Handmade crafters selling venue profile: iCraft

In a previous post, I provided a list of venues for artists, artisans and artisan crafters. This week I’m profiling another of those sites on my blog.

I asked Natalie from iCraft to tell us a bit more about her venue. And right now, if you join iCraft, you can save 25% by joining in 2008. If you register with iCraft.ca before the end of this year, you will receive 25% off on all subscription fees permanently! Learn more here: http://www.icraft.ca/pr08-11-01.php

iCraft.ca - the highest-quality arts, crafts and fashion collections from around the globe.

What is the site name: iCraft

Where can artisan sellers find you?
A Flickr Group! http://www.flickr.com/groups/i-craft
iCraft on Kaboodle http://www.kaboodle.com/store/icraft.ca
Twitter http://twitter.com/iCraft
iCraft.ca on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/iCraftca/7670217021
iCraft Group on Indiepublic http://www.indiepublic.com/group/icraft

There are a few blogs where Creators mention us. http://inkonmyfingers.typepad.com/ink_on_my_fingers/2008/04/icraft-the-cana.html
http://bloghandmade.blogspot.com/search/label/icraft.ca

What is your plan for the site? What are your goals?
We want to make iCraft.ca the best site possible for Creators and Visitors to showcase and purchase unique Art, Crafts, and Fashion items from around the world. We look forward to iCraft.ca becoming the most recognized source of original handmade products.

Who is your target seller audience?
Anyone who is highly creative and passionate about their talent! The Seller must be the original designer, creator, and/or producer of his or her art, craft, or fashion. Absolutely no ‘re-sales’ are permitted.

Who is your target buyer audience?
People who appreciate and enjoy owning unique handmade items and finding “hidden gems” created by international artisans, whether for themselves, a special occasion, or as a thoughtful gift.

Is this an international, domestic US, Far East or European focused site?
iCraft.ca is international. Our slogan “Creativity without borders” reflects our belief that creativity is a worldwide trait and enjoyed by different kinds of people from around the world.

iCraft.ca -the highest-quality arts, crafts and fashion collections from around the globe.

What differentiates this venue from other online selling venues? Why should artisan sellers consider utilizing this site as a resource instead of other, older sites or their own sites?
iCraft.ca works to promote our Creators and respect their talent. Firstly, we don’t charge any commission on sales. In addition, we regularly feature Creators in our “In the Spotlight” section and actively work to build a sense of community and mutual appreciation between Creators, Buyers, and administrators.

We also provide Creators with marketing tools to promote their Exhibits, such as bookmarking to social media sites (http://www.icraft.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?t=431), submissions to Google Base (http://icraft.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?t=493), RSS feeds (http://icraft.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?t=519). “Live Help” and Twitter integration – are coming soon!

We strive to provide remarkable customer service. We try to respond to all email inquiries within 2 business days. However, most customer emails are answered within 24 hours.

How have your structured your seller pricing?
We keep it simple: we don’t charge commissions on sales! Creators keep all their profits.

Instead, Creators pay a small one-time registration fee and monthly subscription fees for using our services.

One-time registration fee is required in order to verify the seller’s identity, ensure credit card validity, and to encourage honest and successful transactions. This preventative measure gives buyers confidence that they are dealing with serious, honest sellers.

Creators then have subscription options based on how many products they would like to display in their Exhibit. We offer free listings for up to 5 items, with subscription packages starting from $5.00 CAD per month. We also provide great options to help save on the subscription fees, listed below.

1. Save 25% By Signing Up in ’08 – If you register with iCraft.ca before the end of this year, you will receive 25% off on all subscription fees permanently! Learn more here: http://www.icraft.ca/pr08-11-01.php
2. Pay Fees Upfront – If you pay your annual subscription fees upfront, you can save 10% on all subscription fees. Learn more here: http://www.icraft.ca/pr08-11-22.php
3. Refer A Friend & Get 3 Months Free – Refer a friend to iCraft.ca and you will receive 3-months of free service with unlimited product postings! Your friend will receive 6-months of free service! Learn more here: http://www.icraft.ca/pr08-07-28.php

Note that all of our offers work in combination, so free services and discounts can accumulate quickly to save big on subscriptions. To view our full Pricing Policy, please visit: http://www.icraft.ca/pricing.php

What else should we know?
As with any site, ours is a work in progress. However, we are constantly looking for ways to improve and promote the site and its amazing Creators. We view our Creators as equal partners and co-contributors. Their ideas and suggestion are what drives our development and we are continually working to create a strong sense of community with all iCraft.ca users. We embrace technology and open collaboration and plan to incorporate many more exciting features, including web 2.0 features on the site. So stay tuned, there is much more to come!

Stay tuned over the next weeks as I will be profiling more artisan handmade selling  venues with interviews and giveaways from the site owners. You can find this site’s traffic rank according to Alexa here


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Comments

  1. Great profile! I’ve had a shop on iCraft since March and one thing I really love about it is the quick and easy listing process. I also find that newly listed items get front page exposure for *much* longer than on Etsy.

  2. Thank you for featuring this wonderful site! I’ve joined iCraft since beginning and I am still pleasantly surprised at all the developments and new things they introduce on regular basis. I’ve made some great connections there and a few sales too.
    I agree with Ainse, it’s nice that everyone gets homepage exposure and a chance to showcase their products at no extra cost. I also like the fact that iCraft is for handmade products only. No resellers, used or mass-produced products are allowed.

  3. Great site! Very promising. I hope it will take off. I’ve received many requests for custom orders there. You’ll do better there if you update your store frequently. It’s free and your products will be shown first. Friendly crowd. I highly recommend it.

  4. Oh, forgot to mention. iCraft’s listing process is super easy. I like that you can put all products on hold with one click, if you are away doing a show and don’t have time to check your email. Also, I like the option of posting “Reserved” items for custom orders.

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