What is Zibbet?
Zibbet gives creative entrepreneurs the ability to sell on a lot of different channels at the same time, and manage their products and orders from the one place.
In 2019, Zibbet relaunched a completely new direction for their company. In their own words, Zibbet is now...
...a better way to manage and grow your creative business. With Zibbet, you can list a product once and sell it across a growing number of sales channels. Your products and orders are all managed from the one place – Zibbet.
This review is from 2017, and is about the Zibbet Marketplace only, not Zibbet as a "multi-channel platform".
Please note, I've left the review unchanged since 2017 except for an update note on the Fees section.
If you want more information about the new Zibbet, head over to their website.
They also have an Etsy importer, so if you decide to give Zibbet a try this should make getting started a lot faster for you.
Zibbet has taken out the number 1 spot in the top 10 Etsy alternatives list. 🎉
Zibbet review summary
- Has a great looking website builder with decent customization options, plus you get exposure in their marketplace.
- The Zibbet marketplace doesn't get a lot of traffic, therefore the exposure is minimal.
- The name "Zibbet" comes from the word "exhibit" and was launched in 2009.
Zibbet review scores
- Competitiveness: 8/10
- Exposure: 4/10
- Fees: 10/10
- Flexibility: 8/10
- Handmade ethos: 10/10
Total score: 40/50
This review is written for those wanting an alternative to selling on Etsy. So, I'll be reviewing Zibbet based on the top 5 reasons people are looking for an Etsy alternative:
1. Competitiveness – Do your products have a chance of standing out from the crowd?
2. Exposure – Is there a good chance of increasing your traffic and getting more exposure?
3. Fees – How much does it cost? Is the pricing simple and predictable? More than that, are the fees fair for what's on offer?
4. Flexibility – How professional does it look, and how flexible is it to change?
5. Handmade ethos – Are they strictly for handmade, or can you sell anything there? Will you be competing against manufacturers of mass produced goods, that can easily beat you on price?
I'll give each of these elements a score out of 10, to arrive at a total score out of 50. I'll then use this score to arrive at the top 10 Etsy alternatives.
The Zibbet marketplace isn't very competitive at all. There's only around 200,000 products listed there. Apart from the homepage, Zibbet doesn't appear to be highly curated either.
Check out their categories and you'll likely find there's plenty of room for your products to stand out there.
Out of all of the reasons people are looking for an Etsy alternative, this is the area that Zibbet needs to work on the most.
I have a store on zibbet. I do not find the traffic on that site to be what I would like. You can import your items from Etsy easily which is a nice feature, but I am not finding the sales – CreationsbyDJ, on Etsy's forums
It seems that Zibbet's greatest benefit lies in their website builder at this stage, and that you might get a little bit of exposure from being in their marketplace too. Don't sign up for Zibbet thinking you can just take a "list it and forget it" approach and let the sales roll in. It's something you'll need to work on and invest in for the long term. This is the case with most marketplaces (excluding eBay and Amazon), but especially with Zibbet.
The Zibbet marketplace looks great, but in my opinion it's missing some key features that shoppers need, like the ability to create a wish list of your favorite products.
Zibbet seems to be actively improving their offering, so hopefully we'll soon see some improvements in this area.
Zibbet's fees are extremely reasonable! 😍
There are no listing fees and they don't take any commission fees on your sales either. 😍 😍 😍
Zibbet works on a membership fee structure, which ranges from $5 - $20/month, as you can see above. They have a feature-limited free plan too, where you can have up to 10 items in your store. They also have a 30 day money-back-guarantee, so that's comforting.
UPDATE 2019: Zibbet has since updated it's pricing, which you can see, here. The Zibbet marketplace is considered one sales channel, and therefore under their new pricing, it's actually even cheaper at only $6/month! The website builder mentioned in places above is now called Stitch and it is also a sales channel, at $6/month. Therefore, you can get for $12/month what used to cost $20/month!
Zibbet's marketplace storefronts look quite beautiful, and with a big banner and "Meet the seller" page, there's lots of opportunity to show off who you and your brand are.
Visit this seller, here.
Zibbet's website builder is reasonably flexible. There's a few professional looking themes to choose from. And, unlike some of the other Etsy alternatives that have a website builder option, Zibbet's website themes actually look current and up-to-date with today's standards. It's got a similar feel to Big Cartel actually.
You can watch the video below to see some of the customizations you can make and how it all comes together. The video is fast and a little hard to follow, but you'll get the idea of what it can look like.
Zibbet joins the few top 10 Etsy alternatives that are actually a real handmade marketplace. From what I've read they are fairly committed to it too.
In conclusion, Zibbet is a great option for those that want to have their own stand-alone website, but also stay part of a handmade marketplace. They have some work to do on the exposure side of things, but they seem to be slowly improving their site, so it's definitely one to watch. Despite that, they've still topped the Etsy alternatives list, so that's saying something.
Zibbet has finished up with a score of 40/50, which ranks them 1st in the top 10 Etsy alternatives list.