so you can get a wholesale or a lower price with the owner and get a price list of what their pricing is for each item. Odds are the owner already has items that can be engraved. If they have professional photos of each item, use those. Otherwise, take your photos.

Advertise the items on Etsy with a personal engraving. Remember to mark up the prices for your profit, and charge for shipping (or raise the amount to cover shipping.) Put in your listing that items take a few days to engrave this is important since people can be very impatient so this gives you a buffer for shipping and completion time.

Take the orders and forward them to your engraver. Stop by the engraver’s shop once a week to pick up the items and mail them to your customers.

Pocket the difference.

This is so simple, but it’s a great way to make extra money. If you have a teenager or retired parent, you might even suggest this business to them.

Then be on the lookout for other items you can resell on Etsy. For example, watch for local craftspeople at fairs and such, and see if you can strike a deal with them as well.

You might assume they’re already on Etsy, but often they just don’t want to bother to open their shop.


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