How Do Buyers Choose From Etsy, Ebay, Zibbet, Artfire....etc ?
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Quite a few shops, I think, sell the same items on different venues (myself included) so how do buyers choose where they buy from? What would make a buyer purchase from my Zibbet shop rather than my Etsy shop if I'm promoting/advertising them both in exactly the same way?
What are your thoughts?
Posted at 1:05 pm Jan 15, 2010 EST
I think Etsy is just better known by the general public than Artfire or Zibbet. We get more people, so there are more sales going on. If I'm buying something, I generally look at Etsy first because there are more sellers and more options to look at.
Posted at 1:09 pm Jan 15, 2010 EST
well i just found out about zibbet today. i'm frightened by the way they pay sellers though. they won't pay you until a buyer marks their transaction received. if the buyer doesn't reply they will give you the money after 3 weeks. if the buyer just lies and says they didn't get it would you never get your money? sounds way too shady to me. so if i wouldn't sell there i wouldn't buy there. i <3 etsy.
Posted at 4:37 pm Feb 21, 2010 EST
I found Etsy through a friend and began buying here before I heard about other similar sites. I've since checked them out, but I still prefer buying on Etsy and if I find a vendor I like elsewhere, I always check to see if they sell on Etsy as well. If they do, I'll buy here. (I have yet to make a purchase in a non-Etsy shop if the seller has one.0
Overall, I just find Etsy to be well-organized with a easy-to-navigate UI and a clean, uncluttered aesthetic that gives it a friendly appeal. I'm not opposed to shopping elsewhere, I just haven't found a need to yet.
And Etsy's wealth of talent and range of choices simply can't be found anywhere else right now.
Posted at 4:46 pm Feb 21, 2010 EST