To Amazon or Not to Amazon

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“Hi, I’m thinking of starting a quilt business and noticed that you sell on Etsy but not Amazon. Is there a reason why?” — Amanda

To Amazon or Not to Amazon

Hi Amanda,

We have a guide to starting a quilt business to help beginning entrepreneurs like you, hope it helps.

In terms of using other selling platforms like Etsy and Amazon, I have a specific reason for using only one of them. Since we custom design quilts, home decor and gifts, I didn’t want to give up my copyright for those patterns. If you read the Amazon fine print agreement, they own the designs of whatever you sell on their platform.

Etsy, on the other hand, lets participants maintain the rights to their designs and patterns and provides very helpful advice to someone starting a business. If Etsy had been around when I started Bluebird Gardens in 1998, I would have used their platform to market our custom products.

If you have any other questions, please let me know and good luck in your business venture!