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My experiences with ebay, Etsy, Instagram, depop, Poshmark, Mercari; their own unique strengths and weaknesses. 

Ebay has been around since the 90s. Another fun fact, its original name was AuctionWeb! I was one of the earliest sellers there. The ebay of 1995 is the IDEAL. In the beginning, it was just for collectibles and antiques. Now they let anyone and everyone sell anything in the world. 

And that's cool, but did you know NEW ACCOUNTS are only allowed to post a limited number of items? I found that out the hard way.

 

It had been many many email addresses since I was active on ebay, so I went to establish a new account so I could get busy working on getting all the bid-worthy stuff I had. I was allowed a generous 5 listings. For a whole month. Gee, thanks, I guess. Now I will never have to worry about whether or not I can eat! 5 items?

Etsy, oh, Etsy. They started out so cool too. I've been on Etsy since the BEGINNING. 2005. I was one of the first 3 thousand members, which is pretty insane since they now boast over 2.1 million sellers and 39.4 million buyers.

 

But, friends, I've been there since the beginning. Trust me when I tell you - they don't value their sellers, PERIOD. Currently, they are only promoting shops that offer FREE SHIPPING. It's also no secret that Etsy will shut your shop down for whatever reason. Pair that with plummeting shop views and sales, setting up a new shop on Etsy right now is like entering into a relationship with a really controlling person. If you do take the plunge there, check out the Etsy Forums before you set up shop.

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