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The Newbie Guide is a year old! Help keep it alive and give it a little nudge. Some info has been added, some subtracted. You get the idea.

As always, we want this to stay in the forefront to offer as much help as it possibly can - so bump this up whenever you see it slipping. Thanks, and welcome newbies!!!!


Please note due to the length of the guide I have been forced to split it into 3 different posts in this one thread.

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YOU CAN SEARCH THROUGH THIS GUIDE!!!

--- FIREFOX --- You can search for keywords in this guide by pressing Ctrl+F and typing the keyword in at the bottom of the browser You can have it highlight the word you're searching for. Then press the enter key to see every instance of the keyword used in the guide :)

---INTERNET EXPLORER and SAFARI --- Same as above, however the box will be a pop up, floating box on the page.

--- APPLE --- Use Apple+F for the same results.



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You can use the above method to search for the topics below without scrolling - Just follow the instructions above and copy and paste one of the topics below into the "find" box and it will highlight the topic for easy access.



►4 Most important things ►Trading

►Newbie help ►Feedback

►Setting up shop ►Convos

►Profile Help ►Spell Check?

►Photo Help ►Forum Questions

►Selling ►Helpful Forum Threads for reference

►Selling tips and tricks ►Hearts

►Participate in sales via the forum! ►Treasury

►Promote your shop and Etsy! ►Showcases

►Street Teams ►Alchemy

►Featured Seller ►Time Machine

►Packaging your items for shipment ►Copyrights

►General Shipping ►What is....?

►Shipping Internationally ►Etsy Chat

►Paypal ►Troubleshooting

►Paying Etsy Bill ►Technical

►Buying ►Other





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Posted at 11:05 am Apr 23, 2008 EDT

Responses

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►Below are 5 of the most important things you will find in this guide!!! Please check them out before going anywhere else!!! You won't regret it.


Etsy Wiki - www.etsywiki.com

Etsy Do's and Don'ts - www.etsy.com/dosdonts.php

Etsy FAQ - www.etsy.com/faq.php

The Storque - Etsy run web zine chock full of tips and news by Etsy admin and Etsy users. - www.etsy.com/storque/


**Please remember vintage (items over 20 years old) and supplies (both commercial and handmade) are welcome on Etsy.**


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►Newbie help -


***LooseWireStudio shares her cheat sheet for Forum Helping*** - loosewirestudio.blogspot.com/2005/02/faqs.html

An OUTLINE TO SELF-CRITIQUE YOUR SHOP (brought to you by Egilpatr) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5458880&page=17

HOW TO: guide to Surviving Etsy (created by CagedBirdSings) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5231498

*Unofficial Etsy Mentors - Updated 9/2007 by tashamck - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5216323

Unofficial Etsy Mentor List - free help for Newbies! - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5047128

Newbie tips compiled by CavanaghCraft - great for starting out - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5021995

Newbies. Here's why you're not selling yet (created by scarlettcat) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5215453&page=1

The Newbie's Guide To Etsy Chat (created by Duet) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5215562


What does Etsy stand for??? Read at your own risk hehe - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5108044


Ultimate Craft Guide by LittleLovables - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5453881

Etsy sourcebook of suppliers compiled by SixthandElm - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5077902

Best kept supply secrets compiled by EtsyLabs and conrtibuted by the community - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5185116&page=1



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►Setting up shop -

How to make a banner without a fancy program - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5106326

How do I upload a banner? (banner help) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5153443

Why is my banner blurry? www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5114598

I want to open 2 shops, can I put them both on the same credit card? - Yes :)

Can a username be changed? - No, not without opening a completely new shop.


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►Profile Help -

How do I set my location on the Geolocator? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5215815

Can I change my avatar? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5102835



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►Photo Help

How to save images for web in photoshop tutorial (by jellibat) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5235748

How to improve your photos (from Etsy admin. HeyMichelle) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5169829

How-to: Fixing photos that are too dark (from Etsy admin. HeyMichelle) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5281736

Taking good close-up pics - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5117177 and www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5114072

How to save images for web in photoshop tutorial (by jellibat) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5235748

Eliminating backgrounds through GIMP photo program - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5210409

Do you need Help with anything Photo -Digital related - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5205026

How to Watermark Your Images - www.geocities.com/haylers/watermarktutorial.html


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►Selling -

Advice on pricing, packaging & MORE! - from admin. Stellaloella - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5271289

Saving a listing to post later, a tutorial. (Created by littleputbooks) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5147546

How long before I make a sale? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5023196&page=1

How do I tell if I have been paid? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5114778

How long do I wait for payment? - "Most buyers will pay right away, especially if paying via PayPal. There is a 3-day grace period for submitting payment by other payment methods (money order, check, etc). The buyer notifying the seller that the "check is in the mail" (so to speak) within the 3 days is sufficient." - (Etsy Do's and Don'ts)

Can someone do a partial paypal payment? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5106724&page=2

How do i add a different form of credit card payment besides paypal? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5109980

How do I change the prices of my items for sale? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5117161

Can I change the payment method for just one listing? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5115257

How do I renew an item in my shop? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5114127

How do I reserve something for someone in particular? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5107116

"Illegal characters"? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5112730

How do I indicate I am going on vacation? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5112621

What is the secondary shipping cost? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5111756

How do I find out how many people have viewed my shop? - This function no longer exists. Some have brought it up in the ideas section to bring it back - perhaps you'd like to add your name to it, Admin. considers all suggestions. www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5114177

How do I cancel a sale? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5101379

How do I add my items to sections in my shop? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5100441

Should I email previous buyers with sales and specials? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5116122

Custom orders - to make or not to make? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=41342

Thoughts on accepting personal checks - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5111907

What is a Certified Cheque? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5154701

Is it possible to search for the sale price of an item? - No. Due to buyer privacy concerns sale prices of items have been hidden.

What do I do with my shop if I go on vacation or close for the holidays? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5492032



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►Selling tips and tricks -

Shop makeover series from the Storque - www.etsy.com/storque/section/howTos/article/shop-makeover-series-th...

Tips for brand new sellers (brought to you by Analiese) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5035509

Biblical Business Principals For Your Etsy Shop (from JJMFinance) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5395414&page=1

Tips on HOW TO HIT 100 SALES! (brought to you by blissbyheather) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5112928

Tips for sellers from a buyers perspective - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=39790

I'm doing everything I can and still, little to no sales - what to do? - www.etsywiki.com/index.php?title=SUCCESSFUL_SELLING_ON_ETSY

How artists and crafters can make more money - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5331015

Thank your customers for their purchase! - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5109599

Advertising Ideas! Brought to you by cocoapod - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=4505

More ways to advertise your shop - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=9230

Personal safety tips for online sellers from kateblack - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=38575

Online Safety When you purchase a Domain Name - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5211972

Tips for selling your work wholesale (compiled by littleputbooks) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5211111


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►Participate in sales via the forum!

Revised FAQ about the Saturday Night Specials (SNS) Promotions thread by willowglass - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5052160

Q: What's the deal with Friday Happy Hour™? by kateblack - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5027195


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►Promote your shop and Etsy!

Promote on Myspace - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5327996

Promote on Flickr - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5284133

How to use flickr to get exposure for your etsy shop (by dottyral) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5284133

Promote on Etsylove - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5190804

Promote on Facebook! - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5195047

Promote on Craftzooka (created by enchantedwhimsies) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5209614

Promote on Indiepublic! - www.indiepublic.com/

Promote Etsy with banners! - team.etsy.com/?page_id=31

See what people are searching for to get to your shop (helps with advertising and marketting) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5244220

Is it ok to contact people who heart me about sales? NO! It's considered spam.


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►Street Teams -

What is a Street Team? - www.etsywiki.com/index.php?title=Street_Teams

A complete list of Street Teams - team.etsy.com/teams.html


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►Featured Seller - www.etsy.com/faq_selling.php#featuredSellers


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►Packaging your items for shipment -

Packaging tips - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5210961

How to package Bath and Body products - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5212307

How to package artwork - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5210384 and www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5208764


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►General Shipping -

Scanning and Shipping Made Easy - A tuturial complete with screenshots and step by step process by ThePaintedTiger - www.etsy.com/storque/section/howTos/article/scanning-and-shipping-m...

Suggestions for low cost packages/shipping - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5110841

Shipping rates chart for new USPS rates (as of 5/14/07) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5116528

Post office tips - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5110870

Scales for shipping - what kind and where to get them - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5209250

Shipping with Paypal - label question - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5208893


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►Shipping internationally -


*Setting up International Shipping in 5.3 steps (for US Sellers) -http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5193940


Reasons to ship internationally - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5109150&page=1

International Shipping Advice - Feel Free to add to it! - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5217857

How Do You Ship to Other Countries? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5107999

International shipping preferences - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5116879&page=1

International shipping tips - etsywiki.com/index.php?title=International_Shipping

Have CUSTOMS / DOUANE / ZOLL questions? Read here! - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5193320


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►Paypal -

How you can pay with Credit card through paypal. (with screen shots and step by step info) compiled by NatureAutumn - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5270327

How do I create an invoice (revised or regular) through paypal? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5115981 and www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5113649

How much does paypal charge in fees? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5116962

Paypal -- e-checks - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5098927&page=1

Paypal customer service phone number - For general PayPal account inquiries, please call toll-free at:
1-888-221-1161


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►Paying Etsy Bill -

How do I pay my fees on Etsy? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5152778

Can I pay my Etsy bill with Paypal? - Not at this time - unless you have a Paypal debit card. www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5114354



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Posted at 11:05 am Apr 23, 2008 EDT

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►Buying -

A tuturial of the checkout process (compiled by kinchi with screenshots by Starry Designs) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5251771


How To Pay - Directions for new customers - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5495707

How you can pay with Credit card through paypal. (with screen shots and step by step info) compiled by NatureAutumn - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5270327

Ring sizer! Figure out your ring size - www.overstock.com/ringsize.html

Can you purchase from Etsy if you are not a member? No. But it is free and easy to sign up :) - www.etsy.com/faq_buying.php

What do I do if I accidently hit the "buy now" button? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5117073

How long is too long to wait for an item to arrive? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5113038

Item reeks of smoke - what to do? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5111597

How do I leave feedback? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5116987



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►Trading -

The Etsy trading list - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5892

The trading list by category - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=41342


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►Feedback -

How do I leave feedback? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5155043

When should I leave feedback? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5116895

What is the "Kiss and Makeup" feature? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5119819

Who initiates a "kiss & makeup"? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5154898


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►Convos -

How do I report a spam convo? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5105969

Can I promote my shop to others via convo's? NO! - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5117214


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►Spell Check? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5159089


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►Forum questions -

On Forum rules and consequences - by Stellaloella (admin.) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5134076

What is "bumping"? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5116020

How do I add a link for an item in my shop in a post? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5114962

Who closes a thread and why? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5099791&page=1

"What to do before lockdown" thoughts from admin on out of control forum threads - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5017070

who do we direct our thread closure requests too? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5154965&page=2

How do I flag a thread? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5115863

Please put "I'm looking for" & "Show me your" in Promos - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5034872


How do I find what topics I've posted in? - Go to main forums page, top right hand side just above chat rooms "View topics you've posted in".


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►Helpful Forum Threads for reference -

The IRS wants Etsy to collect Social Security Numbers from shop owners? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5079483

Looking unprofessional and professional - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5209762

Feedback on a home color/photo printer - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5209612


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►Hearts -

Is it ok to email people who heart you or one of your items? - No. It is considered spam - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5153058

All of my hearts are gone! Where did they go??? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5108556

Why would someone heart me anonymously? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5116288

Can you "unheart" an item or seller? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5116186

Can I see if someone just hearts my item and not me? Yes - click an item and then click "see who hearts this item" in the lower right hand corner of the right column.


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►Treasury -

What is the Etsy Treasury? - etsytreasurydemo.blogspot.com/ and www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5154942

Where is the Treasury? - www.etsy.com/treasury.php

Where is Treasury West? - www.etsy.com/treasurywest.php

How do I know if I'm featured in a treasury? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5153683

For people who want a treasury (by sadielouwho) www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5205582

How do I add items to a treasury? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5153418

What is the purpose of the alternate list in the treasury? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5151240

How long does a treasury last? - Treasury times are given random expirations. It varies from 36-60 hours. And for example it will say 3 days when it is closer to 3 days, then drop down to 2 when it is closer to to, like 2.4 days.

How can I get Treasury page into my blog? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5153676

Trying to add comment to treasury list and there is no enter button. - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5103971

Why is it considered spam if I contact a seller I've featured in a treasury? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5153771&page=2


How to put your treasury onto a blog - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5252968


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►Showcases -

How do I know the next date for showcase to be available? www.etsy.com/showcase_gateway.php


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►Alchemy -

What is Alchemy? - www.etsy.com/help_guide_alchemy_overview.php

Rules for Alchemy - www.etsy.com/dosdonts.php#a8




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►Time Machine -

How does time machine work? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5153676


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►Copyrights -

What do I do if I feel someone copied me? - Contact support@etsy.com or community@etsy.com and administration will be able to help you. *** PLEASE do not bring it to the forums – it is against forum rules to do so.

Copyright/Trademark Information - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5285612

Basic copyright info for Etsiers (compiled by Quirke) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5098940

Hello Kitty items banned - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5115172&page=1

Free Stock Images Site - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5282241


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►What is....?

What is an RSS Feed? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5399688

What is "Etsy mini"? - blog.etsy.com/?p=187 and is it flash or java? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5107205

What is "PIF"? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5113494

What is an ACEO? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5108711

What are "T.O.U"? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5098116

What is "BNR"? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5394464

What is a locked thread? (Now a closed thread) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5152903

What is a street team? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5098814

What is a “Knockout”? -
www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5536508


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►Etsy Chat -

Chat room 101 - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5149664

Etsy Chat Room Available On IRC? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5111382&page=2

Why am I taken to a random shop upon leaving Etsy chat? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5100442


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►Troubleshooting -

**Remember to check the "bugs" forum for updates on site issues by admin. such as RevolvingDork - www.etsy.com/forums_board.php?forum_id=3

Picture will not load - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5111640

Why do the photos look different here than on Photoshop? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5110564&page=1

Not receiving email notifications? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5100118


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►Technical -

How do I update my flash player? - www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=Shock... - there is a download with instructions there.

How do I take a screen shot? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5114527

Firefox or Safari? (Regarding browsers - Jared from admin. chimes in) - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5215884&page=4


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►Other -

How do I know if my convo abilities have been muted? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5111563

What happens after you report a transaction? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5109510&page=1

Business cards? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5108167

Why do items that were just posted have so many hits already??? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5107286

How do I get my items on the top of the front page? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5083019

Currency converter calculator! - www.x-rates.com/calculator.html

How do I close a shop? - www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5212632


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Posted at 11:06 am Apr 23, 2008 EDT

I need this. I'll bookmark for later. thanks!!

Posted at 11:10 am Apr 23, 2008 EDT

SmileMoon says

Now, THAT's a lot of information. I hope you don't mind if I wait til I can sit down and digest it all later...

Posted at 11:12 am Apr 23, 2008 EDT

It's been a whole year?
Wow!
You're awesome, Sagg. :)

Posted at 11:12 am Apr 23, 2008 EDT

Lol, Loosewire, I know. Insane, isn't it?

*Blushes*, you rock socks too, chica :)

Posted at 11:17 am Apr 23, 2008 EDT

BeaG says

Yay, congrats on the one year anniversary of the most helpful thread on the Etsy forums.
You are wonderful!
BeaG

Posted at 11:20 am Apr 23, 2008 EDT

Thanks BeaG! I wanna say you and Loosewire are seriously fabulous help 'round these parts and you guys are just wonderful too!! Thanks for all the help in keeping the Guides alive, it's truly appreciated!!

Here's to helping others :)

Posted at 11:27 am Apr 23, 2008 EDT

sidquilts says

This is such valuable stuff. I only had time to look at a couple and learned so much already! THANKS, Sagg (can I call you that?) :)

Posted at 11:30 am Apr 23, 2008 EDT

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