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Fees & Payments Policy

Sellers may be charged for using some of Etsy’s services. This Fees & Payments Policy explains your fees and taxes and how to pay them.

This policy is a part of our Terms of Use. By opening an Etsy shop, you’re agreeing to this policy and our Terms of Use.

  1. Types of Fees
  2. Fee Avoidance
  3. Paying Your Etsy Fees
  4. Etsy Payments
  5. Taxes
  6. Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

1. Types of Fees

Sellers may be required to pay the following types of fees. Please note that all fees are listed exclusive of any value-added tax (VAT) that may apply. See the Taxes section below for further details.

Listing Fees

You will be charged a listing fee of $0.20 USD for each item that you list for sale on Etsy.com or Etsy's mobile apps. For items already listed on your Etsy shop, there are no additional listing fees to list items on your Pattern site. Listings that you only make available on your Pattern site do not incur a listing fee. You will only be charged a listing fee for creating or renewing a listing on Etsy; there is no fee for editing a listing. You will be charged a listing fee whether or not the listed item sells, unless you create a private listing, in which case you will only be charged the listing fee when the private listing is sold. Etsy.com listings expire after four months. Pattern-only listings do not expire. If you list multiple quantities of the same item, the initial listing fee will be $0.20, and the listing will be automatically renewed at $0.20 after each of the items sells. You can read more about fees for multiple listings in this Help article. Listing fees are reflected in your payment account and deducted at the time the listing is published or renewed. It's important to note that listing fees are non-refundable.

Auto-renew. You may choose to enable Etsy’s automatic renewals feature. The listings you select for automatic renewal will automatically renew at the end of each four-month listing period, and you will be charged the listing fee of $0.20 for each of these listings until you cancel automatic renewals. You may cancel automatic renewals at any time by selecting “Manual” instead of “Automatic” in the “Renewal Options” in the Listings Manager. Once you cancel, you will only be charged for the current listing period.

Transaction Fees

When you make a sale through Etsy.com, you will be charged a transaction fee of 5% of the price you display for each listing plus the amount you charge for shipping and gift wrapping. If you are an Etsy Payments user and you list your items in a currency other than your payment account currency, see the Currency Conversion section below for more details on the transaction fee. If you sell from the US or Canada, the transaction fee will not apply to sales tax, Goods and Services Tax ("GST"), or Harmonized Sales Tax ("HST"), unless you have included those charges in your listing price. If you sell from anywhere other than the US and Canada, the transaction fee will apply to the listing price (which should include any applicable taxes), shipping price, and gift wrapping fee. If you offer optional personalization for an additional fee, the additional fee for personalization is added to the listing price you display and the total display price is subject to the same transaction fees described in this Section. See the Taxes section below for more information about whether you are required to include applicable taxes in your listing prices. Transaction fees are deducted from your current balance as each sale occurs, and are reflected in your payment account.

Subscription Fees

Etsy sellers in good standing may opt-in to Etsy Plus, a subscription package offering an expanded set of tools for growing brands. The fee for an Etsy Plus subscription is $10 USD per month. Etsy Plus subscription fees are deducted from your current balance each month and reflected in your payment account. Where applicable, Etsy will charge sales tax on your monthly subscription fee for sellers located in the United States.

Auto-renew. Subscription fees will be added to your payment account on the same day every month in your domestic currency. For example, if you sign up on March 5, your subscriptions fees will be added on April 5, May 5, and so on. When you sign up at the end of the month, your subscription fees will be charged to your payment account on the last day of the month. For example, if you sign up on May 31, your subscription fees will be added on June 30 because that is the last day of the month. You can cancel your Etsy Plus subscription anytime by visiting the Your Subscription section of your Shop Manager’s Settings. You will have access to your Etsy Plus subscription until the end of that subscription cycle, and your final day of access will be identified in the Your Subscription dashboard. After your Etsy Plus subscription has ended, your shop will return to Etsy Standard, and you will no longer have a subscription fee added to your payment account. To learn more about Etsy subscriptions, click here.

While you are subscribed to Etsy Plus, you are provided with the following credits each subscription cycle:

  • 15 listing credits, which are visible as $3 in listings credit in your payment account

  • $5 USD in Promoted Listings credits, which are visible in your payment account and on your Promoted Listings management page

You must use the credits during the subscription cycle, otherwise they expire. Credits will not roll over month to month. They will be reset and replenished at the beginning of each subscription cycle.

Etsy Plus subscribers have the option to register free “.store” domains and get 50% off select domain extensions like “.com”, “.net”, and “.ca” through our third party provider partner, Hover. This discount is valid for the first year of domain registration. If you purchase a new custom web address through Hover, you’ll be navigated to Hover to select the details and complete the purchase. By subscribing to Etsy Plus, your first year of domain hosting subscription will be available for discount. When your domain needs to be renewed after a year, it will be subject to Hover’s normal pricing structure (without the Etsy Plus discount). Click here to learn more about Etsy Plus domains and features.

In-Person Selling Fees

You can use the Square reader to process payments for in-person sales. You have the option to sync your Etsy listings with Square. If you choose to sync your listings with Square, listings with multiple quantities will be charged the same $0.20 renewal fee as listings with multiple quantities on Etsy. Non-synced listings will be charged a $0.20 transaction fee, which will appear on your payment account as a “Square manual” fee. In-person selling fees are deducted from your current balance and reflected in your payment account. For more information about in-person selling fees, please see this Help article.

In-person sales processed with the Square reader will not be subject to Etsy’s 5% transaction fee or any Etsy payment processing fees, but will be subject to Square’s Payment Processing Fees.

Payment Processing Fees

Online Sales. Eligible Etsy shops may use Etsy Payments to accept certain payments through Etsy (learn more about Etsy Payments below). Etsy charges a payment processing fee for each transaction through Etsy Payments. Payment processing fees vary based on the location of your bank account. See the Etsy Payments Policy to find payment processing fees by country. This fee is assessed on the total amount of the sale, including tax and shipping. Payment processing fees are deducted from the sale amount in your payment account.

Advertising and Promotional Fees

Etsy offers multiple services to help you advertise your listings and promote your shop. Advertising and promotional fees vary by opportunity and will be clearly outlined before you commit to purchasing an ad. Advertising and promotional fees are deducted from your current balance and reflected in your payment account. For more information, please see the Advertising & Marketing Policy.

Shipping Fees

Etsy offers sellers in certain locations the ability to purchase shipping labels to fulfill their orders. The cost of the shipping label will depend on the shipping carrier, and the origin, destination, weight, and dimensions of the package. If you add signature confirmation or insurance, those fees will be added to the total cost of the label at the point of purchase. Sellers who purchase shipping labels may also purchase parcel insurance through licensed insurance carriers. You must accept Etsy Payments or PayPal as payment methods to purchase shipping labels through Etsy. Shipping fees are reflected in your payment account and deducted from your current balance.

For more information, please see the Shipping Policy.

Pattern Fees

You can try our Pattern tool to create a personalized website for free for 30 days. After the 30-day free trial, you’ll be charged a monthly subscription fee of $15.00 USD. Where applicable, Etsy will charge sales tax on your monthly subscription fee for sellers located in the United States. Your first month’s fee will be pro-rated, and you will be charged the full subscription fee for each subsequent month you use Pattern. If you purchase a domain name through our partner Tucows, Inc., you will also be charged a fee to register the domain name and for any related services you purchase from Tucows.

Auto-renew. Your subscription fee will automatically renew on the first of the month at 12:01am Eastern Time. You can turn your subscription off at any time by clicking "cancel Pattern" from the Pattern settings on your dashboard or from your payment account. If you switch off the service after your subscription renews on the first of the month, you'll still be responsible for paying the full subscription fee for that month.

All Pattern fees are reflected in your payment account and deducted from your current balance. For more information, please see the Pattern Policy.

Currency Conversion

With the exception of the transaction fee and the Payment Processing fee, Etsy converts fees from USD to your payment account currency at the market rate at the time the fee is reflected in your payment account. All fees appear in your payment account in your domestic currency. However, Etsy Payments users located in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania will have all fees deducted from their payment account in their designated payment account currency, the Euro.

If you list your items in a currency other than that of your payment account, the transaction fee on the price you display for each listing plus the amount your charge for shipping and gift wrapping will be converted to your payment account currency at the market rate and reflected in your payment account.

To avoid incurring foreign exchange charges on your sales, Etsy recommends you list your items in the same currency as your payment account currency. Buyers see the items in the currency of their choosing. As an Etsy Payments user, if you decide to list in a currency other than that of your payment account, you will be charged a 2.5% currency conversion fee on the sale amount to send funds to your payment account. Learn more about currency conversion here. Currency conversion is handled automatically by our payment processing service and further described in our Etsy Payments Policy.

2. Fee Avoidance

Any action by a seller to avoid paying a fee is considered fee avoidance and is strictly prohibited by Etsy. This includes, for example, encouraging buyers to purchase an item in your Etsy shop through another venue. A transaction initiated on Etsy may not be completed off of Etsy. The price stated in each listing description must be an accurate representation of the sale. Sellers may not alter the item's price after a sale for the purpose of avoiding Etsy transaction fees, misrepresent the item’s location, or use another user's account without permission.

3. Paying your Etsy Fees

Etsy will automatically deduct all fees owed from your payment account. Provided you have sufficient funds in your payment account no further payment action is required. If your payment account does not contain sufficient funds you are responsible for paying any fees owed in full within 15 days of the date of your monthly statement, or the account will be considered past due. If you make a sale while you have an outstanding balance the net sale amount will be applied to your outstanding balance. You may pay your outstanding balance manually by credit card, debit card, or PayPal. US sellers may also enroll in AutoBilling, Etsy's automatic outstanding fee payment option.

Your statement is available in your payment account at the beginning of each month, and will detail all sales and fees activity from the preceding month. You can learn more about paying your outstanding balance in this Help article.

AutoBilling (US Sellers Only)

By enrolling in Etsy’s automatic payment plan ("AutoBilling"), any outstanding fees not covered by the funds in your payment account will be charged to the credit card you have on file on the first on the month or when your current balance is greater than or equal to your fee threshold. To use the plan, you agree to the following terms.

A. You authorize Etsy to keep your payment card information on file and to charge the card on file on the first day of each calendar month for the previous month’s outstanding charges and at any time the balance of fees reaches the designated fee threshold for your account. Upon enrollment, Etsy will charge your current balance to the card on file.

B. When your card account is debited, Etsy will send you an email with the amount charged. You can also review this information by accessing your account on Etsy.

C. If your card account on file with us is closed, the account number is changed, or a charge is rejected by your card issuer, you must update your card information or add a new card number in your Etsy account. If your charge is refused by the issuer for any reason, your Etsy account may be suspended or terminated, and you are still required to pay your outstanding balance by some other means. Your authorization applies to any successor or replacement card you or your card issuer provides.

D. You may cancel AutoBilling and change to manual payment by updating your payment settings in your Etsy account. Etsy requires a reasonable period of time to act after we receive your notice. This means that an additional automatic payment may be made to your card account while we are processing your request.

E. Suspended or terminated members remain obligated to pay Etsy for all unpaid fees.

For more information on AutoBilling, please see this Help article.

4. Etsy Payments

Etsy Payments enables sellers to accept various forms of payment in their local currencies while using Etsy’s services. Sellers registered for Etsy Payments can accept payment by credit card, debit card, Etsy Gift Card and Etsy Credit, PayPal, some bank transfer services, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.

You can register for Etsy Payments by clicking here. Sellers using Etsy Payments are also subject to the Etsy Payments Policy.

5. Taxes

Aside from the limited circumstances set out below, you are responsible for collecting and paying any taxes associated with using and making sales through Etsy’s services. Etsy will issue 1099-K forms to certain sellers to comply with IRS and state requirements. You may opt in at any time to receive your 1099-K form electronically. You can learn more in this Help article.

A. Listing your items on Etsy

If you sell physical goods on Etsy and reside in the US or Canada, you may utilize our sales tax tool to calculate the tax owed on each sale. US sellers can learn more about collecting sales tax in this Help article.

If you sell on Etsy and reside outside of the US or Canada, you need to include applicable taxes in your listing prices. You can learn more about this requirement to display tax-inclusive pricing in this Help article. Please note that while some countries may refer to VAT using other terms, e.g. GST, we'll just refer to VAT, GST, and any local sales taxes collectively as "VAT" unless the context requires otherwise.

Where Etsy is required to collect sales tax/VAT on your behalf, Etsy will use the category you assigned to each listing to calculate, collect, and remit the applicable taxes. You are solely responsible for ensuring that all of your listings are properly categorized, and you agree to indemnify Etsy for any losses it incurs in connection with any miscategorization of your listings by you.

Please remember that Etsy's fees do not include any withholding taxes that might apply in your home country. You are required to pay Etsy the full amount of our fees and may not deduct any applicable withholding taxes from that amount.

Please also note that some countries require Etsy to apply VAT on the fees that you may be charged in accordance with this policy, and that the fees listed in this policy are exclusive of VAT. See this Help article for more information on VAT.

B. Taxes on Seller Services

Sales Tax on Subscription Fees

Where applicable, state sales tax will be applied to the Pattern subscription fee and the Etsy Plus subscription fee charged by Etsy.

VAT on Seller Fees

Depending on your business status and location, Etsy may be required to apply VAT on seller fees charged each month and remit it to the relevant tax authority. VAT is collected on all Etsy fees for sellers located in countries where VAT should be applied. To learn more about how VAT works on Etsy, see this Help article.

C. Taxes We Collect and Remit from Buyers on Behalf of the Seller

United States Sales Tax

In some states, Etsy will collect the sales tax amount from the buyer and pay this to the relevant tax authority. If the sale was made through Etsy Payments, the sales tax amount will appear in your payment account and is deducted from your current balance.

For items shipped to certain states, including but not limited to Washington state (or, for digital items, those purchased with a Washington state billing address), Etsy will use the category you assigned to each listing to calculate, collect, and remit the applicable sales tax. For a full list of these states, please see here. Note that in those states where Etsy is required to collect on sales into the state made by nonresident sellers, Etsy will also be collecting on those sales made by resident sellers. As an example, Etsy will be collecting on all (taxable) purchases made in Minnesota, including those purchases made by Minnesota buyers from Minnesota sellers.

Digital VAT Fees

Under local laws in certain countries, Etsy is required to collect and remit VAT to the relevant tax authorities when you sell a digital item delivered via automatic download to the buyer. See this Help article for further details. Etsy will automatically display the increased amount charged to the buyer of the digital item to collect the correct amount of VAT, and we will remit to the tax authorities. If the sales were made through Etsy Payments, Etsy will collect the VAT amount from the buyer and pay the VAT to the relevant tax authority, and you will not have to take any further action. If the sale was not made through Etsy Payments, you will receive the additional amount paid by the buyer for the VAT, and you will need to pay this amount to Etsy. The VAT amount paid by the buyer will appear on your payment account and will be deducted from your current balance.

VAT Collected on Overseas Sales to Australian Buyers

VAT is also known as GST in Australia. Etsy will automatically include the GST on sales to Australian buyers from non Australian sellers. Etsy will be responsible for remitting it to the Australian Taxation Office.

For orders placed through PayPal, Etsy will send the GST collected to the seller as a part of the payment. Etsy will add the tax to the seller’s Etsy statement so that we can remit the tax to Australian authorities.

GST does not apply if the total value of the package is more than $1,000 AUD or if the transaction is between buyers and sellers both located in Australia. Sellers might need to add additional information to the customs forms on these packages. Learn more here.

6. Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

If you are registered to use Etsy Payments, you may accept payment by Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits. Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits are subject to the Etsy Gift Cards & Etsy Credits Policy. Etsy also charges the Etsy Payments payment processing fee described above on Etsy Gift Card and Etsy Credit transactions.

Last updated on Apr 17, 2019