My Love Hate Relationship With Etsy

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This pretty much sums up how I feel about Etsy. You have to love it because it is the number one site for buying and selling handmade but with over 54 million members it is easy to feel like you are lost in the chaos that is now Etsy.

I heard about Etsy back in 2010 and initially joined the site as a buyer, as more people other than my family and friends started wanting to buy my crochet items I decided to launch Don’t Get It Twisted Crochet right before the Thanksgiving Holiday in 2012 and eventually had over 1000 sales in my shop.

I ended up closing that shop in 2015 and opened my current shop Ā My Pretty Brown Doll in January of 2016, I took a break from Etsy in March of this year and as of yesterday June 7th my shop is officially reopened for business.

To make a long story short I go through phases when I feel like my business would do better on its own platform, I question the fees Etsy charges and how it effects my bottom line the fact of the matter is after looking things over NOT being on Etsy cost me more than being on Etsy. So I am back! Things are going well so far I made $100+ in the first 24 hours and when I do my monthly review I will break down what sales came from Etsy and what sales came from other sales channels so we can compare.


Do you have a love/hate relationship with Etsy like I do? Or do you think it’s the best thing since slice bread… Let me know in the comments below.

If you are interested in selling on Etsy and would like to get your first 40 listings for free (normally $0.20 per listing) you can do by signing up through this link. Note if you do open a shop through this link I will receive 40 free listings as well.

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5 thoughts on “My Love Hate Relationship With Etsy

  1. The fees are starting to add up, but they are about the same on Ravelry. So, I’ll stick in there until I come up with something else.

  2. Definitely not the best thing since sliced bread. More like the best substitute until you can buy a bread machine and make your own to taste the difference, you know?

    I have been on Etsy for a while with very minimal sales and I know it’s because I hate the fee scale and therefore I don’t put as much effort into using it as a sales platform as I really should.

  3. I’ve been debating on opening a shop for awhile, but can’t get past those listing fees. In the long run, I guess I could try it out for a month & see how it goes. What’s the worse that can happen, I make some money?
    Another great article.

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