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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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