OK, I admit it, that title is an exaggeration…but I do wonder about the world of Etsy sometimes. I’ve had a shop for less than three months so I am still in the learning, figuring things out, stage…but I have some concerns. Now we have to be quiet, because if they hear me over at the Etsy site, I am going to get inundated by nasty comments from those super sellers. I understand that it takes a lot of work to be successful on Etsy…there are so many artists on there, it is hard for anyone to see your work. So some people have taken to rather extreme measures to make sure that their work is seen by the buyer first. I understand this, they’re trying to make a living, but I draw the line at unethical practices and badgering other sellers. I have not been on the receiving side of any of these practices, yet…I’m still a little fish in a huge pond…I do not pose a threat.
For me, my Etsy shop is a place where I can sell small things that I have made as a way of expressing myself. Don’t get me wrong, it does bring out the competitor in me…but I try to remember that my “real” work is my stained glass installations. I’ve asked myself that, if my Etsy shop were my sole means of income, would I resort to unethical measures to promote myself and increase sales? I hope not, but one never knows what one would do if faced with having to provide for a family, with no other income. I would like to think that I would find another way to provide, something that does not compromise the things I believe in…playing fair, loving your neighbour, and being the person God wants you to be, just to name a few.
God Bless, Julia