Friday, December 05, 2008

The End


African Queen
Originally uploaded by mlee.etsy.com
This is the last item I will list, renew or relist on Etsy until something changes. I relisted it from the depths of expiredland mid Thursday before I found out about the new "improvements" with Etsy's search. Basically they have made it so only five pages show in search and if you use reverse search to see the least recently listed item it only draws from those five pages.

And five pages move fast on a bloated site like Etsy.

I just got two very nice sales locally on collages that just weren't moving on Etsy. I'm feeling overall hopeful about Art Fire and I am fed up. I welcome any sales and will pay my fees from them gladly. But I am done with useless listing fees. Seems like a way to force desperate sellers to renew often so they can get their work seen. Disgusting.

I welcome people to check out Art Fire and use me as a
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=sevenforlife&afuid=3212
because that is where my new work and the work that is close to expiring is going to be going.

Goodnight and good morning!

6 comments:

theaestheticelevator.com said...

The African Queen has been one of my faves since you posted it.

Etsy has a great idea, but terrible management. Anyway, I've always been convinced it's a cheap way to maintain a nice looking store, but you have to market it yourself. You can't remotely rely on the website's own traffic for sales.

I'll have to take a look at Art Fire . . .

Becca said...

Ooh, a new favorite! heh

You know how I feel from Twitter. It's sad to me. I've met so many wonderful artists/craftspeople on Etsy, but it's becoming time to move on.

I've registered on Art Fire, were there are already over 5000k jewelry listings to 200 bags and purses. (That's an inescapable problem for me, though.) But I'm not sure how much I want to invest in another group site like that. I hope you do well there. :)

Ann-Marie Dewhurst said...

Well I've just signed up to Art Fire, so will see how it goes. But will continue on Etsy too.
Good Luck on there and thanks for posting about it, as it's given me a new outlet for my work.
xx

Justin said...

I just posted a bunch more in my Art Fire shop so that I can move if necessary. But I'll probably keep house in both places for now.
I do hope Art Fire makes a big splash with sales.

Marissa L. Swinghammer said...

Yeah, I'm not closing my Etsy shop anytime soon and don't expect Art Fire to take over the business.

I just need a break from Etsy so no more listing for awhile.

I know that most of my business comes from my own promotion not Etsy exposure, but what they did really ticked me off.

But I was a bit over dramatic by saying "The End".

Becca said...

I don't think you need apologize or back down from your title or post. Crappy stuff like that has been happening for as long as I can remember...and you've been there longer than me.

Even if it's just a break from listing on Etsy, I think you've earned it.
:)