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CaityBear
« on: September 16, 2010 05:46:49 PM »

I just found Artfire today. Never heard of it before. I am not selling anything right now, though I might in the future. For the time being I'm just curious.

Who has a shop where? What do you like/dislike about them? Which do you prefer?

Any other websites you sell at? What do you think of them??
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2010 09:10:25 PM »

I have sold on Etsy, and sale on Artfire my photography.
Etsy has fees for listing, but they are like 20 cents per I believe. You get more views on Etsy because it is more known.
Artfire, no fees if you have basic, and a monthly fee for pro (Etsy also has those options). If you are pro every time you list a new item you make the front page, which is nice!

I personally love Artfire because if my photos don't sale it's no big deal since I'm a basic account.
Other sites zibbet.com is a good one, they are pretty new and are free like Artfire. Bigcartel is another but the shops are very basic unless you know how to code CSS.

I hope I helped you!
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2010 06:55:35 PM »

AH....the age old debate over which is better-Etsy or Artfire.  I have an Etsy shop and an Artfire studio--I prefer my Etsy shop because Etsy is more well-known and gets lots of views and attention.  All of my sales have also happened on Etsy.  Artfire is still lesser-known, and gets much less views and sales.  In fact, if you talk to a lot of people on Artfire you'll find out that the sales are few and far between.  But, on Artfire you get smarter selling tools and your items are entered into Google when you put them in your studio--these are two things that set AF apart from Etsy.   If you're just starting out, I'd go for Etsy--it's much more easier to use and you can also use that towards learning how crafty businesses work.   When you've had your Etsy shop for a little while, then try AF.  I love Artfire too, but you really should know the generalities of crafty business if you go there.
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2010 04:06:49 PM »

In a nutshell: Artfire has the better site, better code and better pricing, but Etsy has all the buyers. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2010 07:52:30 AM »

I tried Artfire, failed. It is a better site, but theres so many more buyers at Etsy. Oh well!
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2010 02:10:06 PM »

While I have yet to sell anything on either site, I am getting so much more attention on Etsy than I was on ArtFire. If you were to ask my friends, they would say that Ebay is even better than Etsy. I have yet to try so can't vouch for that personally.
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2010 06:48:56 AM »

LOVE, love, love Artfire! Aside from the obvious, I can actually afford the fees  Grin I feel empowered at Artfire, I will rise or fall of my own hard work or lack of it. Etsy may have more buyers now, but Artfire is in it's infancy and only getting better and bigger by the day. I don't have to spend a fortune relisting to get noticed there. In 2.5 months I've already been on the front page 3x. Artfire is not about Artfire, it's about the sellers. Etsy is all about Etsy.
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aokiemom
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2011 01:10:34 PM »

I really like artfire better and with other changes they are talking about making will push them ahead of etsy.  So now is a good time to get in on a lower price before they price goes up a lot.
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