I've put my Etsy shop in vacation mode. I don't know when (or indeed if) I will re-open it. I've been considering this for some time. It seem like a no-brainer that if you're unhappy with something, you pull out of it. But the problem is that Etsy were the first to offer a proper venue/platform for handmade stuff, so it is the place everyone knows about.
And if I don't have a presence on Etsy, that may result in less visibility, lost sales and perhaps other opportunities lost. For instance, the recent Cross Stitcher mention of Polka & Bloom came about because they found Polka & Bloom on Etsy, I believe.
I must admit that I've.. had a pretty bad feeling about Etsy for quite a while now. The privacy issues are only part of it. If you want to get to know the less hippy-happy rosy side of Etsy, I suggest reading the EtsyBitch blog.
Despite my worries that I could lose out on opportunities, in the end I guess it is better to let that go in stead of being associated with a site which seems to care less about its original purpose and more about goodness only knows what. To be fair, though, I've not had any problems with Etsy myself.
Right-o, I'll get off my soap box now and just quickly mention that I've recently opened a brand new Polka&Bloom.com shop. That was a bit more work than the cumbersome listing process on Etsy, but I think it's worth it. :-)
Thank you for listening!
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