If you want to sell an antique clock, collection of trading cards, or tools – eBay is an excellent choice. Crafty consumers have a better alternative with Etsy, a site geared towards selling arts and crafts. Before you think about selling on the platform, you’ll want to know the cost of selling on Etsy and the three types of fees you’ll incur.
Etsy Listing Fees
The first type of fee you’ll need to be aware of on Etsy is the listing fee. It’s something every seller has to pay and tacked onto every item posted on the website. The listing fee on Etsy is $0.20 at this time, and it’s charged whether your item sells or not.
An Etsy listing fee covers an item for 4 months until the listing expires. If you need to edit or change your listing during that time, you won’t incur additional fees. The one exception is private listings, however.
One of the perks of Etsy over sites like eBay is the ability to create a private listing. As a seller, this lets you set up a listing for a special order anytime a customer wants something custom. A private listing typically costs $0.20, and is only charged if and when the listing sells.
Do you plan to sell multiple identical items? That’s popular with old-stock and vintage goods. The listing fee for multiple quantity items is also $0.20. When you sell an item, a new listing is renewed at the same rate until the quantity is depleted.
Etsy Fee Auto-Renewal
At the end of every 4 months, any listing you created will end on Etsy. You’ll need to go into the seller dashboard and renew each listing to run them again unless you turn on auto-renewal.
Etsy auto-renew ensures you’re listings never end. Every 4 months, your listings will stay up, but you’ll have to pay the $0.20 listing fee again. That’s important to remember if you have hundreds of listings and something that can get expensive if you’re not careful.
Auto-renewal is free to use. Just remember the fees so you won’t be surprised on your 4-month invoice. You’ll also want to keep these transaction fees in mind, which can impact your pricing and selling fees.
In addition to listing fees, you will need to pay transaction fees on Etsy. This type of fee only comes into play when someone buys an item, but it is important when you want to know the cost to sell on Etsy.
While subject to change, the transaction fee at Etsy is a flat 6.5% for each sale. Whether someone orders a single item or multiple products, every “order” placed incurs a transaction fee. It’s also something that’s not entirely clear-cut, as other services can be taxed through this method as well.
That 6.5% applies to items but also to certain perks sellers often include. If you have an option for personalization at an additional $10.00, it’s added to the total price and then taxed. Transaction fees are a common occurrence and are removed from your balance after every Etsy sale.
For sellers in the United States, the transaction fee is separate from sales tax. Sales tax settings are found in the ETSY Shop Manager, and you can find out more about US taxes and Etsy’s collection process here.
Etsy Subscription Fees
The fees we’ve touched on are standard and something every seller needs to pay. If you are selling on Etsy and your account is in good standing, you have the option to subscribe to Etsy Plus. While it’s $10 a month in addition to any seller fees, it provides free credits and other perks.
With Etsy Plus, sellers will receive 15 listing credits each month. That will save you $3.00, but you’ll also get an additional $5 in ad credits. You can use these to boost sales on the platform. The Etsy listing credits and Ad credits will need to be used each month, however, or they will expire.
In-Person Fees on Etsy
Most of the transactions on Etsy take place from start to finish through the platform. That isn’t always the case, however, which is where in-person selling fees come into play.
Etsy, like eBay, allows users to ship items all over the world. You can use their tools to help calculate shipping, but what if the buyer only lives a few miles away? You can set up listings and sell items for “local pick up” on Etsy, but as the sale still goes through the platform, you’ll need to pay one type of fee to Etsy.
Listing fees still apply at $0.20, although there I no transaction or payment processing fee for obvious reasons. Sellers can process payments through Square for Etsy when a customer pays for an item in person. That means you’ll need to pay fees to Square for processing – not Etsy.
While you can sell crafts at different sites online, Etsy has carved out a niche as the go-to destination for unique items and artwork. Setting up an account to sell on the platform has never been easier, and the cost of selling on Etsy is affordable for most. It’s also the best alternative to eBay for unique goods, along with select vintage items.
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