Alright, I've kind of been avoiding this blog entry since I didn't really want to bring more attention to the site I left behind. I've seen more trouble on there than is worth mentioning and spent more money on their fees than anywhere else. I left for many reasons and I'm very glad I left before all of this transpired. That being said, I have finally decided that perhaps I DO need to write this blog entry.
*takes a deep breath*
Let me begin with why I left Etsy in the first place. I was a member of the Etsy community for I'd say about 4 years. In that 4 years I had experienced marginal success. My jewelry sold alright... though the sales seemed to come in spurts. My costume orders were high from mid-September to mid-October but often times I found that I could not always keep up with customers demands and eventually stopped taking custom orders there.
One particularily low day, I realized how much of my actual profit had been going to Etsy over the years. I also stopped to realize that I had not sold an item in any shop for almost 9 months straight. And I realized what drives the Etsy machine was relisting and charging fees. At that point, I decided I was done with them. The jewelry market there was swamped and I just didn't have the money to keep up with the "big Etsy fish" anymore.
I was told about Artfire by a friend I had met on Etsy. I've been there ever since and have nothing listed in any of my Etsy shops. I have shopped there a little bit since. That will stop. From now on, if there's an artist I like and want to purchase things from ad they are only on Etsy, I will kindly convo them and ask them to email me privately to arrange the sale. Etsy will get no more of my money.
Now, onto the "coralgate scandal". First off, I want to go on the record as saying this is my OPINION on what has transpired and what I think of it all. So, before you all blast me for it.... keep in mind I am entitled to my opinions and this is in fact my blog. So, while you don't have to agree with me, posting comments blasting me for not believing the same thing you do... well it's just tactless and rude. That being said, I do not believe any of my readers would do such a thing. You all seem like civilized people who can agree to disagree with me without getting personal.
I don't want to rehash the entire situation in detail so... the short version.
Etsy has a blog calles the Storque. They invited a guest jewelry designer to write a blog to be featured on the Storque. The blog she wrote was about coral as being an endangered species and how she believes we should all boycott coral beads and jewelry made from it etc. People on Etsy got all upset because Etsy did not put a disclaimer on this blog post stating they do not necessarily hold the same beliefs and the poster. There are all kinds of things wrong with what Etsy has done and caused with this blog post. So, as I display pictures from Etsy artisan shops that display coral, I'll dissect the pieces of this scandal and give my opinion on them.
Point 1: Etsy should not have posted this opinionated blog entry without a disclaimer unless they share the viewpoint of the poster. It has been pointed out by numerous Etsy sellers since this whole scandal errupted. Even large newspaper and broadcast mediums put up disclaimers when they featured or interview someone with an opinion on a controversial issue. Heck, telvision stations put up disclaimers before infomercials on late night television for crying out loud! This is standard practice and for good reason. And it's not a difficult thing to do nor would it cost them any more or less money that it did to put up the blog entry. Common sense people!
Point 2: If Etsy did/does in fact agree with the poster view point, they should have banned coral from the site prior to the entry being posted. I don't mind if a gourp of individuals wants to take a stand or support a cause they believe in. But don't do it half-assed and just because you heard someone tell you a little piece of the truth about the issue. If you want to take a stand on an issue, do the research yourself and decide if it aligns with you and your beliefs before jumping on someone's band wagon. Activists and even just regular everday schmos will in fact selectively edit the facts in order to get more people to follow their cause. Look into it before joining. Then, make your decisions accordingly. Be an intelligent adult about it.