How to start selling on eBay, Etsy & Amazon

Whether you want to start a business or build a brand with Shopify, just making some extra cash as a part-time seller on eBay, Etsy or Amazon is still the best way to get started as a new seller online, even today.

In the most simplest terms once you've created a retailer account with us you can begin selling our products on marketplaces such as eBay and Etsy with minimal fuss. You can search and browse our website for products you'd like to sell, download the product images to your device, and start creating listings directly on eBay and/or Etsy in the normal way.

What happens after I sell something?

When you make a sale, you simply purchase the item from this website at a discounted price and enter your customers address in the shipping address section. We'll ship the item directly to your customer, 100% hassle free!

To learn more about the various ways you can send us your orders, including how to send multiple orders at once, check out our guide on How to Fulfill Your Orders →

Both eBay & Etsy are the simplest marketplaces to begin selling our products upon. If you'd like to know what to sell, you can check out our all-time best selling products here →

Start selling on eBay

You'll need to create an eBay account (if you don't already have one). You can do this through the eBay website, either using a desktop computer, laptop or even your mobile device. eBay also has a handy mobile app that enables you to create and manage your eBay listings on-the-go which you can download from the iOS/Android store on your mobile device. A business account is not required to sell on eBay and anyone can start selling as a private seller.

You can open an eBay shop for additional monthly fee, but this is not at all necessary and does not provide you with any additional visibility on the marketplace whatsoever.

Once you've opened your eBay account, search and browse our website for products you'd like to sell, download the product images to your device, and start creating listings directly on eBay.

What does selling on eBay cost?

Private sellers can list for free on eBay. After you've used your monthly allocation of 1,000 free listings (or more if you have an eBay Shop), you'll be charged 35p for each new listing created.

You pay one final value fee for items you sell on eBay, and you don't have to worry about third party payment processing fees.

The final value fee is calculated as 12.8% of the total amount of the sale (which includes the item price, postage, taxes and any other applicable fees), plus a fixed charge of 30p per order.

There are no monthly fees to selling on eBay as a private seller, unless you choose to subscribe and open an eBay shop.

Start selling on Etsy

You'll need to create an Etsy account (if you don't already have one). You can do this through the Etsy website, either using a desktop computer, laptop or even your mobile device. Etsy also has a handy mobile app that enables you to create and manage your Etsy listings on-the-go which you can download from the iOS/Android store on your mobile device. You'll be given an Etsy shop (for free) which you can customise with your own name, logo and shop categories with a personalised link that you can promote on social media.

Once you've opened your Etsy account, search and browse our website for products you'd like to sell, download the product images to your device, and start creating listings directly on Etsy.

What does selling on Etsy cost?

Each listing that you create on Etsy costs £0.16p and lasts for four months, or until the item sells. You'll be charged a renewal fee (£0.16p) each time the item sells.

You pay a 6.5% transaction fee plus a £0.20p payment processing fee, when you sell an item on Etsy.

There are no monthly fees to selling on Etsy, unless you subscribe to Etsy Plus which provides an additional set of tools to help jump-start growth.

Start selling on Amazon

The barrier to entry for new Amazon sellers is often considered an elightening experience all by itself (you've been warned). This is because Amazon operates it's marketplace in a completely different way to most others. There is a considerable amount of vetting and documentation required to get started selling on the Amazon marketplace, but being the largest and most successful marketplace in the world, sellers are willing to overcome these challenges to enjoy the rewards that selling on Amazon can bring them.

Amazon is largely considered to be a business seller focused marketplace and a legal business registration (i.e. sole trader/limited company status) will be required if you wish to start selling on the Amazon marketplace.

Amazon does offer an individual selling plan, but this is not recommended due to it's limitations and relatively high selling costs.

What does selling on Amazon cost?

All sellers (Professional) can list for free on Amazon, but you'll need to pay a monthly ongoing subscription of £25 + VAT per month.

Amazon also collects a referral fee on each sale, which is a percentage of the total transaction and varies by product category. On average, for the types of products that we offer you can expect this referral fee to be around 16.9%.

Selling on Amazon can be complicated, especially for new sellers. To help you understand the ways in which you can sell our products on Amazon, check out our complete guide to selling on Amazon →.

Building a Branded Store with Shopify (starting a business with us)

If you're serious about starting a business online you might want to consider building a branded store with Shopify. With a branded store you create a live connection to our entire catalog and have this data synced automatically to your store in the background in realtime.

We enable our branded store retailers the ability to offer a custom branded experience for their customers with branded packing slips, personalised messaging and your own logo printed on the outside of every package.

Furthermore you can easily expand your brand to marketplaces by connecting your store with specialist marketplace expansion add-ons (available at an additional cost from the Shopify App store) which enable you to automate many of the processes involved in both creating and managing hundreds (if not thousands) of product listings on marketplaces such as eBay, Etsy & Amazon.

What does it cost to launch a branded store with Shopify?

A basic Shopify subscription will cost $29 per month (14-day free-trial) plus a 2% transaction fee if you use Shopify Payments. You'll also need to add a SyncLogic integration to connect with our catalog which costs a further $19.99 per month (30-day free-trial) and if you choose to expand to marketplaces using the various add-ons for eBay, Etsy & Amazon, you can also expect to pay an additional monthly cost for access to these services too.

Learn more about creating your own branded store with Shopify →.

Where to get help?

No matter where you choose to start, we're always here to help. Our Retailer Portal (link available from within "My account") provides you with free direct live-chat to expert advice and is just one-click away. You can find us online and available any time throughout the day, almost every day of the week. Be sure to visit the Retailer Portal if you need any help.

  • Your primary contact will be @Jason Morgan via the Slack App.

TIP! If you're using a mobile device, don't forget to download the Slack iOS/Android app for always on access to our Retailer Portal whilst you're on-the-go, anywhere in the world.

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