The handmade market is booming! The growing interest in handmade crafts has also driven the need for online marketplaces. While Ebay and Etsy are two of the more commonly known DIY markets, there are many more to choose from - all of them offering a variety of custom features.
Cool features include the ability to add an Artfire Kiosk to your Facebook page and increased flexibility when designing you Artfire store page. They have included an Amazon payment option and buyers can add Artfire items to their Amazon Wishlist.
While some sites like Etsy charge per listing, Artfire offers a monthly subscription. This will save you money if your shop has a lot of items for sale.
Folksy is a British website. They currently only allow buyers and sellers located in the UK. They regularly feature designers and will mail a weekly gift guide to buyers.
There are useful business tools unique to Folksy, like Google Analytics integration and exporting data to Excel. This simplifies record keeping.
Sellers may choose between an item listing fee or yearly subscription. Either choice offers the same features.
Features particular to DaWanda are the ability to create categories for your product and to purchase and print vouchers, similar to gift certificates. They also feature special collections by theme.
DaWanda has no listing fee, but instead charges a 5% commission on all items sold. They also charge an extra fee for listing any item in a second category.
Zibbet makes importing from Artfire and Etsy available. They offer business cards and up to 50 listings free of charge. You can link your worldwide domain name so that when customers click on your website, they will be automatically sent to your Zibbet page.
With a monthly or yearly subscription fee, you can also customize your store page, use their Facebook app, create multiple listings, offer coupons, and receive sale and gift exposure.
Supermarket is quite different than most other handmade marketing websites. They refer to themselves as a “curated collection of awesome design products”.
A designer interested in selling with Supermarket, must send them information describing who they are and what they make, including photos. Supermarket will use this information to select their designers. Once chosen, designers are charged a commission every thirty days.
Choosing Your Marketing Website
These are only five of many websites to market your crafts. Go to each website and take a look around. Read about their features and fees. Each one offers advantages to help you grow and become a successful DIY business. With the right information, you can choose a website to market your handmade crafts that will best fit your needs and goals.