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Etsy ASAP takes on Amazon with same-day delivery

Etsy ASAP takes on Amazon with same-day delivery

Your anniversary is tomorrow, and you need something special, fast. The internet is full of options with next-day shipping, but sometimes you want something with a more personal touch. Etsy is one of my favorite places to find unique creations, and now it looks like you'll be able to get those creations even faster than before.

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Etsy to test same-day deliveries as Amazon threat grows

Etsy to test same-day deliveries as Amazon threat grows

Google offers product deliveries, and is working on expanding them. Amazon does and is doing the same. And then there's Etsy, the website where all manner of crafts and creativity are offered. The service soon will face steep competition from Amazon, which is reportedly looking to start its own similar crafts marketplace, and in light of that it isn't surprising Etsy will start testing its own same-day deliveries.

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Etsy’s first transparency report details its crafty ne’erdowells

Etsy’s first transparency report details its crafty ne’erdowells

Etsy has followed the lead of many companies and has published its own transparency report, detailing the different aspects of its behind-the-scenes operations like complaints against accounts and user data requests. Etsy is different from many of the other companies that detail these numbers, though: they tend to be sites full of messages and personal data while Etsy is an e-commerce service. It isn't surprising, then, that a large amount of its numbers focus on complains about intellectual property violations rather than demands for account data.

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Etsy Credit Card Reader released for your smartphone this Autumn

Etsy Credit Card Reader released for your smartphone this Autumn

The team behind Etsy's success know good and well there's quite a bit of money transferring hands between citizens of the Etsy community. Because of this - and because they want to continue to grow with great success - they've decided to get into the credit card business. Not creating credit cards, mind you, but reading them. In comes the "Sell on Etsy Reader" and Etsy Seller app, users will be able to sell their wares on the web and in real life with ease.

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Etsy raises $40 million for expansion

Etsy raises $40 million for expansion

If you want to buy quirky, handmade items or vintage clothing and other items, Etsy is the place to go. Etsy is well known as the place for a bunch of DIY sellers who create things such as geeky knitted Star Wars hats and painted bras. The company has recently raised $40 million in funding to fuel its international expansion. Previously, the company raised $51 million.

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R2D2 sweater is perfect for cold Hoth nights

R2D2 sweater is perfect for cold Hoth nights

If you are a Star Wars geeks that has enough confidence to pull off clothing that has characters on it and has a penchant for sweaters, this one is epic. An Etsy seller going by the name EricaKnit has an awesomely geeky sweater offer that is custom made to fit you and looks like R2D2. The sweaters aren’t cheap at $450 but you can bet the well-dressed geek will want one.

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Clear prison cell TV on Etsy

Clear prison cell TV on Etsy

I have never been to jail before much less to prison so all I know about jail comes from TV. I had no idea that prisoners could have TVs in their cells like the one you see in the images below. For a short while back in the mid 80's I remember all sorts of clear items on the market. In fact, I had this old push button telephone in my room that was clear and had brightly colored parts inside that you could see. I though that was the most awesome phone ever.

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Solider in Afghanistan Uses Recycled Materials to Make Awesome Action Figures

Solider in Afghanistan Uses Recycled Materials to Make Awesome Action Figures

PFC Rupert Valero, stationed at Khandahar, Afghanistan, has been using his spare time to build robots and action figures out of found recycled materials. He uses things like bottle caps, microwavable soup containers, yogurt cups, and even Dr. Scholl's foot powder containers to assemble his creations.

In an interview with the blog Another Limited Rebellion, Valero said: "I love to improve 6” super-articulated action figures. I have an engineer’s mentality, so nothing is ever perfect enough. So I am big on tweaking and at time breaking and rebuilding toys. The use of found items is based on what is available to me out here. Slowly, I have amassed more resources like paint and hobby tools. Assemblage has really grown on me to the point I will continue to build from found items." Continue after the cut to see more of his super-fantastic action figures.

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Military Grade iPhone 4 case protects to MIL specs

Military Grade iPhone 4 case protects to MIL specs

I dropped my iPhone 3GS and cracked the screen about this time last year. It took me months to find an iPhone 4 in stock that I could upgrade too so I learned a deep appreciation for protecting my iPhone 4 with a case while using the cracked screen device. I want a case that protects and looks good though.

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blakemedia’s iPhone 4 Speak & Spell Decal is $6.99 of Greatness

blakemedia’s iPhone 4 Speak & Spell Decal is $6.99 of Greatness

It may seem like there's a new decal for the iPhone 4 every other day, or case, or accessory in general, but we can safely say that not all of them catch our eye like this new one from Etsy seller blakemedia. There's just something about making our futuristic gadgets look like something out of our retro-yesteryears. This time around, it's certainly one of the greatest pieces of technology from the 80s. The Speak & Spell.

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Icon notebook brings digital style to your paper world

Icon notebook brings digital style to your paper world

I live in a digital world. I can go weeks without actually having to write something on paper. If the wife wants me to go to the store, I have her text me a list to buy. I don’t have to write things down on paper to remember them thanks to reminders on my iPhone and alarms on the calendar. On occasion, I do need to write things down and when I do it would be cool to at least feel like I was using something digital.

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HoobyGroovy offers awesome Super Mario themed cases for iPad and iPhone

HoobyGroovy offers awesome Super Mario themed cases for iPad and iPhone

I would wager that just about every gamer out there is familiar with the Super Mario franchise and the old school power ups that the game spawned like the 1-up mushroom and more. If you are a fan of the franchise and need a new iPad or iPhone case there are some sweet Mario themed offerings at Etsy right now by seller HoobyGroovy.

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