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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Etsy is clearly the "go to" place where crafters can sell their handemade creations , from Apparel and Accessories to Home Goods and even Artisan Foods, but is it the only place? Though Etsy does try to adhere to their strict "Handmade Motto", some sellers as well as buyers are concerned that Etsy may end up similar to what Ebay has currently become.....a reseller haven.
Now, don't get me wrong, Etsy is trully a great place to go and find unique items , new designers as well as as giving an individual an oppportunity to start their own business who may have never had the means to do so, but there are some other sites similar to Etsy where a "Crafter" can expand their business as well.  Selling crafts online can be a legitimate online job, and profitable if you know where to sell your items.

 As you can see there are plenty of other options besides Etsy for selling your homemade products, Just remember that not everyone's business is the same, so it's really up to you to decide which will work best for your business (volume/ sales, brand needs and etc).
Which ones do you prefer?

  1. Bonanza: is a site like Etsy that used to be called 1000 Markets. In order to make money online selling crafts and handmade goods, you need to list your items for sale. Roll your mouse over "Sell" at the top of the screen and choose "add item for sale". On this page you will be able to name your booth, select your accepted payment options, promote your booth, and import your items for sale from eBay or Craigslist. After that you can list items for sale. Your item description includes a photo, a title, a description, a category, a price, shipping options, and item specifics. It is free to list on Bonanza and you only pay a commission to Bonanza when an item sells.
  2. UncommonGoods sells handmade and recycled items. The website doesn't say much about how to sell on the site, but I got on a live chat with a representative who said they are always looking for products to feature on their website and in their catalogs. To be considered you would need to send pictures attached to
  3. Silkfair is another site lthat allows you to create your own store, select a pricing plan, add products, and start selling. Silkfair offers a 14 day free trial. Stores are free to $7.99 a month up to $24.99 a month, depending on which features you want. It is not solely for handmade items, they do allow commercially made items to be sold as well.
  4. Supermarket is a trendy place to sell your creations. Here you are known as a designer. In order to start selling on this site you need to send your information (images, links, etc.) to the email address listed here: Send an email letting them know what you do with photos of what you do. If you are approved as a designer for Supermarket you will have a profile, logo, banner, and the ability to list items and collections for sale. When an item of yours sells the money goes directly into your own PayPal account. Supermarket then tallies up their commissions from your sales and charges your credit card every 30 days.
  5. MadeItMyself is quite self-explanatory. If you want to sell your items here you have to first become a member. After registering as a member you can list your items for sale. You will be charged fees when you list an item and again when the item sells. Commission is 3% of the sale price. The Terms and Conditions currently state that they are waiving the listing fees.
  6. DaWanda is a website like Etsy where you can sell clothing, jewelry, art, and supplies. Create your own shop on DaWanda. There are no current listing fees, but they are in the works. Commissions for products sold is 5%.
  7. iCraft is a little different as they charge no commissions when you sell your homemade creations on their website. The rules are that you must be the creator, it must be handmade, it cannot be food or beverages, you have to submit a quality photo of your work, it must be brand new (not used), and your work will be reviewed for quality. Your store is known as your Creator Exhibit and you have to have at least one item there. In other words, there are alot of policies you must adhere to.
  8. Folksy is a website that was created to showcase UK designers, artists and crafters. It doesn't say you have to be from the UK to sell. To start selling you would need to register, set up a shop, list your items, and promote your work. Unfortunately, didn't see anydetails on commissions. This site is the most like Etsy in it's appearance, application and ease of use.
  9. ArtFire offers you a place to sell your handmade goods, vintage items, fine art, and more. You can start selling with a free account or a pro account for $9.95 per month. You will get a customizable shop where you can list your items for sale, accept PayPal, Google Checkout and Amazon Payments, you can create coupon codes, and easily promote your items via social networks.
  10. eCreater  is a free online marketplace with the look of Etsy, but the selling style and selection of Ebay.This makes sense, since it allows you to import your Ebay items to their marketplace. This site allows unlimited categories, upload up to 10 photos per listing, has Paypal & Google Wallet Support, your own URL and various other options.
  11. Foodoro:  Like the popular Foodzie , which was bought out by Joyus, this is the site for artisan food vendors in the U.S only. Foodoro is also trying to engage the food blogging community by implementing an affiliate program (like Amazon’s) that lets food bloggers earn a percentage on traffic they refer to back to Foodoro (the bloggers can also embed a widget of a product they are writing about in their blogs). There are no upfront listing/setup fees and sellers who join Foodoro are small, independent food producers with a high standard of craftsmanship (produce small quantities, use only the best ingrediants and make their goods onsite).
  12. Zibbet:  is a marketplace  with no listing fees, no commission fees and a free level account with a 50 item limit. If you have more than 50 items in your store, you will need to upgrade to the Premium Level for $9.95/per month or $79 yearly. In addition, they have an Etsy importer.
  13. Meylah: is a new marketplace that allows you to upload and sell  goods instantly. Basic membership is free all you have to do is add your store name and you have an instant storefront.  Because they are the new kids on the block, they may not have everything that you need if you are thinking about leaving Etsy.
  14. Lillyshop: is so similiar to Etsy in look, design and interface. It allows unlimited free listings, a customizable shop , Google Analytics/Shop Statistics as well as a personal shop blog. It does not charge listing fees, re-listing fees or monthly fees. Lilyshop simply charges a 5% sales fee if you sell an item, but this percentage does not include the shipping price
  15. Luulla: is a newer marketplace that is free to sell but with two pricing options for sellers. You can choose the "Pay-As-You-Go" option that  the seller pays  $0.10 USD per item listing for a period of 4 months and 3.0% selling fee on the item's sale price. Or you can choose the "Monthly Plan" where the seller is charged a flat fee of $9.90 USD per month , unlimited product listing and 3.0% selling fee on the item's sale price. The option that you have of having a store front is uploading your company "web banner" and your listing will be beneath that.

Don't forget to take at look at Part 1 of the Sell Your Ass Off Post!


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