2021-10-31

Etsy Free Shipping Does Work - Not for me.

Handmade Wood Spider Puzzle sitting on my Black & Decker Workmate in my Toymakers Shop

I don't have a noncopyrighted Etsy photo to add to this post, so here is a spider puzzle almost completed and will be added to my Etsy shop soon.


My Etsy Shop
https://odinstoyfactory.etsy.com

Etsy free shipping does not work for my shop. I lost money and could not detect any measurable difference in views or sales. Since there is no way to know that the sales from the Etsy ads are not sales, I would have got it anyway. I see no benefit to turning it on.
Less than 28% of my shop views come from Etsy. 

I had the ads turned on for a while. I lost money. For example, customers would buy a $30 item and a $6 item. The $6 item was essentially free. But it gets worse. Most of my items ship USPS First Class Mail, If someone buys two items and the weight goes over 16 ounces, I have to ship USPS Priority Mail. Now the shipping cost that was $5 is $10. Doing a little math, I figure that once I subtract all the fees and shipping costs, my share is now around $20. I turned it off.

Does it help sales? 

I collected data in a spreadsheet for a year for this and other reasons. Now I have actual numbers to look at and turn free shipping back on. It had no measurable effect on page views or listing views. I had free shipping turned on for a couple of months, and the same thing started happening, and since I don't have an Etsy Shop to give things away, I turned it off.

I set up several listings where I included the shipping cost and added a shipping profile for free shipping. I tracked this for several months. Free shipping made no measurable difference, so I removed it. 

The only way I could get Etsy-style free shipping to work for me is to raise all my prices to greater than $35 and include the shipping cost in the price. I would also have to drop listings that I can't sell for these kinds of prices. Most of my best-sellers are in this category.

Less than 5% are from Etsy ads. I think it is less than this because I think Etsy takes credit for views that do not come for their ads. They take credit for all the hits from Google, for example. Turning on the free shipping option made no measurable change in this number.

At this point, I asked myself, do I want to deal with customers that believe shipping is free? My answer is no.

2021-10-27

Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger - Noahs Ark Animal Cracker Animal Toy 1095378474

 

Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger  - Noahs Ark Animal Cracker Animal Toy



I make these from the cutoffs I always have left over from other projects. It provides away for me to use more of the wood and my grandson lave them. There are a lot of animal cutouts in this particular series. They are from a plan set for a Noah's Ark toy where the animal shapes are all based on animal crackers.

Etsy Listing
https://www.etsy.com/listing/1095378474/

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Cats
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All Animals
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Shop Front Page:
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A wood toy tiger I made in my Toymakers Shop using traditional woodworking tools. I made the toy tiger from unfinished wood, sanded it smooth, and making ready to paint. The tiger is free-standing and makes a great stacking or pretend toy when combined with other similar toys.

My grandson has a lot of these small animal cutouts he loves to stack in many different ways. I think he plays with them more than any other toy I have made for him.

Approximate size:
Length: 2.75-inches
Height: 1.75-inches
Width: 3/4-inch

I make these from small cutoffs leftover from other projects. The dimensions will vary slightly from those listed above. The type of wood may also be different and depends on what materials I have available. If you would like a specific type of wood, please contact me to set up a custom order.

Other sizes and colors may be available via custom orders or in other listings in my shop.


Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger  - Noahs Ark Animal Cracker Animal Toy

Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger  - Noahs Ark Animal Cracker Animal Toy

Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger  - Noahs Ark Animal Cracker Animal Toy

Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger  - Noahs Ark Animal Cracker Animal Toy


Handmade SmalHandmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger  - Noahs Ark Animal Cracker Animal Toyl Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger

Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger Side View

Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger Sitting In Front Of A Red Ruler

Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger Sitting In Front Of A Red Ruler

Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger Sitting On A Red Ruler.

Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger Sitting On A Red Ruler.

Handmade Small Unfinished Wood Toy Tiger Sitting on a red ruler.

2021-10-25

Handmade Six Piece Alligator Family Stacking Puzzle Mom and Five Baby Alligators 1108448991

 

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.
 

Etsy Listing
https://www.etsy.com/listing/1108448991/

Puzzles:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/odinstoyfactory?section_id=22461824

Animal Toys:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/odinstoyfactory?search_query=animal

Shop Front Page:
https://odinstoyfactory.etsy.com

 

Some interesting facts about alligators:

  • An average adult American alligator's weight and length is 360 kg (790 lb) and 4 m (13 ft), but they sometimes grow to 4.4 m (14 ft) long and weigh over 450 kg (990 lb).[10] The largest ever recorded, found in Louisiana, measured 5.84 m (19.2 ft).
  • No average lifespan for an alligator has been measured.[13] One of the oldest recorded alligator lives was that of Saturn, an American alligator who was born in 1936 in Mississippi and spent nearly a decade in Germany before spending the majority of its life at the Moscow Zoo, where it died at the age of 83 or 84 on 22 May 2020.
  • The mother defends the nest from predators and assists the hatchlings to water. She will provide protection to the young for about a year if they remain in the area.

Using traditional woodworking tools, I make this Alligator Family Puzzle from select grade hardwoods in my Toymaker's Shop. I carefully sand all the parts smooth and remove any sharp edges. The puzzle is finished with a blend of USP Grade Mineral Oil, Beeswax, and carnauba wax that I apply hot to get deep penetration. The puzzle is freestanding and can sit easily on a shelf, window sill, or 3/4-inch or wider door frame. The individual parts make good pretend toys.

Approximate Size:
Length: 10.5-inches
Height: 4-inches
Thickness: 3/4-inch

Other sizes and colors may be available via custom orders or in other listings in my shop.

I make items by hand from natural wood and wood products. They can differ from one piece to the next. The one you receive may be slightly different from the item in the listing photos. Wood dimensions may vary slightly from the stated size.

Not for children under three years old or kids that are still chewing things. If the toy breaks, small parts may present a choking hazard. Small children should not play with this toy without adult supervision.

Custom orders are always welcome in my shop. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me with your needs.

Handmade in Tallahassee, Florida USA


A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.


A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

A photo of a handmade wood alligator family stacking puzzle with the mother alligator and five baby alligators.

2021-10-22

Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series 573712603

 

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series


This toy car is a little bit more of a rustic style without being rough. I hand-finished it with amber shellac and painted the hubs with red acrylic paint. Made from pine, it is lightweight. I made the body from a pine 2x4.

Etsy Listing
https://www.etsy.com/listing/573712603/

Shop Front Page:
https://odinstoyfactory.etsy.com

Toy Cars:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/odinstoyfactory?search_query=cars

Toy Trucks:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/odinstoyfactory?search_query=truck

Play Pal Toys
https://www.etsy.com/shop/odinstoyfactory?search_query=play%2Bpal

I hand make this toy car from wood in my Toymakers Shop using traditional woodworking tools and finish it with shellac and a bit of acrylic paint.

I make every effort to make sure my toys perform well. I carefully test each toy before it is put up for sale.

Approximate Dimensions:
Length: 3-5/8 Inches
Height: 1-5/8 Inches
Width: 1-1/2 Inches

Other sizes and colors may be available via custom orders.

I make items by hand from natural wood and wood products. They can differ from one piece to the next. The one you receive may be slightly different from the item in the listing photos. Wood thickness may vary slightly from the stated size.

Not for children under three years old or kids that are still chewing things. If the toy breaks, small parts may present a choking hazard. Small children should not play with this toy without adult supervision.

Custom orders are always welcome in my shop. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me with your needs.

Handmade in Tallahassee, Florida USA

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series

A small handmade wooden toy car classic 1957 bug from the Play Pal series made from pine wood and hand finished with amber shellac. The hubs are painted bright red. Small enought to use as a stocking stuffer or cake topper.
Handmade Wooden Toy Car Classic 1957 Bug From the Play Pal Series


2021-10-19

A flock of Turkeys In The Shop

Handmade wood unfinished layered Thanksgiving turkey cutouts ready for painting sitting on my Hitachi miter saw.

Etsy Listing
https://www.etsy.com/listing/743150641/

Animals
https://www.etsy.com/shop/odinstoyfactory?search_query=animal

Other Cutouts
https://www.etsy.com/shop/odinstoyfactory?search_query=cutout

Shop Front Page
https://odinstoyfactory.etsy.com

I almost sold out of these turkeys, and several people have them in their shopping carts, so it was time to make more. I usually don't make this many in a batch, but the wood I am using to make these usually yields poorly. I expect to have up to 50% of the birds wind up as designer kindling due to defects that I can't detect until the turkey is cut. Much to my surprise, this time, every one of them made it to the final cut.

Handmade wood unfinished layered Thanksgiving turkey cutouts ready for painting sitting on a baking sheet. A 1-inch belt sander is in the background.


Initially, the turkeys were a custom order used for kids to make Thanksgiving decor for their parents. I make the birds from construction grade 1x wood. After I cut them, I sand the parts smoothly and soften all the edges while checking for defects at each step. The turkeys are ready to paint or use as-is for rustic decor.

#odinstoyfactory #handmade #woodtoys #madeinusa #madeinamerica #turkey #thanksgiving

2021-10-18

Made To Order Dragon With a Broken Neck

 

Wood Dragon Body With A Broken Neck From Drilling
Wood Dragon Body With A Broken Neck From Drilling

Etsy Listing

Dragons

I usually drill all my holes before I cut out the parts, but this time, I had packed the patterns tight, and I decided to cut the dragon pard first and then drill the holes. After all, it is hardwood and much stronger than pine. Not drilling the holes first was a mistake. While drilling the largest hole, the drill bit caught for just a second and broke the dragon's neck. I will not be doing that again. Fortunately, I was making more than one this time and did not need to start over. I lost the time sent making that one body plus the cost of the wood. 

All the parts for one wood dragon. Four legs, two horns, and a pair of wings.
All the parts for one wood dragon. Four legs, two horns, and a pair of wings.



#odinstoyfactory #handmade #woodtoys #madeinusa #madeinamerica #dragons

2021-10-16

Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon 542156362

 

Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon
Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon

Etsy Listing
https://www.etsy.com/listing/542156362/

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/odinstoyfactory?search_query=witch

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Ghosts
https://www.etsy.com/shop/odinstoyfactory?search_query=ghost

Halloween
https://www.etsy.com/shop/odinstoyfactory?section_id=22228027

Shop Front Page:
https://odinstoyfactory.etsy.com

I make these to order in my Toymakers Shop using traditional woodworking tools. The original cutting was made from MDF, as pictured below. MDF works very well for this project. I no longer offer it in MDF due to the weight and lack of storage space for materials. I can make these in many sizes that you may require via custom order.

A handmade Halloween witch and her cat, riding a broom in front of a full moon. An unfinished cutout or silhouette intended for use in creating Halloween decorations, signs, and accents. It is unfinished baltic birch plywood and ready to paint. They are designed primarily as a wall, window, or door hanging decoration.

Usually, I can get them out in a day, but I can't guarantee this will happen.

Other sizes and materials may be available by custom order.

Approximate Size:
Height 6-3/4 inches
Width   9-1/4inches
Thickness 1/2 inch

Other sizes and colors are available via custom orders.

I make items by hand from natural wood and wood products. They can differ from one piece to the next. The one you receive may be slightly different from the item in the listing photos. Wood thickness may vary slightly from the stated size.

Not for children under three years old or kids that are still chewing things. If the toy breaks, small parts may present a choking hazard. Small children should not play with this toy without adult supervision.

Custom orders are always welcome in my shop. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me with your needs.

Handmade in Tallahassee, Florida USA


Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon
Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon

This one is made from MDF for my grandson. It is still hanging in his room.

Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon
Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon

MDF version of the witch in front of a cooler to geve it a bit more contrast.

Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon
Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon

 

I use a sanding mop to eliminate the fuzzies that always seem to show up when cutting plywood with a scroll saw. The sanding mop also softens the corners.


Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon
Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon

A witch and her cat on a broom immediately after being cut on my scroll saw. If you are not familiar with scroll saws, the black vertical line you see near the broom is the saw blade. My grandson calls them needles.


Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon
Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon

1/2-inch baltic birch plywood witch in the process of being cut on my scroll saw. Using Baltic birch plywood makes the cutout very strong.

Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon
Halloween Witch and Her Cat on a Broom In Front of a Full Moon


1/2-inch baltic birch plywood witch in the process of being cut on my scroll saw. Using Baltic birch plywood makes the cutout very strong.

 

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