Wednesday, February 4, 2009
ebay vs. etsy
There is no doubt that most online sellers think of ebay as "the evil empire" and rightfully so.
How could you not, with the draconian measures they have taken in the past year to whip sellers into line, massive fee increases and the iron fist of Paypal dictating exactly how you will run your business? So everybody from big powersellers to little cottage crafters hate ebay. And we keep going back for more abuse because, despite our high hopes, every time we find a new online marketplace they just can't deliver the paycheck we crave.
So I went slinking back to ebay after a month away from there and desparately in need of a refill on my Paypal account.
'Cause, I am sorry, but no matter how cute and crafty etsy is, they just don't deliver the bling that their image promises.
I am working on some of my other stores too. Bonanzle is a bit awkward to me, listings are not that hard but I do get tangled up sometimes trying to figure it out. Maybe because I am an ebay old timer and I am used to the high price amenities you get there.
Surprisingly the store that I have most neglected is the one that has been paying the best dividends for the past month. That is my ecrater.com store. So I spent a little time over there tonight restocking and trying to figure out what I need to do to get it more visible on the web. It is actually a mystery to me. But the fact that it is 100% free gratis, no setup fees, no listing fees and no final value fees, does make it attractive and maybe worth a little more effort. And the fact that most buyers over there choose google checkout instead of the evil Paypal makes it even better. I guess I will have to investigate further and see what I can do to promote it, but for right now it is doing almost half as well as my ebay sales and 10 X my etsy or Bonanzle. Just thought I would pass that along.
Check out the cute checkbooks by Tattooed Mama in my Bags By Doni store!