Are we allowed to "sell" our products through our hubs? I thought this was against the TOS policy. So when reading a hub & seeing that I can contact the hubber to purchase an item from them directly (info is giving in Hub article) or to go to their Ebay store which is promoted in the Hub with direct links - this is okay? So if its not okay, why are the hubs up and running?
I am sure it is fine. Why not? I think the only limit is two outgoing links to another site.
lol I didn't know it was supposedly against the TOS. Doesn't really make much sense considering hubpages gets money when someone buy's from ebay from clicking on a hub. If they allow Ebay affiliates to advertise Ebay listings, it wouldn't make sense to tell them they can't show their own listings, but only others.
I don't know, maybe if no one rats you out. lol Another oddity, I am not an ebay affiliate through hubpages, so if someone buy's one of my items through ebay, ebay and hubpages gets a cut while I don't. Hubpages and Ebay get the side profits on my sold items while I only get the profit on my item sold. Kinda twisted.
That makes sense. I've never sold on Ebay. We've been looking at Ebay to sell products, but we've never seen anything on ebay that looks like what my hubby makes (segmented wood vases), that is why we chose Etsy over Ebay.
lol I thought you made a typo by writing Etsy by trying to write Ebay. I haven't heard of that one before. Is it pretty big?
Etsy specializes in hand made products and vintage products. Lots of hand made jewelry, knitted/crocheted items, stained glass, etc. You wouldn't be able to sell a cell phone or used clothing on the site.
Marinealways, so do you include eBay capsules and specify your own seller ID, so only your products show up? Cool.
etsy is absolutely the best choice for art and handmade related items, as for clothing..youll find lots of clothing that is "vintage" or 'handmade" or even just modified, much of that clothing could be considered "used"
Your kids last season tommy hilfiger sweater, no
your kids last season tommy hilfiger sweater with intentional artsy bleach stains, yes
your 30 year old high school letter jacket, yes
Etsy does have a policy that vintage clothing sold on its site should be at least 20 years old, although there are always sellers who will try and bend the rules or break them altogether.
I use Etsy to sell vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery and buttons and I find its selling fees to be far more reasonable than eBay's (it costs US $0.20 to list an item in your shop for three months and there is a 3.5% commission on the price of the item, compared to £1.20 (about $2.00) to list a Buy It Now item on eBay for the same period and an 8.5% final value fee).
It's definitely become harder to sell stuff on eBay over the six years I've been doing it. Their listing fee structure favours people who sell multiples of the same item, rather than small "niche" sellers.
I have been a powerseller for a little while on Ebay. I have done pretty good for part time selling. I agree, the fee's are horrible. I think they can charge and get away with it because there isn't another auction site that can compete with them at the moment.
I am interested in Etsy as an artisan. You would recommend Etsy? How would I go about seeing what you have for sale there? Hope I haven't been too intrusive, just don't know much about Etsy yet Be well, Holly
You can go to my profile and see my Etsy website address. I would suggest browsing Etsy for the same types of things your make. Etsy is a great site. Takes awhile to set up, but hopefully well worth it
thats a pretty cool idea,thanks, never occurred to me before
I just want to be clear on something. I wanted to know if it's ok to build a Hub to sell your own items without having to link to ebay or something else.
I found these posts on that subject but am still not quite clear. I'm very new and am enjoying myself immensely and don't want to get kicked off for doing something wrong.
I do a lot of artistic stuff and would like to sell it soley from my pages?
Your question is exactly what I originally asked, since its okay to promote ebay - but Hubpages are affiliated with ebay. I would like clarity on this also.
Yes, I'm sure it would be. If you include more than one link to an external site, it would get classed as overly promotional. However, so long as you have only one link, and it's not an affiliate link (just a straight link to your site), then it would be fine.
For instance, I'm an eBay affiliate and have three websites where I sell eBay products. I can't link direct to those products (except in the eBay capsule) but I can, and do, link to my website pages where those products are displayed.
I could imagine a Hub with photos of art posters and a link to the website where you can buy them, that would be fine.
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