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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Etsy vs Ebay

I know their are many crafters out there including handmade jewlery,cards,scrapbooking,knitters,handmade soaps, candles and much more. I am one of those crafters myself. Now if you are looking to make a profit and sell them to the online community where should you start? Well there are many ways like starting up your own website which can cost a good amount of money,blogging which is free but some people may look at it as "unprofessional". Than theirs the perfect Solution: Etsy and Ebay.

What is Etsy?

Etsy is a wonderful site where you can buy and sell home made items. It has a very active forum for discussing all kinds of things. See for yourself

When crafters first start out turning to ebay is the easiest way. Yet the fees can add up, especially if your items do not sell.

EBay vs Etsy

Etsy Pro's

-You can start by opening your own store for Free!

- When listing an item the listing fee is only $.20 flat rate.

-You receive 5 Free spaces to place pictures of the item you are wanting to sell.

-Item stays on site for 6 months (unless it sells prior too).

Etsy Con's-

- Must self promote

-Does not get as much traffic as EBay does

-Will incur Late fees without notice

Ebay Pro's-

-Have many options to listing your item

-Can add an auction to your item

-First picture is free

Ebay con's

-Any picture you add after your first is $.15

-there are extra fees for items over a certain amount of money

-Item can only be listed for 7 days unless you pay for more time

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