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Selling on the Etsy UK online marketplace

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Selling on the Etsy UK online marketplace

Getting started on Etsy UK

Etsy is an online marketplace for craft and handmade items. It was established in 2005 and it’s now a global marketplace.

As a seller, you can set up an Etsy store. And if you opt into international shipping, you would be visible to buyers worldwide.

Etsy is predominately a Business-to-consumer (B2C) marketplace but it does allow sellers to offer items on a wholesale basis. Fees are paid on a per listing basis. You’ll also pay a percentage commission per sale.


Etsy is a business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) market place, selling to customers worldwide.


You can sell on Etsy if your business is in one or more of the following sectors:

  • Textiles
  • Fashion
  • Crafts
  • Handmade
  • Jewellery
  • Food and drink
  • Gifts

Subscriptions and fees

As a seller on Etsy, you must pay a publication fee of £0.16 per listing, plus commission of 5%.

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