Selling Art Online – My Thoughts On Handmade At Amazon

Selling Art - My Thoughts On Handmade At Amazon

By now you might wonder what is Handmade At Amazon. Well it is in its core, the Amazon version of Etsy – the online market place that is supposed to be for handmade items, services and vintage things – just with a little twist.

First of all, stuff listed on Handmade At Amazon is actually handmade. Before becoming a seller, an artist has to fill out an application, and prove that their production process is that what can be considered artisan – small businesses with only one or a very few people working on projects,and items that are truly crafted, not mass produced. I had a beef with that on Etsy, one of the reasons why I never became an affiliate for them, and promoted the crafters items, was because there were so many mass produced things in there, posing as handmade.

But Amazon sells a lot of mass produced stuff too, what’s the difference?
Well, they don’t lie about the items they list as mass produced, and claim that they are handmade or artisan. You can buy both, but they are in different sections, and do not compete with each other. A win for the crafts people, I think.

There are quite a few really nice products already listed, on Handmade but I have a feeling too many people are still waiting to see if it is really worth diving into. I highly suggest not to wait. As with Etsy, those who set up shop early make the most profit and have the best chance of continued success. If you are an Etsy seller, I would suggest that you get into the action now. Especially before the shopping frenzy starts.

Visually, I find the set up appealing but unremarkable. It is not too different from the rest of Amazon, actually blends in so much, that if it was not for the not so very big logo “Handmade” on the right side of the screen, I would have thought I am just serving the old-fashioned Amazon. What I do like is, that if I share a pin directly from the listing’s page, it automatically adds the light blue Handmade At Amazon logo, so it is easy to distinguish the pins from others. A great way to promote individual artists, I think.

But with the launch just having been a few days ago, it is still early to see if Amazon continues to support Handmade as much as it promised. After all it is only a small section within this huge company, and unlike the niche appeal Etsy had, I have a feeling the products could get lost in there.

The opportunity here lies for the individual artists to work together with marketers and affiliates (like me), to get more exposure to gain traction. That is, if these sellers are not too busy to keep running their Etsy stores, with their already established clients.

 

Have you checked out Handmade At Amazon yet? What are your first thoughts? Let me know what you think about this opportunity, or if you are already have a store set up. If you do, I would love to interview you, and here what you think, and what you think this new venture can add to your sales and success.

Have a wonderful day!

Claudia

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Moving Forward – A Haiku

"Sadness" Cell phone case by Avalon Media http://goo.gl/lCmfHg

“Sadness” Cell phone case by Avalon Media
http://goo.gl/lCmfHg

 

bitter-sweet memory
letting go off yesterday
no time to look back

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

 

Unresolved – A Haiku

Haiku: Unresolved

Nagging at my soul, deep
restless guilty feelings, grab hold
every waking thought

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton

This post was inspired by today’s Daily Prompt: “Set It To Rights

Foreigner – A Haiku

Foreigner - A Haiku

my identity
crisis unfolds – worlds collide
where do I belong?

born in the midst of
those who see me, as the one
belonging elsewhere

lost, I search for a
little compassion, just once
so fear can subside

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

This post was inspired by a television show on Germany TV, where comedians and poets, who happen to be Muslim – and have spent most of their lives, if not all of it, in Germany –  deal with the current tension, by using humor, art, and words to relief some of the fear of extremism.

Extremism goes both ways – not only from those whom we see murdering people, but also in our reaction to those who share nationality and/or faith with those whom done those atrocities. The veiled woman in the store, or the Middle Eastern gentleman passing by is not responsible in a personal sense for these deaths. Lets keep that in mind, and create dialogue, instead of more fear and hate.

 

Survivor – A Haiku

Survivor - A Haiku

Memory of you
makes me squirm with dreadful thoughts
but you did not win

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

This post was inspired by the Daily Prompt “Embrace The Ick“.

 

Oh Cool – An Award!

Thank you to Axel Rider for nominating me for the “Very Inspiring Blogger” Award!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

That was very sweet of you! Now, as with most awards, there are some rules attached. Here they are:

  • Thank the one who nominated by linking their blog and display the award emblem.
  • Nominate some other blogs (10ish or so) and link them.
  • Mention three things that inspired you the most in the last week or so…

Okay, I can do that! There are so many beautiful blogs out there at the moment, so finding 1o people to share this award with will be fun! Here is my list:

Waywordness

Transition of Thoughts

Sarah’s Humble Blog

Lisa Rosier

The Magickal Pen

My Journey To The Boston Marathon…

Perspective on Life, The Universe And Everything 

Becoming Angela

Roxi St. Claire

Through The Peacock’s Eyes

I highly recommend that you check out these blogs! Very interesting and diverse bunch, but everyone of them is incredibly creative. I am happy to share them with you!

Wishing you the most wonderful day!

Claudia

 

 

Cryptic

Cryptic - A Haiku

will you understand
the cryptic message’s hidden thoughts
left at your doorstep?

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2014

This post was inspired by today’s Daily Post Prompt: “The Language of Things”.