As I'm sure that everyone is aware, Australia is currently experiencing the worst natural disaster in it's history.
Hundreds of people are dead. Entire towns and communities have been destroyed.
It's destruction on a scale that most of us can't even begin to imagine.
A shop has opened on Etsy.com that is taking donations of items to sell. All proceeds from the sale of these items goes to the Australian Red Cross.
If you have an item you can donate, or if you would like to purchase something to help out, go to OzBushFireAppeal. Contact Emma if you're interested in donating or do some shopping to help out our Australian friends!
I've decided to a weekly feature on Fridays to promote sales on Etsy and Artfire. I've asked on both forums for shops that are having sales, picked 5 from each venue and am posting them here for you to shop from and enjoy!
It's time to take a stand Etsy. You're running out of time.
On February 10, a law will come into effect in the U.S. forcing anyone who makes anything geared for a child under the age of 12 to test their product for lead content. It's a sweeping law that is too broad and is forcing small business out.
You can read more about the new CPSIA law on the Etsy forums if you're interested. Or go here for more information on the law.
I've yet to see a direct stance from Etsy in support of their sellers. Time after time they come into the forums and say yes, we hear you, yes we support you. But time after time I see those same sellers left to hang in defending actions that are supposedly approved by Etsy Admin.
One example being hypothetical pricing. Basically what some sellers have done is take an item in their shop and list it, with an explanation, at the price it will be after testing is done according to the new regulation. You can see an example of this type of listing here.
These listings have caused all kinds of wailing and gnashing of teeth on the forums. Some are for some are against them.
Admin, in one thread stated that the listings had to be taken down and then just a few pages later said leave them up until we have a meeting.
The meeting was held and apparently the shops were told they could keep said listings up until Jan 30.
No one else was told about this. So, people continue to wail and gnash their teeth, flag the item and so on.
All Etsy had to do was make an announcement that they were supportive of these listings until the time stated. That's it. That would have solved all sorts of heartache for everyone.
But no, they let their sellers hang over the weekend while they enjoyed themselves and worked up a Storque article that not everyone will read.
Seriously, Etsy Admin, it's time to stand up and state your position. Are you for or against it? This is tearing our beloved community apart. The poor sellers are left to fight this battle on their own with no public support from you.
Either you are for or against this Etsy. Which is it? We'd all love to know!
Congratulations! You will win a free 8x10 print of your choice "Alone".
Thanks to all who voted. As a thank you to everyone who took the time to vote on a winner, I am going to offer you free shipping should you decide to purchase your choice in either my Etsy or my Artfire shops. Just put Giveaway in the message to seller, and I'll refund the difference through Paypal.
If you would like to be kept updated on future giveaways, be sure to sign up for my newsletter using the signup box on the right hand column. You'll also receive special discounts and sales for being a subscriber!
Last week's giveaway was such a grand success, I've decided to host another one this weekend.
Same rules as last time apply. Choose one print listed below and leave a comment telling which one you would like and why. I will choose the winner of a free 8x10 print Monday morning and let you know who it is. Easy!
Congratulations NiftyKnits, you have won an 8x10 of Morning Glow! I will have it in the mail for you today.
Thanks so much to all that entered. And thank you very much for all the kind and wonderful words about my photography. Those meant so much to me. ;)
Because of the rousing success of this giveaway, I have decided to do more. I will be having a giveaway every two weeks. If you would like to be kept updated on when the giveaways will be, sign up for the newsletter in the signup box in the right hand column. It's super easy to do and I have special sales for subscribers too!
It's a good day! I just found out that I'm featured in two different Treasuries. The first one is here, created by LindaButterfly. It's a grouping of some of sellers on Etsy who are working together to promote each other. For now, we're the Collaberators, but soon I think we'll be called Cahoots or something similar. Be sure to stop by Linda's shop and see her wonderful items!
The second one is here, created by ArtMind. It comes from a thread in Business Topics, discussing how we like to have our orders shipped and how we like to ship them. Stop by and have a look at ArtMinds shop and the thread too!
Thanks to both of you for featuring my products in your treasuries. It means the world to me!
Etsy admin has closed that thread under the guise of "calling out".
I'm sorry, but what?
Where else are we supposed to discuss this sort of thing? Isn't that what the Business section of the Etsy forums is supposed to be about?
If we, as sellers, are not allowed to discuss incredibly important issues such as copyright infringement there in case we offend those who are breaking the law, then what's the point? Why should be bother even being interested in what is best for the Etsy community as a whole?
Honestly, I'm very, very disappointed with Etsy right now. Closing that thread was wrong. Just plain wrong.