HOW IT WORKS

Start selling online in just 4 simple steps

One of the biggest obstacles of starting up an online business is acquiring an audience to get sales.

With Makers.im, your audience is already here and waiting to purchase your fabulous handcrafted goods.

Register and list your products

Register your business for free, add a logo and a banner to personalise your shop then list your products. If we don’t have a suitable category for your product, let us know through Seller Support and we’ll add it for you! It’s very straight forward but we are here to help you at every step if you get stuck.

Sell your products

The Makers.im marketplace only sells products made on the Isle of Man. You will receive notifications of orders by email and the management of the orders is done through your storefront interface.

Package and ship with ease

Setup and configure your own postage rates. All shipping costs will be sent to you as you’ll be the one sending the item. Mark your orders as dispatched and the customer will be notified by email and you can add tracking information if required.

Get payments and grow your business

Full reporting on your earnings and automatic electronic settlement of your account balance directly to your PayPal account.

Simple, affordable, transparent and secure

No monthly fees* or listing fees*. It doesn’t cost a thing to list as many items as you want a month and you only pay after your stuff sells.

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Listing Fee

£0

Final Value Fee

2.9%

Payment Processing Fee*

* The card fees also attract an additional flat fee of £0.30 per transaction

Card processing fees are dynamic. The values above are subject to change and sellers will be notified of the changes by email as they happen.

We process payments securely with PayPal or through our own payment gateway. Funds from your sales on Makers.im will be deposited automatically into your PayPal account.

WHAT DO YOU GET AS A SELLER?

Features & options for selling with your Makers.im shop

Simple, Variable or Downloadable products

When you list your products on Makers.im, you have three options for how you want to list your product. Each product can have an image gallery with it so you can upload photos of different options etc. Also, there are options for stock management if you require it so you never sell more items than you’ve physically made.

Simple – a basic product with one selling price and optional (chargeable or free) customisation options e.g. engraving names, or some other personalised customisation.

Variable – a product which is available in different styles, colours or sizes. These can also have optional customisation options. Different product variations can be different prices.

Downloadable – gives you the option of being able to add products which users can download once they’ve purchased it.

Set your own shipping rates

Each seller can set their own shipping prices and shipping times. Sellers are responsible for dispatching their sold items to buyers. You can create free postage and local pick-up options as well as standard postage rates.

Postage can also be calculated as a percentage of the items in the order e.g. one t-shirt could be £2.99 postage, but three t-shirts could be £3.99 etc.

Secure messaging between you and your buyer

Makers.im Messenger is a tool for messaging between a purchaser and a seller on Makers. Think of it as email just for Makers.im members. To view your conversations, sign in to your account and go to Dashboard > Makers Messenger.

When buyers and sellers need to communicate about an item or order, sending a Makers Message is the best way to do it. Buyers and sellers can attached files to their messages. The sizes can be up to 10,000 x 10,000 pixels or 100MB.

All Makers Messenger messages are recorded so if one of the parties deletes a message, Makers.im can access them in the event of any dispute.

Create money off or percentage off coupons

We’ve all seen it while shopping online: that little coupon code box that shows up in the cart or during checkout. With Makers.im, you can create your own for your shop.

  • X% off: Codes for these discounts take a certain percentage off and can apply to your whole order for your shop, or only select items.
  • £X off: These will take a fixed pounds amount off the order with your shop. Alternatively, they could apply to one single item.

Any of these code types can be applied to no-minimum purchases, but generally you would create the coupons to require a minimum order amount in order to be redeemed. Codes can apply to most items you sell, or only to specific items or categories.

The important thing to remember is that these codes only apply to items in your shop – they are not site wide.

An example for coupon usage: if you’re at a local market and you want to actively encourage a sale on an expensive item, you could create a 5% off coupon valid for 48 hours after the event has finished for customers to purchase from your online store.

Tools & reporting

A non-exhaustive list of reports that the sellers can download from their dashboard:

  • Overview of sales by month/week/custom range
  • Top Seller (product) by month/week/custom range
  • Top Earner (product) by month/week/custom range
  • Stock Report (per product)
  • Top coupon used by month/week/custom range

Your own Makers.im internet address

Once you’ve decided on your shop name and set it in your dashboard, we will create a Makers.im domain name for you which you can use to advertise your shop. If your shop is called “My Shop”, your domain name would be configured as www.myshop.makers.im. This will redirect directly to your own shop front. Be sure you’re happy with your shop name. Whilst you can change the name of your shop at any time, you can only change your shop domain name once for free. There will be an admin charge to make future changes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here are some common questions about selling on Makers.im

How do fees work on Makers.im?

Joining and starting a shop on Makers.im is free. There are NO selling fees just a payment processing fee.

It costs nothing to publish a listing in the marketplace. Once your item sells, the only amount you pay is a payment processing fee. Details of these can be found above.

What do I need to do to create a shop?

It’s easy to set up a shop on Makers.im. You create a Makers.im account (if you don’t already have one), set your shop location, choose a shop name, create a listing, and set a payment method (how you want to be paid). It’s as easy as that.

How do I get paid?

Funds from your sales on Makers.im will be automatically deposited into your PayPal account. We encourage sellers to use a PayPal Business account and not a Personal account, as personal accounts are subject to monthly receiving limits. PayPal Personal accounts are fine if you’re just starting out though.

Do I need a credit or debit card to create a shop?

No, a credit or debit card is not required to create a shop. To be verified as a seller you have to register a PayPal account when you sign up. You will not incur any charges until you open your shop, publish your listings and sell your first item.

What can I sell on Makers.im?

Makers.im provides a marketplace for crafters and artists to sell their handmade creations or reworked vintage goods. The only thing we ask is that everything you sell is made or reworked on the Isle of Man and that it complies with Section 1 of our Seller Policy and our Prohibited Items Policy.

Are you ready?

Partner up with Makers.im to kick-start your home or small artisan business

With Makers.im, your audience is already here and waiting to purchase your fabulous handcrafted goods.