If you have been painting now for a little while and had some successes, you might be looking to sell some of your art and crafts to turn into some extra cash so you can buy more materials. Or if you've painted a lot and made some awesome artworks maybe you are aiming higher and looking to add to your household income with your art sales. Either way, you will need a platform to sell your art, and many artists and crafters choose Etsy. But how much does it cost to sell on Etsy?
How much does it cost to sell on Etsy?
There are several fees for listing and selling your art or other crafts and supplies on Etsy:
1 - the listing fee. For every item that you add to your store, there is a flat fee of 20 cents. The item is live in your store for 4 months for this 20 cents, unless it is sold earlier. If the item isn't sold, you can choose to renew it for another 4 months for the payment of an additional 20 cents listing fee. If you withdraw the item from sale, the listing fee isn't refunded
2 - the PayPal fee. Your buyers will be making an online payment, most likely through PayPal via their PayPal balance or with a bank card. PayPal takes a fee for that transaction of 2.9% of the value of the transaction plus a flat fee of 30 cents per transaction. These fees are only payable if you make a sale.
3 - Etsy selling fees. Etsy will charge 3.5% of the selling price as their commission on the sale. This doesn't include any taxes or shipping costs.
4 - currency conversion. If you accept Etsy payments and your bank account is in a different currency to that in which you make your sales (for example you list your paintings in USD but you have a Pounds Sterling Bank account in the UK), then Etsy will make a 2.5% charge for currency conversion when they make payment to your bank account.
An example of some selling fees
If you listed a painting on Etsy and sold it for $50 plus postage of $10, then the fees would be calculated as follows:
- Listing fee - 20 cents
- PayPal fee - 30 cents plus 2.9% = $2.04
- Etsy selling fee - 3.5% (excluding shipping) = $1.75
- TOTAL FEES = $3.99 (8% of the price of the painting)
If you listed a smaller painting for only $15 plus $5 in postage, then the fees would be:
- Listing fee - 20 cents
- PayPal fee - 30 cents plus 2.9% = $0.88
- Etsy selling fee - 3.5% (excluding shipping) = $0.53
- TOTAL FEES = $1.61 (almost 11% of the price of the painting)
And lastly if you sold a much larger painting for $200 plus $25 postage, then the fees would be:
- Listing fee - 20 cents
- PayPal fee - 30 cents plus 2.9% = $6.83
- Etsy selling fee - 3.5% (excluding shipping) = $7
- TOTAL FEES = $14.03 (7% of the price of the painting)
Because of the flat fees from Etsy and from PayPal, the fee percentages are slightly higher on lower priced items than on higher priced items.
Should you choose Etsy for your online store?
- The marketplace is already well established and thousands of people shop there every day for 'crafty and arty items and gifts'
- But competition is fierce, there are a lot of sellers, so you need to do more than just list and run if you want to be really successful
- Etsy stores can often come up well in search results if you use the right terms and tags in your listings
- It's easy to set up and run the store. You will need to add a credit card to pay your store fees and then you can have your first item listed and ready for sale in just a few minutes.
- Fees are minimal unless you make any sales which is a better option than many of the other sales platforms where you have to pay a fixed monthly fee for your store even if you sell nothing
You would do best by setting up the store and then publicizing it to send traffic to your store through your social media, business cards and friends and family. Run the store as if it were your own website, promote it yourself, make it look good with great photos and graphics. If you just set it up and leave it, then you will struggle to be found.
I had my first sale within 24 hours of setting up my own Etsy Store. I mentioned the new store on my social media and a colleague of my husband saw the post, went to the store and contacted me to buy a painting. I was so happy! It really made my day.
Special offer - list 40 items for free!
I'm delighted to be able to offer you a special offer. Sign up using my special offer link from Etsy below and you will be able to list your first 40 items for FREE. So you can set up your shop, list your art or any other crafts you have and give it a trial for 4 full months for no charge at all (unless you make a sale of course - selling fees will still apply). Go for it, show your art off to the world, and fingers crossed you make some sales and can buy more paints 🙂
After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.
You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.