It feels like Amazon is taking over the online shopping universe.  With unbeatable prices and same day shipping on tons of items why would you shop anywhere else? Amazon is now offering handmade items on their site.  If you are familiar with the website Etsy, Amazon Handmade is very similar.

I am a huge Etsy and Amazon user.  I was not happy that Amazon solicited Etsy sellers to join their new site via email “We’re offering artisans like you a first peek at Handmade, a new marketplace for handcrafted goods,” the Amazon email states.

Amazon vs Etsy:

Amazon.com Handmade Products


Etsy Your place to buy and sell all things handmade vintage and supplies


Amazon Handmade for Sellers:

  • minimum of $0.50 for listing an item or 12% for sales (whichever is greater)
  • Selling more than 40 non-handmade items in different categories on your Handmade account will result in you being subject to the monthly fee of $39.99
  •  Amazon requires that all products be made entirely by hand, hand-altered, or hand assembled by companies with 20 or fewer employees or collectives with less than 100 people.

Etsy for Sellers:

  • $0.20 for listing an item
  • 3.5% fee for sales completed on their website
  • Can sell handmade or vintage items
  • Everything listed in their handmade category must be made or designed by the seller. The seller may hire employees to help run her business or outside help to assist in making her designs, but if a seller is using any outside help this must be approved through Etsy’s outside manufacturing review process.

Amazon Handmade for Buyers:

  • Free shipping on many items
  • Question and answer section

Etsy for Buyers:

  • You can direct message a seller
  • You can request custom orders


Amazon is a monster of a site with a focus in making money in any available space.  You can buy almost anything on Amazon. Etsy on the other hand focuses on artisan items. They support the local artists. Which site will you choose?

Caity Kinslow

Caity Kinslow

Graphic Designer, Web Designer

Graduate from Arcadia University, Caity serves as the main editor and blog writers for the team with a focus on Social Media trends and day-to-day tech based topics. Having a natural eye for layout and color, she is the the Graphic and Web Designer of the team with a specialty in Photoshop and InDesign.