Copious

There are a lot of online selling sites for artists and crafters. You’re probably most familiar with Etsy, eBay, and Craiglist. There are some new ones popping up that you might want to check out, like Copious.  Copious was started in January of this year by some guys in San Francisco. I saw an ad for Copious on my facebook page, so I signed up for a free account to see what it was all about.

After signing up, I grew a little frustrated with the functionality of the program. I was unable to edit information on my profile and there was no space for a bio or a link to my website.  Also, you’re limited in the types of items you can list.  Foods and baked goods are not allowed at present.

As I browsed the marketplace, much of what I saw was very expensive. Designer handbags priced at $1250, $100 tees, and so on. There were a few cool handmade and vintage items I found, but I had to search for them. One of which is seller Lisa Filler. She had a few retro clutches and a pair of vintage shoes I loved. (too bad they were too small!)  I also liked the vintage fabric pendant from Amanda Buechler.

I don’t want to be too harsh though, because the site has only been around for only 8 months. Also they’re in beta-mode which means that the product isn’t fully completed yet. Hence the functionality difficulties and unfinished design.

It’s free to list items and only 6% is taken by Copious off the purchase price so if you’re looking to increase your presence on the web, you might want to get an account. I’m sure as the company gets more funding that the functionality and design of the website will get better. Also, they’re hiring.

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