Etsy Shop vs Other E-commerce Sites: Your Opinion Wanted
A couple of weeks ago Anglea from Gigee Marie contacted me saying the following:
I have been going back and forth about opening an Etsy shop in addition to my current online store (which is with Big Cartel). Considering the amount of traffic that Etsy gets, it is almost a no brainer, however, I have some reservations because it seems like Etsy takes a portion of your profits and charges you other fees, which can start to add up. In addition, you obviously can’t brand your Etsy shop with a layout/template, or a custom domain (I don’t think). With my current shop, the only fee I pay is the monthly hosting fee and I have the freedom to customize my domain, as well as my layout, with the ability to add multiple pages, social media widgets, etc. I get pretty good taffic to my site, but I do admit that my sales at in person events are much better than my sales online through my current site. Do you have any experience having both an Etsy shop AND a shop with another ecommerce platform? Is it better to just have a website with a link to the Etsy shop? Any thoughts or insights from you (or your readers) would be helpful.
I wanted to put this question to you because you have the most experience in this area. Please share your thoughts and advice in the comments!
Also, check out Angela’s shop for some fabulous purses!! I have a couple items on my wish list!
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