As I’m starting to release patterns here, I’m thinking of releasing/selling them elsewhere too.
If you have any experience with selling on another platform (like Etsy and Ravelry), do you have any tips for me? I have no idea how it works, both to sell things and how if works with free patterns, and I feel completely out of depth
Thank you so much
I’ve tried Etsy before but it just didn’t work for me. I have tried Facebook Marketplace and tbh it’s abit hit and miss. I found that alot of scammers are on there. I’ve also tried Adverts.ie and that can be good. Like you I’m quite new to releasing/selling patterns.
Ribblr has general information on how it works in the help center
Thank you If it’s okay to ask, what didn’t work for you with Etsy?
@tygger428 Thank you, but this is all the information I can find on it with the help page; " Can I sell my patterns elsewhere?
Yes, you can. Your patterns aren’t exclusive to Ribblr although we’re sure crafters will enjoy your patterns most by using the interactive Ribblr ePattern."
So I’m wondering about others’ experiences
It was the fees on Etsy more than anything else. I found them too high so with the prices of my makes and patterns it wasn’t really working out.
i sell on instagram and its not the best but if your just getting into selling it works!
Thank you for explaining!
@OMLET Thank you for telling me! I’ll look into that
Etsy isn’t worth it IMO unless you sell a lot. Etsy charges a $0.20 listing fee, a 6.5% transaction fee, a payment processing fee depending on your region(in the US like 3% + 25cents), a 2.5% currency conversion fee, fees to run ads which is necessary to sell on the site IMO. They also have a $10/month fee to have your own etsy website for more customizations. But Etsy sucks now, too many AI generated “artwork” and too much stuff being sold that’s clearly not handmade by the person selling them.
Ravelry is pretty good option to list, like Ribblr they don’t charge you to list. If you make less than $30 in sales in a month you will only pay PayPal processing fees (2.9% + $0.35). If your pattern sales exceed $30 per month, the 3.5% fee of total sales is billed monthly. I’d recommend making a ravelry account (:
Yeah, I’ve heard that it equals about 10% in fees from some crochet youtubers, but I still consider trying it because a lot of people seem to buy patterns from there I’m a bit divided. From what you wrote, I’m thinking it might be best to wait with trying Etsy until I have a couple patterns and then just hope for the best
Oh, and I actually have a ravelry account, I just don’t know how to sell on it/if it’s worth the effort ^^’ I basically only use it to update my stash at the moment (I saw that Ribblr has a stash function as well, but I’m not crazy enough to re-stash about 250 balls/skeins of yarn )
I’m only just starting as well, but for now i can say that what i make gets way more attention on ribblr than on the other platforms. Indeed on Etsy, there is not much left with the fees, and maybe you need to pay for advert to really be seen ? Or is it random ? But there is alot of crochet patterns on Etsy, so it is definitely a place where people sell them, and i see alot of creative things. I did struggle to put my pattern on ravelry as well i find it quite confusing. But there is some people visiting my shop through that site as well. I would advice you to post your patterns on all platforms, after all, they are going to stay on there for all your lifetime, so it might work very well for you at a point ! If not, then you didn’t lose anything, as you have nothing to do once they are posted. Personnaly, i find it’s worth it even if only a few people want to try my pattern, that’s already great
Thank you so much for telling me about your experiences–you make a lot of good points And yeah, ravelry isn’t the most user-friendly website when it comes to… well, most things You’re absolutely right about it being worth it even if only a few try it out, too!
I’ve had a Ravelry account for years and my early patterns are sold through my friends shop Rainbow Valley. I think I’ve only ever earned about £40 on there since 2018.
Been selling here since mid May and have sold more than £70. So I’m sticking with here. I also sell printed pdfs in my yarn shop too.
Wow, that’s not a lot for Ravelry! But then again, ravelry has so many patterns and can be a hit and miss when it comes to finding what you’re searching for, so that makes sense. Ribblr does seem to have much better discoverability. Thank you for letting me know