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I was honored to be interviewed by Clara Nartey on how I use Etsy as part of my marketing plan.
I hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think.
The answer to SCAM is:
Nothing can protect you from all scams--sigh. I do use Etsy though as a barrier from most of the scammers. As far as I can figure out, Etsy will not confirm an order until it has confirmed the payment. I have had orders pending for some time as they work on establishing the legitimacy of the order.
I almost always ship using USPS Priority Mail or UPS or FedEx with a tracking number so I can prove that the shipment was received. Etsy does offer a money back guarantee so if they are not satisfied they can return the item. If the same person orders more than one item consecutively I do not ship them together even though it would save them money unless it is someone I have dealt with previously.
There is also a forum section where you can read about the other scams that sellers have encountered and ways to work around them.