Tuesday, October 2, 2012

And the Plot Thickens...


graphic of many question marks

Thoughts?  For anyone who doesn't wish to post their thoughts here, feel free to email me.

Edited to add:
And the new rules regarding "collectives" are as clear as mud!


  1. Hmmmm, raises some interesting points. I have been thinking for some time now that the big E is not all it's cracked up to be. In order to really build business there at this point most artisans I have talked to agree that you need to drive traffic to your big E store. If that's the case, why not jut build my own website on one of the free site makers or any other site?

    Is Etsy the place for "big business"? I'm torn on that one and I guess it would depend on what the rules were for that and if they were actually clearly defined, which as of now they often are not. In the example of Ms. Johnson who seems to be employing a small artisan workforce, I'm good with that. Also good with being offered in West Elm or any other wholesale forum if a seller is equipped to do that.

    If it comes to outsourcing to a major manufacturer, I give that a big thumbs down. That only pits wholesale pricing against artisan pricing and we all have enough trouble fighting that already. And I am not seeing any realistic way for them to be able to police that.

    I have lots more thoughts on this, but those are my main points. Sorry for the super long comment.

    1. I think we're on the same page in our thoughts. This has a lot of us thinking about pursuing alternative sales venues and even starting our own off-E sales collective websites. Lots to think about!