Launched in 2005, Etsy is a leading website for people looking to sell or buy handmade and vintage items, including photography, art, clothing, home decor, furniture, jewelry, and more. With the potential to sell to million buyers from all over the world, Etsy has been able to gather over 2 million active sellers. All sellers are looking to make a name for yourself. I suppose, that is your goal as well.
However, handiwork sellers are smart to avoid locking themselves to only one marketplace. There is a plethora or other marketplaces to sell handmade wood products online. Check them out.
Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and launched in 2013, Aftcra is a popular marketplace that only sells handmade products “made in America”. So, if you currently live in the US and your products are handmade by yourself or your team, you can open your own store on Aftcra. This marketplace charges a fee of 7% which is double of that of Etsy.
Don’t assume is too expensive as there are no other fees. That’s it. Unlike Etsy’s $0.20 charge per listing + auto-renewal fee, and other multi-quantity fees.
The website is designed for small stores or stores that sell up to 300 products per month and charges a fee from $9.99 to $29.99.
Amazon Handmade is one of the best marketplaces to sell handmade wood products online. In its effort to compete against Etsy, Amazon is offering $39.99 plan with professional selling strategies included. You can also take advantage of this plan for free, as long as you sell less than 40 products per month. If you sell more than 40 products, you will have to pay $39.99.
Handmade at Amazon charges a referral fee (12%).
Craft is Art
Craft is Art started in 2019 as a website focused on fashion and jewelry accessories. Today, the company accepts sellers of all types of handmade goods, including wood products. If you are okay with up to 100 listings, you can take advantage of the pay-as-you-go plan that charges a 5.5.% sales commission.
If it is more suitable for you you can pay $7.99 or $79.99 per year to have unlimited listings.
With more than 60 million users, Craigslist is a great place to sell woodproducts online. While Etsy users have different reviews about selling handmade products online on Craigslist, you can’t go wrong for listing your handmade creation and making a sale. You can only get an increased exposure of your products at a local level.
Within eBay, one of the most popular marketplaces, you can list your products under several categories. eBay recommends sellers to be as detailed as possible when describing their listings and include keywords that attract potential customers to the listing.
Don’t forget to take high-quality photos of your products from different angles and decide whether a fixed price listing or an auction-style is better for your wood products.
eCrater is launched in 2004 and is known as an alternative to eBay. The website has many advantages but the main one is that listing your products here is free of charge. It is free to create your store and you don’t pay a fee of commission on sales that are from your store.
For sales that come from the website, you pay 2.9% commission on the product’s sale price.
Shopify is an ecommerce solution that you can use to build your online store, register a domain name, and sell online. Shopify is a great option for those interested in selling wood products online and connecting with customers from all over the world.
It is a flexible solution that can scale with your business. If you need more features, you can pay extra for new add-on services.
Shopify is a robust platform and opening your own online store will cost you $29.99. You can your plan later. This platform is suitable for well-established businesses and beginners alike.
Focusing on the indie market, Storenvy hosts thousands of sellers and goods made by hand. This marketplace was able to stand out from the crowd by promoting indie craft designers and sellers through the social shopping marketplace.
The company claims that their marketplace works like a social network and it provides brand exposure based on feedback from other users and followers of your store.
In other words, the more activity your business gets, the greater the chance your store has of being featured on the front page.
Besides Etsy, there are plenty of online marketplaces to sell handmade woodproducts. Make sure to double check the fees to decide whether or not it makes sense to list your products on certain marketplaces.