So I am looking to start selling my handmade t-shirts online. I have been trying to decide if I should sell on ShopHandmade.com, Artfire.com or Etsy.com. These are the 3 I have narrowed it down too.
I was leaning strongly towards ShopHandmade.com because they are free and I think their site is kinda neat. But when I saw their Etsy.com comparison where they state "ShopHandmade's customers are more affluent than those on Etsy." and then they show a quantcast chart from 2008 I became a bit suspicious. Why would they still have a 2008 chart showing in 2010? So I decided to take a trip over to quantcast.com. Which actually is a neat little site that lets you see traffic from a variety of sites.
Come to find out Etsy gets millions of traffic monthly with 59% of visitors falling in an income range of $60,000 and above. ( according to http://www.quantcast.com/etsy.com )
Where as Shophandmade.com only gets thousands reaching a max of 58.8K on 2/18/2010 and only 47% of their traffic has an income of $60,000 or above. And for similar sites like theirs they have a higher than norm index of traffic in the less than $30,000 income range. (according to http://www.quantcast.com/shophandmade.com )
So now that I have done research on quantcast.com I don't consider ShopHandmade.com to be a trustworthy site, because they are currently as of today 4/18/2010 displaying inaccurate and misleading information about their competitors. It makes me wonder if they have something more to hide.
I just don't know. I am still undecided but at this rate Etsy.com is looking like the best choice for someone like me who is just starting to branch out online.
If you have or had shops on either or both sites please share your experience. Or if you know of another place please share that too.