The New European Union VAT rules on digital item sales
For information about how sellers of digital items will be affected please read this post on the Etsy Blog:- https://blog.etsy.com/en/2015/update-european-union-rules-on-digital-item-sales-2/
This is excellent news for digital sellers as Etsy will be taking responsibility for collecting and remitting all VAT so you are free to focus on creating and curating your digital products!
Please note that I am not able to answer any questions on the subject of VAT and how the new rules will affect you – please consult a professional adviser.
New Listing Categories
Etsy has reviewed its listing categories taking into account feedback from the Etsy community with the aim of making it easier for sellers to select the right category for their items and easier for buyers to find what they are looking for.
The new categories took effect on the 17th of February and Etsy has updated your listing categories based on your listing information. Etsy advises that you double check your new categories to ensure your items are in the best spot.
How do you know what the ‘best spot’ is for your items?
Etsy suggests you consider what each item is – a vintage desk, for example would be listed in Home & Living> Furniture> Office Furniture and they say that buyers will still be able to filter their searches to bring up only vintage items.
You can check out all of the listing categories here:- https://www.etsy.com/categories
You’ll notice that there is now a dedicated “Prints” category (within Art & Collectibles) which seems like the logical place to list our vintage book illustrations.
Personally, I am planning to review my sales numbers before shifting my items into this new category. Etsy have placed all of my items into Home & Living> Home Decor> Wall Decor> Wall Hangings which may or may not be the right place for them so I have put a note in my diary for the 17th of March to compare my sales to the previous 30 days before I decide whether to move them or not.
If you have a large number of listings up like I do then don’t worry about having to edit each one individually – the new listings manager allows you to bulk edit your category choice.
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