Saturday, May 4, 2013

Jumping the etsy ship


I am in the process of closing my etsy shop and moving over to Storenvy. I might be biting off my nose to spite my face, as the saying goes, but I am doing it in support of Rick.

From December 2007 through April 2013, Rick maintained two shops on etsy.com. Once I knew I was losing my job, exactly one year ago on Mother's Day, I looked forward to opening my own etsy shop with great anticipation. And I had almost instant success. I sold several shawl pins in the first few days and was thrilled. As Rick said, it seemed like such a warm and fuzzy place to be. And I felt so much less worried about the loss of my job, because, hey, I had a new "career" selling my handmade items on etsy. We would be okay, I thought. We would be able to pay bills and eat. 

My own personal etsy shop lagged some, though, because Rick got so busy with his Navajo spindles that I had all I could do woodburning my original designs on the spindle whorls. But that was okay, we were a team. We work together well, complementing each other with our different skill sets. 

Neither Rick nor I participated in any of the social media type activities etsy provides, nor did we ever research them, so we were both unaware of any negativity toward etsy. However, Rick recently ran into an issue that required what he calls "intelligent human interaction, sound reasoning, rational thought, and a little good judgement." He got none of that from etsy. You can read more about his trials and tribulations in dealing with etsy on his blog. 

After some more research, Rick found Storenvy. He has a list of other online selling sites on his blog, but this is where he landed. He spent the last few days moving all his items over. His shop looks awesome. And, of course, you can also still visit his Web site, Roosterick.com, direct.

I'm not sure Storenvy will get me the traffic that etsy did. Is it worth staying there, then? Well, maybe. I don't know. I'm of two minds about it. I was appalled at their treatment of Rick's issue, and everything he discovered online about them was quite illuminating, including this etsy rant with a cute cartoon to boot. But I'm afraid to lose what small business I did. I think people did find me on etsy, although folks complain about their search engine. I'm not sure how many people know about Storenvy, and those that do probably aren't searching for shawl pins. So the thought of moving off etsy is a tough decision. Do I stay knowing how terribly they treat their Sellers (along with a lot of other not so nice stuff that they do), or should I start over in a new spot and hope for the best? Well, guess it looks like I'm leaving, although even as I do it I'm feeling torn. But I really can't stay in all good conscience. My Storenvy shop looks nice. As I type this, I have nine items moved over. I'll do the rest a little at a time over the weekend. Once it's done I'll heave and sigh and feel better. So long etsy.