Where do I sell my artwork online? Etsy or eBay? Which will give me more sales?
Both eBay and Etsy have their own blessing and curses. Using eBay for selling fine art seems like you are selling art at a garage sale. People are looking for the most inexpensive items. But at the same time, eBay has many eyeballs, and a 10 percent fee (PayPal is another issue, more on that later), and is free to list. Now eBay even has an option to keep it live until canceled or sold. That is a blessing!
Etsy on the other hand, people go there to find unique handmade items. They expect slow shipping on made to order items. People expect the items will be expensive, but high quality. Artisans are able to make their own storefront.
The problems with Etsy however, is that not only do they take 5 percent of your earnings, they also have a 20-cent listing fee for each item if there is more than one item for a transaction (add ons for personalized crafts), they will charge an additional 20 cents. The item is renewed until sold. But if you have many items, that can add up, particularly if it doesn’t sell the first few times. You have to factor in the cost.
Etsy works with Square, which is a credit card service. They incur their own fees, and Etsy also adds even more fees for that service. But it is handy when you have someone in person to pay you.
PayPal is a payment service that can work with either Etsy or eBay. They take 5 percent of your payment. Most people are comfortable using PayPal.
Etsy, however, enables you to be paid directly to your bank.
Not everyone knows about Etsy, particularly the non-artists of which you are trying to coax into purchasing your wares! With Etsy you have to lean heavily on social media marketing, passing out business cards and keep a great website going.
Marketing on eBay doesn’t require a whole bunch of marketing, but again, it has an air of feeling like unwanted Goodwill cheap. Selling an oil painting on eBay doesn’t ring quality as it does on Etsy, and as such, you are not going to earn $150 for a painting. You’ll be lucky to get $20 with free shipping and 14 day money back guarantee. Ugh.
But then again, with eBay, if you are a fast painter, you can have many little artworks for sale at the $20 price point and make sales. With Etsy, you can have a sale of $200, but it might take months.
Which service do you prefer? Comment below.