Q:Hey, I'm thinking about opening a shop soon, but I'm not sure which is better, etsy or storenvy? From what I know, SE is free, and etsy charges you per lot, am I right? But which has a bigger userbase? Is there an advantage of having etsy, or both?
I actually have an older post on this, and it’s still on my source blog: Setting Up Shop: Storenvy vs Etsy
But here’s the short of it: For a new shop, despite the fees, (in my opinion) it’s better to start out on Etsy. The lack of fees that Storenvy offers are definitely tempting, but new shops have better chance at success on Etsy because it has a massive userbase, and also simply because of the feedback system.
People are starting to trust Storenvy less and less because of all the scammers, and I’ve even found myself less interested in trying to find new shops there, even if the shop appears handmade. Starting up on Etsy and then later opening a second shop on Storenvy would be my suggestion, because by then, you’ll have the benefits of the lack of fees on Storenvy, but also the positive feedback and following on Etsy, which users can reference before purchasing.
✖‿✖ But at the end of it, there are also those who have had success doing the opposite, and simply by connecting their Storenvy to their established Tumblr and promoting a buttload. It’s just easier on Etsy, especially for handmade products.
Important note, you still need to promote the hell out of your etsy shop, because etsy IS HUGE and no one will see your stuff in the giant pool of other stuff.
Also, etsy is freely promoting chinese resellers, so don’t kid yourself into thinking it’s a handmade marketplace anymore.
Because storenvy is smaller, people will actually FIND your stuff in the marketplace when they search.
Etsy is better to use first if you have no public feedback anywhere though.
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