Monday, May 23, 2011

ArtFire: Is It The Next Big Thing?

A View Of The ArtFire Front Page
Certainly by now you have heard of ArtFire. It is an online market place for handmade items, vintage items and more. It is very much like Etsy, and yet it is very different. The biggest difference is the fact that there are no ongoing fees. You pay a flat fee around $10 a month and then sell as much as you like. They also offer a free version, but there are some limitations.

You may think that paying $10 a month is a lot. But look at it this way, when was the last time you had a bill on Etsy for $10? With listing fees, fees when you renew and fees when you sell, the $10 mark is quickly met and surpassed by the 10th of the month, at least it is for me. My bill on Etsy this month is already up to over $40!

ArtFire is still considered by many to be in its infancy. There are far fewer users there than on Etsy, but that is something that they are in the process of correcting. They are off and running and making leaps and bounds trying to make it the next big thing. I believe that they have some great potential.
Click Above To Start Your Pro Account Now!
This may be a shameless plug but I want to show you one of the great benefits for becoming a Pro Member. Their referral program is second to none. For every friend you refer to become a pro member you get a free month. Currently there are no limits, so refer 12 friends and get a year 100% free. PLUS the person you refer gets their third month free! Here is my shameless plug: Click this link and become a pro member through me.

There are some really great things that ArtFire is doing over Etsy. The item listing is done on one page. I love that. I have the pictures right there and I can see them while typing my description. It sure makes for a more accurate description. It also has a section for inspirational stories behind your item. You can also associate the item with an age group, holiday, or gender.

On the studio page you have some nifty tabbed sections right on your page, including a blog tab where you can do a blog right in ArtFire. Listing an item puts it into the search. You don't have to renew your item to be top of the search either. They have several different search criteria to make sure no one has to spend more money to be seen. A lot of good things happening over there.

It may be too soon to see if ArtFire will become as huge as Etsy but one thing is for sure, there is no reason to not have a shop on both sites. I have only made a few sales but because of their relationship with Google people were able to find me very quickly after my listing was made. So, I am endorsing ArtFire. Just do me the favor of going through me so that I can get a free month.

I'd like to hear your experiences with ArtFire. Please leave a comment and tell me how you are doing.

1 comment:

  1. I have a few prints listed over at ArtFire and only sold two things right after I opened my shop. After a few months of no sales I kind of forgot about it and eventually cancelled the Pro account. Then again, I didn't consistently list things, that might be why. Every now and then I'll get an email about being in some 'gallery' so I'll check-in. Maybe I'll give it a try again and make things specifically for ArtFire. =)