How to make a million dollars on Etsy — buy from Alibaba and run your store like eBay

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Online marketplace Etsy is known as a place to buy home-made items, clothing, artworks, and jewelry created by individuals or produced in limited runs by small businesses. But not everyone using the site ascribes to this folksy philosophy. Others, such as Alicia Shaffer, are using Etsy like eBay, buying items wholesale from huge retailers such as Alibaba, and reselling them through the site.

Shaffer claims her store, ThreeBirdNest, earns her just shy of a million dollars a year. The second-most successful store on the entire site, Shaffer’s store sells clothing and accessories — socks, headbands, boot cuffs, and T-shirts with slogans such as “Feed me and tell me I’m pretty.” ThreeBirdNest advertises its products as “handmade boutique”…

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