In the midst of Coralgate and on top of so many other issues I have with the way Etsy is run, I have been wondering - do I really need Etsy?
China Sun - the last Etsy update, forever?
I need an online selling venue, that much is certain. And I'm grateful to Etsy for what they have allowed me to do. But as I'm getting ready to re-launch my art and photography shop and pump massive amounts of inventory into my supply and jewelry shops, I'm wondering if I'm better off going somewhere else. I'm wondering if I've outgrown them.
I've looked around and decided to move my shop to Big Cartel. Visually speaking it's fully customisable enabling me greater application of my brand concept. It's clean, easy to use and above all, their full service would cost me less than half as much as etsy does, because when I'm doing well my Etsy bill is roughly 30-50 a month. And I expect it to be higher after I re-launch the photography shop.
I have a solid enough presence now online that I can be comfortable making this move. I have a good readership here (if my google stats are right!) and my Flickr and Facebook are both healthy. I also have an audience on Tumblr and Livejournal, though I don't spend a lot of time there (and constantly mean to).
all my new work will be on the Big Cartel site- and this includes my photography! I'll still be selling supplies on Etsy for as long as I have the stock, but once I'm finished listing all my de-stash (hopefully in a few weeks) it will be gone too.
It's time to step up the ladder.