Thursday, March 19, 2009

Etsy vs Ebay

I love etsy. I truly, truly do. I just can't seem to sell much lately and it is getting me down. People seem to love my work in person where they can touch it, turn it over, get a good idea of size and scale, etc., but it doesn't translate to online sales. Sigh.

So what to do?

I have posted an item to eBay to see what happens. Unfortunately, I had to put a starting bid price of $35, which I am told,by those in the know, will prevent it from moving at all. Que sera sera, I guess. I can't afford to have a piece that took several hours go for $2!

So, what is an artist to do? Do I start looking for local shops to sell my items? Does that require a contract? Yikes!

I am going to try 3 series of postings on eBay. If none of them bear fruit, I will have my answer. At that point, I will have to reconsider how I am going about things.

This one is listed as a pixie, though I usually have called these guys brownies. I was told by a wee folks buff that they couldn't possibly be brownies as they aren't wearing brown.

Until next time, happy crafting!



  1. Please let us know how ebay works out for you. I hope you make a ton of money.I have thought about giving them a try since things have been so slow but ebay costs so much and I have gotten used to how nice everyone on etsy is. Every time I go back to ebay I am surprised at how not fun it is to do business there.

  2. I feel the same. I think etsy is a philosophy and a home and ebay is business only. I don't have any warm fuzzy feelings associated with ebay at all. Desperation is a funny thing, though.
    Of course, once I posted this, I actually sold something from my etsy shop. Not needlefelted, but something that has been around for a bit. That made me feel a lot better.

  3. Thanks for your comment on my blog, Theresa. Your work is wonderful. Don't despair and don't give up. It takes time, but I am sure we'll both somehow get some traction. In my experience, ebay hasn't been very conducive to selling art for what it's worth. I am not sure what it is, but the few things I sold there were always underappreciated in terms of their value. I much rather like Etsy. It takes a lot more work to get ourselves "out there" but I am confident that it will pay off in the long run. Keep your chin up!