So long and see you later….NOT! After 6 long years of being on etsy, I finally found the courage to close my shop. It was a very liberating feeling. I happened to notice that in the past few months, my shoppers were people who found my items on google and signed up to etsy just to buy them. After paying transaction fees and listing fees, I was paying etsy quite a bit of $$ each month. I thought about it for a little while and knew I could do better, much better. So I cancelled my account and closed my store.
In the beginning, I really liked etsy. It was great to belong to a community of artists and crafters who liked the same things I did. After a few years, etsy has grown from being a few handful of people in an office to this HUGE e-commerce business and I’m just a number. I just wasn’t feeling the love. There are so many shops online and I feel that it’s very hard to stand out from each other. I put so much time and energy into it, I feel that I’m much better off giving google the same attention.