Which is best for your crafts? Should you sell on Etsy or eBay? So you’ve got a craft room full of your made craft items. Its full and I mean really full and your other half has tactfully suggested you sell some of your creations. You’ve mulled it over and not thought about it again. A few moths have passed and now the tactful comments have turned into demands. You need to sell your creations because there isn’t any room left and you should be recouping some costs back.
You know they are right and you really should start selling but where should you sell? Who will want, let alone buy your creations? There are 101 places to sell your crafts, its just find the right place for you. Lets start by exploring online. You probably heard of Etsy, Folksy, Not On The Highstreet and eBay so we will take the two most popular and compare them.
Which Is Best For You – Etsy or eBay?
The main difference between Etsy and eBay is that they sell quiet different products so will attract different customers. eBay can sell just about anything and everything. If your pile of craft goodies you want to sell doesn’t fit into one category or maybe you want to sell some of your not used craft stash as well and keep it all in one account then eBay would be a good fit.
If, though, your craft makes are more individual and more niche based then Etsy may be a good fit for you. eBay is generally faster at selling but once you add in all the fees from eBay and then Paypal, eBay does tend to be more costly.
Although not as big an audience as eBay it is a more targeted audience. An Etsy customer tends to be happier to spend a little more and appreciate handmade.
It has a more boutique feel. Sellers can easily set up their brand and payment without being a computer boffin. And if you do get stuck their customer service and forums are an excellent source of help.
All the listings are the same so your product stands out.
Easy to set up duplicate product listings. If your selling lots of duplicate items its easier to set up on Ebay.
Massive audience with millions of active users.
Able to sell globally.
Fees are high.
As Esty is full of creative people you may see lots of duplication where others ‘copy’ great ideas.
No customization. All the listings look the same so there is no way to customize and stand out.
Though you can list fairly cheaply, eBay makes it money on each of your sales. Then there are Paypal fees on top.
A large audience doesn’t mean lots of buyers. They aren’t all looking for craft items.
You are covered by Paypal for non-payers etc but there are a lot more time wasters on eBay.