On Thursday, 8 October 2015, Amazon launched a new department – Handmade at Amazon. I was pleasantly surprised to see this when I logged onto Amazon earlier this week and poked around the department to see if I could learn more. Handmade crafts have been making a comeback over the last few years, with sites like Etsy, allowing artisan producers to set up their ‘shops’ via Etsy’s online platform.
A recent article on NPR’s All Tech Considered, provided some more detail as to Amazon’s plans for this department and platform.
It’ll be interesting to note how Amazon’s platform will distinguish itself from Etsy, and what the different benefits for the producer and artisan groups might be. Either way, it’s good to see a resurgence for high quality, handmade crafts – that can only be good new for the artisan community!