One of the many reasons I love Etsy is because their listing fees are so dang low. Awhile back, I had helped my Mom to set-up her own vintage clothing site on Ebay and I remember being appalled at how high their fees were and they didn't even provide a great site to make up for it! There's very little design options on Ebay, it's often a pain in the butt to get listings up, and if you ever happen to have a problem with one of your listings it's near impossible to get any assistance.
So when we finally discovered Etsy, it was a breath of fresh air, to say the least. I am in love with most every feature on Etsy, and my only real complaint is that sales have been slow, but I honestly feel like the economy is more to blame for that.
When I first started this blog and was looking around at other blogs, I came across someone posting about a site called Zibbet. While I love Etsy and am thoroughly happy with my shop there, I decided to check out Zibbet just for the heck of it. It's almost exactly the same as Etsy in all of its basic features...except it's FREE! Now, for all I know, everyone else already uses Zibbet and I've just been out of the loop but I am so freaking excited about the fact that I can post my candles, the same as I do on Etsy, without being charged any fees. My Zibbet shop looks almost identical to my Etsy shop, which is great for me because I happen to like the clean design they use. The process of listing items is also just as simple and intuitive as it is on Etsy, and Zibbet also has a Blog and Community where you can find all sorts of helpful information to make your shop extra kick-a**.
I think it's also really exciting to be using Zibbet now because they're still a fairly new company (began in February, 2009) and are constantly updating and improving their system. In fact, just this past week they launched a bunch of new features like a searchable "Sale" section, which allows sellers to mark an item as being "on sale" and then targeting buyers to that item. If you haven't done so yet, check out Zibbet. What the heck, go crazy and try it out for awhile...it's not like it's gonna cost you anything!
I was reading an interview with Jonathan Peacock, the CEO of Zibbet and came across this really great quote: "Without a doubt you have to be fully convinced in your own heart that what you do has value and to never stop believing that." You said it, Mr. Peacock! This kind of perspective has been so important to me in starting my own small business and I know it will continue to be invaluable as I work on growing bigger and better. Hopefully you guys can also find the value in those words and believe in what you do.
If you do decide to mosey on over to Zibbet, please also take a moment to check out my shop, and feel free to post a link to your Zibbet shop if you'd like me to check it out as well.
Happy Thursday, guys...we're almost at our 3-day weekend!