You’ve been crafting for quite some time. Now, you need to find some way to move what you have to make room for more projects. You can do that by selling what you make. This blog post is going to show you eight different platforms that you can use to sell your crafts.
Ecrater – Ecrater is an online shopping market place.
- Free to set up and sell
- 2.9% if purchased through the market place
- 10,000 product list
choice of payments through:
- PayPal Express Pay
- Direct credit cards through Stripe
- Money order
- Cashier’s check
- Personal check
- COD – Cash On Delivery thru USPS for US only
I have no experience with Stripe or COD. I personally do not recommend you accepting money orders, cashier’s checks or personal checks. That has scam written all over it.
Etsy – Etsy is well known and has plenty of shoppers that are already looking for home made crafted items.
- $0.20 listing fee
- 5% transaction fee when sold
- 3% + $0.25 payment processing
- listings are available for four months or until sold
Ebay – Ebay is a well known auction website with tons of online shoppers already. You post your items and buyers bid on them. You set your reserve so if the bid doesn’t meet the reserve, it doesn’t sell.
- 50 free listings per month
- $0.30 per listing after that
- 10% transaction fee only if item sells
Craigslist – Craigslist is a free classified ad listing. It could be dangerous if you arrange to meet up somewhere to sell or pick up item. Some communities are allowing people to do their transactions at their local police stations for that reason. There have had some meet ups end in robberies.
Facebook – There are four ways to sell on Facebook. You have the flexibility of having your own card processor such as Square or PayPal.
- Market Place – The market place is like Craigslist. It is an online classified ad listing. Again, be careful when meeting people to purchase or sell something.
- Group – Set up a group so that way only the people within your group will see your postings. You are limited to your members though. So instead of thousands of people seeing your posting, only like twenty will see it. More isn’t always better.
- Likes Page – Set up a likes page. Like the group, you are limited to the people who like your page. However, anyone can view your page even if they don’t like the page.
- Personal Page – Some people choose to post on their own personal page. Again, you are limited to your friends.
Start a Website – You can start your own website. Unlike using the other online markets, you will own this yourself. You will need to find a good domain, purchase address and then set it all up. Also needed is a credit card processor as well such as Square or PayPal.
It will be easier to set up if you already have some tech background however that is not exactly needed. You can find lots of different online classes and tutorials online to help you.
Flea Market – There are two different types of flea markets. One being the traditional type that are only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. You pay a weekly or a monthly fee to run the booth. You should also have a credit card processor as well.
Then Peddler’s Mall is a new style of flea market. They are open daily. You fill up your booth and then their cashier’s check out the people. They will charge you booth rent but also charge for credit card processing as well.
Craft Fair/Bazaar – At a craft fair/bazaar you will pay for booth pay up front. Usually they are for ten feet by ten feet. You bring your tables, chairs and displays. Make sure you have cash for change and a credit card processor as well.
Yard Sale – You set up in your yard. Have cash to for change and a credit card processor as well.
The cons for flea markets, craft fairs and yard sales is pricing. People go to those places for deals. They will try to talk you down on price. That’s not fair when it comes to your time and the amount of money that goes into each piece.
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