For a craft seller, Etsy is the go-to platform, but there has been much debate on social media about their recent increase in fees and it appears that many sellers have decided to leave Etsy and join other platforms.
I have a few thoughts on this.
Etsy has been going for years and is a well established site with millions of sellers and buyers, so they know what they are doing and they bring in the traffic. However sellers are competing against maybe too many other sellers and their products can get lost. That said, if you have good photographs and good SEO, then your products will get seen and sales happen. Some cynics say that Etsy’s prices are just going to go up and up and up, but we will just have to wait and see on that one.
nuMonday is newer, only a year or two old, with around 8000 sellers. The layman out there probably will not have heard of it, but it is great in that there is a fixed monthly fee and no other transaction, listing, or shipping fees, unlike Etsy. At the moment they only have UK sellers but buyers can be worldwide. This platform seems to be growing quickly.
Artibus is brand new, only a few weeks old and I have signed up with them after winning a sneaky free month! Their website seems quite clunky and I think there are a few teething issues they need to resolve, but, like nuMonday it has a fixed monthly fee. Artibus is based in the US, but sellers and buyers are worldwide.
I see them as having different uses. Etsy for the complete stranger who happens across your product whilst browsing and loves it enough to buy. And then nuMonday and Artibus can be used more to direct people to from social media and, hopefully, google search. Obviously nuMonday will be more focussed on the UK and Artibus on the US.
I am signed up with all 3 at the moment, almost as a trial to see which works best for me. Let me know your thoughts on the issue.