Fashion Law Friday: Online Marketplaces for Indie Designers

          This post is for all the indie designers who have asked me to help them pick out an online selling platform. I cannot tell you what I personally think is the best or the worst platform. Each has their pros and cons. I have created a list with basic information on some of the platforms available to indie sellers.

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Remember that even online sellers must meet federal, state, and local business laws. Online sellers in the State of California are at least required to have local business permits and a seller’s permit from the California Board of Equalization. Read more about licenses and permits here and here!

LIST OF ONLINE MARKETPLACES FOR INDIE DESIGNERS

ETSY

  • Address: www.Etsy.com
  • Listing Fees: $0.20 USD
  • Transaction Fees: 3% to 3.5% (may include additional processing fees)

ARTFIRE

MEYLAH

ECRATER

SPOONFLOWER

  •  Address: www.Spoonflower.com
  • Commission: Seller earns 10% commission fee if his design sells
  • Limitations: Fabrics, Wallpaper, and Decals only      

ZIBBET

  • Address: www.Zibbet.com
  • Fees: Free Account w/50 item limit; Premium $9.95/month or $79/year

BONANZA

GOODSMITHS

  • Address: www.goodsmiths.com
  • Listing Fee: None
  • Transaction Fee: 2.5%
  • Monthly Fee: Free for 25 items; Classic Package $5/month        

HANDMADEARTISTS

  • Address: www.handmadeartists.com
  • Listing Fee: None
  • Transaction Fee: None
  • Monthly Fee: $5/month or $50/year      

Please be advised this is not an exhaustive list. If any reader is using a selling platform and absolutely loving it, please post a comment with the address, fees, and why you have chosen to use that particular selling platform.

There are so many different marketplaces out there and each promises a new and improved experience, or lower fees, or no fees, etc… Just be aware that no matter where you decide to sell your items, you still need to spend the time marketing and developing your products. No marketplace, however optimized, can do that for you.

Disclaimer: The contents on this blog are informational only and not meant, intended, nor should be considered legal advice, advertisement, or solicitation for business. The material posted on this blog is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, a lawyer-client relationship, and readers should not act upon it without seeking professional counsel.

Furthermore, the information contained on this blog is not specific to any particular set of circumstances. All links to outside information are meant to provide further information on the topic addressed, I make no warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy of the information contained herein or in the attached links.

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