I Need Some Advice, Please

@girljar (287)
United States
November 19, 2007 11:21am CST
I have some hand-made beaded jewelry that I want to sell. I was wondering what would be the best avenue to sell it? I don't know if I should put it on e-bay, or etsy, or do an e-bay store? Or, if you have any other suggestions that I haven't thought of? I would appreciate any suggestions/advice you can give. Thank you.
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5 responses
• United States
19 Nov 07
I would try both. Ebay is quicker, but if it doesn't sell, it will be listed on etsy too.
@girljar (287)
• United States
20 Nov 07
Thanks, I listed 3 items on E-Bay tonight to see if I have any luck, and then I may list some tomorrow on etsy. I can't wait to see how they do.
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• United States
12 Dec 07
The only thing about Etsy... they don't want you to list your items on another site unless it's your own website. They call it fee-avoidance and it's a big no-no.
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• India
19 Nov 07
I would suggest you to sell that jewelry to ebay. Its because according to my knowledge jewelrys are a fast movers on that site. Hence I wish you could sell that site over there.
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@girljar (287)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Thanks for your recommendation. I'll list a few items tonight, and see how they go. Wish me luck! I really do have some pretty pieces, would be great for X-Mas gifts. I just made a necklace, bracelet, and earrings set for my best friend's daughter, and she absolutely LOVED them! They looked so pretty on her, too. I would love to be able to make some money off this, because it is something I really enjoy doing, and it's a great stress reliever, too.
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• United States
12 Dec 07
Etsy!! Here's why... On Ebay, if you list your item for .99 or less, you'll pay a .20 listing fee plus a FVF (final value fee) List an item with Ebay for $1.01 and your fee doubles to .40 for a 7 day auction. If you start a store at Ebay, you will pay roughly $15.95 per month, regardless of whether you have anything listed or not. On Etsy, you don't list items for bidding, you have a store and you set your price for the item. It costs .20 to list and the listing stays in your shop for up to 4 months! They do take a final value fee of less than 3% (I think it's around 2.50%) If you list your item for .99 or $999.00 your still charged the same .20 listing fee. Ebay allows 1 free picture and begins to charge for every photo after that. Etsy allows 5 free pictures. The cost of an ETSY shop, is free to begin with and I believe they charge .25 for each month you don't list an item. Etsy also has forums where you can promote your items and include a link to your store or links to specific items in your store. And so much more... if you read Associated Content, look up a story I had published called "Move over Ebay, make room for Etsy" where I go into greater detail about what ETSY is all about. I think it may change your mind on where you sell your creations!
@jillbeth (2710)
• United States
3 Jan 08
I had been selling my crocheted hats on ebay, but moved over to Etsy. The ebay fees are getting ridiculous and really take a bite out of the profit. I have only been with Etsy for a few weeks, but have had some sales already. I have retired lady friend who makes beaded jewelry and other crafts and sells them at the senior citizen's lunch!
• United States
6 Jan 08
Congrats on getting sales on Etsy!! It's very competitive, but for those who spend some time each day promoting their items, it's well worth the time spent. There are so many new buyers and Etsy continues to get so much free press. Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray and Oprah are just a few who have mentioned Etsy on their shows, along with news reports, a recent write-up in the the New York Times magazine section. I'm going over there now to check out your shop!!
@Amanda_NZ (125)
• Lexington, North Carolina
6 Jan 08
Ebay is a great place to buy and sell your hobby items. My husband (handle: Elkhunter1313) does alot of his hobby selling and gets great results. He does not have a store as this costs more to run it so just places one or two items on his page. His interests are in taxidermy items and used Xbox games as these two things are his passion. He does a flat rate postage to only cover the item and does not try and make money through postage that other sellers do. The experts say that starting your campaign on Sunday to finish the following Sunday is better than in the middle of the week.