Etsy vs. Big Cartel?

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abbyart89 says

If you take a peek at my shop, you'll notice I'm an art and photography shop (whew, saved ya the peek!). I am looking more and more into switching over from Etsy to Big Cartel, simply because I'm starting to wonder if Etsy is too craft-based for my product? I've seen far more knitters on here than artists.

Also, the $9.99 a month charge seems steep compared to what I've got going on Etsy. However, I haven't been making enough sales to have a 9.99 bill every month. Big Cartel also seems to be a little more professional looking, as well as come up (more?) often on Google searches.

Anyone have input for me about Etsy vs. Big Cartel?

Posted at 2:39am Jun 7, 2010 EDT


I've been debating the same thing. Marking to see what others say. Thanks for bringing this up!

Posted at 2:42am Jun 7, 2010 EDT

quirke says

Big Cartel is essentially a template for a stand-alone website with an attached shopping cart. So you have to bring your customers to it, rather than have people find you browsing the way they would on Etsy. The trade-off for having to work harder to attract buyers is that once you get them to your site you're not competing with a thousand other people, you can customize it much more than an Etsy shop, and after the monthly fee all the money you make is yours.

Posted at 2:45am Jun 7, 2010 EDT

abbyart89 says

Thanks for bumping ;) I love your banner! It's such a debate I'm having in my head right now. Mostly because I have business cards with my etsy link on them right now, I can't be switching anytime soon!

Posted at 2:46am Jun 7, 2010 EDT

I tried Big Cartel and sold nothing:(
I am still there on the free plan but I think you need to be able to promote really well to get the traffic.
I just don't have the time and energy it needs.
It looks good though and the shop is easy to manage.

Posted at 2:53am Jun 7, 2010 EDT

abbyart89 says

I found this link to be somewhat helpful:

Posted at 2:55am Jun 7, 2010 EDT

abbyart89 says

Anyone else checking out Big Cartel?

Posted at 3:14am Jun 7, 2010 EDT

SolDelSur says

I opened a shop there recently. I love it, the downside is that you have to bring your own costumers, otherwise you are almost invisible.

I'll be starting a marketing campaign this month, we'll see how it goes. I'm keeping Etsy for now, and in some months I'll decide which one to keep!

Posted at 3:19am Jun 7, 2010 EDT

crochetgal says

I tried Big Cartel for a while but really didn't have the time to do that much promotion.

Even with the $9.99 Big Cartel charge, I was still selling much more on Etsy.

I get much more 'bang for the buck' if I spend that same $10 on Etsy.

Posted at 3:27am Jun 7, 2010 EDT

I have a free shop on big cartel, but haven't even promoted it. I think that it is a great option for a stand alone shop and you can link your domain name to it. When I get around to actually having a stand alone shop, then I'll upgrade. It seems like it's really reasonable compared to what some people spend on making thier own website.

Posted at 3:29am Jun 7, 2010 EDT