The time has come …

To make a change.   Etsy’s new policies and their “definition” of “Handmade” has stripped them of all integrity.  I have rarely been proud to sell on Etsy, but now I would be ashamed to be associated with them.  That’s big, if I can be shamed by association, because believe me, it takes a lot to make me blink. All in all, it was great.  I opened my shop June 2010, and as of today, made 3518 sales, in a tad over 3 years. I managed to stay high in the relevancy rankings, despite the constant battle of mass produced beads being listed by the 100’s per day.  So, I feel as though I came, conquered, and left with my self-respect.  I expect Etsy to close my shop at any time now, because I have openly stated my feelings on their new policy in my shop announcement and the Etsy Speech Nazi’s will not allow that for long.  This wasn’t a decision I took lightly.  I am very much aware that they are the largest (FRAUDULENTLY MARKETED) “Handmade” market out there.  But that’s just it, they are now, openly, a fraud.  And they have openly, publicly, spit in and slapped the face of every single one of us out there, the artists, crafters, tiny small business owners that drew in their huge number of captive, registered buyers.  Honestly, I almost decided to ignore it, and just play the game.  They are already so flooded with mass-produced, machine made junk, I don’t think I would notice more.  And my customers are smart enough to know the difference between quality, unique items and dime store trash.  Ah, but I didn’t sign up to sell next to all that trash.  Like real estate, your property value is greatly influenced by your neighbors.  So, I have decided to leave.  I have too much respect for my customers, my creations and my self to stay and be happy.

I am currently working on opening a web store.  I have tried a few pages on Facebook, tried a few other sites like Zibbet, etc.  But I have yet to find one that works for me or gives the customer experience that I want you all to have.  I do not want anyone to have to sign-up or register somewhere to buy from me.  Nip that game in the bud from the get go!  Basically, the easy methods are out, because they just don’t offer what I am looking for, and I will no longer settle.  So……..  it may take a bit, but I will soon have my own little spot to share my beads and jewelry with you.  Happy Dance!!!

11 responses to “The time has come …

  1. I look forward to seeing your new place of business when it arrives =) Best of luck in your endevour to remain one of a kind!

  2. We ALL have to be TRUE to ourselves, so good for you. There isn’t enough room here to write all I want, but I did fight the Pandora based Gestapo in the Netherlands and won. Follow your dream so WE can ALL be free from these Greedy counterparts.

  3. You are so right! It is a while now, they sell everything…..even beads stamped with pandora (not original)…my shop was closed last year, because of some issues with etsy, lost my customers (and for now my job any moment).

    Very sad this happened, I never got back on track again…..because of all that commercial products…..have some in my shop too, have to admit, but there people asked me for leather bracelets and silver charms, strange enought they dont sell….you were the one that said, try again, open a new shop….but still its not like it was before 😦

    Hope you will find a better solution, I have to stay there for the moment, because of income, so hope my shop will work out a little better soon…..good luck with your new shop, please let me know because I really love your designs……as a beadmaker I know how hard it it to make a good bead and sell it to someone with a warm hard!

    • I am so sorry the new shop isn’t the same. I wanted you back on Etsy because you make GREAT GLASS. Without other good Artists, the rest of us were just stuck in a sea of cheap chinese shit. Don’t ever give up, I love your beads and wear them all the time! I really don’t expect my new shop to be the same, I don’t have the resources to push hundreds of people through my shop everyday. BUT, I also am free of the “seller be damned” feedback system, the tons of requests everyday to “wholesale” my beads for $5 each. Keep the faith and keep making what you love, because lot’s of people love it, too!!!!

  4. Goodluck xxxx

  5. So, what is going on these days? Have you tried selling on They only charge, when you sell. Have a look. I sell under name of Barbie-O and I did not bow down to the Russian Woman in the Netherlands that looks for counterfeit Pandora.

  6. I was sad to see you leave Etsy, but am happy for you for the reason! Good for you to rebel against a crappy system. Can’t wait to see your new site once you are ready to launch! I wish you all the successes that you deserve!

  7. I hope you managed to get back on track. I did have an unpleasant experience with etsy as well. I was doing well on there, very well, but as soon as I stated my opinion on their new policies I got punished. I admit we as sellers can do little to change things, and etsy knows this very well. The ones who have the power to change things are the buyers, but sadly, most buyers don’t care. All they care is cheap prices. When I let my customers (who were in the thousands) know about etsy unethical business practices, and ask them for some sort of solidarity, they didn’t seem to care. They were still shopping on etsy. That kind of response is very discouraging.
    I will share this post on my fb page. I hope you don’t mind.

  8. very true! it basically comes down once again to money. They apparently support money more than they do people who make handmade items. I am always amazed at the stuff that is allowed to be sold on there. for example, apparently spray painting mason jars is now “handmade” lol I think I am done with selling and buying also on etsy.

  9. Independent_Maker

    Good on you for having the courage to tell Etsy to eat shit. They are a disgrace to all handmade artisans. I am ashamed that I still sell there. I feel like I am complicit in helping to prop up their fortress of deception. Hopefully they won’t be getting my help much longer.

  10. I wanted to sell seed and normal nursery plants on Etsy but it didn’t fit Etsy’s basic philosophy which seemed to be that the product needed to be some form of art so I went on my way. Then a few days ago I came across people selling these very things. I contacted Etsy to let them know their policy was being abused, but I have not received a response. Apparently they don’t care and it seems you can sell whatever you want on there. To top it off those sellers are raping people! I wish I had plants to sell this year and had I known I would have. Then I would go there and sell better plants for much less $$ and still come out great. Being frustrated with Etsy I Googled “Esty Sucks” and this site came up. At least I know I’m not the only one not happy with Etsy.

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