Post # 1
I was in the forums on etsy and came across a seller who is going out of business and selling all of her custom items at a big discount. In case you are interested:
She looks like she sells mostly stickers, labels, buttons, etc.
Post # 3
Hmmm… I searched “Closing store sale” on etsy and found about 400 items. What’s going on with people closing shop? Something with etsy?
Post # 4
Well, I just started selling on Etsy and have been participating in the forums, and it seems like for a lot of people they are not getting sales and they seem to be down from last year for a lot of people. I have read a lot of concerns about people not getting sales at all despite recent black Friday/Cyber Monday promotions.
Not sure if there was also an opening frenzy which is now catching up with people who shouldn’t have been on there in the first place, but that is something that could partly be to blame.
Economy is bad all over & running an etsy shop ranges from “not free” to “expensive” depending on how you do it!
Post # 6
@ttn133: Over the past 6 months, Etsy has been making quite a few major changes to their website & operation that affect established sellers in a negative way. Most of the changes are rolled out without prior testing, and often cause lots of trouble for those who are selling “seriously” on Etsy – i.e. those sellers who try to stay in compliance with tax & privacy laws.
Just one example out of many…. A few months ago, they unveiled a “new & improved” checkout – unfortunately they didn’t allow sellers to set sales tax rates based on zip code. Long story short, sellers were forced to break tax laws or close their shops. It’s a complicated issue, but the bottom line is that Etsy forced its sellers to operate illegally and their response, when confronted by the community, was less than helpful.
As I said, there’s a whole host of issues… Googling “coralgate” or “privacy breech” will bring up lots of information & discussions. You probably won’t find much in the forums, as Etsy has been actively shutting down threads in which sellers express their discontent. Express your discontent long enough, and your Etsy account will be muted.
Most established sellers are leaving/have left for either their own personal e-commerce sites, Big Cartel, or ArtFire. I’m one of them. 🙂
P.S. Many Etsy sellers won’t really discuss the problems with the site “in public” for fear of having their account/shop shut down… Etsy – my evil twin wrote this post! 😉
Post # 7
I have been on Etsy for two years now and have NO intention of closing or relocating my shop. I am the leading Unity Candle Maker on Etsy and love my store and the venue. I know many are unhappy with views and sales but I am not one of them. They have made changes but that happens in real life as well. I think many people open a shop there and expect a quick following and sales. It truly doesn’t work that way. Right now is the slow time of the year for the wedding business. You all are brides and you know your focus is split between the holidays and wedding at this time of the year. It shows in sales and views on Etsy. I correspond with several of the newer wedding shops there and know some are disheartened. I tell them to wait, the rush is coming, enjoy the holidays and quiet, but get ready. The down time can be used in creative ways if you want your shop to succeed. I am still getting, taking and making orders. I am communicating with potential clients for 2011 and a few for 2012. Each client is important and even if they don’t place an order today, need to be responded to anyhow. I am also using this time to design new products to add to my store after Christmas. I bought several new machines and accessories to allow me to create favor boxes, containers, menus, cupcake toppers, tags and fans. Really, really excited about that. I look back on 2010 with gratitude and ahead on 2011 with anticipation and excitement.
Post # 8
I ran across one last night that is closing her etsy store except for one weekend a month. She has been tooooooooo successful on etsy and is thinking it will help to slow it down. She makes soaps, shampoos, makeup. I have thought about limiting my sales in the busy months because it gets so crazy. But then I love what I do 🙂