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Etsy Recently Made Changes to Their Drop Shipping Policies, Now What?

Due to recent changes in Etsy’s terms and agreements, we are no longer allowed to fulfill Etsy Dropshipping Orders

If you are operating an Etsy storefront, keep in mind that it delineates the difference between reselling a finished product and selling a product that you designed, but did not physically make. Only the latter is allowed. You need to tell buyers where you are and where your production happens so that they are fully aware of where their product is coming from. You can only legally sell a product if you have a role in developing it. This is the reason we cannot allow selling on Etsy.

Other selling Outlets we Recommend in Place of Etsy.
  1. eBay:

eBay is arguably the easiest ecommerce platform to get started on. The site is well known with nearly 140 Million Active Users, nearly 100 million more than Etsy. Creating listings is easy and fairly self-explanatory.  At first, eBay starts you out with 50 free listings and this can increase over time with good seller performance. eBay also charges you for marketing only if you sell the item, unlike Etsy that charges you to list the item itself, and after you sell the item. Because of the amount of users, there are a lot of sellers, and eBay customers can be more price focused because of this, keep this in mind when pricing your items. With similar features like marketing tools, and analytics, eBay is a must do for sellers utilizing drop shipping.

  1. Amazon:

Amazon is one of the largest websites in the world. The site has over 300 Million Active Users, nearly 250 million more than Etsy. Because of the amount of users, there is a lot of seller competition, but if you get it right, Amazon can be your cash cow.

  1. Bonanza:

Bonanza, is a site similar to eBay, in which they allow sellers to list anything from name brand items to hand made goods. There are more unique and handmade items for sale on Bonanza than eBay, but less household brand names than Amazon. The site is easy to use, and has great customer service for its buyers and sellers. They only have about 5 million users a month, but not too many other sellers in the jewelry department. This is a good time to get in and start selling on Bonanza.

 

  1. BriskSale:

BriskSale is a free marketplace, which means that you take no hit on your profits for choosing to sell on BriskSale. That means that you can afford to list your items for a cheaper price and make more money on BriskSale than you could on Ebay or Amazon. Instead of fees, sellers have the option to offer a commission which goes to the BriskSeller who finds a buyer.  Imagine thousands of people trying to find a buyer for your item. Since the site has been around in early 2014, it has grown yet remains lower on the scale of users in comparison to Etsy, eBay, Amazon and the like.

  1. Facebook Marketplace:

Facebook has a staggering 1 billion daily active users. Facebook does not charge list fees or take a cut of commissions. So, for brands approved to list products, Marketplace is essentially a free, organic distribution channel. But Marketplace listings require a Facebook Checkout integration, which charges a $.30 and 2.9 percent fee for every transaction. Overall, Facebook is a great way to connect the social platform with the ability to sell your products locally and nationally, and a great way to integrate your personal website.

  1. Personal Website, through Shopify, WIX, Squarespace, WordPress etc.

Last, but certainly not least, is to sell on your own personal site or shop. This offers the seller the most control with advertising fees, what you can sell, what the shop looks like, etc. For those with existing stores or shops, simply plug our products into your inventory, and order from us when you receive an order on the items, and we will do the rest for you. Even if you sell with the other marketplaces, it is always a good idea to maintain your own site, and use the other marketplaces to establish a name for yourself.

In closing, there are plenty of alternatives to selling online with Etsy. Each marketplace has it’s own uniqueness about them, and some will fit your shop better than others. A great strategy is to expand your reach over several platforms, and use the sales and recognition to build your own brand through your own site during your time on the online marketplaces.

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