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A BRAND new e-commerce site has just launched as an alternative to Etsy, with a key twist for shoppers and sellers alike.
Artisans Cooperative is an online marketplace similar to Etsy where creatives may sell their handmade goods.
Additionally, the shopping site is “owned by and operated by its users,” according to a company press release.
The company calls itself a “co-op alternative to Etsy” as it’s becoming a different type of retail marketplace for buyers and sellers to interact.
Artisans Cooperative launched the site during National Co-op Month.
This is where folks raise awareness of the cooperative business model and an ethical alternative.
“We are excited to provide a platform that rewards the artisans and their craft as the true value builders of a marketplace,” Erin Sapre secretary of Artisans Cooperative said in a statement.
In 2022, sellers decided to strike after Etsy chief executive officer Josh Silverman announced the company would increase the five percent transaction fee for sellers to 6.5 percent.
Artisans Cooperative was created as a collective due to the loss of trust in Etsy afterward.
The site is a marketplace for shoppers who are looking for handmade goods.
Additionally, artists, crafters, and other makers are seeking to form a new selling platform.
Sellers will find “transparent, community-written policies and a simple sales commission with no listing fees,” per the site.
Plus, artisans and general supporters alike will have the opportunity to become co-op business owners with voting rights and financial rights.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The site was built in less than a year using Shopify technology making the marketplace a fully-functional Beta.
Artisans Cooperative started its first day with over 70 shops and 1,200 with more being added daily.
Shoppers can expect to see unique, handcrafted items built from passion.
Plus, each item for sale is handmade which means it will be a one-of-a-kind purchase.
Artists are selling home and garden crafts, clothing, accessories, books, and more.
There are no listing fees which means that sellers won’t have to pay to use the site.
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