It is a joy to open my emails, and find that I have a bite. Sometimes it is just a nibble, meaning that I got a heart, or someone asked me a question about an item.
I don’t sell very much, especially these past four months. Flat-line.
|Ceramic and pottery porcelain vase |
7" X 7"
Then there is the client who refuses to pay some local sales taxes that are levied by their country or state, or a broker fee because they insisted on shipping UPS or FedX, thus resulting in a refusal of the package. As the seller, I would have to pay for the return shipping, or I can just let the postal offices sell it off, as unclaimed goods.
There is also a buyer mentality that expects the seller to pay the shipping. This is due to the big guys, like Amazon, arranging contracts for cheap shipping with UPS or the post office. These benefits are not available to the little guy.
The buyer also expects a return policy, without discussion. This happens because of remorse, or the guilt of impulse buying.
It doesn’t take long to rack up expenses.
|Porcelain vase classic antique style ceramic for home decor and art|
Etsy also lets me do, what all artists want. They allow me to show my creations. It is like having a permanent gallery show. Etsy has a pretty good statistic page. They began collecting the stats 2011. Since they started counting, I have had over 20,000 visitors to my store front, and over 45,000 sets of eyeballs, on my work. Etsy members both buyers, and sellers have awarded me over 5,000 hearts.
|Gilded Porcelain Bottle Vase|
10" by 8" wide
The down side of Etsy is that we, the seller, works like a share cropper. We do all the work ,and Etsy comes around monthly to pick up their share. They can close your down without any real appeal. Your store can be there one day, and not there the next. They are also the real Big Brother. They cruise about the forums, and If you make a "call-out," they can shut you down on a blink of an eye. The judges and jury are just employees, and if they have a bad day, you can have one, as well. Etsy can also change the method of selling or the rules of the game without notice. You just have to adjust or close. You have no say in the matter.
Potential clients become cautious about committing to a purchase. Sellers have to always be aware of the language, and the methods of scammers. Then there are the resellers. This is not supposed to be allowed ,but the administration cannot shut them down fast enough. They just keep on coming. There is a continuous battle against the resellers.
|Ceramic and pottery vase, fields of red.|
11.5" by 6"wide
|Porcelain collectible vase turquoise blue chun glaze|
This vase is from my gas firing days.
5" by 7" wide