Best Online Selling Sites for Handmade Sellers
Are you looking for the Best Online Selling Site to sell your Handmade Items?
It may not be as easy as to choose as you might think. A decade ago there was a distinct difference between Crafters and Re-Sellers on large “selling sites.”
On Ebay in 2001, Crafters were a small niche who drew large crowds of bidders.
Now you’ve guessed my age. And yes, senior citizens can make money online too. There is lots of opportunity to sell your handmade items. And, age means more experience in this business.
Artisans, back in 2001, were a small clique. Most of my “buddy sellers” were middle-aged like me. They had years of experience and knowledge about design and crafting. An accent pillow decorated with shabby roses and chartreuse bows could end a bidding war at $150.00. I’m not kidding. And that was the ordinary, not the exception.
It’s not quite the same today. Professionals making Hand-Made items are still in-demand, but there are many more of them now than there was a decade ago. And us old folks are the minority. Competition is fierce….
But the bigger problem is not finding the best selling sites online, but finding the selling sites online that are best for you?
I can remember when my choice for selling handmade items was Ebay. In the beginning, it was the only store on the block. Lots of other sites came and went but Ebay was the base.
Then a handful of years ago, Ebay changed leadership and the new leadership changed the way Sellers were treated. An exodus of seasoned sellers began and new handmade selling sites began to sprout all over the internet.
All good things must end, I suppose. And the new Ebay wanted a new type of store. Now we have more choices than ever before yet the sales are so divided, it’s difficult to find one Selling site that suits everyone. That means more thought must go into your choice of a home, where you can offer your handmade goodies.
Example: I have 2500+ Vintage Sewing Patterns. I sell my Sewing Patterns on Ecrater, but my Custom Pillows, Shams and Decorated Hand towels are sold on Etsy
Over time, Etsy has allowed more and more items that aren’t handmade. Their Craft Supplies and Tools category includes many products that are not handcrafted, including Sewing Patterns.
The sheer volume of Sewing Patterns on Etsy is a detriment to my small collection. I am more likely to have my patterns seen/purchased on Ecrater because I have a following there and some regulars from International countries. Less competition means more sales for me in this case.
Sites such as: Ebay, Ebid, Ebidz, etc. offer items on an Auction Format. Items are listed through a particular time frame. Folks bid until the time ends and highest bidder wins. Ebay offers Auctions as well as Fixed Price items.
Years ago, I preferred the bidding sites. I think it may have been a better economy in those days. Folks would bid as high as needed to get what they wanted. One lady emailed after her win and said she had the same thrill from winning a bid as she did when she gambled in Vegas.
Bidding on Auction no longer brings the same thrill. Today most people want a reasonable price to Buy the item.
- The most popular sites today for the individual seller are pre-made stores that allow small changes: Etsy, Bonanza, Shopify, Artfire, Ecrater, Webstore, etc. If you want it you buy it! without bidding
- Stores are also available on Facebook Pages. I’ve seen many shops prosper with Facebook Stores.
- There are several companies that offer stores on the internet: Volusion, Shopify, Wix, etc. Most of the Store builders offer a free trial before billing, which is very convenient.
Another important thing to remember about independent Stores on the Internet is that you are responsible for your own traffic. Using Social Media such as: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Stumbleupon and many other tools, you must bring the customers to you.
More folks shop online! Every year is a bigger shopping year than the last!
If you have a handmade product, get it out there!
If I was just starting today, I would try the big established sites first. Etsy, Ebay, Amazon. That’s where the traffic is and there is so much to learn in the beginning. Learn how to sell your items first. How to run a business and self-motivate. Work hard and you will prosper!
If you are curious about online selling sites and their traffic counts, here’s a good link. This site offers chat rooms and forums. It’s a good place to ask questions and learn about selling online or a particular site you might want to join.
Hope you come back and let us know how you’re doing! If you’d like an article about a particular issue with selling online…Let us know!