What is Etsy?
Etsy is similar to eBay, it is a marketplace platform where online sellers can sell their goods. Unlike eBay, Etsy is geared towards creative sellers who are selling their homemade wares or vintage items. So whether you are selling artisan chocolate or handcrafted candles, then Etsy is the place to do it.
Traditionally these type of items were sold at art fairs and farmers markets but when Etsy started in 2005, it opened up a whole new opportunity for creative sellers to sell their products online and reach a far wider audience. Today, Etsy helps almost 2 million shops reach 16 million customers around the world.
It is quick and easy to create an Etsy shop and as of October 2019, it’s completely free to set-up. An easy-to-use wizard takes you through every step and you can even customise your page with your business’ logo and branding. Once you are ready to sell items, there is a small fee to list items as well as a transaction fee and payment processing fee when an item has been sold.