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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Anyone have an Artfire Store?? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 9/5/12 7:06 PM

I just wanted to ask about the payment structure? I see there is monthly fee, but no listing and final value fees? Does anyone have a store set up and can give me some info. Thanks

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Date: 9/5/12 8:07 PM

You just pay a monthly rate, that's it. Plus you have to pay percent to paypal as always. I can't recommend Artfire as a venue.

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Date: 9/5/12 8:29 PM

Did you have a bad experience with Artfire? I'm considering setting up a store and would appreciate your input. Good or bad, I'd be interested in hearing your opinion. Thanks

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Date: 9/6/12 1:44 AM

I had an Artfire store for a year or so just after they started up. I stopped selling things so I closed the store down, but during that time I sold quite a lot and had a very positive experience. Assuming they haven't gone seriously downhill since then, I'd happily use them again if there was a reason to open up another shop.

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Date: 9/6/12 7:07 AM

Thanks for sharing your experience with me. Happy to hear something positive. I take it kk didn't have such a great experience with them.

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Date: 9/6/12 3:32 PM

I closed down my Artfire shop because it was very clear that people were finding my shop based on me bringing them there and not by anything that Artfire did. It was not google friendly and the internal search was terrible. I was in as a pro shop at $5.95 a month almost since the beginning. I reevaluated when renewing my web domains that by using the features I had on my own web space, I could do the same thing, so closed up Artfire.

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Date: 9/6/12 4:10 PM

Thanks for elaborating on why you don't recommend Artfire. If I'm going to pay a flat fee to them I would expect them to promote my store. What did you get for the monthly fee? I think I'm going to go with Etsy. They are very active in promoting their stores so I will give them a shot. Thanks again, KK!!

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Date: 9/6/12 4:34 PM

I had both an Artfire and an Etsy store for a while and did much, much better on Etsy.

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Date: 9/6/12 6:49 PM

I had an artfire store for a year, I sold one item. Like was said above, you really have to do your own promoting, which means lots of time on facebook and posting to people's blogs (or better yet, having your own blog).

I just did not have the time and patience to do all of that social media stuff that was required. Even when I did do it, it did not help. I think it probably does depend on what you are selling and your pricing and how much competition you have but in spite of the higher fees, I do way better on ebay.

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