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

Why consider Zibbet? Mainly for its fee structure: If you're a small merchant, you'll pay no listing fees and no closing fees at all. Really: For up to 50 items, selling on Zibbet is free. Of course, there's an upgrade option: Pay $9.95 per month or $79 per year, and you get "unlimited listings, greater site exposure, a fully customizable shopfront, and advanced selling features."

Listings give store owners plenty of room for customization, including a massive promotional banner that is easily the biggest element on the page. Sellers who want to imbue their sales pages with the maximum amount of artistic impact should take a long look at Zibbet.

iCraft

A tiny outfit based in Canada, iCraft's 2300 merchants and 30,000 items on sale are a rounding error compared to most of the other sites in our comparison. Another complicating issue: Items are listed in either Canadian or U.S. dollars, depending on where the seller is located, and most sellers don't ship across the border. There's no apparent way to filter based on location, so shoppers must check each item to see if they can legitimately purchase it.

iCraft charges merchants a $25 (Canadian) registration fee to join the site. Once enrolled, merchants pay for listings based on a sliding scale, ranging from zero (for up to five items listed at any one time) to C$15 per month (for unlimited listings). There are no other listing or closing fees.

Unlike most of the other sites in this roundup, iCraft focuses strictly on handmade items; it does not allow the sale of vintage items, food items, or crafting supplies. Resellers are not allowed on the site at all. iCraft reviews all submitted items individually for quality and uniqueness to ensure mass-produced items are kept out.

iCraft is decidedly small, but highly devoted merchants--particularly Canadian ones--might find it a compelling option.

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