Selling handmade items

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Selling handmade items

New postby Lartiste » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:08 pm

I am an artist, as well as an avid crafter. I have been thinking of creating an online shop to sell my creations but am not sure what's the best way to go about doing it. I thought about an Etsy shop and I may use that, but I think I should have my own domain, as well. Is there any software that can help with setting up an online shop that isn't crazy expensive?
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Re: Selling handmade items

New postby Acono » Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:43 pm

I have a domain that I only use for my personal blog. Since my host uses cPanel you could find a similar one that runs the same thing, most of the things you can install are one click. I am not sure how detailed you want to be with the cart system but there are many to choose from.
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Re: Selling handmade items

New postby Pelida » Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:54 pm

Etsy is a good choice to start out, but having your own site as well can be helpful. Domain names are around $10 annually, I think, and hosting is as cheap as about that same dollar amount per month, but I don't know how much space you'd get at that price point.
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Re: Selling handmade items

New postby Lartiste » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:42 pm

I'm not asking about hosting and domain registration. Those are easy. What I'm looking for is the best catalog and cart software that won't be an arm and a leg to purchase. It would be helpful to have fairly easy set-up or really good documentation, too.
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Re: Selling handmade items

New postby Pelida » Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:26 pm

[quote="Lartiste"]I'm not asking about hosting and domain registration. Those are easy. What I'm looking for is the best catalog and cart software that won't be an arm and a leg to purchase. It would be helpful to have fairly easy set-up or really good documentation, too.[/quote]

Oh, I'm sorry; I misunderstood. I have heard good things about Shopify and ShopSite, but I am not sure of the prices. Prestashop is free but I don't know the quality.
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Re: Selling handmade items

New postby bennett » Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:45 pm

Something you need to consider is how you are going to get the goods you make to the paying customer. A lot of people don't judge shipping costs correctly when starting out. I would personally start there, making sure you have a way to get the product out quickly and a way to make sure you don't run into "well so and so never delivered what I purchased".
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