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« on: January 27, 2009 01:09:23 PM »

Does anyone use Big Cartel to sell their handmade goodness?
What are the pros and cons?
Do you like it overall?

I am curious about this site, because I don't hear of anyone that has store on this site.  (Most people seem to be jumping on the Etsy bandwagon)

I would really love to start selling some of my jewelry and plush, but the thought of calculating paypal fees, commission fees, shipping and handling... wooo... my brain is spinning.

What does Craftster think is the best avenue to take for someone who wants to dip their toes into the handmade game?

Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009 04:18:26 PM »

We use Big Cartel for the Craftster shop and I really like it. It handles inventory well and shows orders in a nice way. However, we have a great venue to get the word out (obviously) and we were just looking for a simple solution.  I'm not sure how I'd feel in a different situation.  Huh
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009 07:54:17 PM »

Looking through other people's shops there I got that feeling.  Most have other websites through which they sell their wares and BigCartel seems to be a sort of side venture.

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2011 12:48:48 PM »

I get BigCartel's newsletter and they just released their own comparison of their site versus Etsy. Biased or no, here's their opinion:

http://blog.bigcartel.com/post/4031257240/big-cartel-or-etsy
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2011 06:25:17 AM »

Looks like their arguments are very reasonable, bias or not!
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2011 10:56:08 AM »

I launched my shop about three weeks ago on the diamond plan through bigcartel and have been happy so far. I would like to see more coupon code options though.
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2011 09:58:25 PM »

I use Storenvy.com. It's a free, 100% customizable storefront. I really enjoy it and am successful on, so I've never even looked into a different venue like, Etsy, which charges (though, not a lot, but still charges) people to list.

I think with whatever storefront you use for your web business, it all boils down to how much effort YOU put into it. How much promoting, advertising, etc for your store will determine how well you sell on any venue. Good luck, and if you try Big Cartel let us know what you think of it!
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