(beware, long & boring post if you're not into crafting & selling - I warned you)
I already know some of you, fellow makers, who have been playing with that idea too. I can't not tell you what to do, but only to listen to your heart & what feels better for you. We all have reasons for staying or for leaving Etsy.
My own reasons were that I didn't like it as much as I used to. (not that I looooved it that much before !) It's now more for the showing off, for the numbers (read= $$$) and for the (Etsy, not mine) stats at the end of the month. "More sellers ! More sales !! More, more, more !!". Heck, more, I don't know, but more crap too. It's not because you open a shop that what you make is of (high) quality, or even worse/better, is earth friendly (or simply going in the right direction)
Another reason is the one I mentioned yesterday about copycats, and the absence of reaction of Etsy about that problem. I have not been copied myself, even though I think that these are a bit too similar to mine (remember that I've been making these for a good couple of years now) I don't care about that anymore anyway. But I have a friend who's been blatantly copied, who reported to Etsy, and Etsy has still done nothing at all about that, and even worse, has been promoting that copycat seller in its articles. So hell. Etsy, you don't have anything nice to offer me now.
Besides, the design is so much neater on Bigcartel. It's way too crowdy on an Etsy page. This said, I will keep on shopping on Etsy if I need to. I know in which shop to shop from, and I don't need Etsy for suggesting me shops to shop from. (like it does now) I'm a big girl & I know what I have to do & where I want to shop. I don't need anyone for telling me so.
I'm not saying that on Bigcartel, everything is perfect & wonderful. There's no way on Bigcartel for searching a specific item, that's impossible. (there's no search tool, at all) There is no social networking on Bigcartel, but anyway, I'm not looking for one, my blog, twitter & flickr are already enough for me. (I'm not on Facebook) There's no frontpage with promoted items or sellers, and again I'm not looking for that. I just needed a neat little place for selling what I make, and even though I have decided to pay U$ 9.99 a month for being able to sell there, I feel it's better for me to be there. I don't ask anyone to agree with me, I've just done what my heart was telling me to do. And hell yes, I feel better about that now.
Therefore, I'll be slowly but surely (but you never know, I can be pretty fast for making things online) moving things from one shop to the other, but not everything will make it to the new shop. All items on sale will not move (or maybe I'm thinking of making some sort of "packs" or "sets", with different items that seem to go together well ... oh well, I'll see)
Earth Palette zine (only 5 copies left now !! woohoo) is already there. Most pincushions too, and I have added yesterday this year's honey jar covers :
So sorry for this very boring post, but I thought I had to share my point of view with you. If you're here, it means that you care about me & what I do, and this, I appreciate more than words can say. Your support & care has always meant a whole deal to me, and I'm always sharing things here with an open heart, because I know there is someone(s) out there reading this & understanding (or not) what I say or how I feel.
This morning I volunteered at school & helped my youngest son's class to walk to the contemporary art local museum (or kind of, anyway). It was good fun, even though when you have to walk a lot through the city with a bunch of 7 years olds. But we all enjoyed our times, and I will share some photos soon.
Thank you SO much for reading this. I hope this post finds you happy & healthy. And if you reading this & have reached this part of the post, you really deserve a medal ... or at least a cup (or glass) of something nice LOL So please go grab something, you've clearly deserved it !!
take care, friends