Etsy is a website that specializes in selling crafts and craft supplies. The site gives makers an online market place to sell their creations. Ebay has a reputation as a re-seller’s marketplace. The first thing I notice when browsing Etsy is that the photography and item presentations are a level above Ebay. This may be because most of the people who have shops on Etsy make and sell their crafts as their primary source of income. There are many full-time sellers on Ebay, but there are also a large number of part-time sellers who crowd the site with low quality listings.
Opening a shop on Etsy is a simple process, but selling on Etsy means that I will need to improve the quality of my photos and listings. On Ebay, I notice that some of my pics have poor lighting or are slightly out of focus. Fees on Etsy are 20 cents for a 4 month listing. The transaction fee is 5% when your item sells. And, the payment processing fee is another 3% plus 25 cents. So, if you sell a $50 item, you will end up with $45.55 after fees.
Generally, I find listed prices for items on Etsy are higher than similar items on Ebay. This may be because of the one-of-a-kind nature of the items on Etsy or the free shipping built into the price. Buyer reviews are more detailed than what you find on Ebay. Some buyers upload photos of the item they purchased and go into great detail about what they like about the item and provide tips for other buyers. So, it’s a good idea to have your online selling act polished, if you are thinking about selling on Etsy. Your customers will expect it.