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Initial post: Feb 18, 2012 5:28:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2012 5:29:41 AM PST
Saraswati says:
I'm new to this discussion forum and new to ArtFire. I make kiln-fired clay bead jewelry.

I've noticed that quite a few people have their work on Etsy. I'm wondering if anyone else here is on ArtFire. I've found ArtFire much easier to use and less costly than Etsy. Does anyone have experience with both? If so can you give your opinions about each of them.

A link to my ArtFire studio:

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 5:35:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 22, 2012 5:50:49 AM PST
Saraswati says:
Really? No one else in this forum shows their work at ArtFire?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 6:58:49 PM PST
GGsDesigns says:
I have a shop on both and am starting to prefer Artfire. ETSY was my first but the fees can gobble up your money really fast especially if you have a large list of items. Some months it is a negative number when I total it out. Artfire is great and getting better known and there are others out there just getting started without all the fees.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 3:41:37 AM PDT
I'm on both Artfire and Etsy, and have made little progress with either when compared to Ebay and Amazon unfortunately. Maybe because we manufacture what would be considered a craft supply, and not "really" a finished craft item. We offer molds to make items like stone veneer, pavers, concrete tile, brick veneer, etc., that enables the user to save 90% off of retail prices for these items... and they can be custom colored and finished. We DO get the benefit of another SEO location though, so for us, it's worth maintaining our store on both sites. We do a little better on eBid as far as sales goes. 6+ 1 Free Olde Country Concrete Floor Tile Molds

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 5:10:03 PM PDT
Avidreader says:
I used to be on Artfire but compared to Etsy and other sites it was dismal. One of the only orders I got their software messed it up and the customer had to call me to place the order. I ended up taking it down.


Posted on Apr 23, 2012 11:24:23 AM PDT
I've had an etsy shop since 2007. In the beginning I couldn't keep up with the orders-I sell vintage designer's components as well as my own jewelry-and then about January 2009..WHAM. It was like hitting a brick wall.
It's their insanely inept search engine. The more they tweak it the worse it gets. All my business now comes from repeat buyers.
I didn't care for Artfire. Too much "2 beads on a headpin" type stuff and no one in the public knows about them. At least etsy gets regular press in various magazines. Eh..ebay still makes more money for me than anyone else, despite the hair-raising fees.

Posted on May 6, 2012 7:40:27 AM PDT
Catkrazy says:
I love Artfire. And it is the biggest place after Etsy. And Etsy fees are too high and Artfire is starting to be the next big thing!

Posted on May 7, 2012 1:06:07 PM PDT
DotiinTn says:
Hi I have had a shop on etsy since 2008 and the end of 2010 opened one on ecrater. They have no fees. I started really listing last fall and like it. I sell vintage and OOP sewing patterns so am in the craft supply catagory. Mostly listing Vogue designer and higher end patterns on Esty. Have over 700 items on Ecrater. In the beginning I had lots more listed on etsy and did not have the sales to justify the expense of the listings. I agree with you one changes Etsy did with their search engine toomanytornadoes. My views went down alot after that. Good luck to you all Doti of and

Posted on May 17, 2012 12:15:13 PM PDT
Hi guys, my name is Riane, and I'm the community builder at a new online shop called Goodsmiths ( We're still in Beta, but I'd love to invite you to take a look around. We don't have listing fees, and transaction fees are only 2.5% (Actually, it's 2% through the end of 2012). And there's a sweet function where you can import your listings from Etsy, so you don't have to re-post your items.

If you're looking for alternatives to Etsy and Artfire, maybe we can help. Plus, we're still developing new features and we're taking your feedback seriously! If there's something you want to see done better in an online shop, we're listening :)

And feel free to email me at if you have any questions. I promise I'll respond.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 9:25:20 AM PDT
Helen L says:
took a look. very interesting and not overwhelming. Good luck with this. You'll probably get as big as Etsy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2012 3:36:09 AM PDT
I have both an artfire and an etsy shop however I keep nothing in my artfire shop because it all sells too quickly on etsy. Etsy has a much greater pull and visibility with google than artfire does.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2012 5:32:21 AM PDT
Saraswati says:
As of April I have actually taken down my Artfire shop. I realized that the only hits I was getting were from the direct links I had sent to current customers and friends. I was never able to link to my shop from the Artfire homepage or from Google as they promised when I opened my account. I've now been selling more through private word-of-mouth and customer referral than through any craft site I've ever been on.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2012 8:59:50 PM PDT
You need at least a static website page with contact info and pix of sample items!
I've been on Etsy since 2007 and I wish I got sales through word-of-mouth and referral. I do have a static website which just refers people to my Etsy shop. When I pay, I can add HTML to the site.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2012 5:22:58 AM PDT
I have a shop with etsy and artfire.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 8:58:57 AM PST
Placed an order on ArtFire 2 days ago. My order was still pending as of yesterday so I contacted them about it both via their message system and via email. As far as I can tell the message system did not work but I received an email (with a tracking number) schooling me about USPS does not update regularly and I need to read their shop policy.Really it was just rude. My order still says pending.....

Posted on May 23, 2013 1:57:28 PM PDT
M. Pruitt says:
If there is a problem with a transaction, they will side with the seller. Great if you are a seller, sucks for the buyer. Had a client on ArtFire (J&T Creations) receive shirts I had sent to "redo". Never saw the shirts and ArtFire doesn't seem to came to put pressure on them to send them to me. Seller has a zillion does ArtFire. It was a horrible experience. Never had an issue on Etsy as a buyer.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 11:49:18 AM PST
Von says:
I have an ArtFire shop which I'm adding more to sales yet; found Etsy difficult to navigate, so it never caught on for me.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 8:46:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2014 10:34:01 AM PDT
I am also at ArtFire and I agree with Saraswati, ArtFire is much easier to use and is much more cost efficient. I redirect my URL to my ArtFire Studio,
Please check out my store and share with others.
Thank you,
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