Etsy: Go Shopping

Whether you’re already Etsy obsessed or new to the booming community of crafters, collectors and creators, Etsy app for iPad offers the best browsing experience of the world famous online marketplace. It’s more than just handmade cat sweaters — you’ll find everything from custom clothing to hand-forged knives to iPod docking stations. Shop for gifts, connect with the Etsy community, make in-app purchases and manage your store in an app that makes it all too easy.

Both buyers and sellers will enjoy the beautiful design and intuitive function of this app. Keep reading to learn more about improved functionality of the latest version.

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Let’s Go Shopping

Etsy has embraced the mobile platform, creating an experience that’s fun and inspiring. If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of sifting through 17 million unique items from 800,000 sellers around the world, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the iPad browsing experience. Launch the app and watch as your screen is filled with photo tiles of knitted cat sweaters, handmade jewelry and antique serving platters. On the top left of the home screen two options for viewing the latest and greatest on Etsy: Your Feed or Community Picks.

The Etsy home screen set to show items in my feed. These are the finds my friends and I have favorited recently.

The Etsy home screen set to show items in my feed. These are the finds my friends and I have favorited recently.

The Etsy app is a companion to their website, where you can follow the activity of other Etsy users and select Favorite items, treasuries or shops. Your Feed is a view of recent activity from you and your connections. The Community Picks view is a great way to see a timeline of what’s happening on Etsy and discover new shops. See something of interest? Tap on the image for more details: a full description of the item, price and more photos. You can even purchase the item through the app by tapping on the bright green Add to Cart button. Want to see more from this seller? Tap the blue Visit Shop button at the bottom of the screen. The app is attractively designed and easy to navigate.

My friend Grace favorited these personalize puppy pillows and I can see the full details here, plus start a conversation with Grace or share the item with others.

My friend Grace favorited these personalize pet pillows and I can see the full details here, plus start a conversation with Grace or share the item with others.

Pop in the Shop

Without sellers there would be no marketplace, and visiting a shop is a great way to learn more about a seller. Read their backstory and browse through every item in a neatly organized shop. Find out their shipping policies and payment methods. Use the search box and label tabs to filter results based on what you’re looking for. It’s a lot easier than digging through brick-and-mortar retail shop, and a lot more fun!

Visit Shop to see all the items the seller has to offer and read their backstory.

Visit Shop to see all the items the seller has to offer and read their backstory.

Making a purchase through the app is an efficient process with quick and easy steps. You can always tap the green Add to Cart Button and continue shopping. When you’re ready to check out tap the shopping cart icon on the top right corner of the screen. Here you can manage items in your cart, include a note to the seller, and pay with a credit card or Paypal. You can even buy an Etsy gift card by tapping the button on the upper right corner.

Purchasing merchandise through the Etsy app is quick and easy.

Purchasing merchandise through the Etsy app is quick and easy.

Form Connections

The Etsy community is full of interesting people: artists, crafters and collectors. Following other Users whose taste spotting you admire helps you sift through the millions of items in the marketplace to find the treasures. Tap on the user photo (a circular photo associated with each item on the screen) to see every item that user has selected as a Favorite. Buttons in the top right corner of the screen allow you to Visit Shop (if they have one), Follow/Unfollow, or Contact the user in an Etsy Conversation.

Tapping on the user photo of my friend, Grace, allows me to see all her favorites or start a conversation with her.

Tapping on the user photo of my friend, Grace, allows me to see all her favorites or start a conversation with her.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Searching the Etsy marketplace on an iPad could be a nightmare, but thanks to a sleek, sophisticated design and great organization, it’s a dream. Like Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole, you’ll be happily lost in a whole new world of handmade goods. To start your search, choose from one of several high-level categories: Art, Home & Living, Jewelry, Women, Men, Kids, Vintage, etc.

The immersive Search feature begins with high-level categories. Sophisticated, sleek design makes for a nice browsing experience.

The immersive Search feature begins with high-level categories. Sophisticated, sleek design makes for a nice browsing experience.

Choose an area to explore and you’ll find it organized into more categories. Selecting Art reveals so many niches to explore: Collage & Mixed Media, Drawing & Illustration, Vessels and many more. Rather than being overwhelmed, you are immersed in the Etsy marketplace, discovering one new thing at a time.

The high-level Art category breaks down into several smaller categories for browsing.

The high-level Art category breaks down into several smaller categories for browsing.

Once you’ve made it through the general categories to a specific subcategory, the Filter options button on the top of the screen allows you to modify your search by factors like price and where the item is made. The app makes it easy to shop local by enabling location services. Tap the Near Hear button and Etsy will organize the items by which sellers are closest to your location from the GPS on your iPad. You can also Sort By Relevance, arranging items by cost or your search terms.

Once I drilled down through all the categories to find Drawings and Illustrations, I refined my search even more by using filter options.

Once I drilled down through all the categories to find Drawings and Illustrations, I refined my search even more by using filter options.

Next to the Search option at the top of the screen is a tiny heart where you’ll find all your favorites neatly displayed in one place. To Favorite an item anywhere within the app, tap the heart in the top left corner. It would be nice if you could organize your favorites into shopping lists, like your best friend’s birthday or Mother’s Day.

Seller Tools

It’s not just a buyer’s market, and Etsy has smartly added Seller Tools in the latest iPad version. Being able to add and manage listings is essential to Etsy sellers, and developing this feature even further would make the app more well-rounded. Now sellers can add photos, write descriptions and manage policies in their shop using the app. Sellers can also allow push notifications when an item is purchased.

Conclusion

Etsy is a thriving marketplace and the iPad app is a great platform for shopping, connecting with the community and managing your business. The app is a pleasure to use and the option to make in app purchases is super convenient. The immersive search feature allows users to discover the world of Etsy without getting overwhelmed by its vastness, but it has one major flaw: you cannot search for a shop by name. Hopefully Etsy will address this soon. Otherwise, it’s hard to complain about a free app that gives users such a great experience discovering the unique and handmade wares from around the world.


Summary

Shop for gifts, connect with the Etsy community, make in app purchases and manage your store in an app that makes it all too easy

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