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Square vs. Etsy: Which is Best for Artists and Crafters?

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Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson has been writing about payment processing and mobile payments since 2014, and has been quoted in articles for Credit Karma and The Next Web, among others. She graduated from The University of Kansas in 2010 with bachelor's degrees in English and journalism.
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    Thanks a ton for this post! It was very informative & straight to the punch. Typically, I have to read across many blogs to find the answer I need but from your article, I was able to get all my answers in one! Double Thumps Up Melissa!


      So will etsy cancel your store if you use both etsy and square? If you use both, how would you post your store on your personal website? What about just using a shopping cart plugin like woocommerce instead?

      Great review of both companies

        Melissa Johnson

        Hi, Peggy!

        As far as I am aware, Etsy doesn’t care one bit if you sell on other platforms. There’s no exclusivity, so you could sell on your own website as well as on Etsy, Amazon, and eBay (I have a friend who does exactly that).

        Building an eCommerce website is very much a matter of personal preference. Square’s free online store is very, VERY basic. But now they’ve added quite a lot of eCommerce integrations (including WooCommerce) so you could process through Square but use one of these great shopping carts. It’s a matter of deciding what your budget is, how much you can afford upfront vs monthly, and what your technical capabilities are, plus what features you think you need for your site. You definitely want to do some research and take advantage of free trials.

        I hope that answers your question!

          Beth Christman

          Excellent write up. Thank you for this information. It was just what I was looking for.


            Thanks for the great comparision. I have to say, I still don’t know what the best approach is. I’ve been using the Etsy store and have been very happy with it. I feel like Sqaure may be better for the in person sales so I might split the difference and use both . Wish me luck!

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