Why If you sell less than 200 items each month on eBay, selling as an individual is less expensive than starting an eBay business. If you decide to launch a store, the entry-level bundle costs $7.95 per month, plus $30 per listing. In contrast, if you sell as a person, you receive 50 free listings each month. After 50, each listing costs $30. The fees charged by eBay differ depending on the category in which you’re selling.
Handmade on Etsy vs. Amazon
- There is a 15% commission charge and a minimum $1 referral fee for Amazon handcrafted after you’ve been accepted.
- Amazon Handmade also offers less visible analytics for you to observe, such as how many shop views and views per product, than Etsy has in its seller dashboard.
- To see things, buyers must choose the handcrafted category.
Etsy Vs. Shopify
- Shopify is a flexible ecommerce platform that lets you build your own online store or add a store to an existing website.
- You must use advertising and SEO (search engine optimization) to attract people to your store—subjects that are classes in and of themselves.
- Although the costs are normally lower, setting items and selling on Etsy requires more effort. It may make financial sense to switch to a Shopify site if your Etsy business becomes profitable—but that depends on how much you’re paying on fees and how comfortable you are with setting up Shopify.
Creating an Etsy Store
- First, double-check that what you’re selling complies with Etsy’s hazy standards, which include handcrafted and antique products, as well as creative materials. What precisely does “handmade” imply? It may be something apparent, like the scarf you’re selling, or it could be something you developed. Something like a t-shirt you created, but with fulfilment handled by a 3rd party like Printful. It might also refer to digital downloads that the end user can print.
- The only categories in which you can resale products are vintage and craft materials; obviously, any local rules also apply to selling items.
- You are unable to sell things that contain the labor of others. It doesn’t signify anything if you sketched Mickey Mouse and placed it on a t-shirt. It’s still Disney’s work, after all. “I was inspired by…” isn’t enough.
- Is it possible to get away with selling these kinds of things? Absolutely. However, if you are detected, Etsy will terminate your account. When selling branded things, the norm is two notifications of infringement and your store is permanently closed—though I’ve heard some claim they were shut down with no warning and no reaction from Etsy.
- Even if your company isn’t shut down, your search engine rankings will suffer.
- Etsy and trademark holders check listings for infringements all the time, and the bigger you are, the more likely you are to be detected.
Trouble Items Continued
- Use the public domain source material Disney utilized, such as Rapunzel for “Tangled,” as a workaround. You are not, however, allowed to use any Disney-related artwork.
- They have a fantastic Disney-specific study on their website.
- They provide a more general explanation as well as an Etsy-specific one on their website.
- While Disney goods are the most regularly “stolen” intellectual property (IP) on Etsy, this regulation applies to all other intellectual property (IP). Larger organizations just have more resources to call you out on it. If you’re unsure, seek legal counsel.