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  1. #1
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    I need some advice!

    Hi all!

    I recently posted the news that because of the high fees in ebay, I decided to open up a store on etsy instead.

    http://DaibeBeads.etsy.com

    Now that I've set up eveything on etsy and is about to close up the ebay store, all of a sudden I'm getting a lot of orders from Ebay. My question is how useful it is to keep the ebay store (my store on ebay is http://www.stores.ebay.com/daibe-beads) I was planning to still put items up on sell on ebay, but at this point should i bother keeping the store now that I have etsy?

    Thanks in advance!
    Daibe Beads

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    Are the orders you are receiving from established customers? Because if they are, you could refer them to your esty store through an email. Just do not do the email through eBay or the eBay system which is against their polices.

    If the orders are from new customers, you might want to wait a bit until the rush is over to close up shop on eBay. Also you could close the store and just run a few auctions. It is really hard to say what to do. I would weight the amount of sales against your fees...
    Good luck.

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    Perhaps keep both?

    Are the folks on EBay buying a particular group of your products? Maybe keep some of those on there.

    If you have developed a fairly decent reputation on EBay, perhaps keep using it but only enough to keep the account active?
    If you are looking for public domain images, be sure to check out our trio of websites - http://www.freevintageart.com free images based on American copyright law, http://www.reusableart.com our first and oldest site with public domain images from around the world, and http://www.thefamousartists.com a celebration of the works of some of the world's most famous artists.

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    well the problem with Ebay is that it charges you about $15 a month just to have a store, let alone the listing fees. I'm not giving up on ebay alltogether, I'm still going to list some items up for auctions etc. but I'm debating if I should keep the store. is having an ebay store worth it as oppose to just listing the items on ebay?

    And sales kinda died down a bit now from Ebay, and all the customers are new, not repeated.

    If etsy can prove that it can do better than ebay for me, it would be an easy choice, but so far being a month on etsy.. still no sales :-(

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    I didn't know Ebay charged that much. I suppose for $15 a month you might be able to buy some decent advertising for an Etsy shop.

    If it were mine, I would take that $15 and put it towards setting up a full fledged website (typically easier to promote for search engines and stranger traffic than Etsy) designed to sell you, maybe have a few tutorials (traffic magnets - trust me) and push sales through the Etsy shop.

    That way you would protect your business name by getting the domain early and if you opt to stop using Etsy and sell directly from your site it will be already set up.
    If you are looking for public domain images, be sure to check out our trio of websites - http://www.freevintageart.com free images based on American copyright law, http://www.reusableart.com our first and oldest site with public domain images from around the world, and http://www.thefamousartists.com a celebration of the works of some of the world's most famous artists.

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    I think that it's good to sell as many places as possible. Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

    If you're still making money on eBay even with the high fees then stick with it. But stick with Etsy too. It takes some effort to get established on Etsy, but you'll get there and the fees are really reasonable. And if you can have your own site then that's great too.


 

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