10 eCommerce Alternatives to Selling on Etsy

10 eCommerce alternatives to selling handmade arts and crafts on Etsy.
Creating a profitable business based on your artistic skill and crafty prowess is no easy task. When launched in 2005, Etsy gave many artists and crafters a revolutionary new outlet for selling their handmade creations as well as hope that they could turn their creative passion into a successful business.

However, since Etsy went public in April of 2015, many longtime sellers have become dissatisfied. Artisans complain of decreased sales and visibility as the marketplace expands. Some feel that selling their handmade wares has become an expensive hobby rather than a flourishing business.

The good news is there are plenty of alternatives to selling on Etsy. Each require different levels of technical skill and social media saavy and of course the cost of setting up shop varies from site to site. The platforms charge different combinations of monthly fees, listing fees and commissions and of course there are always transaction fees paid to your payment processor.

For comparison's sake, let's start with some basic info about selling on Etsy.

Etsy (Marketplace with eCommerce Store Option)

  • no monthly fee
  • $0.20/item listing fee
  • listings expire after 4 months
  • 3.5% commission fee on sales
  • 3% + $0.25 transaction fee for payments processed via Etsy or 2.9% + $0.30 for payments processed via PayPal
  • Option to create a shop website for $15 per month (listing fees, commission fees and transaction fees still apply to sales made through your shop website)
For more information visit selling on Etsy.

And now, let's explore some other options.

Amazon Handmade (Marketplace)

  • Professional selling plan is $39.99/month (the current $39.99 monthly Professional selling plan subscription fee is waived through December 31, 2017 for Handmade at Amazon artisans listing fewer than 40 items)
  • no listing fee
  • 15% referral fee on each sale
For more info visit Handmade at Amazon.

ArtFire (Marketplace)

  • $20/month for up to 1000 items
  • no listing fee
  • 3% commission fee
  • 2.9% + $0.30 transaction fee for payments processed via PayPal
ArtFire offers two additional selling plans. For more information visit Selling on ArtFire.

Big Cartel (eCommerce Store)

  • technical skills recommended but not required
  • 4 price plans that range from free to $29.99/month based on the number of products you sell
  • no listing fee
  • no commission fees
  • 2.9% + $0.30 transaction fee for payments processed via PayPal
For more information visit BigCartel.

PrestaShop (eCommerce Store)

  • technical skills required (however, there is a comprehensive user guide available for free)
  • no monthly fee
  • no listing fee
  • no comission
  • 2.9% + $0.30 transaction fee for payments processed via PayPal
For more information visit PrestaShop-Free eCommerce software.

Shopify (eCommerce Store with Social Media Selling)

  • technical skills recommended but not required
  • 3 price plans starting at $29/month
  • no listing fees
  • no commission fees
  • 2.9% + $0.30 credit card processing fees
  • ShopifyLite is available for $9/month and offers social media selling without an eCommerce Store.
Fore more information visit Shopify.

Spreesy (Social Media Selling with eCommerce Store)

  • no monthly fee
  • no listing fee
  • 3% commission fee
  • 2.9% + $0.30 transaction fee for payments processed via PayPal
Fore more information visit Spreesy Features.

Storenvy (Marketplace with eCommerce Store Option)

  • no monthly fee
  • no listing fee
  • free to set up a custom store (a free template is available, but it is helpful if you have basic html coding skills)
  • 10% commission fee on sales made through the Storenvy Marketplace (no commission fee is charged for sales generated through your custom store)
  • 2.9% + $0.30 transaction fee for payments processed via PayPal or Stripe
For more information visit Open a Store on Storenvy.

Zibbet

  • 3 price plans ($4/month for up to 50 items, $8/month for unlimited items, $16/month for unlimited items with no Zibbet branding)
  • no listing fee
  • no commission fee
  • 2.9% + $0.30 transaction fee for payments processed via PayPal
For more information visit Selling on Zibbet.

My final two selling alternatives won't work for all handmade businesses. These two sites are geared towards artists that want to put their artwork or photography onto every day items like tote bags, pillows, cell phone cases, tshirts, etc.

Artists provide images of their work to be placed on items that are manufactured elsewhere.

Redbubble

  • no listing fees
  • no commissions
  • no transaction fees
  • earn a self-set margin or royalty on each item sold (typically 10-30% of the item price)
For more information visit Selling on Redbuuble.

Zazzle

  • no listing fees
  • no commissions
  • no transaction fees
  • earn a self-set margin or royalty on each item sold (typically 10-30% of the item price)
For more information visit Selling on Zazzle.

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