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      Why should I use etsy.com instead of eBay? Any advice?

      Ive heard a lot of positive things about etsy.com. Can anyone give me some reasons for choosing etsy.com instead of eBay? Are the fees lower? I know the percentage eBay takes is sometimes as high as 20%. Please help me decide!
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      If you’re a beginner I would recommend etsy.com. It’s a lot easier to use than ebay and the percentage fees are indeed lower. Sometimes ebay sellers are encouraged to start the biding for their products with very low prices. I think that for a beginner this can bring a lot of disadvantages. The low prices are for encouraging people to start bidding on products. However, you can end up selling the products for a very small price.

      It’s important to check the item category. Some handmade products may not sell well on ebay. Do a little research before choosing between etsy.com and ebay. Check to see if you can find products similar to yours. While some handmade products, such as jewelry or clothing may sell well on ebay, others such as handmade perfume or lotions may not.

      I’ve made for you a list with tips and reasons for choosing etsy.com over ebay:

      • Choose etsy.com if you are selling handmade products. You’ll be able to attract targeted buyers.
      • Because the clients appreciate the handmade products, they’ll be ready to pay more money.
      • On ebay people are searching for used and cheap items. This can make it difficult for you to sell your products for a good price.
      • There is a high competition on ebay. You’ll need plenty experience and seller feedback in order to sell more products.
      • Etsy.com will charge only 20 cents for listing a product for 4 months.
      • On etsy.com you will be charged only 3.5% for every item you sell.
      • Etsy.com is user friendly
      • It’s easy to start selling items on etsy.com. All you need is a paypal account.
      • Etsy.com allows you to upload 5 free images for every item you sell.

      I also found a very interesting article you can check:

      Make Money From My Art Etsy or eBay

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      Thanx a lot SmartBen! Your tips helped me make a decision. I think I will give etsy.com a try. I’ve had no luck with eBay so far.

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      K… the fees are lower for etsy.com but you can’t compare it with ebay. Etsy.com is still very new and with little traffic.

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      I agree with BorisBlog but etsy.com is also growing in popularity and it has some unique handmade items. I do think this is the best place to get your feet wet if you’re selling these type of items.

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      I tried both and I actually prefer etsy.com. On ebay you can either set a very low price or risk having no one bid on your items. My opinion is to gain first experience with etsy.com and then start with ebay. With no feedback on ebay you can hardly make any money.

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      Yeah, but most of the clients from etsy.com are the sellers themselves. I dunno if this can help anybody earn a living.

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      That’s not totally true BorisBlog. Etsy.com started in 2005 and there are already over 100,000 members. I think they’ll become as popular as ebay soon enough. I am an artist and I want my work to be valued. On ebay people are always searching for great deals. I find it easier to sell my handmade products on etsy.com because it is where people are looking for a particular product and not just something cheap. The traffic is indeed less but it’s targeted.

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      Just my two cents worth here....I actually have items on Etsy and Ebay. I agree, there are pros and cons to both. While Etsy is a lot less expensive, Ebay has much more traffic, but in my opinion the diversity is good so I sell at both places. Although, I highly recommend if you do this to make sure you create a brand for yourself, such as using the same store name or avatar. In fact, this is something you should do no matter where you sell your products. You would be surprised at how many customers find you by your store name.

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      Good point about the branding craftyanne! Although I think it might be a little overwhelming for me to sell at both right now, I am not totally ruling out ever selling my products on eBay again. I merely want to find out from other people’s experience which place they consider the best for selling my type of products. Thanks everyone for all the great advice!

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