If you are an online seller or buyer in the United States, or anywhere in the world, chances are you have heard of Etsy. Raking in over 82 million monthly buyers, Etsy has established itself as one of the most prominent online marketplaces in the world. If you are a seller looking to showcase quality products for sale and you do not have a building or website to use as a platform, Etsy serves as an excellent platform in bridging the gap between you and potential buyers.
Undoubtedly, selling on Etsy saves you money. Even when you factor in the fee Etsy charges to allow you to sell on the platform, it is still more profitable than the thousands of dollars you would have spent in the search for a building or in creating a website. Here’s a list of the fees that Etsy will charge you.
- Listing fees;
- Transactional fee;
- Payment processing fee;
- Advertising fee.
Etsy Listing Fees
When you list an item on the Etsy platform, you are charged $0.20 as the “listing fee”. This fee is paid regardless of whether the item is sold or not. This fee covers four months, or when the item is eventually sold during that period. In the event where you haven’t sold the item in four months, you can auto-renew your listing fee for another four months.
- Multi-quantity listing fees:
Etsy charges $0.20 on each unit of the product sold. That means if a customer buys about 4 units of a particular product the overall listing fee will be $0.80. This implies that the listing fee is more of a transactional fee in cases where more than one unit is purchased.
Etsy Transactional Fees
For every sale you make to a customer, Etsy charges you 5% of the overall amount. This includes the price for the item, the shipping fee, gifting wrapping, and any customization needed.
Etsy Payment Processing Fee
As an Etsy seller living in the US, there are two main payment processing options available to you; PayPal and Etsy Payments. For Etsy Payment, the fee includes a 3% charge and an additional $0.25 on every item sold. PayPal charges 2.9% and an extra $0.30 on every transaction.
Etsy Advertising Fees
There are two main advertising fees on Etsy. They are Etsy Ads and Offsite Ads.
- Etsy Ads
This is an operational service offered by Etsy to its sellers. This service operates on the pay-per-click model which means that the fee charged will depend on the demand for the product and the keywords used in the Ad. You can also set a daily budget limit to ensure you do not exceed a particular amount for your Ad spends.
- Offsite Ads
Etsy’s Offsite Ad program has been controversial ever since its launch. All sellers on the platform are enrolled automatically. Only sellers with less than $10,000 in terms of transactions can opt out of the service.
For sellers with more than $10,000 yearly, a fee of 15% is placed on the culmination of all sales made through the program.
How to calculate your total Etsy Fee
For example, you sell handmade bags on Etsy for $100 and ship to the buyer for $10. If the bag costs you $35 to make and $5 to ship, you would have made a profit of $60.75 which is a 55.23% profit margin.
To effectively calculate your profits and fees on Etsy, utilize Flyp Etsy Calculator.