Experimenting

I got an invitation to apply for AmazonHandmade a couple weeks back. My first thought was that it took a long time for them to chase after Etsy’s turf. But they did, and here we are.

There was a lengthy questionnaire that I think was intended to weed out people who are hobbyists or are truly big-time studios. It was an interesting mix of questions, and I answered honestly. I fully expected to be rejected.

Instead, I got accepted.

Now. I am familiar with the inner workings of Amazon because I spent 9+ years there. Though not in a category-driven job, I know what kind of work goes into launching something like this. And when I got accepted I thought what the heck- it’s an opportunity to learn. I created several listings -not my entire inventory- and made them live on Amazon today. I put my Etsy shop on vacation. I’m not selling much there but I didn’t want there to be an “OOPS! Sold on both sites” moment.

I need to be on Amazon for awhile to see what, if anything comes of it. It will be interesting to update as time passes. I know the fees structures are different on Etsy vs Amazon, and probably more at first glance. Also, I’m not really sure Amazon -even with its awesome built in audience- is a great fit for artists. But again time will tell and they could surprise us all.

  2 comments for “Experimenting

  1. May 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Interesting… how is it going so far?

  2. Cipher Art
    May 2, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Slow- I’ve not had any sales and I’m not entirely sure that it’s a good fit for me. BUT, and this is a rather large qualifier, I’ve not had a lot of time to spend on growing the store. My day job is intensive.

    What I’d really like to do is speak to some other sellers who are doing Handmade sales and find out what works for them. The space on Amazon is still really new, so that may play a part also.

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