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February 20, 2008

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The only real problem I have with Etsy (other than the copyright issues, so make that two problems) is that "artists" (yes, me too) are regularly undercharging, which you address here. I think it undermines the rest of us who do this for a living and charge what our work is worth.

That being said, I started listing on Etsy last summer I think, overstock products (on sale) and supplies (i.e. fabrics & trims) I was no longer using.

It works, but lately I have also been considering using it as a broader selling platform. I think one of the successes of accepting Paypal is that for some people, Paypal is their "play money" (I know for me it usually is), and I think Etsy is a great place to try to capitalize on that.

I think one of the successful strategies for selling on Etsy is to list often, and that's where I would have a problem. I just can't invest that kind of time into something like Etsy when I have my own web store and production to take care of.

But it is food for thought. Oh, I should have put that in air quotes too!

Jamie...lots of good points.

Although I do have stuff up on Etsy, I find it to be a big craft bazaar. I'm not impressed. Yes, there are some awesome listings. But honestly, there is a lot of junk (what some people call "art").

I think Etsy is great for the weekend crafter, but not those who are making a living with their lines.

JMHO.

P.S. - Got my JPD coasters yesterday! Love them!!! They're beautiful! THANKS!

With friendship,
Lisa

From what I hear, it can be a great place to pick up new wholesale accounts. Apparently many shops seek out unique items on Etsy. I'm in the process of taking over the Babyfairies Etsy site, and will let you know what my thoughts are after I have first-hand experience.
I received my coasters too. Your work is really lovely! Thank you!

Thanks Carrie - I was hoping you would comment on this. I had not thought about the "play money" (yes still using them) or the fact I would have to post regularly. I am now at a point where I put up new products twice a year, that is about all I can handle - and I am almost two months behind putting up new products...

YOu have heard my comments on this. I think that it can be a great platform to get your stuff "out there". It is true that a lot of store owners look to etsy for a lot of their wholesale purchases. I am happy with how it has helped me to get my stuff out, but eventually I will phase out. I am raising my prices at the beginning of next month...despite what others are charging for similar products. I think that you would do really well, but I also feel like your work is so well established you might not need to. Also...shipping. I WISH I could do fedex, etc. But I feel like bc most people do base pay shipping (USPS) I don't want to up my costs. So, I do us postal. ugh. so, I say try it. You really can't lose much.

Aaack...I recognize the knock-off...she's knocked off a few of mine as well. That little mermaid on her web banner is my design. Nice gal, though. LOL! I like Etsy...unlike eBay I can set my price and don't need fancy templates. I sell almost everything I list and the fees are not bad at all. I think many of the artisans there combine three things for success...a blog, a flickr account, and Etsy. If you already have a following via a mailing list or blog, that helps greatly as well. Give it a try...I hear Martha Stweart will be all about Etsy this Friday!!!

I totally agree with you about copying designs. It's like...against the law without permission! Need we say more? I suggest you contact the seller and let her know you do not want her copying your designs. That should do it if she knows she can be sued. Good luck.

I also have someone copying me...Right down to the description, She changed maybe one word! Etsy did nothing. Now she is constantly trying to underbid my items. My stuff is more detailed and professionally done. But some people don't care, they just want to buy the cheapest item out there...You get what you pay for.

But it does suck that people have to rely on other peoples ideas.

Luckily I have numerous shops carrying my stuff as well as magazines. My saving grace is I do have an attorney that is tracking her. There is lots of things you can do. It's called cyber harassment and I am amazed that they even have a law against that! I'm happy! You just hire someone and they keep track until they gather enough information about the person then they go after them...mostly when they are smug and think they are untouchable.

I'm glad I found your site! Your stuff is awesome:)
Have a great day!

I joined Etsy almost two months ago and have had all kinds of problems with people copying my designs, but doing a poor job and charging less. When I tried to handle it with them I was meant with all sorts of verbal abuse and foul language, telling me I have "NO right to copyright ANY clothing designs" and that I can "only copyright text"! It's ridiculous. And Etsy makes it nearly impossible to even figure out how to get their staff to help resolve the issue. So, I'm left to either ignore it or pursue legal action outside of Etsy. It is a good place to be picked up by store owners looking to carry new products. But as soon as I have my own website built I'll be removing my store from Etsy. Will be less expensive to drive traffic for myself than dealing with the vast array of sub-standard 'designer/copycatters' and their inferior products on Etsy....it's a freak show and only ends up degrading the true designers and their work to be mixed in with a crowd like that.

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