One of the most common questions people have when they are interested in selling online is where they should set up shop to sell their items. While there are several online platforms to choose from, most people debate whether to pick Etsy or eBay for their work-at-home reselling business.

eBay is very well known for the array of unique and rare to popular items for sale on their site. If someone is looking for a deal, they will most likely check eBay for the item in question first.

Another favorable haven for sellers is Etsy. Etsy isn’t just a spot for crafters to sell their handmade items. There are plenty of Etsy shops that list products in the vintage, craft supplies, and printable niches.

Both have several things in common: user-friendly apps, promotions manager tools, simplistic payment options, and discounts on shipping labels. 

Here are six things to consider when choosing where to sell your items.

Etsy vs. eBay for Reselling: How to Choose.

1. What to Sell

The first decision is what you want to sell. Most people “test the waters” by selling items that they no longer use or need from around their homes. If all goes well, you’ll run out of items and need to consider what you could make a profit on reselling.

Just remember, not everything can be sold on Etsy. Only handmade items, crafting supplies, or vintage items (20+ years or older) can be listed on their website. You can find almost anything on Etsy: toys, jewelry, personalized gifts, handmade figurines, etc. 

You can sell anything from a dirty sock, a concert ticket, or a mansion on eBay. There are restrictions to what you can and cannot sell, though. For example, alcohol is absolutely prohibited from selling on eBay and Etsy, for that matter. 

2. Payment Processing Fees

Each site, whether you use Etsy or eBay, will require a transaction fee. The most prominent concern that most people have is how much it will cost to start selling their items. Both sites require a listing fee, unless you open an eBay store. If you open an eBay store, then the fees are figured into your subscription fees. 

To put it simply, eBay fees are higher than Etsy’s. eBay typically charges an insertion fee, plus a final value fee, and they also take a cut on what you charge for shipping. So, when you sell on eBay