I spent quite some time yesterday reading over a post on the Etsy discussion forums about ebay vs etsy. I personally have used eBay for other nonhandmade items, but not for my handmade/etsy items, and wasn't impressed. They seem to have high fees, and you never know if something will sell or not but get charged regardless.
There were a lot of great perspectives, and a few links to other places that Etsians liked to sell on, such as a place called 1000 markets.
I have been in business (officially - prior to Java Jess Publishing, I did sell some handmade items on Etsy under the name Creations4Causes) since August 2009, but have yet to make a decent profit (since I am still paying off machinery, etc). I have tried advertising on Facebook, advertising via Project Wonderful, sending out promo postcards to local nonprofits, blogging, having a Facebook fan page, having an Etsy shop, inputting my info at Google, etc. but haven't really thought about selling elsewhere. I also have my own website: http://www.javajesspublishing.com, where most of my items are featured.
Before I spend a lot of time signing up for other venues and/or spending money on more advertising, I thought I'd ask my readers - what has worked best for you? Is there one venue where you make more sales with minimum time spent promoting? What other ways do you use to promote your shop?
I look forward to your input!