In an effort to expand my online selling horizons, I have opened a shop on a great site called Zibbet. The site describes itself as “Your place to buy unique, handmade products, direct from the maker.” Categories of goods include Vintage, Handmade, Supplies, and Fine Art.
I have been on etsy for more than 4 1/2 years, and have seen a gradual shift away from handmade artisan-crafted goods. Recently, there have been numerous issues with the site, including unannounced weekend tests of site “updates’ to remove PayPal as a payment option and force buyers to use etsy’s own inhouse Direct Checkout payment processor instead. Sellers have found out about things like this after being contacted by buyers wanting to know why they cannot checkout with PayPal. For whatever reason, etsy doesn’t think it is necessary to notify long-time shop owners ahead of time. This is only one problem, and there continues to be an ongoing influx of resellers offering cheaply-made, mass-produced foreign made junk. Etsy has moved a long ways away from it’s handmade roots, and many sellers, including myself, are not happy about the way things are shaping up.
As the saying goes, it is not a good idea to have all your eggs in one basket, and that is another reason to check out alternative to etsy, including Zibbet, and adding shopping cart functionality to this site in the near future. I have had very long stretches on etsy of no sales and no views, and zero interest in my new listings, even after cross-promoting on Twitter and Facebook and other social media sites. I will probably keep a very scaled-back shop on etsy through the 2013 holiday season, and then re-evaluate after the beginning of the new year.
In the meantime, I hope you will check out my new Zibbet shop. It is still a work in progress, and new stuff is being added almost every day.