Many people write to me asking if they should sell something on Etsy or eBay. The two items above are examples of items that I listed on eBay and on Etsy. The Bitossi Vase on the left was listed on Etsy for months at $80. I had sold a different color Bitossi Vase on eBay for $99 during the last year. When I had placed both the vase and the Jere Owl on Etsy I had planned to do most of my ReSelling on Etsy. I placed a high price tag on the owl.
When our finances changed and I needed to make an adequate monthly salary I placed the owl on eBay while it was still listed on Etsy. I had planned to do the same with the vase. The owl sold on Ebay in the end for a Best Offer and then the vase sold on Etsy a couple weeks ago before I had a chance to list it on eBay. (I should add that if I had received a double sale it could have been complicated but I figured because it was priced so high that it might not be a problem)
If I personally had to make a choice to sell on just one venue it would be on Ebay without a doubt. I wish to sell high end, designer made items. I don't always find these items though. This week I'm selling things that I found even hard to describe because they are products that a very skilled electrician uses. I'm still hoping that they'll fetch a good price.
To sell on Etsy, it enables many of us to sell beautiful vintage items that will catch the eye of the buyer. I personally feel that it's a lot more to do with how something looks and how we've captured it on photo rather than a buyer searching purposely for something such as vintage paper straws. I feel that Etsy can be more about stumbling on a vintage item listing and falling in love with the look and style of it. What do you think?
eBay on the other hand usually is full of buyers searching out a particular item by name. I feel that eBay can give me a higher probability that my item will sell and sell consistently.
If I was only selling vintage items though without a designer or brand, say a cute vintage Japanese Owl or Mushroom the chances of it selling on Etsy might be greater. I've done very well on Etsy with vintage flatware for example.
Right now I don't really bring items home and consider whether it should go on Etsy or eBay. I am shopping for eBay when I am out with the purpose of selling high priced items. I'd prefer my average sale to be over $25.
Here are some questions to ask when considering your ReSelling venue:
- How quickly do I want to sell an item?
- What ideal price do I want for my item?
- Which venue would it fetch a better price?
- Where would I most enjoy selling the item?
- What kind of experience do I want selling the item?
- What are the cost to list an item and closing fees when it sells?
When I bring a bag of items home from an estate sale I first research each one. I use Worthpoint to see if they have sold in the last few years, I research closed eBay auctions and I do a google search. I gather information about my item and then make my decision as to where to sell it.
Currently 85% of my work day is spent on eBay, 10% on bookselling through Amazon/Alibris/B&N and 5% is on Little Shop/Flea Market preparation. At this time I just don't have an extra second to spend on Etsy because my goal is for consistent high sales.
Remember though that ReSelling is about flexibility. While my current schedule doesn't allow for a lot of Etsy time, that may change a month from now. My Etsy shop does have some items and occasionally something will sell.
Are there any Vintage Etsy sellers with sales over $1,000? I'd love to hear from you and possibly interview you for an upcoming post.
What are your thoughts on whether to list something on Etsy vs eBay?