:::Edit::: I'm now currently selling my fine products on Artfire.com here http://www.artfire.com/users/AutumnLeavesJewelry
most of my items remain on Etsy...but you can check both shops and I'll have a link to both in my sidebar soon :-)
My Etsy shop has been so slow this year (and most of last year) I'm thinking about looking into selling elsewhere as well...and wondering if any other Etsy shop owners have had positive experiences on ArtFire? (I posted something similar on Facebook and decided it might be better to post here).
Hold on to your seats, old Care is letting loose today.
While I understand and "get" the whole feel-good artsy feel of Etsy, I wish the changes would slow down so sellers (and buyers) could catch up with their advertising tools(I use the word advertise here with a grimace on my face).
I'm seeing more and more evidence of it becoming a very confused wanna-be social network selling site (where we really can't network) as opposed to a good old fashioned Shop. This is hard. This is hard for sellers because we often don't have the time to put into making treasuries and pushing and pushing them for "hits" to make them "hot" so they end up on the Front Page of Etsy. It's just not a task I enjoy spending my time with(I admit I'd rather spend time designing new metal pieces and rejuvenate outside of Etsy).
And it feels quite forced.
Circles, ah those circles...is Etsy planning to eventually open some great mixing bowl of cross marketing through their circles? Are we in the dark with a big A-HA moment ready to reveal itself? I have no clue...can someone fill me in?
When I look at the front page as a newbie would(not signed in) it appears full of unclear links and topics that have nothing to do with an item I might want to purchase. It really does look like never-ending links (in blue and white, facebook colors, not the usual orange of past-Etsy) that lead to a very tiny opening of a list that might take me to the earrings I'm looking for. When I do choose Jewelry, I am taken to the WHOLE jewelry section where along the top are a strand of photos of 'Brought to you by' shops...which means we must purchase these spots...per day...or...should we renew (requiring spending more money that goes to Etsy) and hope that for those fleeting seconds as new items are renewed ours is spotted by the person who is looking for exactly what I have to sell at that exact moment?
But first it wants me to sign up through a Google account to Find Friends...what? Why do I want to find friends using my (rarely used) Google email? (do you see my point or am I rambling?) Hold on, let me add a link for you to maneuver over to the next paragraph...
The Gift Guides were a fantastic way for buyers to find amazing items (I used to purchase from them)...why they were taken away is beyond me.
I love my customers, I love creating for them, I love the idea of art, the process of art and feel so frustrated about the marketing side Etsy is no longer providing for us.
My voice and opinions on this topic are like a tiny part of a drop in a huge ocean and I doubt anyone who makes decisions on Etsy will see this, but for what it's worth, it sure felt good to get it out there
I feel like I'm beginning to ramble so I'll post the pics of my newest lovelies
and Bracelet Cuffs
These were fun to make and I was able to use some old super thick chunky sterling silver band wire I've had for ages. I also got my stamping and oxidation on...and am rocking my lightbox again. :-)
Here they are, I've got both thick and chunky cuffs which are very versatile as far as fit goes. I've also added Thinny and Chunky Sterling Silver bangles. (I'm going to schlep over to my Etsy shop soon to list these)