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Alternatives to Etsy?
« on: February 22, 2016, 03:50:33 PM »
I've been looking into selling things online that I make. I've mostly only looked into Etsy because I know it's a big craft site that's pretty well known. However I wondered if anyone has any experience of other online alternatives? I'd rather stay away from somewhere like eBay though. A dedicated craft site would be better I think.

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Re: Alternatives to Etsy?
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2016, 09:28:54 AM »
If you want to stay in your niche of hand craft items, I think Etsy is the best site out there, or you can do a specific search for other sites.

The two sites that I recently joined in the past three months are Postmark and Mercari. You can sell a variety of things from hand crafted items to gently used clothing, shoes, purses, etc. Look them over to see if it will work for you!

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Re: Alternatives to Etsy?
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2016, 11:29:28 AM »
I have been wondering this as well because Etsy seems very competitive. I wanted to post some handcrafted mugs on there, and there were dozens of them. I think I might want to try a site that doesn't have that much competition if I decide to do this. I just think there are sites where your product is not going to get lost in the shuffle.

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Re: Alternatives to Etsy?
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2016, 11:45:34 AM »
I'll be sure to look into those ones, IcyBC. I've not heard of either of them so maybe one of those could be an alternative.

I agree with you Kgord that it seems so competitive there that I'm not sure if it would be worthwhile for me either. I'll probably sign up and give it a go at least but I'm hoping there might be some smaller sites that could be better. Of course the upside to Etsy is that it's also the one everyone thinks of!

I'm not sure if this one would be any good to either of you but I did come across Folksy when I was doing a search last night. It looks like it's a UK only site though.


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Re: Alternatives to Etsy?
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2016, 03:46:50 PM »
Hi! I would suggest the following alternatives to Etsy:

1. ArtFire. It's a global handicrafts e-commerce site. There are forums, podcasts and some articles about handicraft making. If you can custom made products, some clients post "wanted" stuff that they need.

2. Zibbet. What is great about this site is that it doesn't have listing and commission fees for sellers. You can avail of the premium account for a very low price or opt for a free account.

3. Craft is Art. This site offers a wide range of handicrafts as well as vintage and antique pieces.

Good luck!

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Re: Alternatives to Etsy?
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2016, 05:32:42 PM »
I used to sell my craft items on Etsy and ended up closing my shop because the competition got to big.  It would take a long time for people to find my products through the mounds of similar products and it was too hard to come up with new things to create. I had thought about checking out Art Fire but have not done so yet. You may be better off just renting a space at a craft or farmers market during the summer months and selling that way.

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Re: Alternatives to Etsy?
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2016, 07:06:56 PM »
I had thought about listing on both Etsy and Ebay but there has been a lot of discouraging comments that have given me second thoughts.  Instead I will be selling at an outdoor flea market.  For me it's a short drive and the seller's fee is very low and it's open only on Sundays.  Also I wouldn't be limited to one item but more with a variety to boot.

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Re: Alternatives to Etsy?
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2016, 02:41:13 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll take a look at all the ones you've said about and see if any of them appeal to me. I'm sure one of them will  :)

Unfortunately there's no craft or flea markets here that I could sell things at or I'd give those a go too. The nearest one is about 30 miles away and I don't drive so it makes it difficult to get there. The post office is close by so online seems a better option for me.

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Re: Alternatives to Etsy?
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2016, 01:34:00 AM »
So far I think Etsy is the best choice for selling homemade projects. You just have to market them properly and give yourself an edge. You could even make business cards to give out letting people know about your homemade crafts.
The only other site I can think of is DeviantArt. I used to have a friend that sold her paintings through it. As far as I know they only allow you to sell drawings/paintings though and not really anything else. Personally I've never tried it. Most of the artwork isn't really my type so to speak.
You could also create your own website! Then it will be custom to you and your work!

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Re: Alternatives to Etsy?
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2016, 05:07:58 PM »
I was wondering about this myself. Etsy seems a bit of, in terms of rules and you have huge competition on that site. I am really looking forward to finding a good alternative to the site.

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Re: Alternatives to Etsy?
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2016, 05:35:51 PM »
I have sold on Etsy for 7 years. I have also tried a handful of other sites, including Artfire. I prefer Etsy. I have around 3K sales on Etsy. I never managed to sell one item on Artfire. Go figure.

However, Amazon now has a handmade marketplace. This is a good alternative for some people. I personally don't like the idea of giving Amazon another piece of the pie.

Folksy is an option for those who live in the UK. It's similar to Etsy in many ways, but only allows sellers who are living in the United Kingdom. I have used this site because I studied in England for a few years and sold crafts while I was there.

You can also sell them on Ebay, but I have found that on there your work will not be appreciated for what it is really worth.

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