As ecommerce slowly chips away at brick and mortar stores (no pun intended), it is imperative to anyone running a retail business to get their share if they want to grow. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 80% of Americans do at least some shopping online, and 43% shop online every week or at least a few times a month!
But alas, the internet is no small place. Here are 10 places you can sell your stuff online:
Cratejoy is a marketplace that caters specifically towards subscription-based businesses. It allows you to create your very own storefront in addition to a listing on a marketplace entirely for subscription boxes.
- Cratejoy Marketplace: We’re the only marketplace specifically for subscription boxes.
- Join a Community: We have lots of help groups, so subscription box owners can help and learn from each other.
- Subscription School: Our sister site for subscription box entrepreneurs offers more educational resources to help your business grow and succeed.
- Marketing: Being on Cratejoy’s marketplace gives you access to newsletters, placements in a variety of online publications, and time with influencers.
Cratejoy is an all in one subscription commerce platform that includes everything you need to start your own subscription commerce business online. Try it free for 14 days.
Bonanza is a global online marketplace dedicated to their sellers and valued for their communication.
- No charges or fees until you start making money
- Offers a Google Shopping integration
- Automatically removes background clutter from your photos
- Syncs with other online channels you sell on
Direct Eats is an online marketplace geared towards specialty foods.
- Takes care of payments, taxes, and shipping for you
- Caters towards specialty foods
- Not a whole lot of autonomy; Direct Eats handles everything, and they send you a cut of the revenue
Ruby Lane is the world’s largest curated marketplace for vintage and antique goods, boasting thousands of independent shops that have items ranging from fine art to dolls.
- Vintage items are their core business
- Shop maintenance fee of $69/month, plus one-time listing fees of 19¢/item
- Fixed-price format, rather than the auction format of many other sites like eBay or eBid – but they do have a “make an offer” feature for sellers
- Each listing is vetted by art and antique professionals; being on their marketplace is a guarantee of quality
- Free online shop mentoring to improve your listing
eBay is huge. With over 167 million active buyers worldwide and about 1.1 billion live listings right now, there’s no question that eBay will help you expand your reach.
- eBay Valet allows you to send your stuff to selling experts who will take care of photos, descriptions, and shipping for a nominal fee
- Their new Seller Hub gives you access to a number of selling tools like analytics, sales info, listing guidance, and tools for creating streamlined listings
- Requires no monthly fees, just 10% of the final sale
eBid, a British company, is very similar to eBay, with a nearly identical online auction/bidding system.
- Cheaper than eBay; you never pay listing fees or more than 3% of the total selling price
- Products automatically show up on Google Shopping
- Offers many avenues for listing customization
With nearly 183 million unique monthly visitors, there are plenty of people preaching the gospels of the amount of exposure and traffic you’ll get with this retail giant. However, as with any marketplace, be wary of becoming too dependent on Amazon’s sales allure.
- Offers 2 distinct selling plans: professional plan costs $39.99 monthly, while the individual plan costs $0/month but charges 99 cents for each item sold
- Unparalleled amount of traffic (183 million unique monthly visitors)
- One of the best fulfillment networks in the world
- Allows you to sell professional services related to your product
Alibaba, the world’s largest retailer – surpassing Walmart in 2016 – is a massive ecommerce platform that supports consumer-to-consumer (C2C), business-to-consumer (B2C), and business-to-business (B2B) operations.
- Helps you reach customers in all corners of the world – and even overcome language barriers
- Perfect for selling to sellers and curators that are looking to buy products in bulk
- Offers a vast library of help resources and videos to help you succeed on their marketplace
Etsy is a global ecommerce platform that seeks to connect buyers with local creative entrepreneurs specializing in handmade, vintage, or craft items. There are Etsy sellers in nearly every country in the world!
- Low transaction fee (5%) and no monthly fees
- Reach a large audience looking for handmade or vintage goods
- Many avenues for store customization
- Etsy Wholesale offers retailers the chance to source products from Etsy sellers
- Lots of opportunities to connect with a community of other Etsy sellers
Crafty? Check out our Etsy Calculator to determine how a subscription business could impact your Etsy sales!
Redbubble is a marketplace with one important difference – you don’t actually need to have made the physical products already. You just upload your art or designs and leave the rest to them!
- Takes care of all the printing for you
- Set your own pricing and retain ownership of designs, no matter how many sales your work generates
- No need to fumble with delivery or customer service
- No transaction fees or monthly charges; they set a base price, you set your profit margin, and that makes the retail price
Ready to sell?
Check out Cratejoy’s full set of features for subscription sellers!