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We have awarded Etsy Auctions our prestigious Silver Award in this category, having reviewed 10 UK Online Auction Sites. Read our review below to find out why...
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If you’re new to buying and selling online, then you’ll be looking for an easy-use website with plenty of features. Well, although it might not be the most attractive website around, Etsy.com offers you a simple and effective solution to buying and selling goods online. With the ability to set up a shop and sell multiple duplicate items, as well as leaving feedback option and providing a range of useful information, this site is certainly worth considering.
Signing up is quick and simple, without any need to include personal information such as phone numbers and addresses. You can easily set up a shop in just a few minutes and start posting up your items. Sellers can include pictures and descriptions of the items they wish to sell, and buyers can easily purchase goods using PayPal, credit cards and more.
Rates are around industry standard. You will however be charged 12p to list an item, which is a little disappointing as some sites offer listing for free. However, Etsy reaches more people than many other sites, and their fees after sales are stuck at 3.5% irrelevant of the price. If you wish to run promotions or offer overseas sales options, then you can but these might incur an extra charge. We’d recommend taking a look at the site’s Help section and reading through the online Seller Handbook, which offers a lot of useful, practical advice.
There are a few additional features with this site that set it apart from the crowd, including a mobile app, blog and the opportunity to earn money outside of sales. If you can encourage a friend to make a purchase they’ll receive £5, and you’ll get £10 (up to 10 friends making a total of £100). You can also buy gift cards/credit for friends and family if you’re not sure what they’d like but you think they’d enjoy browsing the site.
We felt that Etsy offered a more diverse range of products than many sites. It’s more suited to people who are interested in crafts and handmade products than simply finding cheap Ipods and Ipads. Without going out on too much of a limb, we’d say that this site was more suited to arty types than technophiles. The site is a bit cluttered or ill organised at times, but you ought to find your way around easily enough after browsing for a few minutes. You can even check out the Events page to find out about artisan markets in your local area. Many of these are in America but you can still find or set up events in the UK.
Over all, we were impressed by what Etsy offered: an easy-use, friendly environment for buying and selling unique items. Whilst its fees are fairly standard you might find that you get to make connections with other users through the various community features, which can make all the difference if you wish to take your business a step further. Check it out!
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