Have you noticed my newest sponsor? The cute little ad at the top of the center column? It’s efreeme, a new online marketplace that already has quite the following. Haven’t heard of it yet? You will, and it’s got a little something over Etsy and Artfire. It’s free. Completely. You don’t have to give anybody a cut of your sales, and you definitely don’t have to pay anything to list something that isn’t even guaranteed to sell. I’ve already got a little shop on there, and Diana, the brains behind the whole shebang, is one of the most helpful, accommodating people I’ve had the pleasure of coming across!
Guess what else? If you open a shop on efreeme right now and list 20 items, not only will Diana not charge you anything, but she will also give you $5.00!
Q. What’s the story behind efreeme?
A. My brother and I both have computer backgrounds, and realize that many successful websites are actually free for their users. I thought, “why not a free site to sell vintage and handmade, all in one place?”. There really is no reason to pay to list or sell something, especially knowing how hard some of these sellers work at making or finding their unique items!
Q. Why should sellers list with you instead of on Etsy, Artfire, or some of the other options out there?
A. We’re free! Also, since we are new and small, it’s a great opportunity for sellers to give us feedback and suggestions to help make efreeme the selling venue they want to use. We’re very friendly and quick to respond!
Q. How the heck can you afford to run efreeme without collecting any fees or commissions?!
A. We plan to eventually make a bit of money through advertisements on the site, but we’re still working on the traffic to make that happen. We’ve also had experience in the past moderating websites and automating some of that moderation process (I still reply to each email personally though).
Q. Tell us a little bit about your referral program.
A. We want efreeme to spread like wildfire (but a nice one), and we want to reward the users that help make that happen. When someone signs up for our referral program, they’ll get a customized link to efreeme to put on their blogs, facebook, twitter, etc. When someone else uses that link to go to efreeme, open a store and list 20 items, the person who referred them will then get $5. You can also get $5 if you open your own store and list 20 items. Basically we like giving away $5. 🙂