A peek at what we make
I have had a shop on eBay for a couple of months now. At first, I was pretty excited about it. Then I started to find out some things that could inhibit my ability to sell there. Like what? For starters, search results are sorted with higher rated sellers first, then trickling down to the “little” guy. I have perfect feedback at 136, but that’s nothing compared to those with 1k or even 5k feedback.
Also, they are removing the option of paying by cash, check or money order UNLESS it is an “in person” pick up item. That means forcing people to use digital payment, which translates into PayPal- which they own. With my Etsy shop I accept PayPal, but at least I’m not forced to make that the only means of payment I accept (if I want to accept credit cards on eBay or anywhere else, I have to pay monthly and transaction fee’s).
So http://www.GrecoWoodcrafting.com is now set to forward to my shop on Etsy instead of eBay. Aside from lower listing fee’s and no subscription fee’s, Etsy is specifically for hand made items. So because people aren’t trying to get through all of the resellers and wholesalers of manufactured items, my toys have a better chance to be seen. And my hit counts show it, too! In just over 1 week my Executive Biplane has 75 hits, whereas on eBay after nearly 1 month it had 30.
The next thing I will try is going to be Craigslist. There are some reports over on the Etsy forums of people having success with it. If that doesn’t work, at least it was free 🙂
Lastly, I have a new idea in mind for, well….you just might have to wait to see.