As I previously mentioned, I have been trying to figure out what to do with myself lately. And I think I need to start all over again.
With so many
Well, yes....and NO.
Dividing my time between handmade and re-selling was hard, but I found a way to make it work.
What he did not understand, and what the Etsy forums where full of, is the fact that a shop, does not become irrelevant overnight.
THAT is what happened.
My shop became a death zone.
It is like I ceased to exist.
I am not going to say my shop is the one that sold THE most gadget covers.
Not at all.
I have eyes. And I have been well aware of other shops that have done it just as long, and better, and kept at it. I have also seen a shop start after me, and surpass me. Which is fine ( what can I say, really?) and kind of mind boggling, in the simple fact that I have seen quiet a few pictures that have been posted on social media of customers showing their purchases...and uh....I guess all my effort into sending perfectly rounded corners, straight bottom seams, and top stitching for all these years has pretty much been in vain.
I guess the faster (and a bit sloppy) I can turn out gadget covers, the more my sales would have increased.
Well, OK then.
So what happened?
I can think of quiet a few things.
I can not compete with shops that have HIGH daily "Etsy Ad Budgets".
I was helpless to stop etsy from getting rid of a front page.
It was not my idea to stop categories from being easy to understand.
I never wanted a NEW person to etsy to look around, and see ONLY "suggested" items.
I would not have used "relevant" as opposed to newly listed, as what a person is shown when "searching" for something.
I have no control over what page I (or rather--- A---) gadget cover shows up on. Do I wish my cases where featured on every single page...including several cases a page, starting at page 1?
Yes. That would have been helpful. But I guess that is reserved for other shops.
So what should I do?
Retake all my pictures?
Re-do all my shop tags? (did it)
Change my descriptions? (done it)
Charge a lot less for my work? (nope)
Open up 2-3 stores selling the exact same thing?
Well... this option is the one that has pretty much been the most appealing to me, if it where not for one tiny thing.
THIS... my shops..is how I make a living.
How I pay for my half of the mortgage. How I buy groceries. How I pay bills.
And let me tell you, that it has been a bit scary lately, but I am chugging along...barely.
So it comes down to me finishing feeling sorry for myself ( not quiet there yet, but with the shitty year I have had so far including the loss of my Mother in law in January, I am allowed to self wallow in some misery for a few more days ) and maybe a fresh start.
Now I just need a bit of seed money and motivation.
If you sew... or know someone that does, I would really appreciate you letting them know that I am selling a bunch of sewing supplies.
I have listed a ton of new zippers and some quilting things I never used. I am going to start listing fabrics this week, but the zippers took up more time than I thought.
They are in my destash shop: www.pinkowlfabric.etsy.com
Yes, this was a whiny post, but I think everyone is entitled to feel this way, when they see something that they have spent years, and hours into..pretty much fall apart.