How to buy Etsy (ETSY) shares from the UK

By   |   Verified by David Boyd   |   Updated 31st August 2022

  • Considering Etsy shares for exposure to the e-commerce sector?
  • Majority ownership of shares in Etsy are held by institutional investors.
  • See where their shares are listed and how to put together an order.

Etsy Inc (NASDAQ: ETSY) is an American e-commerce platform offering handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. Etsy was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

This guide will take you step-by-step through buying shares in Etsy from the UK.

About the company

Etsy overview

Etsy made its stock market debut in 2015 with an IPO of US$16 per share. It is listed under the consumer services sector in the Catalog/Specialty Distribution industry.

Etsy products cover a wide range of categories including art, bags, clothing, furniture, home décor, jewellery and toys as well as craft supplies and tools. Etsy requires all vintage items to be at least 20 years old. The company has three primary revenue streams: marketplace revenues (fees for sales and listings), seller service revenues and other revenues such as third-party payment processor fees.

Etsy performed well during the pandemic with an initial surge for (often hand-made) face masks. This was followed by an increase in demand for gifts, recreation tools, and pet supplies, proof that its popularity is likely to continue beyond the pandemic.

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First time buying?

How to buy Etsy shares

Step 1: Select a broker

Find an online broker that allows you to access the US markets. There are many options that you can access from the UK. Next, consider the features that you want from a broker. These are some of the most important.

Commission-free brokerage

This feature is offered by many platforms that offer access to stock markets in the USA. You can save money on share trading by not paying commissions.

Fractional share investment

Fractional share investment means that you can buy a portion of a share, rather than the entire thing. This is something you might consider because Etsy shares can be expensive.

Well-designed trading interface

It doesn't have to be difficult to trade shares. Make sure you choose a platform that is easy to use. New investors can benefit from educational guides and the ability to open a demo account.

Research and analysis

A platform with a strong research and reporting section will provide you with important information about Etsy such as a company overview, price history and recommendations, and forecasts.

Step 2: Fund your account

To buy Etsy shares, you will need to fund the account. Keep in mind that your funds may take some time to clear and that you won’t be able to trade until they do.

Step 3: Set a budget

It might be a good idea to start with fractional shares as a first step. You can also make a profit regardless of shares dropping, as you can buy in at the average share price.

Step 4: Decide whether to buy shares or invest in an ETF

An ETF is a more diversified way to invest compared to investing your budget in a single company. Should you wish to invest in Etsy via an ETF, you have a range of options for exposure including iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV), ProShares Ultra Technology (ROM), and Global X E-commerce ETF (EBIZ).

Step 5: Set up an order

You can choose from a variety of order types to customise when and how much you want to buy each share.

Market order

Market orders are orders that can be purchased or sold at the current market price. However, the price that you are looking for may not match the one you receive. You may order Etsy shares at US$210, but their price may drop to US$207 or rise to US$215 by the time the trade is executed.

Limit order

Execution-only orders for buy limit orders are executed at the price quoted or less. You may wish to buy Etsy shares at US$215 per share. You can submit a limit order for this amount. It will only be fulfilled if the Etsy share prices fall below US$215.

Stop limit

This type of order allows you to sell your shares at a certain price if the share price starts dropping. Let's suppose you want to sell your Etsy shares if the price falls to US$212 per share. Your stop limit order is executed if the shares drop to this price.

Stop loss

Another mechanism aimed at preventing you taking a hit on your shares if the price drops. You nominate a price at which you want to sell your Etsy shares, for example, US$214 per share. Your stop loss order will be executed if the price falls to that level but your order will be filled at the next available market price.

Step 6: Place your order

After you've chosen a broker and decided how you want to invest, you can place your order through that broker.

After you buy

What moves Etsy's share price

You should follow up your share investment by watching movements in share prices and following the company’s performance. Here's how you can do that:

Track how Etsy’s share price moves and company performance

This is important regardless of whether you are buying shares with a speculative motive or holding them long term.

Watch for moves by Etsy’s competitors

For companies like Etsy, it is equally important to watch what happens in their industry and sector. How are larger players moving and what strategies are they employing to sharpen their competitive edge? What steps and measures are other, smaller competitors taking?

In the creative entrepreneur field, Etsy alternatives (competitors) include Shopify (NYSE: SHOP), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), Big Cartel, Zibbet, Handmade at Bonanza, IndieMade, Aftcra and Storenvy. For other items its competitors include Alibaba (NASDAQ: BABA) and Flipkart.

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