Here is the first resource I'd like to share: an article.
I am currently writing a 5 part series on selling online. Here is the link to part 1: http://sewmantra.blogspot.com/2012/06/shop-talk-one-shop-two-shop-t...
In asking around, it seems people have widely different experiences at the various online selling venues.
What's your experience?
Mine is that the two places I sell best at are my own website and eBay.
I have moderate success with Etsy, but never was able to sell well at ArtFire, ZIbbet, or RubyLane.
This is exactly what I've found! Everyone's success is so different and I am no different. My success has been purely on Zibbet and only just a little on Etsy and other platforms .... well out right failures. It is really interesting how each person's goals, needs and desires shape a platform success story and what do not.
I hope you found the article informative. If there is anything you think is missing, I welcome the feedback. It was my goal to stay away from platform bashing and to keep with ways to "explore how to find the right platform for you".
Ack! I didn't know you had an article. I'm not yet in the habit of scrolling past the big white REPLY rectangle to see more posts. The other forums I hang out on have the big white REPLY rectangle at the bottom of each thread after all the posts, so it's hard for me to remember that's not the case here.
Off to read the article now. :-) Will comment after.
Haha! You crack me up Laura! Sounds great, looking forward to your thoughts. :)
Commented on your blog post.
Hi all, here is Part II, Useability and Platform Interface Manipulation aka, how to use tools within a site to make your shop look good)
Here is Part III : How many shops do you really need to be successful.
Selling online isn't easy. while I've been selling online for many years, it's best to have great photos. that is a must.
That is so true Norma! So true!