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10 Online Marketplaces for Makers, Creators and Artists to Sell Handmade Products

1. ArtFire

  • Description: ArtFire is a marketplace geared towards the craft and maker community. Instead of charging commissions ArtFire offers 3 different plans for sellers. As a community, ArtFire also provides helpful blogs and a forum. It does have a feel similar to Etsy, which isn't a bad thing, but if you're looking for something diffrent from Etsy, you might have to keep looking.  
  • Headquarters: Tucson, Arizona
  • Fees: ArtFire is a commission-free marketplace, which means you can sell as much as you want and not worry about commissions eating into your margins. Instead of commissions, ArtFire offers 3 diffrent plans from which you can choose: seller ($20), webstore ($40) and commercial store ($60). [Learn More]
  • Traffic: Artfire claims to have 20 million shoppers per year, 1.5 million products from creators and 150,000 shopper members.


2. Bonanza

  • Description: Bonanza isn't specifically geared for creators, makers and artists, but you can sell your creative products using their web application. With Bonanza's approach, you may be able to quickly get your products in more than one place on the web. With a single click of the mouse, you can have your products automatically published to a variety of buyer channels, such as Google Shopping, Pricegrabber, Nextag, etc.
  • Headquarters: Seattle, Washington
  • Fees: While it's not overly complicated, Bonanza pricing does require a little bit of work. First, there's a definition you have to understand before you even get into the numbers: Final Offer Value (FOV). The FOV is the final price paid to you by the buyer, minus a shipping fee exemption  of up to $10.00. If your FOV is under $500.00, your fee is 3.5% of FOV for "standard booths." If your FOV is greater than $500.00, your fee is $17.50 plus 1.5% of the amount over $500.00. The minimum fee is $0.50, and the maximum fee is $250.00. The upside is that there are no listing fees or monthly subscription fees. [Learn More]



3. Cargoh


  • Description: Cargoh targets independent creatives and markets itself as a curated marketplace, which means they aren't going to just let any ol' seller in their community. The selection process can be a benefit to you, as a seller, because Cargoh will help keep out the riffraff. Just make sure you follow their tips before applying. In a nutshell, they're looking for great photos of your products, great design and a nice flow to your work (i.e. consistency). You can read more about these tips here.
  • Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Fees: Setting up a store on Cargoh is free, and there are no listing fees, setup fees or monthly fees. You only pay 8% of your sales. 


4. Craft is Art


  • Description: Craft is Art allows handmade items, non-handmade items, vintage items, commercial items and supplies. So if you're looking to support an all handmade community, there's nothing to see here. 
  • Headquarters: Possibly somewhere in Nevada, and I only found that out from going through Terms and Conditions. Most companies who are concerned about copyright law provide an address for creators to contact if they feel someone is infringing his or her. Craft is Art does not provide such contact information. 
  • Fees: As a seller you can choose to be a basic seller or a premium seller. As a basic seller, there's no charge for an accounting, but you will pay a 5.5% commission on sales, a listing fee of $0.15 for each item over 100 items and $0.75 for any premium listings. As a premium seller, you can pay 7.99/mo or 79.99/year and have unlimited items with no listing fees or commissions.


5. CustomMade


  • Description: Like its name suggests, CustomMade is specifically geared to matching buyers with personalized goods from makers, creators and artists. So if you are looking to make more original, unique and custome pieces, CustomMade might be a good option for you. 
  • Headquarters: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Fees: Joining CustomMade is free, and there are no monthly fees to maintain. Each time you sell an item through CustomMade, you will be charged a fee equal to 10% of the total price of the item, excluding taxes, shipping and delivery costs.


6. DaWanda



  • Description: DaWanda is a marketplace for designers, artists and creators, actively promoting itself as a place specifically for unique and handmade goods. It's based in Germany, but they offer an English version that is easy to use. DaWanda claims there are over 300,000 individual shops on its platform.
  • Headquarters: Berlin, Germany
  • Fees: Currently, there are no listing fees for sellers who use the English version. There are also no fees for opening your shop either or creating your profile. You'll be charged a 10% commission on the sales price of any item sold. [Learn more]


7. Etsy


  • Description: Etsy started off strong as the preeminent destination for handmade goods, but now Etsy appears to welcome vintage goods, craft supplies and products that seem to be clearly made in bulk at some large factory overseas. As someone who searches for handmade goods, finding them on Etsy has become increasingly more difficult (well at least more time consuming). Nevertheless, Etsy is still a powerhouse in the online marketplace for creators, makers and artists. [Learn More]
  • Headquarters: Brooklyn, New York
  • Fees: There's a listing fee of $0.20, which allows you to list your products for 4 months, unless it sells before the end of that 4 month period. One your product sells, Etsy collects a fee that is equal to 3.5% of the sales price. 
  • Traffic: Etsy claims to have 29 million products listed, 1.4 million active sellers, 19.8 million active buyers and $1.93B in gross sales for merchandise in 2014. 


8. Scoutmob


  • Description: Scoutmob presents itself as an extension of your marketing efforts (very similar in nature to Zulily, but without the flash sales). This means your products can stay on the Scoutmob website as long as it works for both parties. One thing I really like about Scoutmob is they do a pretty good job about seeking out independent creatives. They're looking for makers, creators and artists who have unique stories, a creative vision or a great reputation in your community for making quality, handmade goods. Scoutmob is a curated marketplace, so if you're interested in becoming a seller, your websites, images, designs, etc. will need to be in order.
  • Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Fees: In your arrangement with Scoutmob, you'll get to set your wholesale and retail costs. When you make a sale, you get whatever the wholesale price is and Scoutmob takes retail price minus shipping and any agreed upon discount. 
  • Traffic: Scoutmob claims to have over a million subscribers nationwide.


9. Silkfair


  • Description: I'm always hesitant about online companies who don't share information about the people behind the website. Silkfair is one of those companies. Their claim is that you can buy and sell everything extraordinary. While not specifically geared for makers, creators and artists, Silkfair has a lot of items that are handmade. 
  • Headquarters: Warren, New Jersey
  • Fees: There are no setup fees or listing fees, but there are transaction fees and a monthly fee for operating your store. Silkfair offers 6 different packages, ranging from free to 24.99/month. [Learn More]


10. Zibbet


  • Description: Zibbet opens its doors to artists, creators and vintage collectors. There are 4 basic categories in which you can sell your creative products: handmade, fine art, vintage (items over 20 years) and craft supplies. 
  • Headquarters: New South Wales, Australia
  • Fees: There are no listing fees, and you can sell as much as you can without additional fees. Zibbet offers 3 basic subscriptions: free (can sell up to 10 items), starter ($4/month if billed annually, or $5 month-to-month) and pro ($8/month if billed annually, or $10 month-to-month). [Learn More]
  • Traffic: As of May 13, 2015, Zibbet reports there are approximately 48,000 independent creatives as members. 

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