Can a Nigerian Sell on Etsy? 

Etsy is an online global marketplace where people from across the globe buy and sell certain items, including handmade items, vintage goods, and craft supplies. With millions of active users on this unique marketplace, Etsy presents the opportunity for people looking to earn income by selling their products to do so. Are you a Nigerian and wondering whether Nigerians can sell on Etsy? Read on we discuss the subject matter of this article. 

Can a Nigerian Sell on Etsy

  • Can a Nigerian Sell on Etsy? 

Yes, a Nigerian can sell on Etsy. However, since Nigeria is not among the countries where Etsy Payments is available, Nigerians in Nigeria cannot sell on Etsy. Only how Nigerians can sell on this unique marketplace if they are residing in countries where Etsy Payments is available. Read on to get the full story on how someone (including Nigerians) can sell on Etsy. 

  • What are the Requirements to Sell on Etsy? 

To be able to sell on Etsy, there are certain requirements to be met. Without these criteria being met, it’s impossible to run an Etsy shop. Below are the requirements to start an Etsy shop:

In the next paragraphs, we’d discuss what the prohibited items on Etsy are and the countries where Etsy Payments are available.

  • What Items Are Prohibited to Be Sold on Etsy?

The following types of items are prohibited or restricted on Etsy:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, Medical Drugs and Devices, and Items making Medical Claims
  • Animal Products and Human Remains
  • Dangerous Items: Hazardous Materials, Recalled Items, and Weapons
  • Hate Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Hatred
  • Illegal Items, Items Promoting Illegal Activity, and Highly Regulated Items
  • Internationally Regulated Items
  • Nudity and Mature Content
  • Violent Items: Items that Promote, Support, or Glorify Violence 

In addition to the above, items that use the intellectual property of someone else, even if you designed or created the item, are prohibited. 

  • What are Etsy Payments and in Which Countries is Etsy Payment Available?  

Etsy Payments is the primary way sellers on Etsy get paid. Only sellers in countries where Etsy Payments is available can open an Etsy Shop. Below are the countries where Etsy Payments is currently available: 

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland,
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam 

You can see that Nigeria is not on the list of countries where Etsy Payments are permitted. And as such, people residing in Nigeria cannot open an Etsy Shop. However, Nigerians living in the countries listed above can sell on Etsy. 

The following are the available options buyers can use to buy on Etsy: 

  • Credit cards 
  • Debit/bank cards
  • Etsy gift cards and Etsy credits
  • PayPal
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay
  • Klarna installment payment (for residents of Australia, Spain, Canada, the UK, and the US)
  • Klarna invoice (for residents of Germany) 
  • iDEAL (for residents of the Netherlands) 
  • Sofort (for residents of Austria and Germany) 
  • What Items Are Permitted to Be Sold on Etsy? 

If you live in any of the countries we listed in the trailing paragraph, it means you are eligible to start an Etsy Shop. But first, know what you can sell on Etsy. We’ve already discussed what the prohibited items on Etsy are.

The items that are allowed to be sold on Etsy are handmade items, vintage goods, and craft supplies. According to the definition on the Etsy website, handmade items are items that are designed and/or created by the seller. This includes fully handcrafted items like spun pottery or knitted scarves, as well as items such as enamel pins that sellers designed and manufactured with the help of a production partner. Handmade items, however, do not include items purchased to be resold, even if those items were handmade by someone else. 

Vintage items, on the other hand, are items that are at least 20 years old. The items that could be sold as vintage items include clothing, housewares, electronics, and more.  Items that are less than 20 years cannot be sold as vintage items on Etsy.

Craft supplies on Etsy are tools, ingredients, or materials that are primarily to create an item or throw a special occasion. The craft supplies that can be sold on Etsy may be handmade, vintage, or commercial.  

  • How to Create an Etsy Shop? 

You can only open an Etsy Shop if you reside in countries where Etsy Payments is available. Follow these steps to create an Etsy Shop (make sure to use a desktop web browser to do the following): 

  • Sign in or create an Etsy account
  • Visit 
  • Click on “Get Started” 
  • Answer the introductory questions about your business experience level and any selling-related topics you’d like to receive additional resources on
  • Next, click “Next” or “Skip this Question”
  • Select your Shop language, and currency, then select “Save and continue”

Tips to Choose Your Etsy Shop Name 

Below are the tips to help you choose a memorable shop name that reflects your style, and is in line with Etsy requirements:

  • Your Etsy shop should be 4-20 characters in length 
  • Your Etsy Shop name should contain no spaces or special characters 
  • The shop name should not be already in use by an existing Etsy member 
  • Your Etsy Shop name should not infringe on another trademark 

To learn more about how to set up your payment and billing details, turn on two-factor authentication, and set up your Etsy storefront, among other details, visit the Etsy website ( to sate your curiosity.  


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