Hello, dear friends.
Today we announce the start of registration for our Online Show “Characters of Christmas”!
The show will take place on November 19, 20 and 21, 2021. Just like last time, there will be voting for the best teddies, and the winners will receive prizes.
What you need to know about the Show:
The number of participants is limited so don't be late! Click here to register as a participant.
You've probably already heard about the new rules that must be followed when sending parcels to the EU. These changes in the rules take effect from July 1, 2021 in the EU and relate to the policy of charging VAT and customs duties.
All orders shipped to the EU are now subject to VAT. Until July 1st, 2021, when buyers in the EU purchase goods shipped from a country outside of that region with a total value below €22, they are exempt from paying VAT. As of July 1st, 2021, buyers are required to pay VAT on all purchases up to €150. Import VAT and duties will continue to apply on orders above this threshold. Customers will be charged upon delivery of the goods by the carrier.
So you need to add an invoice to the parcel and based on that the customs will determine the VAT (about 20-12%) and customs duty (if applied).
Another important change - from July 1, when selling children's toys in the EU, the seller must have a certificate of conformity, CE marking, appropriate instructions and warnings for each product. It does not matter whether the goods are made by hand or produced by a third party. Therefore, when describing the contents of the package, please indicate that this toy is collectible and is not intended for children under 14 years of age. In this case, certification is not required for it!
Also starting July 15, all parcels that cross the EU borders will have to have not only a text description of the content, but also the tariff number of the attachment.
The tariff number is determined according to the international system, consists of 6 digits or more, and describes the material and type of product that is being sent. Such codes allow customs to clearly determine the amount of tax for a given shipment, and also help in the automated processing of parcels.
The tariff number of what's inside the parcel will need to be indicated on any parcel that is sent to one of the EU countries. You indicate it in the declaration, next to the descriptio. For teddy bears, numbers are: 9503004100 and 9503004900. You can find more here https://www.tariffnumber.com/2021/95
Our spring Online Show on Tedsby is now over. Congratulations to all the winners and participants! We hope you enjoyed it:)
Now some statistics from the Show.
In just two days, 4016 visitors came to the Show and viewed the artists' pages 23525 times. 93 artists added 686 pieces, of which 486 are new ones.
231 works were sold and as far as we know, some artists received payments directly to their paypal, without making sales through the site, so the real number is higher.
The first 10 places by voting results are as follows:
(Artist and votes)
Olena Makeienkova - 328 votes
Tetiana Sadovska - 209
Alla Zubkova - 200
Tatiana Bronnikova - 186
Maria Guyda - 185
Oksana Zaklinskaya - 172
Elena Karasenko - 172
Nataly Yurinova - 164
Alina Chernova - 161
Tatyana Zelenkova - 157
+Best miniature teddy - Valeria Kucherevskaya 127 votes
Thank you for your participation and support!
If you have any ideas about how to improve our show, please email us.
We'd love to hear from you!
Our next show will take place 25, 26 and 27 June. We will send an email with an invitation to all teddy artists in two weeks!
On December 4-5-6, Tedsby will host the New Year's Masquerade Ball themed online show!
To make our show beautiful and simple, we decided to limit the number of participants. So don't be late!
Your payment is a confirmation of your participation.
New section on tedsby – “Patterns and tutorials”. Now selling patterns has become a piece of cake! When you add a new work, just select the tab “Add pattern or tutorial”, add a description and upload the files with pattern/tutorial. That's all! After publishing the pattern will appear in your shop and in the Catalog of patterns and tutorials. After each order as usual you will receive a notification email and the buyer will be able to download your pattern immediately after payment. No additional actions, such as sending files by e-mail, will be required – Tedsby will do everything automatically, saving your time! After the sale, your pattern is not marked as sold, and it can be bought again and again.
This feature is only available to the artists who have active “Hobbyist” or “Master” membership. If you have previously added patterns to your shop and you want them to appear in the catalog of patterns, you can hide them in drafts or delete and add them again on the “Add pattern or tutorial” tab.
Due to the fact that some countries have suspended sending mail to China (at this time it is Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Ukraine), buyers from China now will see the message "Please contact the seller before purchasing to clarify the possibility of sending you a parcel! In connection with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, some countries have temporarily stopped sending parcels to China."
We continue to monitor the situation and help to resolve emerging issues with the purchases of our customers from China.
Hello fellow teddy artists!
We’ve made some improvements on Tedsby.
A new feature for the artists who has a “Master” membership and accept custom orders. Now in the settings of your store you can mark that you are ready to create teddy on custom order and after that the button "I want to order a similar work" appears on the pages of your sold works. The buyer, clicking on it, will be able to send a message to you, in which he or she can describe all his or her wishes. After that, you can discuss order details in private messages.
Also it became possible for the artists with "Master" membership to hide prices for each sold teddy individually. It might be useful, for example, if you want to stop showing the price of long-sold teddies, but do show the prices of recently adopted ones. To do so, in the settings of your shop you can mark “the ability to hide the cost of work when editing it.”
Now for the works that you sell by layaway, you can set the status “Sold” manually. It may come in handy if your buyer wanted to pay by layaway in more than two payments and you agreed to accept these payments to your paypal directly, bypassing the site. In this case, after full payment, you will be able to mark the work as sold manually.
As promised, today we will tell you more about upcoming changes on Tedsby.
Starting November 5, 2019, Tedsby will begin to charge a monthly fee from artists.
If we try to fit the reason in one sentence, it will be like this: "we would like Tedsby continue to grow."
There are 22383 teddies and 145489 photos of them that take 50GB of space. Each day nearly 1500 teddy lovers visit Tedsby and adopt around 300 teddies each month.
We want Tedsby to grow and our next goal is to raise the amount of visitors to 4000 per day and to double sales.
There are only two of us who work on Tedsby, so the start of charging a monthly fee is an inevitable step that will allow us to work full day on this project adding new features, running a paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram and keep paying our monthly bills for the hosting and other services that keep Tedsby online.
We’ve created two plans both for beginners and professional teddy artists. The first is called “Master” and includes all the functionality that is already available on the site, as well as cool new features: re-submitting your unsold teddies back to Tedsby main page, discount coupons, advertising in social networks, the ability to receive additional free membership days (your every sale with us gives you one free day to your membership). This plan costs $20 per month (discounts are available when paying in advance). This plan is suitable for those who spend a lot of time making teddy bears or just want to sell more.
The second option is the “Hobby” plan. Just basic features without additional promotional functions. All published works appear on the main page as usual and your subscribers get notifications. This plan costs $10 per month.
If your membership is expired your shop will automatically switch to “On Sabbatical” mode. Your shop will work with some limitations until you renew your membership. In this mode, the number of works that can be published is up to 3 per month, they do not appear on the main page and your subscribers do not receive notifications. All efforts to promote your works fall entirely on your shoulders: if you do not publish links to your shop on social networks, nobody will see your teddies.
The holiday season is near so it is the perfect time to encourage your old buyers and engage new collectors with discount coupons. You can try coupons in the Marketing section of your shop admin area, and starting November 5, this function will only be available to subscribers of the “Master” plan.
Today is an amazing day – Tedsby is with you online for exactly 777 days! During this time, Tedsby grew up from a small hobby-driven site to our favorite project with around 1500 visitors a day.
It is time for Tedsby to move on to the next step in the natural growth of the project. In three weeks Tedsby will switch to charging monthly fee for posting teddies on the site. This is a big step for Tedsby and it will make the site even better and bring resources to fulfill our next big goal – to expand the teddy bear world beyond the borders of small teddy community. We aim to bring new people who are not familiar with this kind of art to the world of collectible teddy bears.
In our plans:
Planning the payment options, we tried to take into account the wishes of both beginners and professional artists. In a week we will tell more about fees and upcoming exciting new features (lots of them!).
Hello, fellow teddy artists!
We have added some new exciting features for you on Tedsby!
1. Now you can delete messages in Conversations.
Have you ever accidentally sent a message, mistyped something, or simply wanted to remove a message? You’re not the only one! Starting today, we are launching a feature where you can easily remove your messages.
Did you send the wrong picture to a buyer? Not to worry! You can now delete messages sent less than an hour ago (or longer if the addressee has not read them yet).
2. Switching languages on the site has become more convenient.
We have heard from you that the automatic language switching on the site does not always work clearly. Now, regardless of the page address, you will see the interface of the site in the language of your choice.
3. New feature - Drafts
Now you can add works, but postpone their publication on the site. In addition, using the “Move to drafts” function, you can hide previously published works (including adopted ones) from your shop. This feature may come in handy if you intend to participate in any online/offline show and want to hide a work in your shop in order to avoid double sales.
Alex & Irine,
Hello, fellow teddy artists!
We want to say Thank You to everyone who submitted ideas and voted for new features on Tedsby! Thanks to your help Tedsby is getting super cool:)
The second most-voted idea in your most-wanted features list was the possibility to manually re-arrange works in your shop. As promised, we continue to implement your ideas, so here it is!
Now you can manually re-arrange teddies in your shop, for example, by beauty. Just grab and drag photo to a place that you feel is the best. It's super simple!
You can also switch between new manual sorting and the standard mode of displaying works (new first, then sold).
Hello, fellow teddy artists!
A week ago, we asked for your ideas on how to make Tedsby better. We are incredibly grateful for your votes and suggestions! You have submitted over 40 great ideas and we have already begun to implement them!
An absolute winner with over 160 votes was the function of sending pictures in personal messages. So great news - we have implemented it for you!
Starting from today you can send pictures in messages on Tedsby!
If you have not voted yet or voted in the early days – check out your shop admin area to see which ideas scored the most votes, and make your suggestions. And we will keep making Tedsby the best place in the teddy bear world! :)
Hi fellow Artists!
As you may have noticed, we haven’t given you any news about Tedsby for some time. This was due to the fact that the main work took place behind the scenes. We were working on site optimization and promotion in search engines. This has borne fruit, sales have grown, and this month Tedsby has reached 300 sales per month! Now we plan to at least double that number!
In addition to sales, we want Tedsby to be pleasant and convenient to use for both collectors and artists. Therefore, we have created a page (check your shop admin area) where you can leave your suggestions or vote for ideas of other artists. Was there something you lacked at Tedsby or what will make your work more convenient?
Shareyour ideas and vote for your favorites!
And we will implement them, starting with the most popular.
We are proud to announce the new feature on Tedsby! At the request of our artists and collectors Tedsby now has extended search feature. Search among thousands of unique hand-made creations and filter items by price, size, category and color. The search even understands human speech (written one:) and if you ask it to find "small red pigs", you'll get precisely small and precisely red ones. We will be glad to hear what you think about innovation. If you have any suggestions for the site, drop us a line!
We apologize for the morning outages and a fifteen-minute downtime. Suddenly it turned out that Tedsby had grown up and the free space on the server was almost over (LOTS of beautitul photos of your teddy bears!:) We changed hosting plan and now Tedsby has event more space for your creations!
Every teddy artist knows how important is to send international parcels with tracking number. Here at Tedsby we’ve decided to make tracking more convenient and quick! Meet the parcels tracking function on Tedsby!
What is it, and how does it work?
Now after sending a parcel just visit the order information page at your Tedsby shop and add the tracking number there. Everything else Tedsby will do for you!
The buyer will get an automatic notification email with tracking number and a link to follow teddy’s journey
Both you and the buyer will be able to track your parcels at track.tedsby.com
Every 30 minutes we collect data from carriers to show you the most up-to-date information about the location of your parcels.
If you forgot to add tracking number, after a while we will send you a reminder.
Please, visit your Tedsby shop and add tracking numbers for recent orders. You can do it for each teddy separately on the order information page.
For some of us teddy bear making is just a hobby, for some – a full-time business, but we all want the same: to find a new cozy home for our teddy. And how many collectors sigh, wishing to get your creation, but do not have the right amount at the moment? A lot!
We want your bears to find a new home quickly, so meet two new features – reserve and layaway.
The buyer receives the desired creation and the opportunity to layaway postpone a part of the payment, and you get a sale and a happy customer! Be sure to check the “New teddy defaults” settings page and Edit teddy page – for the layaway fields. As usual, we’ve made everything as simple and user-friendly as possible.
The second function is the ability to reserve a work, i.e. make it so that it was visible on the site, but only a certain person could buy it. Unlike layaway, a work can be reserved and then bought even by an unregistered buyer. This is convenient, for example, if you are asked to reserve a work through a Facebook page or if you are making a bear for someone to order, and the buyer is initially willing to pay the entire amount.
In addition, we increased the maximum size of photos you can upload (there’s enough space for all your teddies!), added a few new categories you asked for, added an icon for works that have video, and some more useful features that make Tedsby even friendlier!
Today we are celebrating the Teddy Bear Day! Congratulations to all the bears and their creators! We wish an inspiration to all the artists and to all the bears - to find new welcoming home!
As usual, we keep you informed of Tedsby's changes and plans.
In the statistics section of the shop management, you can now find statistics for the month and a list of people who are subscribed to the updates of your shop.
Tedsby is growing, and following the growth we moved the site to a new more powerful server. Now the site works even faster and is ready to host all your photos in the best possible quality.
In the "Artists" section we replaced the filter by the first letter (for the inconvenience of which many complained) to a convenient search, which is a pleasure to use.
In addition, as usual many visible and invisible changes have been made. Many thanks to everyone who contributes their suggestions and helps to make Tedsby the ideal site for bears and their authors!
In the next weeks we plan to focus on changes that should help to increase attendance and sales.
Among them there are two functions that will surely be of use to you: the possibility of reservations and layaways.
Once again congratulations with the Teddy Bear Day to all of us
and bear hugs!
Stay tuned and never miss creations by your favorite artists!
Tedsby launched daily digest and email notifications about new creations of the artists you follow. Once a day in the morning you will get an email with an overview of the teddies added over the past 24 hours by your favorite artists (if you follow somebody and there are any new works).
In addition, for any artist you can enable an instant notification about new work, to be the first to see it and not to miss the opportunity to adopt it.
To overview the list of artists you follow and to change the notification settings for each one check your followings page (Favorites -> Artists I follow). If you want to change the mail settings or unsubscribe from the mailing lists check out the mailing preferences at your profile page.
The first two weeks were very intense for the newborn Tedsby. Under the plan, they should have been dedicated to fixing bugs and improving the interface and that's what we were doing. A lot. Many thanks to all who sent us suggestions and bug reports.We really appreciate your help and your contribution to the development.
Ooops, Tedsby development does not follow the plan. To be precise, Tedsby grows much faster than we planned:) On the one hand, it is great, on the other - it imposes a great responsibility. We planned an increase in the number of shops around 50 per month, and by the end of the second week there are already 180! We planned to celebrate the first sale a few weeks after the start, and today there was a eleventh sale at Tedsby! Now rejoice at every sale no less than the artists do!
Now (as long as Tedsby develops), the creation of a shop is free and is possible only by an invitation code. This allows you to solve several important tasks
That is why the priority for the next week is the promotion of Tedsby among collectors.
Also to keep you posted, once a week or two we will write about new cool features on Tedsby.
Hooray, Tуdsby is online, it lives and moves fast enough. It is very, very exciting to present the result of the work of recent months. Much has been done, but we certainly did not implement a third of what we plan to do and there may be some bugs here and there. But that’s great! In the nearest future Tedsby will improve every week, let's create Tedsby together! If something does not work as expected - send us a message. And if for a long time you have an idea of what should be done on teddy bears website - do not forget it.
Soon there will be a section specially for such ideas!