my patronus is a basilisk (jeliza) wrote,
my patronus is a basilisk
jeliza

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etsy is vexing

Every time I think I know which way I should jump with Etsy, they change something again and it is so irritating. They are now requiring we sign up for Etsy 'Direct Payments" which means that they get to hang on to the money for up to a week (and make interest on the float, natch.) rather than it going straight into the bank, and if you don't agree they'll shut down your shop.

I already hate the nickel and dime fees, and know that at this stage in the game, Etsy pretty much doesn't bring customers to you, especially in a hyper-saturated field like jewelry. But people at the shows also always ask if I have an Etsy, and some have started to "follow" me there.. so I am torn. And frankly, if I want to make this work without having to expand into outdoor shows, I need to get online sales going like gangbusters. Apparently one of the keys to Etsy success is to have, like, 100 listings? And I have seen the phenomenon that when I sent someone to my artfire shop to buy an accidentally abandoned con art show piece, she ended up buying an additional one, so that makes sense. But... listing fees. (I don't pay listing fees on Artfire, and listlings don't expire, either.)

I will probably eventually set up a proper shop on my website, but my first attempts were non-optimal, and people do trust Etsy... gah.
 Business is annoying. Marketing is stupid, I just wanna make stuff.

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