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The Best Etsy Alternatives for Photographers to Sell their Work on

January 30, 2018

Etsy is a wonderful marketplace for creatives of all fields to sell their work online, but have you ever pondered what other similar platforms exist? Today we’ll be sharing our round-up of the best 5 Etsy alternatives for you to also consider selling your work on.

Whether you create prints, canvases, postcards or anything else with your photography, we’ve certainly got you covered! There’s also no harm in selling your photography-related products on more than one of these platforms. After all, you want to increase the number of eyes on your items, so making use of a few of these could be extremely beneficial in the long-run.

Amazon Handmade

We’re all familiar with Amazon’s product-heavy platform, but did you know they also have a marketplace dedicated solely to handmade goods? Amazon Handmade helps viewers to discover genuinely handcrafted products created by artisans around the world. As we already know, Amazon has a staggeringly huge global reach, with its Handmade sector set to mean big business for those who can make their work stand out. It’s very similar to Etsy in design, so you’re sure to find it just as easy to navigate to upload your own photography-based products to.


We love Society6 for many reasons, with its one major difference being the fact that photographers can simply upload their chosen photographs, allowing the platform to handle all of their product and printing needs on-demand. For example, if you upload a gorgeous photo that meets the site’s requirements, they will then display it in your ‘shop’ as a number of different products, including framed prints, phone cases, cushion covers, stretched canvases, and so much more.

While this means Society6 takes a larger chunk of your profits than marketplaces such as Etsy, eBay, etc., we believe it’s also quite justified, because they’re essentially doing the hard work (including shipping orders) for you.


Similar to Society6, RedBubble also allows photographers and artists to upload their image, before they project it onto several different products for viewers to buy. Imagine items such as tote bags, canvases, framed prints, bed quilt covers, and notebooks with your own photograph on them!

RedBubble also creates the products and ships them out on behalf of the photographer, saving you additional time and effort. Again, they take a larger cut from your profits than other online marketplaces, but in today’s day and age, time certainly equals money.


Like Amazon, eBay has built an extraordinary fan base to become one of the largest online marketplaces in the world. It doesn’t matter what you’re after, chances are you’ll always find it on eBay. The platform is also an excellent alternative to Etsy for photographers, because it has its own category dedicated to photo prints, post cards, and anything else photography related.

Similar to Etsy, you will have to prepare and post the items you’re selling yourself, however this allows you to reap a few more dollars from your sale, so it’s not all bad! You’re also in a unique position, because as with all online platforms, listings with better product photos tend to perform a lot better than those without. As a photographer yourself, you should be able to nail this part of the brief!

Art Fire

Until recently, Art Fire was fairly new to us, however the platform seems to follow a similar model to Etsy. It features one of a kind creations by independent artists, small businesses and makers from around the world, along with “unique items and handmade gifts for special occasions, your home, family and friends”.

While Art Fire doesn’t get quite as many eyes on its listings as larger platforms such as Etsy, Amazon Handmade, and eBay, it’s still worth a shot. After all, they’ve got over 56,000 likes on Facebook and counting! Some buyers also like to look away from major companies in search of photographic prints and products which are more unique, so if this is the customer base you’re going for, it really might work for you.

There you have it – our recommendations for the best Etsy alternatives for photographers to sell their work on! Will you be testing out the market on any of these platforms? We wish you the best of luck if you do!

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