Moving from Etsy to Sellfy

In this article:

How do Etsy and Sellfy compare?

How easy is it to switch my business to Sellfy?

Can I offer custom-made products on Sellfy?

Does Sellfy ship my products for me?

Can I offer Free Shipping with Sellfy?

How do Etsy and Sellfy compare?

Etsy and Sellfy are both e-commerce platforms that allow you to sell your products online, but in terms of features and functionality, they differ considerably. 

Etsy can be considered more of a marketplace in which you compete directly with other sellers. Customers can use the search function to enter keywords and are presented with multiple sellers offering the same or similar products that match the keywords. This means that your prices, images, and the like are being compared to other sellers and their products.

Note: Etsy functions as a marketplace whereas Sellfy is built for creators who sell products through their own custom storefront. This eliminates the tough competition in the marketplace settings.

Sellfy, on the other hand, is designed for creators and businesses looking to sell products through a customizable storefront, an existing website, blog, and social media channels. Your customers can visit a professional-looking website to see all of your products and only your products!

Sellfy also offers features and integrations for advancing the marketing and sales of products, such as upselling and simple email marketing as well as integrated analytics, and more.

How easy is it to switch my business to Sellfy?

It's not difficult to get started at Sellfy and we'll help you make you to make the transition as smooth as possible! But, starting your store at Sellfy will require you to take time to customize your storefront and upload your products. Unfortunately, it's not possible to move your entire business from Etsy to Sellfy in one single step. However, our free two-week trial is the perfect time to get everything ready to make the switch.

You can use Sellfy in four different ways to sell products online:

  1. Build a Sellfy-based storefront
  2. Use your Sellfy storefront under a custom domain
  3. Embed our simple checkout into your own website or blog
  4. Put direct links to your store in your Instagram, Youtube, or other social media channels

If you're interested to read more about how you can use Sellfy, head over here. Then, here's a list of steps you'd need to take to start selling with Sellfy:

  1. Sign up for our 14-day free trial
  2. Add your products
  3. Build a Sellfy-based storefront or embed our service
  4. Select a subscription package

Can I offer custom-made products on Sellfy?

It is possible to sell variations of a product, i.e. different sizes of a bracelet. The different options available for the product are listed as variants on your product page prior to purchasing so customers need to choose from the selection you're offering. 

If you're looking to offer even more customized details, then you'd want to give clients the opportunity to connect with you before or after the purchase to let you know what exactly they're looking for. To do this, they can use the Contact form on the store to reach you by email or you can integrate Facebook Messenger live chat. That way, you can discuss the request with them before or after the purchase to ensure they'll receive the product according to their preference.

With the live chat option, the Messenger icon will pop up on your storefront and so you can prompt visitors to get in contact with for custom-made orders. See our Help Guide here for instructions.

Note: If you use the stock feature in combination with variants, the product will show "out of stock" only for the variants that have been sold out. 

You can add as many variants as you like and set the price and stock for each individually. 

Does Sellfy ship my products for me?

No, Sellfy does not provide shipping or fulfilment services. You'll be responsible for the delivery of the product.

Important! If you're selling physical products using Sellfy, you'll need to handle shipping and logistics from your end. Shipping options and methods are entirely up to and can be set up individually for each product.

By default, the shipping setting is set to Worldwide. Depending on your location, however, you may be able to ship easily within the United States but will encounter difficulties shipping to Europe or other parts of the world.

Make sure that you set your shipping options to only include the countries that you are physically and legally able to ship to. You can edit the shipping options in your Sellfy account at any time to exclude any locations that you aren't able to deliver packages to.

To add and/or edit the shipping options for your product(s):

  1. Log in to your Sellfy account
  2. Navigate to Products > Physical products (the product must be uploaded as a physical product to display the shipping settings in the editor)
  3. Scroll down to Shipping
  4. Click Add shipping region/country
  5. Select the countries/regions > Add new
  6. Set the price for each shipping option(s)

Note: It's not possible to edit the shipping options for all products at once. You'll need to save shipping options for each product separately.

Can I offer Free Shipping with Sellfy?

Yes, you can offer Free Shipping. 

To do this, simply set your Shipping cost to 0.00 in the Product Editor.

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