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« on: December 14, 2005 06:27:04 AM »

Does anyone have opinions on which is better for unique, handmade stuff?

Esty or eBay?
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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2005 01:48:38 PM »

I just recently opened an Etsy shop and I also sell on Ebay.  My opinion is for "unique, handmade" items....Etsy is my choice. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2005 01:50:50 PM »

i do think that ebay has more visibility
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2005 01:55:33 PM »

I will certainly agree with that..Ebay does have more visibility...and fees also...hence FeeBay...and one can do fairly well there, it just takes time building up a rep...just like anywhere.  I buy lots from there, crafting supplies mostly and haven't done too bad selling, just can't make a profit right now. Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2005 02:27:12 PM »

I have only done eBay, but would like to try ETSY. I used to do really well on eBay, but I haven't devoted a lot of time to it this last 6 months or so. Hopefully, I will be able to devote more time to doing both very soon. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2005 07:16:22 PM »

I sell on both etsy and ebay (and on my own website) and have found that it depends on what you're selling. You have to figure out the market, I guess.

For example, my grudge journals have done very well on etsy (and I appreciate the low fees, the automatic storefront and the overall indie/crafty nature of the site) however, if you have a specific item that you can target on ebay you'll do quite well based on the traffic they get.

This time of year is an excellent time to move some merchandise on ebay. I've done pretty okay. That said, fees are high (especially when coupled with paypal fees!) so you have to price your work accordingly. I do very well with wedding items on ebay and I do well with items that have some sort of fan base/crossover appeal (for example, it's much easier to sell a "Hawaiiana" or "Cyndi Lauper" journal than a "handmade" one. At least that's what I've experienced. I will continue to sell on both, hopefully learning as I go. I also use ebay to drive traffic to my site by pointing out that I sell handmade items on my own website and to check my About Me page for a link!

And as much as people complain about ebayer's being cheapskates I dropped my etsy prices and finally saw an increase in interest. It seems crafters want stuff to be almost as cheap as ebayers. I'm actually consistently surprised by how little almost everyone on etsy charges for their wares! That said, I'm not sure the early adopters to etsy are my target audience anyway. I tend to sell to non-crafters on ebay and in everyday life and they will pay more since they don't reflexively think "I could make that for less!"  Smiley I am very much looking forward to etsy's future and I hope they will hit a critical mass of folks interested in items that are not mass produced. I just think it's a great site that could really build a reputation to rival ebay's.
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2005 05:58:19 PM »

Etsy gets more visitors than you probably think! Items found on etsy are (actually rather frequently) posted on boingboing.net, which gets tons and tons and tons of hits per day. I think that etsy is a really fantastic resource for crafters, and it's just going to get bigger and better with time. Although right now, it's still pretty awesome! That colour search blows my mind!
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2005 12:25:07 PM »

I tried selling my crafts on ebay long before I ever thought of etsy and I was never able to sell any of them. So I gave up on ebay and decided to open up an etsy shop two weeks ago. I've chosen to keep my prices reasonable (not $20 for a pair of earrings like some people charge) and that has seemed to work. Ever since I opened my etsy shop, I've sold 10 things and made a lot more than I ever expected on ebay. I think if you're trying to buy or sell your handmade crafts to buyers who appreciate them, I'd chose etsy, hands down.
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2005 02:58:07 PM »

Here's another question for you...

If you've seen my work (there should be a link to my blog with pics in my signature)...how much would
you recommend charging for them? I've sold several of them locally for $20 each...is that way too much or too little? They do take a bit of time to make, depending on the elements in them.
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2006 10:56:10 AM »

Been selling on etsy for a while now, and i kinda get the feeling that ver few people know about etsy unless they are selling from there. And, all my potential customers always ask me if I am on Ebay. I kinda get the feeling that I would get more customers if I was on ebay so I am going to give it a try and open a store. What have your experiences with both or either of these websites been? what do you you think would get the most traffic?
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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2006 06:30:47 PM »

Well, Ebay has been around a lot longer than Etsy. Etsy has really taken off and just think of where it could be a year from now! I got really burned out on Ebay. As a buyer I hated the last minute sniping and as a seller there was too much competition. Etsy is all handmade so that limits what you can sell also.
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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2007 04:13:03 PM »

My experience so far is that the higher priced items of mine haven't really sold at all. The items less than $5 sell ok. But really, there is no profit for me in selling something for $2 or $3.
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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2007 07:49:21 PM »

Etsy is also totally non localised - it seems entirely US based. You can probably sell internationally but I couldn't even work out how to buy from people based in my own country (obviously international shipping is something you want to avoid because of the cost).

They have a "who is local" thing but it's a gimmick - it works on a radius I think not on country.

Ebay is (probably) available in your country and currency. You won't get ripped off for international shipping.

Etsy seems hopelessly US centric - nevermind lower profile.

However on ebay I've seen people have greater success selling crafting parts than finished crafts. My personal results are a bit mixed.
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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2007 10:48:54 PM »

I definitely think that people on etsy would appreciate the work and time that goes into crafts more than someone on ebay. I also think that more people on ebay would be looking for a deal. I know that I personally have bought items on ebay specifically for the purpose of saving a little (or a lot of) cash.

For those of you who have tried ebay and had success, what sorts of items were you selling??
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« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2007 10:00:01 AM »

I've been toying around with the idea of opening an on-line shop for awhile.  The big question is, etsy or ebay? I think that e-bay reaches a larger demographic, but etsy is more crafter friendly. 

FYI I am definately selling corsets and making wallets/ small bags from the remnants.  I also crochet, and might consider selling scarves in the winter time. 

Is it ok to list an item on ebay AND etsy and see where it sells first???

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« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2007 11:01:09 AM »

Personally, I think there is no competition - people on eBay are usually looking for bargains and not willing to pay extra for handmade quality. I decided on DaWanda instead of Etsy, partially also because of my location.

I wouldn't post the same products on both platforms. Worst case scenario would be selling both and then having to explain to customers why they aren't getting their items Plus, you are paying double fees.
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« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2007 01:29:23 PM »

I agree with gilowyn. Ebay is not the best place to sell your handmade thing unless you have a customer base already. If you have a customer base already than its alright because then someone will buy it.
If not I think you should stick to etsy because its more crafter friendly. And people are willing to pay more because they know that the things are handmade.
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« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2007 04:11:41 PM »

Thanks for your advice! My biggest concern with etsy is that it is mainly used by crafters who generally use etsy as an inspiration and then make the stuff they see on there themselves instead of actually buying anything.  I don't know if any of you have experience with this, but I have heard several people complain about this before. 

As far as double listing things, I really don't want to pay fees twice, but I am planning on custom making corsets and giving several choices as far as fabric, detail, style, and obviously size and making them to order, so there wouldn't be an issue with accidentally selling the same item to two people. 

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« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2007 04:17:24 PM »

DaWanda has just introduced their StyleLab, where you can pick and choose different customizations of a product - it is awesome! Unfortunately, only available in German right now, but maybe worth the wait?

Here's my first customizable sock bunny - people can send me their own favorite socks, determine the facial expression, ears and what goes on the belly, and I make it according to their specs:
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« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2007 05:10:25 PM »

OMG those are so cute!! Too bad i don't speak german, lol Wink Maybe etsy will do something like that too. 
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« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2007 09:12:33 PM »

I'm in the etsy camp - I have done much better on etsy than I did on ebay.  Plus, I am much happier with my profit margin without the higher fees.  I don't really worry about people just trying to get ideas.  There are a lot of items being sold on etsy and a lot of new buyers coming in.  You should go for it!  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2007 07:24:50 PM »

Which one does everyone reccomend? Selling DIY clothes on ebay/etsy or homemade clothing on ebay/etsy?
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« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2007 11:27:39 AM »

I think both have their benefits. I've done well on eBay because it has higher visibility and a wider audience. However I do not appreciate the fees, and the percentage they take of your end sell price - I make very little profit without them taking half of it - on average they take half my profit (fortunately I'm in it for the fun not for a living!).
Etsy, despite being smaller (I guess), and despite having less audience (again - my opinion!), are better. You get your own shop front, which I think is great, the listing fees are far more affordable, allowing people making a small profit margin, like I imagine many crafters do, (because of the time you put in), to actually sell a portfolio of more stuff - I think it's great!
Plus I like the friendly feel of etsy, it's more of a community because it specialises in crafts, so it's likeminded people buying and selling stuff that we appreciate, if you know what I mean!!
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« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2007 12:54:03 PM »

That's definitley the thing I'm worried about.. Most of the people I know (no use debating this one) would not buy anything on Etsy, they don't trust the community thing
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« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2007 02:17:50 PM »

I know this topic has been done to death, but due to age cirumcustances.. I need your opinion.

I can't sell on ebay for another 2 months (bday). I could start selling stuff on ebay right now. So I could make a profit and sell even more stuff.

I read that ebay is better if you already have a base of customers, I don't. Etsy seller fees are much more reasonable however.

Most designers like meowkiki, black and lipgloss, your little diy montster are selling on ebay or just by themselves.

I also read somewhere that you can get a prepaid debit card and use that on etsy. Is that true?

Which one?
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« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2007 08:10:29 AM »

I feel that it is a catch 22 for etsy vs ebay.
Etsy I believe while making a snuggly place for people specifically looking for handmade goods does not provide the traffic that ebay does, but the fees are more manageable.

Ebay is wonderful for the amount of people it attracts, but out of those potential customers how many are entering "xxxx" into there search bar. I think ebay sweeps your item into a combination of either mainstream jewelry ( or clothing, or bags) or a small diy group (that being mostly comprised of people that already know about etsy.)
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« Reply #26 on: December 17, 2007 01:59:43 PM »

> I've chosen to keep my prices reasonable (not $20 for a pair of earrings like some people charge)

Yikes. In some inventories that is the lowest price for a pair of earrings. Are you saying that $50 earrings do not do well on Etsy? What materials are these high priced earrings made out of, to fare poorly? Does Etsy have any sort of collector market - people looking for rare stuff?
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« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2012 11:06:59 PM »

After years of making yarn/art/fiber goods, I've finally decided to dive in and try and sell some stuff online. I know Etsy is the queen of handmade goods market, but I also know it can take quite a time commitment to advertise/network in order to get sales, considering the saturation and competition of the market, yarn especially. I'm a full time college student and also take care of my mother, so I'm considering taking the Ebay route, as I'm just looking for some supplemental cash, not a full time income. I'd love to get some more experienced people's opinions or advice on which route to take. Thanks!
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« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2012 07:01:17 AM »

My advice: try both and see what works best for you. That's what I do. Personally, I prefer Etsy because it's a LOT cheaper. eBay has crazy fees and a different market. Etsy customers love hand made and have a different attitude. I post a few on eBay and do make sales, but my main store is Etsy just because I like the storefront feeling. I also tried Artfire.com for a while, made some sales, but not enough to justify monthly cost - they just don't have the foot traffic as the others do.
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« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2012 05:49:41 PM »

Thanks for the advice! I checked around on Ebay, and you're right about the costs not justifying the work.
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« Reply #30 on: January 23, 2013 04:19:57 AM »

I would like to go into business selling the things I make. I sew and I crochet, mainly baby things but some adults. I am unsure whether to go for ebay or etsy. Has anyone had experience of both? Which one did you prefer? which one did you have more success with?

I live in the UK if that matters?

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