Marketplaces to Sell Handmade Crafts Online
These days you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a place to sell your handmade items. New venues are popping up all the time and some have gone away or become less popular through the years. Here is a list of some of the more popular ones at the moment. In no particular order.
Etsy – The most well known and visited site for handmade items. They focus on handmade items as well as supplies and vintage items. They have an active seller community. You pay to list an item for a period of months and then a small sale fee when your item sells. Etsy Selling Fees
Ebay – The largest marketplace for just about everything. Ebay can be good for very unique, rare, or vintage items. They allow buy-it-now as well as auction listings. As always, be sure to understand how their fees work. Also check to see how saturated your particular category is. You can search ended items to see what they actually sold for. Ebay Selling Fees
Amazon.com – Definitely a huge and extremely popular marketplace, but may not be right for every type of seller. Be sure to take a look at their fees, barcode policy, and required ship times. Amazon Selling Fees
DaWanda – One of the larger marketplaces, but smaller than Etsy and Ebay. European based. You can sell handmade items as well as industrially manufactured ones in certain categories. They have an English, German, and French site. Dawanda Selling Fees
Artfire – They charge a flat monthly rate to sell on their site and have a forum where sellers can interact. Be sure to check out the items in your chosen category and see if their demographic will be a good fit for your designs. Artfire Selling Fees
Bonanza – If you already sell on Ebay or Etsy, they allow you to import your items to their site. It is free to post your items but they charge a fee based on your sale price minus shipping. They purchased the marketplace 1000markets. Bonanza Selling Fees
Lilyshop – They do not charge listing, re-listing, or monthly fees, only a fee when you actually make a sale. You can be based anywhere around the world and still be permitted to set up shop there. Lilyshop Selling Fees
Zibbet – They offer a free basic plan, as well as a monthly premium and a yearly premium plan. You pay monthly or yearly versus individual listing and sales fees. They have a community area for discussion and post lifetime subscription offers from time to time. If you can take advantage of that deal you pay one time and do not have to worry about any other charges. Zibbet Selling Fees
Ruby Plaza – Closed as of December 31, 2012
Silkfair – They offer a free selling plan as well as 5 tiers of monthly fee plans. All plans, including the free one have a transaction fee on sold items. The monthly fee is based on the number of items you have in your store. They allow you to use videos to showcase your products and also add a forum or blog to your store. Silkfair Selling Fees
1000 Markets – Was purchased by Bonanza.
iCraft.ca – A Canadian site that is strictly for handmade items only. No vintage items are allowed and resellers cannot sell there. They charge a one time set-up fee and then three levels of monthly selling plans. They do not charge sales fees. iCraft Selling Fees
Zazzle – This site is for designers. They allow you to sell your designs on products such as t-shirts and posters and many other things. You upload your designs, choose a product to put them on, and can then receive royalties if the products sell. They would be good for a person that would rather design than actually produce products themselves and be responsible for shipping directly to customers. Zazzle Royalties
Luulla – It is Luulla with 2 L’s. They offer a pay as you go option where you buy credits and pay a small fee to list each item for a period of months as well as a monthly plan. With the monthly plan you can list an unlimited number of items. They also charge a fee on items sold. They are one of the newer selling venues. Luulla Selling Fees
BigCartel – This is more of a company that allows you to have your own website versus being in a marketplace. They have a free plan as well as 3 paid monthly plans depending on the number of items you are selling. Unlike a normal marketplace with categories and regular traffic, you will need to drive people to your site. Similar companies to Big Cartel would be Bigcommerce and Weebly, as shown in my Recommended Resources Page. BigCartel Selling Fees
Shophandmade – They offer free stores to sell handmade items. They have a very simplistic approach. Purchases are made through Paypal. You should take a look at their policies page, both as a buyer and a seller. Using them is not much different than having your own website. They do not get involved in disputes and recommend contacting Paypal to work out issues. Shophandmade Selling Fees
Disclaimer: I cannot vouch for or personally recommend all of the marketplaces on this list. Each may cater to a slightly different demographic. It is best to choose a marketplace that best suits the type of items you make and sell.
Also keep in mind that the marketplace itself will not necessarily provide you with enough views to your items. Often the sellers with the most sales are driving traffic to their shop through their Facebook Page, Blog, or through pay-per-click or traditional advertising.
Good luck selling