Etsy is also asking some new questions as part of the listing. They say this is part of helping the search process.
- Who made it? (I did, a member of my shop, or another company or person)
- What is it? (a finished product or a supply or tool to make things)
- When was it made? (different date options listed here)
You will be able to pick a top category (like Jewelry), then a subcategory (bracelet), and then another subcategory (if possible). It will leave you with 13 total tags to use further down the page. Because of this arrangement, I found that I was able to add at least one more tag to my listings. I also discovered that I could select all five photos at once to have them upload at the same time...Yippee!
Once you're done filling in everything for your new listing, you will get to preview it and you'll be given the option to publish the listing or save it as a draft. I have seen people make comments about being able to save their listings as drafts before, but I never could figure out how to do it. Now it's an official part of the process and I couldn't be happier. If you only have one day a week to put all the listing information in, but you don't want all your items to go live at the same time, this is a lifesaver. Get all your listings done, save them as drafts, and then activate them the way you want to - one a day, several per day, etc.
Some of the questions popping up about this in the forums include:
- The original announcement for the change mentioned requiring new photos used in listings to be 570 pixels or larger. This requirement has now been removed. It never affected previous listings.
- What if I don't know when the item was made? You can either go with your best guess for a newer item or choose "some time before 1992 "" if it is a vintage item.
- Why are you asking when the item was made? Etsy's answers have implied that this is mostly to help customers who are searching for vintage items from a particular time period. Your answer on this will not be visible to customers on your item's listing.
- Is it true that item listing titles now have a character limit? Yes, listings now have a 140 character limit in the titles.