1. Online Marketplace
Difficulty Rating Easy
Examples: Ebay, Amazon, Etsy, Not On The High Street
What is this?
Online marketplaces are well established websites that allow you to post your products online, paying a fee to the site when you sell items. There are plenty of options that we have all heard of, each with their own strengths. Selling your stuff online using any of these sites is relatively easy and you won’t have to worry about things like getting traffic to your site, hosting, and keeping it up to date. Using one of these sites is the way to go if you don’t have tech skills or the time needed to setup a more custom solution. Picking which site to sell on will primarily hinge on what kind of products you are selling. Ebay and Amazon are the best way to shift goods fast, and have the largest potential client base. We all know that you can sell just about anything on Amazon and Ebay, with Ebay geared towards unbranded, low cost goods and consumables, whilst Amazon typically sells products with a a slightly higher value. Etsy and Not On The High Street are great options if you are selling customised, or more niche products. These sites have a more discerning audience, who are looking for something more specific and are willing to pay a higher price for it. We recommend Etsy for selling your Doodle Bag’s online as the setup is very easy, there’s not as many T&C’s for sellers as Not on the High Street, and generally has a friendlier crowd where you can establish a loyal fanbase.
How to Setup?
Whether it’s Amazon, Etsy or Ebay, each will guide you through the setup, telling you what to do every step of the way. Etsy wins the award for easiest to setup with it’s user friendly interface and transparent T&C’s, with Ebay a close second, although some parts of the desktop UI look like they haven’t been updated since the late 90’s and you may have to go round the houses to find what you’re looking for sometimes.
All of these options require little to no specialist skills, leaving your main responsibility to be writing about and photographing your products in a pleasing way.