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CasualSoul says

This is not meant to be a slam on Etsy, but I don't see the benefit of paying .20 cents per item listing plus a percentage of my sale.

What do I get for that price?

Whenever I see sellers complain about low views or sales, the kneejerk response is: "You can't just list an item and expect it to sell, you have to promote your shop".

While I agree with that philosophy, I don't understand why I should choose to list here instead of a site that offers free listings. Am I missing some silver lining to this site?

If I must go out and promote my shop and drive traffic to my items, why wouldn't I simply set up my items at ecrater or a free Artfire shop and drive traffic there.

As I said before, I'm not attempting to slam Etsy, I would just like to know why it's so much better here. As far as I've seen, there are lots of bugs and problems here and I have only sold 2 items and those were both sold in a chat room.

Once again, am I missing something special here?

Posted at 12:56 am Sep 25, 2010 EDT

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CasualSoul says

anyone?

Posted at 1:03 am Sep 25, 2010 EDT

We are free to go elsewhere whenever we like - it's my experience that the fees here are very reasonable. Try selling via a B&M store - 50% of the selling price will go to the sstore owner.

Posted at 1:07 am Sep 25, 2010 EDT

Ebrown2503 says

You need to go into any venue with enthusiasm and positive spirit. If all you see are .20 floating by, you've missed the point. There is joy in creating. There's also joy in selling what you've created. Spending 20 cents to make much more is a business expense, nothing more.
Where is your heart and soul on the matter?

Posted at 1:07 am Sep 25, 2010 EDT

Well most people say it's better because there is so much more traffic here, but some others will beg to differ. But I see what you're saying about promoting. And yes, I find you do have to promote your shop. So if it's in your better interests to promote a free shop rather than one you have to pay for, that may be something to think about.

Posted at 1:08 am Sep 25, 2010 EDT

CasualSoul says

Thanks for the reply ClosetGothic, but in no way addresses the question stated.

Posted at 1:09 am Sep 25, 2010 EDT

Etsy has far more traffic. Trust me, no one loves paying the listing/% fees, but if you are selling it is worth it. I also think it doesn't hurt to sell elsewhere on top of Etsy. I just think people sell here b/c people shop here. I know that's why I do :)

Posted at 1:09 am Sep 25, 2010 EDT

I have done much better here then at ebay...Very low cost compared to that site. But I never put all my eggs in one basket Casual. I have a website that I'm also working on. You can tweet for nothing, you can share on your facebook page, blogs, etc...when you list...so your 20 cents really can go a long way.

I think the most important reason you should sell here and other places.. Here, I have done well... Everyone is very helpful. The buyers are the best. The folks here in the forums are the best..

Posted at 1:09 am Sep 25, 2010 EDT

lv2cr8 says

Ebrown2503
Ebrown2503 says:
You need to go into any venue with enthusiasm and positive spirit. If all you see are .20 floating by, you've missed the point. There is joy in creating. There's also joy in selling what you've created. Spending 20 cents to make much more is a business expense, nothing more.
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Exactly! I will also add investigate any site that you plan on giving your business to prior to these questions is good business sense.

Posted at 1:10 am Sep 25, 2010 EDT

CasualSoul says

That's what I'm getting at drumchick. If am expected to promote my shop myself, what am I paying Etsy for?

Posted at 1:11 am Sep 25, 2010 EDT

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