Teachers Pay Teachers is growing in leaps and bounds! Most likely you already use this site, maybe on a daily basis. But you may not know everything about it. Here are ten tips for buyers to help you get the most out of your TpT experience.
- You can find all of any seller’s free products by going to his or her store, scrolling to PRICE on the left sidebar and clicking Free. The results be displayed with the best selling products first, but you can use the tabs at the top of the column to search by Most Recent, Rating, or Price. Here is my store sorted by free and most recent.
- TpT sellers love ratings and comments, but the bar is set pretty high on TpT. Most of us are doing our best work, so anything less than a 4, can be upsetting many sellers. If you have a problem with a product you have purchased, rather than leaving a low and/or negative comment, please use the Q&A section of the seller’s store to tell him or her about your concern. You can find it on the Ask a Question tab on the product page. Be sure to remember to click the “Email me when seller responds” box after you write your question. Most TpT sellers are great about answer their Q&A and you will probably be able to get the issue resolved to everyone’s satisfaction without lowering the seller’s rating.
- TpT now allows you to purchase multiple licenses at half price if you want to share with your colleagues. Remember that when you buy from TpT, the money goes to real teachers, many of whom are putting it back into their classrooms or using the money just to get by since so many teachers have had their wages frozen and their benefits cut in recent years. Please resist the urge to share and purchase multiple licenses instead.
- If you are wondering how TpT stacks up against the competition, below is an Alexa graph (a well-respected site for website analytics) showing TpT in blue against its nearest competitor in red. The big bump toward the end of September is due to recent press from the top seller, Deanna Jump crossing the one million dollar mark.
- TpT’s key word search (at the top of the page) is a little wonky and often pulls up irrelevant results. If you don’t like what you get, you can also “See results by Google” by clicking on tiny link just under the search box and to the right.
- Want to spread the word about TpT? You can get this free flyer from TpT to hang in your staff room or distribute to your colleagues. The flyer on the site won a contest that Paul (the site owner) held several years ago, this one was my entry. It did not win, but it is in color and I have updated with the current number of products if you want to use it.
- If you like a seller, be sure and follow him or her (click the little red star by his or her name). Not only will you get notified by email when the seller posts a new product, but the seller will also appear in the SELLER UPDATES box near the top of the homepage.
- Seller’s frequently revise products – either because they find a typo or because they want to update it with new clip art, Common Core Standards etc. You can see which products have been updated and then download the new version on your MY PURCHASES page. You can also find out what to do if a PDF you download comes out blurry on that page.
- TpT has gift certificates! You can find the link near the bottom of the left sidebar. When parents ask you what you would like for the holidays or what you need for your classroom, consider asking for a TpT gift certificate.
- If you are thinking of becoming a seller, now is a great time. TpT is growing exponentially and with a little work, you could pick up a few hundred dollars a month or even more! If you want to give it a try, please consider signing up under my referral link here. If you post quality products, I will be happy to give your store an occasional shout out on my Facebook or Pinterest.
Lori Rosenberg says
Rachel, this is a great post! Everything you wrote is so relevant. Thanks for enlightening everyone about all these important TpT facts.
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Mrs. Brown says
Thanks for all these tips, they are wonderful!
You know, I've seen gift certificates to TPT mentioned among bloggers but never realized how to get them! Thanks for the tips.
I love your tips. The one about grading our work low is so true, my heart sinks when an item gets 3.9 stars but I have to remind myself that it is just one person and all other reviews are great!! I wish more people would follow me when they purchase my items. I post a lot of free products that they are missing out on because they won't get the email letting them know. How about a list of tips for tpt sellers to grow their business?? How did you get to 6,000 tpt followers? How long have you been on tpt? I've been active since August and am growing slowly, setting small goals ( like getting a paper check at the end of this past quarter, yay!!). But any advice?? Ps. I'm from Washington state, too!!!
Rachel Lynette says
Actually, I have been around for quite awhile. I was one of the very first sellers to sign on with TpT, which is one reason I have a lot of followers.
A few years ago I actually started a blog called SoS for TpT to help new sellers. I haven't done much with it for awhile as I have been busy with other projects, but the information is still really good, so you may wan to have a look. There is a Start Here Tab that will give you a good place to begin. Here is the link:
Another excellent place to find help is the sellers' forums. If you haven't found it yet, it is on your dashboard.
Sounds like you are off to a great start!!
October 7, 2012 9:41 AM
Yvonne Crawford says
A great post Rachel!!! I really like your explanation about rating products!
Being Inspired says
Thanks for this post, I've just been posting links to free stuff on my blog so far but think its time to try out TPT. I might not have anything worth charging for yet but everyone loves freebies! 🙂
3rd Grade Theatrics says
This was helpful! Thanks for posting. I love your products and have purchased quite a few of your task cards.
I would have signed up under your referral, but unfortunately I already opened an account a little while ago, but just recently made the jump into being a seller. Please check out my store! I just started last week so there isn't much there yet, but there is lots more to come. If you like what you see I would love it and appreciate it if you would give me a shout out!
Profe Oxana says
Rachel, it´s great that you talked about ratings. Maybe telling our buyers how we feel about them can help the way they rate a seller, Thank you for this post!
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