Etsy is just a bunch of (often malfunctioning) code without its sellers and the community that built the DIY, Handmade, and Micro-business movement. We are what makes it special. We can bring our awesome community to a new home and make it every bit as awesome and special. WE HAVE THE POWER, not the venue. Many of us have chosen to board up our Etsy shops and move on due to our dissatisfaction with Etsy's business policies, and recent incidents. Much discussion (and confusion) has ensued about Etsy alternatives. What sites can act as our Methadone in our dependence upon Etsy's Heroine? Here are a few options, feel free to add your finds and reviews as well!
CIA has tons of awesome looking seller tools that we've been BEGGING for on E, but have never been provided for us. How awesome would it be to just press a button and put something on sale for the specified percentage, just for example? However, this one looks kind of desolate, from reading the forums, but I might set up a presence there, and if many dispossessed ex-etsians do as well, it might prove to be a lively community.
Chances are you have heard of Artfire, Etsy's main competitor in the handmade marketplace. Many of us already have shops there, but if you are like me, your main focus has been on Etsy until now. I am really liking what I've read in regard to the responsiveness of the staff to the needs of the sellers, its ability to accept fault, and to take ACTION to make it right when it feels it has failed. You are also allowed to link off-site which is like a whole new level of freedom. I have not heard anything about people being censored or cast-out to the outrageous degree that Etsy has demonstrated again and again... and again. THis is where it seems most of us will be putting the bulk of our attention from now on. They even offer immediate SYNDICATION! Wow! And they have easy-peasy coupons! I was spending an average of 60 dollars a month on E, and for a "Pro" account on Artfire, the going rate is currently $9.95 a month.
I don't know all that much about it but it was easy for me to set up a shop there and listing is free. You have basic membership where everything is free, and a paid membership with more bells and whistles.
We need to check this one out further, but here's what I know so far; it's a juried or curated site, so your products have to be able to "make the cut". Interesting...
It looks to me like there are considerably more options for the exclusively UK sellers, and that the USA, predictably, relies on monopolistic entities like Etsy more heavily.
Another alternative that many of us have been chewing over is starting our own Etsy Alternative, (Alternetsy?) which is a pretty massive undertaking, not that I doubt our talented bunch could do it, and heaven knows we are all crying out for more alternatives! Many of us are also hoping to get our own stand-alone websites ready, and I hope we can help one another out with that, too! I have only taken SECONDS of my time to research other places we could grace with our presence, money, and energy, and they DO exist after all! So please do keep adding to the list, and discussion of Etsy Alternatives as we begin to move forward together!
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