Monday, November 4, 2013
New Treasury on Etsy
This has been an issue on Etsy for a long time now. I think the statement, "Handmade Has Died on Etsy," bears some thought. Etsy's policies on what is handmade have changed. Now, a design idea qualifies for handmade even if the materials and skills to make a product are outsourced and factory made. Importers reign on Etsy now from handmade glass beads,
I would ask you that, with the holiday season rushing in on us, to as sure as you possibly can that any product you buy be handmade. What are some of the clues to search for?
When someone states that they are a store with employees or family members who help to make said product, question that. There are some stores that are still handmade who do have a true family business. Just be careful.
Look at the product. Would it be reasonable for a 110 pound woman to handle and put together the product, such as furniture, that is being shown as handmade. Sometimes, it is.
Check to see if there are, like in the treasury, many of the identical products in other stores. Most likely, it's imported.
Check the price. When you see handmade lampwork beads in strands selling for $3.99. I'd stay away from them. Most likely, they are imported.
Etsy has condoned it. Why? Importers bring in a great deal of money for Etsy. That might be part of it. Maybe they made a mistake and didn't screen enough stores? Maybe. Maybe they are just tired of dealing with all the complaints? Maybe. All of the above? Maybe.
I've been letting many of my items expire in my store. I'm tired of paying the relisting fees to Etsy when I have to compete against the importers. I'll probably keep a small presence on Etsy, but I don't think I'll keep as many products in my store as before. I will also be offering a diverse product line from soaps to jewelry to handmade glass beads. What's a girl to do? I'm tired of it.