If you sell reusable menstrual products you are welcome to join us!
There are no listing fees, no commissions & no contracts (you can leave at any time). List and sell as much as you like without having extra fees!
Cloth Pad Shop has 2 membership types:
No monthly/yearly fees! Just a once-off $5 setup fee and then you will have a store on CPS and be able to list your products and take orders with no charges (other than the fee paypal takes from the transaction). The Free memberships do have stocking requirements to make sure that you are using your store and not leaving it idle for too long.
For a $20 per year fee you can have a Premium membership. This gives you a subdomain and email address for your store, as well as giving you posting access to our Facebook page, YouTube account, Instagram and our Blog. Your membership fee is contributing to the cost of hosting the CPS site and paying for the software licenses.
Cloth Pad Shop is a Collective:
Unlike selling platforms like etsy or ebay, where it’s “every man for himself“, Cloth Pad Shop was created to be a “collective” – place where padmakers come together in a supportive environment and work together as a team to make a store full of wonderful products. While you have your own independent store and you have the freedom to stock what you like, when you like – because we are a collective, we often do (optional) themed stockings, giveaways and promotions. All aimed at promoting each individual store as well as Cloth Pad Shop as a whole. We also have our own private facebook group where we discuss business matters, socialise and help each other. More info on the concept of the Collective can be found here.
Benefits of selling on Cloth Pad Shop:
- No Commissions or Listing Fees! – We encourage you to add as much stock as you like to your store, because not only does more stock make Cloth Pad Shop a larger and more interesting store, and gives customers more variety to choose from – but you stand a better chance of selling when you have products to sell. So more stock is best for Cloth Pad Shop, the customers and your business. So we don’t want to restrict you by being greedy and taking out commissions or listing fees.
- Let your “competitors” benefit you! – You might think that having other pad makers in the same store as you can be harmful to your business, but think of it another way. We are “fellow pad makers” rather than competition. By forming a large store together, each store can have something to offer the customer, and each helps to bring more customers in. So if another pad maker has a promotion and customers come to Cloth Pad Shop for that, the customer might decide to also buy from you while they are here.
- We bring customers to you – You can benefit from competitions, prize draws and other events that are designed to bring customers to the store and entice them to buy. Paying for advertising and building up a customer base is hard when you are in a store on your own. But joining a store like Cloth Pad Shop gives you the advantage of an already established customer base through word of mouth and store advertising. You also benefit from the increased traffic that comes to the site from any of the sellers being advertised or talked about.
- Easily create custom products and variations – You are not just limited to selling “instock” products. You can list custom order items as well as items with options for customers to select. (eg add $1 extra for PUL, or different prices for different lengths of pad or for different fabrics). With this you can list items you will custom make for the customer based on the choices they have selected. You can also set up a gallery with your fabric choices. Downloadable products such as pad patterns are also easily managed within our system.
- Lots of product editing options – You can bulk edit products (just select the ones you want and choose from several bulk edit options, like changing the status, price, sale price, categories etc.), as well as copy/duplicate existing listings. You can also make “hidden” listings that only show to people you give the link to.
- Being part of a community – Cloth Pad Shop is a community of sellers who are working together to bring more cloth pads and related items into the world. A smaller and more personal site than other large multiple seller sites, run by people just like you – whose interest is to get more lovely pads out into the world and to support the people who make them.
- Premium Members – With a flat rate fee you always know exactly what needs to be paid and there are no scary surprises. List and sell as much as you like and you’ll never need to pay any more! One low yearly fee of $20(USD) and that’s it! Your membership fee helps pay to keep the site running.
- Premium Members – Free Sub Domain and E-mail address – You can have your own firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address and http://yourbrand.clothpadshop.com URL that links directly to your area of the store. So you can quickly and easily create a professional look for your business without needing to buy your own domain name. Your mail is delivered to your normal e-mail account, so you don’t even have to worry about checking another account. Easy!
- Premium Members – Use our Social Media Accounts! – Help bring customers to your store by using out social media accounts to let customers know when you have new stock available. We have Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, a Blog and a newsletter. Premium members can be added as authors/editors on our facebook, YouTube and blog accounts to post freely to our accounts. Instagram access can be given upon application.
- While it is called “Cloth Pad Shop”, you are not limited to selling just cloth pads. We welcome Menstrual Cups, Wetbags, Herbal Teas, Diaries, Jewellery, Art, pad patterns, DIY supplies and many other products.
Interested in joining?
To apply to join, Read through our Seller TOS and send us an email – In the “message” spot, tell us why you’d like to join and a little bit about your products. Just want to ask a question? You can do that in the email below, or use the email on the Contact page