Selling handmade arts and crafts on eBay is a big business but upstart online seller ETSY.COM is coming on strong.
One advantage Etsy.com has is that is specializes and you can search only handmade items by category. On eBay you have to find the category first such as clothing, jewelry, pottery and then find the handmade items amoung them.
Here are some of the categories available on Etsy:
Bags And Purses
|Bath And Beauty
Books And Zines
Plants And Edibles
The other advantage is fees. Etsy changes a 20-cent listing fee, but no final value fee. Therefore its cheaper to sell on Etsy. Etsy also has a feature where you can shop locally. This way if a buyer wants to first find your craft on Etsy, then they can make an appointment to come and see the item in person. This is very normal for very expensive crafts where someone wants to access the quality or the touch and feel before buying.
If you are selling your arts and crafts on eBay now, I wouldn’t leave to go only to Etsy, but it may be worth listing a few items there to see how you do.
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