How to craft a billion dollar business. Etsy is a funky boutique of an online community, an independent online marketplace for handmade products and vintage goods where hand made jewellry, with tailor made skirts and vintage jackets live side by side with chocolates and photography. Etsy themselves don’t sell anything, they offer to match dressmakers and vintage resellers with fashionistas looking for a bargain with a story and style.

Given that I am still asked if there is money in online communities, I thought it would be interesting to look at how much revenue makes since they started in 2005.

2005 – $166,000 in sales.

For 2007: Etsy’s 2007 gross merchandise sales reached $26 million in 2007

For 2008: Etsy’s 2008 gross merchandise sales reached $88 million in 2008. Jan 2008 – 50 employees, 650,000 members, 120,000 sellers. 127 countries. (Etsy blog)

Feb 1 2009: $100 million worth of goods were sold on Etsy in 2008. The company is generating over $1 million/month in revenue, Kalin told me. (Michael Arrington, TechCrunch) about 1.7 million visitors a month.

August 2009: $15 million turnover of product in August 2009

November 2009: 3.4 million views a month & Kalin reports that gross merchandise sales on Etsy is “approaching 200 million in goods sold this year,” which is double last year’s amount. from TechCrunch again. SFGate: Etsy’s 2009 gross merchandise sales reached $130 million at the end of October. Etsy keeps 3.5% of those sales for its revenues.  Other revenue streams include listing fees ($0.20/item), and fees for listings that appear on category searches and on a link from the homepage. Note: craft industry is a 27.4 billion industry in US in 2009. (Maine)

2009: 35% of sales come in holiday season. 180 million sales for 2009. Maine.

28 October 2010: 150 staff. Revenue was 15-20million in 2009, 5 million members. “It’s $300 million — with A, B, C, D, and E funding — as valued by our latest investment from Index Ventures. But that doesn’t really interest me. The value that Etsy provides to its shareholders and community is much, much longer-term. [People involved with] Etsy are on board for the long haul. It will outlive me and everyone working there.” (Rob Kalin, CEO Etsy on Bloomberg) The New York company tallied $273.2 million in sales through November (maine)

December 2010: Etsy, the eBay for arts and crafts, is set to see $400 million worth of business on its site this year, the New York Times reports. Of that $400 million, Etsy’s slice of revenue will be in the range of $30-$50 million. It generates revenue from listing fees, processing fees, and other fees like prominent display for what people are selling (SFGate San Fran Chronicle)

January 2011: Etsy’s 6.9 million vendors live in more than 150 countries. Planning to do 1 billion dollars of sales in 2011 and between 30-50 million in revenue.

What’s your favourite peer to peer economy commuity?