Last night I set up another shop (partly for craft business research purposes). It's a craft mall site like Etsy, but unlike Etsy; listing and selling items is free...uh huh! Yepperoo! FREE. Well, actually there's a very reasonable membership fee (which at the moment is a seriously tempting £4.95 ($7) a month and that's it, there are no other fees to pay.
I have to say I am very very impressed with Artfire. Here's why I like it (over an certain craft mall site) in easy to read bullet points:
- After the tiny monthly fee there really is nothing else to pay, there are no catches, no extras no nada! Selling on Artfire is simple, a lot cheaper and a lot less complicated. Let's face it, no one likes them Etsy listing and selling fees With Artfire you can list and sell 5 - 5million items without paying a red cent!
- It's dead easy to set up shop (and the shops are brighter and more personal looking than a certain other craft mall site). Listing items is as easy as falling off a log and you do it all in one page - very handy. If you've had a Etsy shop you'll have your Artfire shop set up in less time that it takes to drink a cuppa - honest.
- You can have 1 - 10 photos per product, it's up to you. And they load up pretty quick because you can load up several at a time.
- Artfire has all the shop seller features of Etsy - plus more. The shops look nice, the site looks nice and the site is run professionally.
- Getting yourself noticed and featured on Artfire is fair and it's free. When you list you appear on the front page and so on until other people list - simple. If you want to be on the featured hot spot you just apply (for free) and join a queue. It can't get fairer (and less political) than that.
- Right now you can get Artfire memberships for just £4.95 ($7) a month for life, with no contract, if you don't like it you can just pay for one month and walk away... After those bargain memberships have gone the fee rises to $20 a month (which is still very reasonable). At the time of writing there are just over 1000 of these bargain memberships left. You may not have a shop now, but I can't think of a more cost effective and feature packed site in which to test the waters and open up a wee little shop for yourself. If you are thinking of opening a shop in the future grab a cheapie membership now and open one when you are ready.
- If you fancy buying anything in Artfire you won't need to set up any account to do so. In many cases you'll find that items cost less because the sellers don't have to pass on any selling fees to their customers.
- If you refer 10 folk to Artfire your own membership will be free! Tell friends, work colleagues, family members or blog about it (like I am) and if they join, your membership is free for life.
- I think the Artfire folks are very smart; they have listened to what sellers and buyers want. They have built their site on what people want and they have deliberately charged kept the charges very low and fair to tempt folks over - and it's working. I think other craft mall sites should watch out and take heed...
Act fast if you want to grab a bargain membership - Register on ArtFire.com and tell 'em U-Handbag sent you :)
Here's my little Artfire shop - set up during a tea and banana cake break.