9 Tips on how to shop online for Irish Arts and Crafts

The Art and Craft of Ireland – how to find one of a kind Irish gifts online

Shopping for Art in Ireland

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I am a fervent and enthusiastic supporter of Creativity and work really hard to promote artists and their work, both here in Ireland and abroad. One of my goals is to establish a robust Marketplace for people who share my love of Irish artwork.  An online space for people to easily browse Irish artists and crafters from across the country.

A longtime dream of mine has finally come true.

The time has come and The Biscuit Marketplace is now open.

So we say to you…

“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy local, and that’s pretty much the same” – Tara from Biscuit

Buying Irish gifts online. 

With the onslaught of COVID 19 we have seen a huge shift in the way we are now purchasing. 

The online space is where it is at but let’s be mindful of supporting our local artisans and producers when we decide to spend online.

Say no to big multi national stores that rake in your cash, pollute the planet and get rich off the backs of those who are paid barely enough to eat.

A brilliant way to support your local community or even on a broader scale support Irish artists is to shop at craft fairs, pop up shops, or simply online through places like this, The Biscuit Marketplace.

Shopping this way means that your money is going to work in your community. Let’s use this time of reflection on HOW we buy and from WHOM.

 9 Tips on how to shop online for Irish Arts and Crafts

1. If shopping online, make sure you check the Biscuit Factory Marketplace first.

2. Make sure you don’t have to sign up and hand over your credit or debit card information until you are ready to buy.

3. Don’t rely on a simple email address or post office box, make sure you check that the trader is legitimate.

4. Always check the vendor’s reviews and see if there is any negative feedback. Be very careful with new websites set up for single traders as they could be fraudulent. Remember if it sounds too good to be true.

5. Make sure the website is secure. Check in the box with the website address that it is green with a padlock and not red. Google these days will show you that a website is secure using ‘https://’. If you click on the security icon you will be able to tell if the retailer has the proper encryption. You will also have to click on things like “accept cookies” and double-check that the website retailer is following the GDPR guidelines for securing your personal data.

6. Use a credit or debit card that offers you buyer protection. Don’t forget to check your statements to make sure the correct amount was charged or debited. Another option is to use Paypal or Stripe which have built-in protection guarantees for purchasers.

7. When shopping online double and triple check the shipping options. If they are local then you won’t get stuck paying excessive customs, duties or taxes on the goods you buy.

8. Check the fine print and understand exactly what the retailer’s return and cancellation policies are before you buy. You want to know if the gift doesn’t fit or suit that you can return it and get a full refund.

9. You should also check how to return the goods. Do you pay to ship back to the retailer or do they have a courier pick it up?

So now I’ve given you all these amazing and incredibly helpful tips it’s time for you to share them with the world and encourage everyone you know

to check out the NEW Biscuit Marketplace and start shopping whooop!

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