Sites Like Etsy to Sell Crafts

10 Sites Like Etsy Where You Can Sell Your Crafts for Profit

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Shifting the online presence for your small business

There is only so far you can go with selling your product at farmer’s markets and craft fairs.

If you are getting burnt out with in-person sales, building an online presence can be a great next step.

Etsy is often suggested as THE place to sell your products online but with the recent announcement that Etsy is raising seller fees from 3.5 to 5%, many crafters are leaving the marketplace.

Even before this increase, Etsy is not the best place to market your crafts.

So where are the best sites like Etsy to sell your product?

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1. Your own website

This should be your first consideration. Why? Because it is building your own house instead of renting space somewhere else.

You will have more control over how it looks, what credit card processor you use, how you market your product, etc.

One of the downfalls of Etsy is that you have no ownership over your customer list. You can’t send them coupon codes, or new product announcements and it’s proven that people who have already bought from you are easier to sell to then to convince a non-buyer to buy.

So my number one recommendation is to build your own website and start an email list.

If you build a website on WordPress you can use a plugin called WooCommerce, or link a Shopify store. You could also use Squarespace or Weebly but there is a bit less control on those platforms.

2. Shopify

Shopify seems to be the largest or most popular alternative to Etsy, besides Big Cartel. Not only can you have an online shop, but you can have Buy Now Buttons, Pinterest, Facebook, Amazon or eBay buying options, and more! The basic plan starts at $29/month up to $299/month for the advanced Shopify store. The higher the plan, the more staff accounts you can add, as well. The biggest differences I see in Shopify and Big Cartel are the price tags.

3. Amazon Handmade

Amazon Handmade is another fast, growing online shop option. This is a great way to put your handcrafted items on the popular site- Amazon. One of the great features is there is NO upfront cost. You only pay when you make a sale. They require a 15% referral fee which takes care of processing, marketing, and fraud protection. The approval process looks fairly painless and being able to have your items in Amazon search can be a huge bonus for many sellers!

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4. Big Cartel

Big Cartel seems to be a very close second to Etsy. They have been in business since 2005 and offer several, rather inexpensive plans to choose from. Bonus: they never take a percentage of your sales. You only pay a flat rate fee, either: $9.99, $19.99, or $29.99/month. A FREE option is available, but you are limited to only 5 items to sell and your features are downgraded a good bit compared to the paid plans. I think it is worth going with a paid plan, especially because you can cancel, upgrade or downgrade at any time.

5. Volusion

Volusion prides itself on being able to sell products online easily in an online store type format. On Volusion you can design your own themed site using their site builder then quickly begin selling your items or products. Pricing begins at $29/month for a Personal plan and allows you to make $50k/year before moving up in plans to the Professional or Business plans. The Personal plan, however, does not seem to allow a place for customers to leave reviews or rate your items/ service. If that feature is a must for you, then going up to the Professional plan for $79/month may be beneficial. Prices are very comparable to Shopify.

6. Redbubble

Getting started with Redbubble is FREE, which is totally awesome. Instead of having your own storefront like Shopify, Redbubble is the storefront and customers search within categories on the site or customers can “follow” you within Redbubble. Customers can see your rating, reviews and how many products you have available for sale. This is a nice feature, in case customers want to purchase more of your work. However, without personally joining, Redbubble does not explain any other fees that may be associated when sales are made.

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7. Artfire

I find Artfire to be similar to Redbubble but Artfire gives a lot more information about their services upfront (before joining), which I really appreciate. Artfire is a hub of sorts for your online shop or boutique. Once you load your handmade goods, crafts or vintage items, Artfire takes care of the promotional work for you. It is shared across major search engines, which makes your items easy to find. Artfire has various plans available {$4.95, $20.00, or $40.00/month} with no commitment, meaning you can change your plan at any time. If you only have a few items to sell at first, you can even start by listing those items for only $.23/ per item.

If you are looking to sell items with your own graphics, but not have your own storefront, here are some great options:

8. Zazzle

Being a designer on Zazzle is great for graphic designers, artists, and photographers. You basically sell your art on their products like shirts, mugs, etc. It seems fairly simple as you can upload your designs then decide which products you would like them to sell on. Zazzle prints and ships for you! No monthly fees are paid, you decide the royalty rate and you are paid your percentage of each item sold.

9. Amazon Merch

Amazon Merch is very similar to Zazzle but all products are sold right through Amazon, one of the largest online retailers. You pick the design/image and what product you would like it printed on. You decide on a list price and once it is sold and shipped, you turn a profit. Your customers even get fast shipping through Amazon Prime. To join, you must request an invitation as they seem to be particular on who joins.

10. Tee Spring

Tee Spring is another great platform for selling custom products like t-shirts, mugs or cell phone cases. Like Zazzle and Amazon Merch, you load your design and can have it printed on a variety of options they have available. Then the item ships to your customer out of their Kentucky warehouse. Fees and royalties are not listed unless an account is created.

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