Is Artfire really for losers?

5 May

Pussdaddy said this on her blog and we admit it, it made us laugh, but our question is if it is really true? We haven’t even bothered looking over there. Even with all the soapdeli hype.

Also, contrary to what some twittering nitwits are saying, I will not be signing up at ArtFire. There are some good, honest sellers there that is true, but mostly ArtFire is comprised of all Etsy’s sloppy seconds, if you will, the dregs and left overs who couldn’t make it on Etsy, who finally moved to ArtFire to continue bitching because they tired of bitching on Etsy, so why the heck would I want to go there?

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15 Responses to “Is Artfire really for losers?”

  1. Barb May 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    No. It is a very user friendly site. Many there are also on etsy and have their own websites. It is another venue that really has some great features. I can make it wherever I choose to sell. It offers a great deal to sellers and I believe it has the ability to grow and grow and be a quality site.

  2. Me May 5, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    okay, guilty. It made me laugh.

  3. Brenda May 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    consider the source….*rolls eyes*

    I think artfire is going to be there for the long haul, they’ve started out with a good base with adding everything we’ve asked for at Etsy (for years now…).

  4. JK May 5, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    There’s a successful supply seller who I shopped with on Etsy until she opened her Artfire shop. Because fees there are lower so are her prices. I find the site very usable and the absence of PussWhiny makes it even nicer!

  5. Brenda May 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    JK,

    Ive been able to drop my prices on artfire as well, its really freakin’ expensive to sell supplies on Etsy, all that renewing and the commission cost really adds up! Im doing some studio cleaning and listing on Etsy just cause the traffic is still there…

    When I read that some sellers have bills that are in the high hundreds, I just dont understand why they are on Etsy! That must really be a high percentage of their item cost…

  6. laughs May 5, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    Sorry, but I can’t stand artfire. It feels like shopping at a flea market and I’m not a fan of that.

  7. Who cares? May 6, 2009 at 12:11 am #

    Artfire is seller friendly, and buyer dismal.

  8. Brenda May 6, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    If you were on Etsy in 2005-2006, you’d say the same thing….now Etsy has flipped to being a juried site without the offical jurying…which I think is sad.

    Im tired of seeing ‘glossy model shots’ on the FP….

  9. Artfire is not for me June 9, 2009 at 8:07 am #

    Etsy sellers who have monthly fees in the hundreds are wasting their time and money on renewing. Total waste.

    Artfire is not going to be around much longer. Their site is just trashy looking. Not for me either.

  10. Heather July 8, 2009 at 11:19 am #

    I really like the user interface on ArtFire. I love how EASY it is to list an item, more room for pictures and lower fees. I like the ‘Rapid Cart’ feature too. I’m using in on my own personal website until I’m able to figure out what to do next about a cart (suggestions?) Sure, it’s not as ‘cool looking’ as Etsy and I haven’t sold one damn thing there yet… But I’m hopeful. I’ve seen my items pop up high in Google searches within days. The great thing about it being ‘ugly’ is that there is room for improvement. Now buy my damn stuff! ;-P

  11. Hum... July 9, 2009 at 7:36 am #

    I have had more sales on Artfire this year (4) than Etsy (1). Personally I like Artfire better. The lesson I have learned from both sites though is that my product does not sell online well, so I just use them for portfolio sites.

  12. PussDaddy September 5, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    Maybe I was right. They did, after all, actively recruit and sign up con artist ShadeJewelry so fast it would make your head spin. Shade probably couldn’t even believe it.

    PussDaddy

  13. rosieroyalty October 9, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    I think since ArtFire doesnt have the fees, people can sell their items at a lower cost.

  14. artmkaer October 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    In reply to the artfire doesn’t have fees? They have a monthly fee. Unless your a basic member in which case you can only have ten items listed. I have two shops on etsy now and well over 100 items in each.

    And have not yet sold a danged thing on artfire.
    I like etsy.

  15. Sticking with Etsy October 26, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    Artfire is getting better looking and has great tools, but if you venture into the forums look out for the clique of Etsy haters that drank the AF Kool-Aid. They’re all about community and holding hands as long as you are bashing Etsy or sellers who charge what they think is too much, or any opinion not toeing the AF line- then you get flamed.
    They don’t moderate the FreeforAll forum, so sellers feel free to be as bitchy and nasty as they can – the best is when someone actually said, ” We are allowed to voice are opinions, and not every one will agree all the time. That’s democracy.”

    LOL it’s NOT a democracy – it’s a private business!! Do these ladies actually believe it’s a democracy? Unbelievable.

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