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Tips for Selling Crafts Online

This week we speak with James Dillehay, a nationally recognized expert on marketing arts and crafts, about how to successfully sell your crafts online.

Dillehay said that most artisans who are just getting started tend to look at one of two options for online craft sales;  creating their own Web site or setting up a new Web shop on an existing marketplace.  Those new to selling their crafts online tend to choose Web shops simply because it’s easy to get started—most Web shops have automated processes that let you list and sell in minutes with no previous online selling experience required.

Despite the popularity of using existing marketplaces, like eBay, Etsy, and other eBay alternatives, Dillehay recommended that crafters also invest in their own domain name and Web site, since the craft business online is largely connected to one’s own presence.

“It’s no longer a case of deciding if you should set-up shop here or there,” Dillehay said. “It’s a growing need of the ands. You need to show your product here, and here and here.”

Tips for Selling Crafts Online
By Vangie Beal, June 24, 2009

EBay Watch 2008: The Year in Review

A look back at the many policy and platform changes in 2008 that set the stage for eBay in 2009.

Seller rebellion was another hot topic of 2008. Leading up to May we saw a number of grassroots boycott movements that gained a lot of publicity. One group even went so far as to call for the resignation of John Donahoe, which went largely ignored. The boycott actions from earlier this year were a big deal mainly with small to mid-sized sellers, but even in the face of a public boycott, eBay still rolled out its policy changes.

Donahoe’s hand will continue to play out into the coming year, regardless of how many sellers he rankles with policy changes. How long he remains at the helm in 2009 is a topic debated in many blogs. E-commerce blogger, Randy Smythe of My Blog Utopia is predicting that Donahoe will probably get at least two more quarters to turn eBay around, and at most a year. Many industry watchers agree he is on the way out, but how much longer he has is up for debate.

EBay Watch 2008: The Year in Review
By Vangie Beal, December 31, 2008

Facebook-for-Profit Apps Echo with Sound of Silence

Remember all those hyped e-commerce apps for Facebook? We do, but it seems no one else does. Will these take off or continue to falter? Read what our Facebook afficianado says about social networking and selling.

“Just recently, Amazon joined the fray, rolling out two new Facebook applications: Amazon Giver and Amazon Grapevine. Giver lets you see and purchase what your friends want through their Amazon Wish Lists, and with Grapevine installed you can see recent public activity on Amazon. Currently, Amazon Giver users have posted 20 messages in the discussion forums and current statistics show that the app has a total of 1,450 installations since March 20, 2008. It currently has only 29 daily active users. Amazon Grapevine shows six discussion board posts, 18 daily active users, and according to Adonomics, 900 total users.”

Facebook-for-Profit Apps Echo with Sound of Silence
By Vangie Beal, April 2, 2008