How much does it cost to sell on Etsy?
There are three different fees that you may be charged for selling on Etsy:
- A $0.20 listing fee
- A 3.5% transaction fee
- A payment processing fee (varies)
1. Etsy Listing Fee
A listing fee of $0.20 USD is charged every time you publish a listing. A listing counts for a single item, and lasts for 4 months or until the item is sold. You can ‘auto-renew’ listings, meaning that Etsy will automatically relist the item for you (after it expires), charging $0.20 each time your listing is renewed. You pay this fee regardless of whether your item sells.
If you are selling more than one of a particular item, you can create a single listing and set the ‘quantity’ to the number you have available. Etsy will ‘auto-renew’ these listings as each item sells (and charge $0.20 for each renewal) and automatically reduce the number of available items until you run out.
This is particularly handy for digital items, because you can set the quantity at 100, 200 or even 999 and you will only pay $0.20 for the initial listing, then again for each renewal as your item sells.
2. Etsy Transaction Fee
Etsy charges a transaction fee of 3.5% of your item’s total price for each sale you receive. The item total doesn’t include any shipping or taxes in the order. This appears on your Etsy bill.
3. Etsy Payment Processing Fee
The payment processing fee applies to all sellers who accept payments through Etsy Payments. It doesn’t appear on the Etsy bill and is a separate fee in your payment account. It is deducted from your Etsy earnings before they are deposited in your account.
The payment processing fee is calculated from the item’s total price, including shipping fees and any applicable sales tax. The fee varies according to the location of your bank account. Check this table for a breakdown of fees per location.
How to pay your Etsy fees
Etsy will email you a bill at the beginning of each month. You can pay your bill by credit card, debit card, Paypal, or using your Etsy account balance from your sales.
TIP: You can choose to pay your outstanding balance anytime, so I personally log in and pay my outstanding balance the day before my next weekly deposit is due from Etsy. This way, I know there will always be enough money in my Etsy account to cover my fees.