Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Oh, where to sell my handcrafted items?

Ok, I am most likely going to be talking to myself but thought I would post this question out there.

Where are you most successful selling your handcrafted items online?

I sell on several different sites currently - or should I say, I TRY to sell on several different sites. They all have fees but some are cheaper than others.

I am doing very well on eBay yet the fees are getting so high I wonder if it's even worth it.

I have sold a few things on Etsy and also got a few high priced custom orders from there but despite all the traffic, I don't get many sales. I have to admit that I've not been putting much effort into that store right now and I'm just torn on which way to focus my energy.

I also have another site I just started listing and there is not much competition right now so I'm happy so far with the traffic despite no sales.

I see lots and lots of former eBayers now selling on Etsy which is great but I guess it just makes it that much harder to sell with so many choices out there for buyers.

As a buyer, I love the option to choose but also find it overwhelming at times when I do a search for pink earrrings (for example) and I get 1,000 items to look through.

Ok, enough of my ramblings for today. Back to work. I sure hope SOMEONE out there finds me and can post their input.


FabricsNQuilts said...

i wish there was a magic 8 ball answer. boy do i!

love2ragquilt said...

Yes, there are no right or wrong answers. I think as more sellers leave eBay maybe buyers will too or they just might shop with the sellers that stay. As a buyer I have looked at Etsy but haven't bought anything as it is confusing to me and I am use to eBay. Plus EBay has more of a variety. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

angieb said...

Have you come across www.dawanda.com? It is a European site but there are a lot of US sellers on it.
I've just started selling on the site, but have yet to make any sales, but it's a possibility for your quilts. Check it out anyway, and see what you think. Good luck!