Have you heard of ArtFire? I discovered it through an ad on one of my most visited websites, Craftcult, where you can put in your Etsy user name and easily see who has hearted your shop or items. A very useful tool indeed...but, back to our main topic...
If you don't know anything about ArtFire, from what I have gathered in the few months I have been familiar with it, it is a website, similar to Etsy, where artisans and other sellers can sell their handmade items, supplies, and vintage items. The big difference that I see, is that ArtFire has a flat rate monthly fee ($7 if you get in as one of the first 5,000 members, $20 if you join after that - as of today there were about 850 spots left) and Etsy charges a per listing price to list and a small percentage of each sale. There is also a free membership, but I think that at this level you are limited to listing four items. I won't go into it much more than that - I really want to hear what other people think about it.
I joined with the intention of trying to sell my collection of vintage patterns (which has really outgrown the space I have for them in the past few months), thinking that I could do a whole lot more listing for $7 a month than if I were paying for each item. Of course, with school and such I haven't done much with the shop, but I did list a few patterns last week. You can see my shop here. I haven't had many views (I also haven't listed much yet), but I'm trying to decide if I should even try with ArtFire. What do you think? Is there really room for another Etsy, especially with the current state of the economy? Are the advantages of ArtFire really worth it? I'd especially love to hear from anyone who has already joined ArtFire or has seriously thought about it. The truth is I keep going back and forth - ask Ryan. About a week ago I said to him, "I think I'm just going to cancel my subscription," and two days later I got on the stick, took some pictures and got a few things listed.
And if you do decide to join because I my post (I think it's obvious I'm not trying to convince anyone one way or the other here), please use this referral link or the link on the image at the top. If ten people join at the $7 level because of me, then my membership is free and I won't have to make a decision about whether to stay or not!