Yes, I am going back to Etsy. There just way too many problems with Storenvy, and I don’t want to play with a new payment system right now. I am already looking at getting my blogs hosted so I can do custom pages and I will still take custom orders from the page here. I know Etsy has gone public. I know it no longer caters to the handmade set, but I am still going to reopen my store.
Well, let’s take a look at this.
1. They have treasuries.
- I know Storenvy has something like that, but these are pretty cool, and you always have a chance at being in one.
2. They Accept PayPal
- Storenvy seems to be trying to phase that out, and I don’t want to go through the hassle of learning a new payment system (Stripe).
3. They help promote.
- The listings you describe on Etsy get on search engines faster. I have been on Storeevny since October (9 months) and no sales. My first sale with Etsy was within six months.
4. Their fees are reasonable.
- Let’s see fees. They charge $.20 per listing on the front end and 3.5% when the item is sold. The listing lasts for three months before you have to renew.
- While Storevny may not charge listing fees or a transaction fee on the back end, they charge for extras, like coupon codes, and other nifty add-ons that are normally free. They do showcase your items on a Marketplace, but, again, you have to sign up for Stripe. (and along with Stripes transaction fee (2.9%+$.30)) They take 10% for a commission on anything that is sold through the Marketplace.
5. Etsy is more user friendly
- Etsy’s dashboard is pretty straight forward.
- Storenvy has tabs upon tabs, a confusing way of setting up shipping, and a horrendous way of categorizing things. It takes some getting used to doing it.
- E.g. You have to set up the category. You have make sure you click on the category on the left. If you don’t, your customers won’t be able to find it.
6. Etsy has more options.
- Storenvy has one set-up for variations. If you want a different color, well that’s going to have to be another listing entirely. Rings sizes? You going to be there a while putting each size you make in the variants.
- Storenvy does NOT give you the option of a digital download. This means you can’t sell PDFs, templates or other digital media.
Until I get a proper website, I am glad to be back on Etsy. I hope to see you there.
Until next time, Stay Crafty and God Bless