Online Marketplaces for Canadian Sellers

Seventy-six percent of Canadians are purchasing online, and will be spending 39 billion by the end of 2019, according to an eTail Canada report. The 2018 Online Marketplaces Report by Internet Retailer cites a UPS study that found ninety-six percent of online shoppers in Canada have made an online marketplace purchase.

Online marketplaces offer a way to reach online shoppers with or without a website of your own. They also allow you to sell on some of the hottest online shopping sites in the country. You’ll benefit from their marketing/traffic, and you can avoid the headaches of payments, fulfillment and customer support.  Many also offer an easy route to global sales and you’ll enjoy the benefits of any free shipping offers they have in place.

The income potential cannot be ignored. Canadians who sold products via online marketplaces or classifieds made $4.9 billion in the one year prior to June 2018, according to a Statistics Canada Digital Economy survey.

“From July 2017 to June 2018, 28% of Canadians aged 18 and older reported making money through online platforms. The most common method of earning money was by selling new or used products through online bulletin boards [marketplaces] such as Kijiji, eBay and Etsy,” concludes the Statistics Canada Report. 

Amazon recently announced that over 30,000 Canadian small-medium businesses made more than $900 million in sales on Amazon.ca in 2018.

The structure for each platform varies, but the standard offering is a place to sell your products online where the traffic is high and the marketing is done for you.  The larger marketplaces like Amazon.ca have millions of visitors every year, which could seriously increase your sales and build your brand. What a great way to test-drive the online market for your products!

Unfortunately, Canadians don’t have as many online marketplace options as other countries, but that is improving as international businesses realize the profit potential here. We’ve compiled a list of Canada-friendly marketplaces to help you get started. We’ll update the list as new marketplaces open to Canadian sellers.

Online Marketplaces for Canadian Sellers

Best Buy Canada marketplace gives you access to over 225 million visitors per year. They say their fees are competitive with other online marketplaces and there is no setup fee.

eBay has a complicated fee schedule but they do seem to be working on improving that. The fees can add up quickly if you aren’t careful. eBay is downright paranoid about anyone using their marketplace to promote their business directly, so you won’t be able to mention your website or even an email address.

Amazon is the recognized giant in the marketplace category, with well over a hundred million unique visitors every month. This also means the space is more competitive so you should do some research. They charge a monthly fee for sellers selling more than 20 items per month, plus selling fees. A super-easy option is to go with Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA).

eCrater offers a free store with no fees unless a buyer comes through their marketplace, for which they charge 2.9% of the sale.  You must agree to ship to the US to sell on eCrater.

Etsy is an international online marketplace for crafts and craft supplies.  Their fees are reasonable and the site is very popular.

iCraft Gifts is based in Canada and accepts only hand-crafted goods from sellers around the world. You must be the designer, creator or producer of your art, craft or fashion (no product resellers are permitted). Set up your account for $25 CAD and then pay listing fees for the items you list for sale. All payments are via PayPal.

Walmart Canada Marketplace recently began accepting third-party sellers.  Apps for shopping cart integration are starting to pop up on major eCommerce platforms, such as Shopify.

Poshmark Canada is a social marketplace for fashion and accessories.

Faire is an online wholesale marketplace where small business owners and independent makers can buy and sell wholesale online. The platform provides sales, marketing and analytics tools, so sellers can simplify their wholesale business. Users can go straight to a ‘Made in Canada’ page or filter search results to only include companies that ship from Canada.

Local Classifieds

Kijiji.ca allows ad’s for individual items by any Canadian seller. You cannot list an item like a store advertisement, but you can include pick-up information. They allow a link that is specifically product-related or as an alternative form of contact.

CraigsList.org is less specific about what type of ad’s they allow. You can go with trial and error based on the same criteria as Kijiji.ca, or send the ad to Craig’s List staff to ask if it is acceptable.

VarageSale is focused on making local buying and selling safer through vetting users and the use of real names and photos. It’s a Canadian company targeting local sales throughout North America.

Drop Shipping and Auction Marketplaces for Canadians

Some marketplaces allow third party integration to facilitate drop-shipping, such as eBay or Amazon. This is usually done through an eCommerce Platform. If you plan to sell on eBay, you’ll find some drop shipping companies are authorized eBay dealers with integrated features to make auction selling easier. Please see our article, Drop Shipping / Wholesale for Canadian Sellers, for more information.

Auctions and online marketplaces can be more challenging than selling from your own website due to the competitive environment.  You can still come out on top with the proper use of data and competitive analysis. Luckily, there are powerful tools to help.  You can capture, analyze and refine billions of data points from Amazon with Jungle Scout, for example, plus research competitors and even find suppliers. 

Do you sell through online marketplaces in Canada? Please share your experience or questions in the comments below or discuss this and other online business topics in the Online Business Canada Facebook group.

——————————————

© CanadiansInternet.comContent on this website may not be used elsewhere without expressed permission. Content theft will result in legal action. Thank you for respecting the effort that we have put into our original content. If you would like to have quality content created for you, please contact our writer directly.

DISCLOSURE: We may receive compensation for links to products on this website.

COMMENTS ARE MODERATED – Legitimate comments will be published after a short delay. Spam will not be published.

Digital Business & Marketing Manager at | Website | + posts

Melody McKinnon's formal education is in business management, which she enhanced with more than 60 certifications revolving around business, marketing, health, general sciences and writing. In over 20 years of working online, she has owned or managed both educational and eCommerce websites.

Melody has worked with many businesses & brands in a multitude of capacities. She can often be found on CanadiansInternet.com, CanadianFamily.net and AllNaturalPetCare.com, as well as other quality digital publications. Her content has earned reference links from highly-respected websites, magazines and university textbooks.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
22 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Rahul Mathur

I think this blog can help Canadian sellers as well as other countries sellers too.
Will share this to my eCommerce networks.
Thanks for the post Melody.

Trev

Has anyone done well with marketplaces that aren’t Amazon or E-bay? Please let me know which works best for you and what kind of product you sell online. Thanks!

Angelique

There is a new 100% Canadian marketplace for Artisans (i.e. Etsy) Farm to Table, Livestock/Animals (i.e. Kijiji), Handcrafted, U pick Farms & Wineries. It is the first 100% Canadian Free Marketplace (no fees to list/buy/sell). It’s new but already has listing across the country. Very Canadian! http://www.freemarketplace.ca with Apps coming out in January.

Chris

Thank you for these great sources, and to think, this artricle is almost 6 years old! Wow! That is still great information.

Jim Witt

Hello! This is really a informative article for all those who are planning to start. This article is very useful too. All the best and cheers guys.

Reanne Park

Most articles I’ve seen have been about opening a shop on eBay or Etsy or Amazon. However, I’m wondering if this site has any articles on creating the actual marketplace platform. In other words, creating a website like Amazon, Etsy, etc. where you can get vendors to sign up and open their shop on your platform. Any links? Thanks in advance!

Aileen R Bailey

Informative article….thank you….just starting out as my ‘retirement job’. I feel like I have been living in a cave but doing my research. I was mainly wishing to sell in Canada, for simplicity sake, but I suppose opening up to North America would provide a much bigger audience. This article has opened some avenues for me to look into. I will have 2 stores…one for handmade photocards, calendars and prints; one for antique misc. Items. I am very open to your thoughts and suggestions. I would like to keep ‘the cart behind the horse’, as I tend to jump in with both feet!

Lara

Thank you for this list. Canada is so small compared to US when it comes to online marketplaces.

Nsengiyumva

I’d like to start a specialised canadian marketplace platform; (www.daymarket.ca) with a really big chance to succes and I’m looking for some partners/Investors. If interested; jacsentore@gmail.com

Namrata

This is very Extra Ordinary Posts and also very innovative website which provides latest and updated information.

Denise H

I would like to start an online business but am wondering how Canadian sellers handle sales tax when selling to different provinces and states. Does this course address these issues? Any advice?

Denise H

Thanks for your reply Melody. Looks like I have a lot of research to do.

Pritam

Hello Denise, I have understood your concern. My observation is, If you create a online marketplace or e-commerce website, you can sell your product or service over there. It is very fare policy where tax will be deducted based on the online transaction. I am working a USA registered company, providing online platform to make web based solution to our client. One of our Canadian e-commerce client is http://healthyplanetcanada.com/ . For more information feel free to reach me. I am available skype @ pritam2yk. Thanks and All the best.

citifysite

Citify.ca is a new online market for local Canadian shop owners, suppliers, wholesalers and home based businesses to sell online to local and and across Canada by city. Free to set up shop 5% commission.

Eddie Crumb

I’m not a big fan of shop.ca but the others have potential. Shop.ca is just too expensive for the average business owner in this country. Canada Post should start their own and INCLUDE free shipping.

Charity Niles

Nice to see new opportunities for Canadians.

jasonbv

I must be completely out of touch because I only knew about ebay & thought amazon was only for US sellers!! I’m excited to check them all out now.

Naomie (Victoria BC)

Awesome! I’m determined to make more money online and hopefully quit my job by the end of 2014. Thanks for helping me on my journey to being a Canadian millionaire! 😉