We all know about eBay, the granddaddy of person-to-person Internet marketplaces, for selling things online. But there are a lot of other sites where you can create and sell things. Here is a sampling.
1. Etsy - Are you into arts and crafts? Homemade crafty creations are bought and sold at Etsy. The site also has a thriving online and offline community of crafty types.
2. Cafe Press - Do you have a knack with funny slogans or funky logos? You can easily produce branded tshirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, mugs, calendars, even teddy bears. Producing the items doesn't cost you anything out of pocket. You just mark up the price Cafe Press sets to determine your profit. Cafe Press takes care of printing, shipping and the entire online transaction. Another similar site is Zazzle.com.
3. Dreamstime - Are you great with a digital camera? Try selling your images on a "microstock" photo site. Images sell for small amounts such as a dollar per image, and you get a percentage of that amount. However, if thousands of people love your images, you could make a nice penny. Another similar site is Shutterstock.
4. Pixelflow - If video is your thing, you might try selling some of your video footage to microstock video sites like Pixelflow. You can set your own price for your clips.
5. Lulu.com - If you produce content, Lulu.com can publish it, package it, and sell it for you. Like Cafe Press, you don't put any money down but instead set your price above the production costs the site sets. You get your own Lulu.com online store for books, ebooks, photo books, calendars, mini books and more.
6. Threadless - If you consider yourself a design guru, you might try your hand at winning $2500 worth of cash and goods from Threadless. Submit your tshirt design, accumulate votes from the Threadless community over 7 days, and if your design is voted into the system, you get $2000 in cash, $500 gift certificate for Threadless and $500 cash every time your design is reprinted. You could also make over $20,000 if you win a "Bestee" in the Threadless Awards.
As you can see, there are many ways to sell your creations online and participate in vibrant, creative communities. What are you waiting for? Get creative!
Where have you sold your wares?