Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Could you use some extra money?
http://etsy.com - Their motto is "Buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies on Etsy, the world's most vibrant handmade marketplace." Etsy charges .20 per listing and when the item sells Etsy takes 3.5% of sale price. You can visit etsy.com and search through the sellers in your category to get an idea of what others are selling and for what price. There are hundreds of thousands of sellers on Etsy and it can be very challenging for your shop to get noticed. Here is a link to more info about Etsy.
http://artfire.com - Their motto is "A premier handmade marketplace to buy and sell handmade crafts, supplies, vintage and art". There are over 80,000 sellers on Artfire. The cost for Artfire is $11.95 per month for unlimited listings and unlike Etsy there is no fee when your item is sold. Like Etsy you can visit the Artfire site and look around at other shops and what they have for sale. Here is a bit of history about Artfire.
http://handmadeartistsshop.com - The Handmade Artists Shop is a relatively new handmade marketplace having started in December of 2009. It is a much smaller marketplace than Etsy or Artfire. Unlike Etsy or Artfire, you cannot sell vintage (anything over 20 years old) on handmadeartistsshop.com. No resellers, unaltered vintage, or non-handmade supplies are allowed. They plan on closing open registration at 10,000 members and at that point, create a wait list and hand pick the remaining vendors, capping out at 20,000 members. Take a few minutes and check out the shops and what they are selling. You can sign up for either $5.00 per month or $50.00 per year. There are no additional listing fees or fees when your item sells. Here is a link to Handmade Artists' Shop info.
Of course these are just three of many eCommerce marketplaces available on the internet. I presently have a Etsy shop called Angels n Everlastings and at one point also had a Artfire shop but decided to close my Artfire shop to concentrate on my Etsy shop. You'll find that setting up your shop is easy but that listing your items is just the beginning. With over 100,000 shops on Etsy and 80,000 shops on Artfire it can be a challenge to not get lost in the crowd. There is a wealth of knowledge available on the internet, Etsy or Artfire that will help you on this eCommerce journey. In my next post I will list some sources of information that will help you develop a successful eCommerce business.