|Vintage Red Kitchen Canisters|
Some of you know I sell vintage online as well as portraits and art. I find it a nice social balance, I get "out and about" at auctions and estate sales. Working all day, every day in the studio is confining for me, I'm very outgoing.
I've sold art on ebay, but when I started with the vintage, all I heard were horror stories about crazy listing fees, buyer feedback abuse, cheapie Chinese imitation junk, site-controlled checkouts, unfair search results, an impersonal environment and a non-responsive-to-sellers management. So I tried Etsy.
So I tried Etsy. Reasonable listing fees, a final value fee of less than half of ebay, and an online "community" full of hipsters just waiting to buy vintage.
Etsy has been very good to me. I would prefer to sell there. But in the past two years since I've sold there, there seems to be less and less of a difference between Ebay and Etsy. So I have been listing and selling more and more on Ebay. I only list auctions. And at the price I would list it on Etsy plus 5% to cover the extra fees.
The biggest difference is that Ebay has huge traffic from every demographic and around the world. And my vintage sells quickly there for the price I want. I now wait a week before moving my newly-listed Ebay vintage to storage. I rarely sell that quickly on Etsy, although it's happened. It's even happened with items I had on ebay that never sold, listed on Etsy and SNAP, it's gone! There's a bit of rhyme and reason to it, things that appeal to collectors of very specific things, like political memorabilia, military items, "name brand" figurines and collectibles do great on Ebay. Items like the canister set above, do better on Etsy, where buyers are more apt to browse for "something" for their kitchen, rather than a razor-sharp search.
Crazy listing fees on Ebay are gone. I can take a chance on an expensive item and not worry that I'll have huge listing fees if it doesn't sell! It's now cheaper for me to list on Ebay at 50 free listings a month than Etsy for 20 cents. That in itself is worth a second look at Ebay.
I know that those who have been in this business a while feel that Ebay really hurt them in many ways, changed things that have hurt them, and that is a reality. I am not unaware of this, but I just have no personal knowledge. I'd love to hear from you if you do. Next, I'm going to compare the flooding of the market and search issues. Hey, thanks for stopping by! Robin