I never wanted to open up another shop to sell my greeting cards. I always thought it would be too difficult to keep track of multiple stores and to promote each one equally.
I heard of Artfire.com from a few different sellers who also sell on Etsy.com. I debated and did some research on Artfire...it didn't take me long to decide that Artfire is worth a shot. Here is my shop link:
In a nutshell Artfire is the same thing as Etsy. You sign up with an account and can set up shop or simply be a buyer. Etsy charges a 20 cent per item listing fee. When (and if) the item sells Etsy takes another 3.5% off the sales price. If you are like me and use paypal there goes more cut out of your profile. Artfire has decided to charge a flat rate of $20 per month. No fees, no lopping profits, and best of all Artfire is already investing in advertising and marketing for the site. Right now Artfire is offering a flat $7 per month fee for life for the first 5,000 people who sign up to open shop. Sign up for a free account Artfire will plant a tree! Check out the banner to the right ----->
The screenshot above I took after listing my first item. Every time a new item is listed it is featured on the front page. My cat card set is in the top row, in between the yarn and the lazy susan. Click HERE to see the actual listing and how it looks. How cool is that?!? I imagine that when more people discover Artfire and start listing items will be rotated out pretty quickly but for now everyone who lists on Artfire can bask in the front page glory.
One more thing I have add regarding the listing process...on etsy there are several different screens that you have to go through. On Artfire there is one screen that you fill out that includes everything: item description, uploading photos, shipping rates, tags, and so on. There is even a space where you can write about how you created the item and what inspired you to do it. You can even put in how much time you spent on creating your item.
Interested in learning more? Click HERE to be swept away to Artfire.com.