The 5 best online marketplaces for selling handmade goods

Ebay is huge and Etsy is targeted, but we've found several awesome alternatives for marketing custom and vintage merchandise

By Christopher Null, PC World |  Internet, eBay, Etsy

As Europe's largest marketplace for handmade items, DaWanda is a growing company with an expert understanding of the complicated legal, taxation, and business considerations of the Euro region. That might not matter if you just want to sell baby bibs to Midwest moms; but if you're a crafter with your eyes set on a bigger prize, it's worth a look. After all, what business--large or small--doesn't want to "go global" these days?

Bonanza

Heavily focused on higher-end clothing and fashion, U.S.-based Bonanza has just 25,000 registered businesses. But its 4 million listed items put its total inventory at about a third the size of Etsy. Even though that means your store might have more trouble standing out, that's good news for shoppers, as deep racks may keep customers browsing the site longer. Just as in the real world, no one wants to shop at a store where the merchandise looks thin and picked over.

Bonanza supports copious checkout options and has no listing fees, but it does charge a 3.5 percent closing fee. Another option unique to Bonanza is its Managed Merchant program, which the company describes as "a valet service for your booth." Sign up for it, and Bonanza will do some of the heavy lifting of creating listings for you, adding metadata such as color, brand, and material information.

Next page: More on Bonanza, plus Zibbet, iCraft--and site stats and data.

Bonanza will also tag your items and upgrade the quality of the photos you provide. This service costs 5.9 percent of your first $500 in sales, and 1.5 percent of any sales beyond that amount (in lieu of the standard closing costs). This is a good option for merchants who'd like to spend more time crafting and less time mucking with their listings.

Every Bonanza store has a built-in chat system, provided free of charge by the site, and--as the company promises--the site is quite easy to use. At this writing, a mobile version is "currently weeks away," according to the company.

As a site, Bonanza looks good and feels professional. The selector system for clothing (see screenshot on preceding page), feels exceptionally well-polished. If the site continues to grow, it could become a very compelling option for crafters.

Zibbet

Although Zibbet has been live for three years, it remains small in comparison to its competition, with just 145,000 products listed for sale. It's based in Australia; most sellers, however, seem to be based in the United States, and items are listed in U.S. currency. Currently, all payments are settled through PayPal, but Zibbet says more checkout systems are on the way.


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