Join us in the founding circle as we build a better handmade marketplace!
Artisans Cooperative is now accepting our first members!
We’re looking for 25-100 artisans and supporters who want to take back control from Big Tech marketplaces and join us today as early members of the co-op. Our marketplace will feature authentic artisans and products, community control, and more profits in the pockets of artisans!
All members get ownership and financial rights (profit-sharing), and Artisan members will have lower fees and priority placement in customer search on the marketplace.
There is a one-time buy-in cost, with multiple options for payment plans and non-cash options so everyone can afford to join today. Read all the details in our blog post, Membership Drive.
The first members to join in-full before July 31st will be lifetime members of our Founders Circle, with a lower sales commission and more perks.
The full cost of membership buy-ins is 1,000 “points” (or $1,000) for Artisans and 100 points ($100) for Supporters. There are no annual dues/fees; membership is a one-time investment.
Payment plans are as follows:
|Cash: 1 Year||$83.34||$1,000.00|
|Cash: 2 Years||$41.67||$500.00|
|Cash: 3 Years||$27.78||$333.34|
|Cash: 4 Years||$20.84||$250.00|
What our Members Are Saying…
“Other online marketplaces have become saturated with mass-manufactured items masquerading as “handmade”, creating unfair competition. We need a platform that values the handmade artisan over shareholder profits.”
Lizzy | Supporter
“It has been harder and harder to find authentic and handmade items for years. I hate having to search through 15 pages of dropship shops before finding an actual artist. Artisans Cooperative makes it easy!”
“I love that my handmade work has a place among a community of other authentically handmade artisan products. I really appreciate that Artisans Cooperative puts its artisans first. And it’s exactly the marketplace I want to do my shopping in, too.”
Valerie | Supporter
“I want to shop on a marketplace that I can trust will treat artisans fairly.”
“Artisans Cooperative feels like the happy place I have been looking for to offer my wide variety of creations. I want community, authenticity and a marketplace that actually cares about handmade and the amazing amount of love and work that goes into it!”
Olga | Supporter
“It’s so difficult to find unique and high-quality goods when marketplaces are filled with mass-produced goods. Artisans Cooperative makes it easy to identify handmade goods and to support artisans directly!”
Founders Circle Capital Campaign
Track Our Progress to $25,000!
Launch Date: May 23, 2023!
To kick off, we are launching a capital campaign to raise critical early funding from our first founding members. We need to raise $25,000 by July 31, 2023 to enable us to launch our cooperative marketplace by October 2023.
New memberships ensures our ability to launch in October by:
- Paying for website development
- Proving our community’s commitment to lenders and financial institutions
- Leveraging additional financing for marketing and our first staff
New members who buy-in in full by July 31, 2023, will be recognized as a Founding Member for life. Founding Members get special benefits as part of our Founding Circle including:
- 6.5% promotional sales commission for the first 2 years (compared to 8% for members, 9.5% for non-members)
- Opportunity to be involved in the design, testing, and beta launch of the marketplace
- Priority access to handmade verification: be “Verified” on our launch day
- Special marketing promotions with a search filter label and top billing for our launch, timed for the holiday shopping imperative
- Behind-the-scenes access and a direct communications channel to the General Circle and interim Board of Directors through a dedicated Discord channel
- Listing on a thank-you page with a backlink to your website
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