|"Having a bad day" by: Terrance Frank Lazaroff|
Sunday, January 1, 2012
It is Time
Well I have been on Artfire for eleven months and I have to make a decision to stay or go.
I have only good words for the Artfire team. They have put up a very good looking commercial page, and they have maintained good communication with the members. I however, have found that the number of views was limited and that in turn kept sales away from my shop. I had only one sale in eleven months. There is a time when the income versus expenses, dictate what we do.
I realize that my product is a niche and that the number of people looking for ceramics is not the same as those looking at jewelry or children cloths. I can only assume that is why the views were so low.
I originally came to Artfire because Etsy was making too many changes to the way they ran the website. See (http://etsy-extended.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-turn-to-migrate.html) These changes however, did make a difference in the number of visitors to my shop. My sales did not rise but the fact that many people could see my work was just as satisfying as making a sale. I have had a steady sales record on Etsy, so that is where I will put my future efforts. I guess that is what counts in the world of sales.
So, my friends on Artfire, I have decided to terminate my shop as of 01 January 2012. I imagine it will take a while for the paid up time to run out.
I wish everyone on Artfire the best of luck with their sales. Perhaps someday I will return.
"Happy New Year 2012"