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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.
« 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???


« 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.

« 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. 


« 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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