Top 5 marketplaces to sell handmade items online

1 – Etsy

2 – eBay

3 – Bonanza

4- ArtFire

5 – DaWanda

If you are blessed with an artistic talent or excel in making handmade items, people will want to purchase them. Running a business from home can be simple, but limits you with the audience. However, in this 21st century – Internet has made it easy to sell products into the global market via online sales venue. Of course, there are two obstacles that you need to overcome to do so –

  1. Finding the correct marketplace to sell your handmade items online.
  2. Managing the inventory of those artistic products

Thankfully Orderhive is here to solve the second problem and this blog will help you identify market places where you can sell. Orderhive’s inventory management system is so robust that it can handle inventories of thousands of already made products or inventories of custom made products. Here is a link to try Orderhive before you start reading the article.

There are many online marketplaces that allow people to sell products online, but so many options can lead you to a big confusion. To help you out with this dilemma, below are top 5 online marketplaces that you can consider to sell your handmade items.

1 – Etsy

Etsy

Overview

Etsy (www.etsy.com) is a vibrant community of 30 million creative businesses registered on the website. A wide range of products are sold on Etsy including art supplies, handmade products and vintage pieces. Visit Etsy, you’ll find listings are simple and clear to understand, offering a user-friendly interface with category list in an alphabetic manner. And, if you want to go mobile, Esty allows has an iPhone, iPad and Android app ready. Additional, Etsy also offer clear shipping charges and offers a wide range of checkout systems along with it’s one payment processing option.

What’s more for me?

Etsy does not charge for creating a “shop.”  Once up and running it will charge you $0.20 USD per each listing valid for four months or until item is sold (which is reasonable), unless you’re selling an inexpensive item. Also, incase of listing expired, you can easily renew them if you want. Charges for renewal is again $0.20 USD. When you make a sale, Etsy will charge you a transaction fee of 3.5% of the item price (excluding shipping cost and tax). Currency other than US Dollars will be handled automatically by Etsy’s payment processing service.

Sample listing image

Etsy - product listing

2 – eBay

eBay

Overview

EBay (www.ebay.com/) does not need an introduction. But, for those who are to the online world – eBay is one of those sites that has quite literally changed the world of ecommerce. With over 100 million buyers, eBay is one of the most recognized online marketplace across the globe. Offering a quick start guide, eBay allows sellers to get up and running in four simple steps. Additional, you get an access to eBay’s seller guide that will help you successfully sell your products. EBay also has a web-optimized version of site and mobile app, that will allow you to sell items from any part of the globe. Also, it has an ability to accept payments in different currency and methods. And, when you have an order to ship, eBay provides the best shipping solution and security to ensure that your handmade products are delivered safely to customers.

What’s more for me?

Selling on eBay is absolutely easy and effective, and you’ll be charged a few different types of fees depending on the type of item you sell, and whether the item sold or not. For more details, visit http://pages.ebay.in/help/account/fees/new.html#insertion

Sample listing image

ebay- product listing

3 – Bonanza

Bonanza

Overview

Bonanza (www.bonanza.com/) offers the most simplest navigation and an attractive site that will make you enjoy selling your handmade items to consumers. With few simple clicks, easily create your profile, upload listings and start selling. More that 40,000 sellers have voted Bonanza as the most-preferred online marketplace when it comes to selling handmade products because of it’s user-friendly interface. Additionally, it offers copious checkout options and shipping methods that improve efficiency in processing orders.

What’s more for me?

The exciting part, this platform allows you to list your items for free. Yes, always! Allowing you to keep 97% of the margin, Bonanza is a cost-effective and profit-making platform that you should consider. But, it does charge a 3.5% closing fee. This can be a very compelling option for crafter in the near future.

Sample listing image

Bonanza - product listing

4- ArtFire

Artfire

Overview

ArtFire (www.artfire.com/) is a fast-growing online marketplace for selling handmade products designed by artisans across the globe. With more than 30,000 registered active sellers, ArFire offers an easy-to-use platform which allows customization options too. This means sellers can completely customize their online brand and studio appearance without any coding skills. Offering a wide range of categories that include handmade, craft supplies, and fine arts – ArtFire gives a platform with a ready customer base that can help you directly sell to potential customers allowing you to make the best out of your handmade items.

What’s more for me?

Artfire does not limit sellers from listing their item, hence if you list one or even thousands of items – you’ll be charged a nominal rate of $12.95 a month. The best part is gives a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you are not happy with the results simply receive a full refund of your first payment with no question asked!

Sample listing image

Artfire - product listing image

5 – DaWanda

DaWanda

Overview

DaWanda (http://en.dawanda.com/) is one of the leading online marketplace for selling unique and handmade items. With over 280,000 sellers active on DaWanda, it is a noble approach to attract buyers. Offering easy navigations, it’s interface allow buyers to draw a wishlist of their desired products and share them among friends. So, if you have unique creativity of making handmade products, you can make some quick bugs here.

What’s more for me?

There is no charge for opening a shop in DaWanda and does not cost anything to list items for one category on English and French platforms. However, you will be charged 10% commission on the sales price of the item sold. We do not charge any fees on the shipping costs. Your listings will have a duration of 120 days and can be relisted for free on English platforms.

Sample listing image

DaWanda - product listing

In summary

As you can see, there are multiple online marketplaces that allows you to sell any item made by hand. Research more on them by visiting their website and check which one works the best for you and the items you are selling. I’m sure one of the above will have the right marketplace and audience you are looking for.

Savio Fernandes

Savio Fernandes

Savio Fernandes is a writer who influences. Writing for over three years at Orderhive, he is currently focused in offering eCommerce and retail solutions for start-ups and medium business owners.

One Comment

  1. Avatar Petrina Posted November 22, 2017 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    Nice list Savio! I’d suggest crafty folks also TEACH others how to make the cool stuff they’re making as an additional income stream. I made a video recently on how to choose an online course platform in case you want to share. https://youtu.be/ZMaSNmocOOI

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