To sell items on Etsy, it is necessary to register for the website, then set up a personal shop by choosing the shop name and adding photos and descriptions of available products. When setting up a shop, sellers must either provide a valid credit card number or register with a verified PayPal account, in order to receive payments and pay for any processing fees that are due. It is also necessary that all items posted for sale fit within Etsy's guidelines, as these are limited to vintage goods that are at least 20 years old, craft supplies and handcrafted items.
After setting up an account, sellers can begin listing items in the shop. Each item should include a detailed description and a photo. Sellers must pay fees for each item that is listed in the shop. As of 2014, there is a fee of 20 cents for each item listed on the website, and an additional 3.5 percent charge for each item that is sold.
Sellers must have a shop policy, such as a return policy, that is clearly stated, and must provide customer service that includes the resolution of disputes. It is also necessary to set up a payment system to sell items on Etsy. Credit card and PayPal payments are both options that are available to buyers and sellers.