Thursday, February 19, 2015

Etsy is AWESOME!!

I don't know if you've heard, but Etsy is setting up their website to start collecting and handling EU VAT taxes!! WAHOO!! That means that any seller, anywhere in the world, can sell digital items to every person everywhere in the world! And we, the sellers, do not need to worry about collecting or submitting VAT! I am more than excited for this welcome announcement. You can read more about this update HERE.

I commented on the linked post above, and asked if we needed to wait until the update to the site was made before we should start listing and selling our patterns. Nadine responded to me today telling me,
"I saw your question on the most recent Seller Handbook article about VAT and I wanted to let you know that you may list your digital items now.

"Etsy is taking responsibility for collecting VAT from EU buyers purchasing digital items delivered by automatic download. Until we make the site update necessary to collect VAT from those buyers, Etsy will pay the VAT on digital items sold to buyers in the EU and delivered by automatic download. After the VAT collection process is in place on the site, we will begin collecting VAT from buyers during checkout and remitting it to the appropriate tax authorities."

How awesome and exciting is that?!!! I think it's pretty awesome!

Anyway, so what does that mean for me and you?! Well, first off, it means that every one of my patterns is now listed and available for purchase in EVERY country in the world! Second, it means that I have enabled the INSTANT DOWNLOAD feature again. When you purchase a pattern, it will be available instantly from the Etsy website, and you will be able to go back and download it whenever you need it. (Please remember: do not share patterns with friends and family. Please direct them to my shop so they can purchase the patterns for themselves. Thank You!!)

THIRD, and pretty excitedly, I am so excited that I am offering 15% off your total purchase in my shop!

Use the coupon code: "WAHOO" at checkout!
No minimum purchase required.
Coupon valid for a limited time only.

Here, take a peek at what's available!



  1. Yay! Thanks for the update Diane! This is great news. :)

  2. This is great news, thanks for pointing out this development! I've been following the whole sorry EU VAT mess, so it's great to see Etsy is getting their systems ready to deal with it. I'd love to see more detail, but your link doesn't seem to work?

  3. It's really been an interesting year for Etsy, what with it going public and all. This means your Etsy store may be further elevated and visible to potential customers, given Etsy's higher profile now. And with it shouldering EU VAT taxes, then it's now just a matter of strengthening your product and making it great in all the relevant ways. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter. Cheers!

    Stephen Curley @ Web Development Goals

  4. Etsy has been a proven online platform time and time again for both marketers and self-made businessmen. It's about time that other aspiring entrepreneurs get the chance to chase their ideas and have it bear fruition. I'm sure folks from around the globe are looking forward to have what you are selling, as well. Cheers!

    Nathanial Thorton @ VDB Ventures


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