do people sell crafts, on ebay ?

United States
September 9, 2007 10:43am CST
i am wondering if anyone knows if people sell their crafts on ebay ? i am trying to suppliment my income and i have just begun making my own earrings. and although i'm a novice, many friends etc tell me ,they're wonderful and that i should sell the on ebay. i'm not sure if they're being kind or if they're serious since i am just learning. they tell me all things handmade will have some flaws and not to worry, since many like that quality in handmade items. is this true ? how do you think something handmade by someone who is just starting out etc, would go if placed on ebay and how do you know what to charge for something like handmade earrings ? thanks in advance, the maineiac
8 responses
• Canada
9 Sep 07
I would recommend checking out www.etsy.com It's geared specifically towards selling handmade items and crafts. So people that visit the site are probably more likely to be looking for your type of product.
• Canada
11 Sep 07
Hey there Dancing - I don't have an etsy site, but I've heard of quite a few people that do. I was thinking of maybe putting some stuff on there though. I used to do a lot of artwork (drawing, painting, graphic design) - this might help me to get back into my creative groove. I checked out your site - I really like that cards that you have for sale. They're really pretty and colorful!
• United States
7 Oct 07
I've purchased supplies on Ebay, but I've never sold my items there. I've checked Ebay for prices realized on the types of items I make and after paying Ebay and Paypal fees, it would've been a losing proposition. I do sell at Etsy.com and their fee structure works much better for me. % free pictures per item, .20 listing fees and it's not an auction. You have a store with your asking price, so you control what your going to get when the item sells. The people are friendly and very helpful...if you're into crafting, check it out!!
@ma_belle (1358)
• United States
12 Sep 07
i have seen home-made crafts on ebay. however, i have seen that people have more luck on etsy.com than on ebay. good luck selling your crafts.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
9 Sep 07
You should not worry about flaws on your item. I have purchase non handmade items and notice minor flaws. I have seen and have listed my craft items on Ebay. I have not had any success selling anything there. I also set up a Etsy store, and have not done well either. I think with the holidays coming up it will be a good time for you to test the water out. Good luck to you.
• United States
9 Sep 07
i buy and sell on ebay and i have seen alot of handmade items.. in fact i have made a few things that i am planning on selling or trying to sell on ebay.. lots of people sell different items and they all start at different prics.. its up to you to determine what you think your item is worth.. due to time and materials.. at first i was listing items and was realizing i was listing too high or that i could get more for them. your best thing to do would be search for an item on ebay to "buy" price out what others are selling similar items for or what the going rate is and then use your better judgement on that..,. i usually go lower than what others are selling the items for better chance of getting more bids that way. I wish you the best.. Good luck and have fun!
@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
9 Sep 07
You can definitly sell on ebay. I think they even have a promo going on right now that new sellers get their first 5 auctions free. It would be a good way for you to test the waters and learn how to use ebay if you haven't already. Before you do list them, I would research them on ebay to see what categories people are using and about how much things start at and sell for. Really it never hurts to try and with 5 free listings there isn't even a real cost. Good luck.
• United States
9 Sep 07
Selling handmade items on eBay is possible, but you probably won't get paid very well for them there. You're probably better off looking into selling on Etsy.com instead. Although jewelry is fairly crowded on Etsy, it's still a much better place to sell handmade stuff. People expect to find handmade items on Etsy, and are more willing to pay you a reasonable amount for the things you have made.
@Seaclans (215)
• United States
9 Sep 07
People do sell crafts and art, as well as materials and supplies for them. For instance, many people sell pre-cut fabric squares for quilters. Yes, people do like to be able to tell that something is made by hand, much of the time. I don't know what going rates would be, and haven't sold anything through E-Bay, but I imagine a way to tell would be to search for hand-made jewelery and look for those that are made from similar materials to yours. I imagine the prices vary widely. I hope you get some responses from people who are more experienced sellers on E-Bay, there are probably a lot of tricks and trivia to selling there that I am unaware of at this time. I do know that besides the auctions, one can have a store front with fixed prices.