Thursday, May 14, 2009
Opinions of Ups and Downs of Etsy plus some giveaways
First I'm going to show off these wonderful giveaways, it's hard to resist a good giveaway, after all.
But scroll down to see Opinions of Ups and Downs of Etsy!
Audrey's Giveaway Blog is hosting a great giveaway for this amazing necklace!
Kim's Country Cottage is hosting a Grand Opening Giveaway for this beautiful Romantic Rosebuds Afghan until June 15th on her blog. Created with soft white yarn and adorned with mauve rosebuds and frosty green leaves, this afghan is the perfect size for a single, twin size bed, or as an adornment for your favorite chair.
What do YOU like most about Etsy and what bugs you the most?
I have been curious about this.. There is just so much diversity and contrasting opinions about Etsy. I'm you've noticed this if you hang out in the forums much.
So, I've been doing my own research to find this answer.
And here is what I got..
The #1 thing that Etsians like most is the overall community.
There are so many helpful and friendly people on Etsy, it really is a great place to be. I'm proud to be a member of this community, and delighted this was #1 on the 'like list'.
The #1 thing that bugs Etsians is just how many people get into the forums to whine.
Everyone understands that *you* need to let off some steam, but is this really the place to do it? It's unprofessional and makes you seem tempermental and erratic. Next time you think about coming to the forums to gripe, take a break from your computer and calm down first.
Return to the forums and turn your complaint into an unbiased constructive discussion about your problem. You'll get it all worked out much quicker if you have your wits about you.
Far less snarkiness.
Here are some positive quotes regarding 'Likes'..
"I love the community, the clean and attractive design of the site, the quick-loading pages, the creative and friendly copy written by admin on the site, the very reasonable fees."
"I love the sense of community - join a street team - it's a lot of fun!"
"I love Etsy! I started out selling on eBay and still do actually, but I'm leaning more and more to Etsy mainly because of the community, friendly feel and because it is SO much cheaper than eBay!"
"I love Etsy because I know whatever I'm purchasing had actual time, passion and heart put into making it. And that I'm supporting someone else out there who loves to be creative and share that end product of their imagination with others. "
"I love the sense of community and how generous and free people are with their words of wisdom and advice."
"I love the treasury options, and having the opportunity for a seller's treasuries to make it to the FP is pretty neat. I also love how our listings are set up w/the 5 pic opt & our own featured section."
"I love being able to find unique gifts for my friends and family. There is really a limitless ocean of possibilities on here."
"I love etsy for all the wonderful creations people make. The items on here are so unique--it just makes me feel great when I find something adorable and beautiful. "
Here are some quotes regarding 'dislikes' on Etsy..
" I don't like what goes on with front page choices although it does seem to be changing a bit. I also am anxiously awaiting the implementation of being able to organize items in my shop without relisting. "
"I wish we could arrange our items. "
"I like the forums but know-it-alls bug me and rude people bug me...its not that hard to be nice!"
"I don't like the way some shops get much more attention by admins then others. "
"What I don't like---the way alot of people are marketing --or "marketing" their shops. Too much spam on twitter,etc. Everyone wants sales fast and now...it takes time to build a business."
"the search for items and mistagging really bugs me though "
"I don't like the fact that we can't arrange the items in our shop without going through the relisting process. "
"I'm sick of people whining about low views, bad economy, Etsy doesn't do enough for them, blah blah blah."
"It really bugs me when threads are closed for senseless reasons. "
What is your like and dislike or Etsy?