Etsy.com Challenging eBay In The Online Handmade Arts and Crafts Category

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:

Accessories 
Art 
Bags And Purses 
Bath And Beauty 
Books And Zines 
Candles 

Ceramics
Pottery

Childrens Clothing 

Crochet 
Everything Else 
Furniture 

Geekery 
Glass 
Holidays 
 Housewares 
Jewelry 
Knitting 

Music 
Needlecraft 
Paper Goods 

Patterns 
Pets 
Plants And Edibles 
Quilts 
Supplies 
Toys  
Vintage Weddings  Woodworking 

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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