For the last week I have been conducting my second art selling experiment. Last week I used instagram only for art sales. By "only" I mean no other shopping site. I still posted lots of cat and food pics on my feed. I was very busy last week with previous work and family engagements, which I think worked out well for this experiment. If you have a day job, whether it is art related or not, finding time in your off hours to get your art out into the world can be a challenge. June and July are very slow for internet sales because everyone is enjoying summer and people have less time online - another reason why this was a realistic sampling.
Things I experimented with:
Bottom Line: I think I would use instagram again if I were doing a flash sale. I think it is good if you want to post items quickly and for a short time or if YOU are short on time. Despite the things that I had issues with, I would suggest someone new to selling online try instagram before etsy.
UPDATE: This morning I was deleting items from my sale when I happened to see that Spreesy had a personal item on my instagram feed listed as an item for sale! Oh the horror! I have no idea how this happened since I did not use the spreesy app to post that photo. If you decide to try spreesy, be sure to check it often to be sure only items you have for sale are offered for sale.