by Crystal of krafterscorner

BNS stands for "buy and stay." It is an Etsy treasury that is set up with 15 or 16 shops that have purchased a spot where they are featured. When you buy from a shop in the treasury, you take their place in the next round. You are not guaranteed a sale, but it is good for shop publicity. In the CAST BNS you do not have to purchase the featured item, it can be any item from the featured shop.


If I buy in, when will I be featured?

Once a full round of 15 sales are made.

Am I guaranteed a sale?

No, not every shop makes a sale in every round.

How do I profit from it?
Your shop is featured until we make 15 sales. It is good exposure for your shop. In the CAST BNS, we do not have a minimum purchase price, so you could buy a $1 item and make a $10 sale.

Am I required to offer a coupon code if I am featured?

No, but it is encouraged. Buyers expect to receive a discount for buying through a BNS.

Why does the title change? 

A running tally is kept for each round, the title of the BNS will always say the total sales number and spots left for this round 

Why is it sometimes open and sometimes closed?

The BNS is only open when one of the curators can be present to run it. If you are interested in helping out with the CAST blog, contact Crystal.

How long will it last?

It will last as long as the curators keep it going.

I've also heard of a BNR. What is that?

BNR stands for "buy and replace."  In a BNR you buy into it and replace the person you purchased from. In turn you are replaced as soon as someone buys from you. You can be bought out immediately or not at all.

Are all BNSs and BNRs the same?  

No. The curators make specific rules which should be stated in the opening comments. They can be very different.

If you have other questions, please ask them in the comments of this post or ask in our CAST chat thread and someone will answer them.

by Crystal of krafterscorner

Hand Punched Hearts Die Cut Pink and Purple Checkered Print

Comments (13)

On January 24, 2012 at 10:25 AM , krafterskorner said...

It looks great! Thanks Sue!

On January 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM , sammysgrammy said...

Very clear and understandable, Crystal. When I look at the Etsy Promotion Teams thread, I see a BNS that has been going continuously for several years!

On January 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM , Loretta said...

Very informative - great job, Crystal!

On January 25, 2012 at 12:39 AM , Pearl @ Play said...

Thanks for the info, Crystal!

On January 25, 2012 at 9:29 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Thanks so much, Crystal!

On January 25, 2012 at 9:33 AM , Becky K. said...

Crystal...I owe you a huge thanks for your introduction of BNS and BNR's because without them I would have very few or no sales this month.

It has been a very fun way to get my name out there during this very slow month.


On January 25, 2012 at 7:54 PM , krafterskorner said...

You're welcome! I enjoyed training you and rejoicing over your sales together!

On January 26, 2012 at 3:27 PM , Lorrie said...

Thank you Crystal for introducing me to the BNS concept. I would've never have participated in one if not for our CAST BNS I was so unsure of what to do. A great explanation here of the differences of a BNS and BNR.

On February 2, 2012 at 12:26 AM , Joy@WhenDoesDaddyComeHome said...

Have played many times; have "won some" and "lost some" but it's just good old fun even if you don't make a sale! You meet new friends, find new products and just have a blast.

On February 17, 2012 at 6:17 PM , Anonymous said...

Thank you Crystal, you're a star!

On April 9, 2012 at 1:00 AM , Averylee Designs said...

Thank you for the explanation. I hope to participate in the future:)

On April 25, 2012 at 11:57 PM , Anonymous said...

Thanks so much because I was totally clueless. I feel so much smarter.

On May 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM , Kathleen said...

Thanks for the information!