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Folksy vs Etsy cost comparison

How much does it cost to list and sell your products on Folksy vs Etsy?

There are many things to consider when choosing where to sell your art and craft online, and one of them is price. We often talk about the importance of making a profit, but to work that out you first need to know what fees you’ll be paying. Here at Folksy, we are big advocates of transparency. We want to make it easy for you to choose to sell your products with us, and that means a clear fee structure with no hidden charges.

Below, you’ll find a breakdown of our prices, compared with Etsy, so you can make the best choice for you and your creative business. We’ve done the maths so you don’t have to!

* These figures are understood to be correct as of October 2022. Please check Folksy and Etsy for details and any changes.

Fee Comparisons Folksy vs Etsy

For all the fee comparisons below we have used the example of a product priced at £10 with postage set at £2.50. The Folksy Plus fee has been calculated at £6.25, which is the cost of an annual Folksy Plus account £75 split over 12 months. If you are on a monthly Folksy Plus account, this fee will be £7.50.

Find a full breakdown of our fees here >

We have not included any additional fees that Etsy may charge. Other fees that you may also be charged by Etsy include:

  • Etsy Ad fees
  • Offsite Ad fees
  • Etsy Plus subscription fees

Transaction fees: The transaction fee you pay on Folksy is set by Paypal or Stripe and can vary (see Paypal’s Merchant fees here and Stripe’s merchant fees here). We have used Paypal in the examples below as most orders on Folksy go through Paypal, although Stripe fees are usually lower. On Etsy the current transaction fee is 6.5% of the product price plus the amount charged for delivery and gift wrapping.

We have tried to use examples that show a range of scenarios, from hobby makers who list and sell just a few items to sellers who regularly restock their shop. As you can see below, the Folksy Plus account is usually the best-value option if you list and/or sell lots of items.

As well as being the best-value option if you’re serious about your craft business, Folksy Plus account has other benefits too. For example, with a Folksy Plus account you can:

  • list as many items as you like for no additional charge
  • stock up your shop with up to 100 in quantity of each product for no additional charge
  • relist your items daily (or as often as you like)
  • show 10 photos per listing (rather than 5 on our basic account)
  • if you sell products with variations, use your extra photos to show different options
  • use our free Etsy import service
  • access highlighted items on your shop page

Example 1.
You have made a product, priced it at £10, set the postage to £2.50, and then sell it.

Folksy vs Etsy fee comparison

Example 2. 
You list or relist 50 items in a month (priced at £10 + £2.50 postage each) and sell 10 items.

Folksy vs Etsy fee comparison

Example 3. 
You list or relist 100 items in a month and sell 20 items.

Folksy vs Etsy fee comparison

Example 4. 
For volume sellers, who list or relist 500 items in a month and sell 50 items.

Folksy vs Etsy fee comparison

Example 5. 
If you only make and sell very few items a month, and do not wish to relist those products or take advantage of the other benefits of the Folksy Plus account, our basic account is the cheapest option.

Folksy vs Etsy fee comparison

Disclaimer: we have calculated the fees for both Folksy and Etsy to the best of our ability and believe them to be correct as of October 2022. If you believe we have made a mistake, please get in touch by emailing support@folksy.co.uk.

Image credit: Forest coin purse by Charlotte Macey

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