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#1 bcarr519

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 07:38 AM

I was wondering what things seem to sell the best on eBay and Etsy. I don't need to make a huge profit or anything, but I kind of need to fund my crocheting because I am staying home with my two-year-old right now. I noticed baby hats seem to have a lot of bids on eBay, but if anyone has other suggestions I would appreciate them, thanks!

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 10:44 AM

I have tryed to sell on ebay with no luck, and have not sterted an etsy shop. Just wanted to let you know that ebay is not the best to sell on.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:07 PM

I agree, Ive tried ebay in the uk with no luck either. A friend says that the people who look to buy handmade thing go to specialist sites like etsy and there is a smaller similiar one called folksy which is like the uk version. The fees for these places are lower than ebay fees too, I had to pay quite a bit to list stuff on ebay and none of it sold!! So that was a costly lesson lol. Are there any crafty shops nearby you that would sell your things for a small fee? I hope this helps, good luck.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:13 PM

I have found that patterns are the best sellers.

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#5 bcarr519

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:25 PM

Unfortunately, I live in a pretty dead area, lol. That was the only reason I was going to try eBay. I could go to the flea market but I would have to profit more than it costs to rent a space. I guess I'm resolved to getting a part time job to support my habit, lol!

#6 RoseRed

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 03:13 PM

Don't forget that anything under $400 is considered hobby income and you cannot deduct supplies. Anything over that is considered a business and you may need county or state licenses depending on where you live.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 03:24 PM

I suggest that you sell patterns via Ravelry. For a small seller who sells 20 patterns or less each month you don't pay any fees. It's a great place to start and see what works. With that said, for my own patterns I sell much better on Etsy, but there are fees then. If you want to stick with physical items, I would recommend doing small timely items, ie. Easter items, or trendy things. Try to not compete with the masses, pick something that you can do in a unique way and make sure that your version is the best option out there :) Good luck!