Useful resources: Etsy & such
For those who are not familiar with Etsy (etsy.com)– it’s the place to be for everyone who makes jewellery. Actually it’s the place to be for everyone who makes anything! As they say it themselves: it’s “you place to buy and sell all things handmade”!
Etsy is a website where anyone who sells handmade things, vintage or craft supplies can open a shop. And anyone who wants to buy anything handmade can do that there. The website is known internationally, but the majority of sellers comes from the US. Listing a product costs $0,2 and they will take another 3,5% if you actually sell the product. They have various promotion possibilities starting from $7. Searching Etsy is very addictive and you can find loads of inspiration as well as many beading supplies (especially original beads, charms and pendants). Photobeads has a shop on Etsy selling photobeads jewellery patterns.
DaWanda is a European variant of Etsy. The website has three languages: English, German and French. All the prices are in euros. Listing a product is free, but the commission in case of a sale is 5%. DaWanda is busy adding all kinds of new features to their website, but they lack promotion possibilities. Many European (including Photobeads) sellers have shops on Etsy as well as on DaWanda.
Another resource, also from America is Art Fire, the “Interactive Artisan Community”. I have found it by pure chance. They are testing their beta version now. I have tried to register there, but never got the confirmation e-mail, so I cannot activate my account. Maybe the beta version needs some improvement still. They do not charge you for listing your products and have no commissions on sales. However, if you want to list more than 10 items or make use of their promotional possibilities you will have to pay a monthly fee of $20. Art Fire is not very crowded yet, there are almost 700 products listed in the category “jewellery and watches” and about 100 products listed in all the other categories together.