Have you ever heard of Linkedin?
It's the largest professional network on the internet and I found a wonderful group there for Etsy sellers here
I have learned so much from this group already. If you are an Etsy seller you should join!
Before I begin my belly achin' here are three journals I recently finished.
Warning...the rest of this blog is pure crabbiness lol! Okay, maybe a few pretty pictures at the end. :)
My latest rant about eBay
Okay, so I decide to list a couple of ACEO on eBay to see if I get any bidders. I list them for three days and both do sell...but not for much. I don't know about you but I have a real hard time selling art on eBay. Anyhoo, that is not what I was upset about.
Once the auctions were over and the buyers paid, I was getting ready to pack them up for shipping when I got an email from eBay saying that they were going to hold my funds until the buyers received my items and left positive feedback...or something like that.
It's a darn good thing it wasn't much money and I wasn't counting on it for anything. I have a 100% feedback on eBay (as a buyer and as a seller) but I don't sell there very often so I am now considered 'risky'.
That really steams my broccoli.
They will hold my money for 21 days unless I use eBay or PayPal's online shipping-which I tried to do but the label was larger than the package. I had to cancel the postage and now that money is also being held until the postal service agrees to refund my money.....good grief. I also could have entered the tracking information on eBay so they could verify receipt by the buyer but I sent them first class mail for free so there was no tracking.
Why does eBay get into your business? Aren't you innocent until proven guilty? (i.e. a trustworthy seller until you prove to be otherwise). Isn't that what the feedback is for...to warn potential buyers of questionable or unethical sellers?
Why do they have a say in how much you can charge to ship something? I was selling one of my decorated journals on eBay, it cost more to ship than they would allow me to charge! Aaargh!...and don't get me started on how they suggest you add the shipping to the cost of your item and sell it with 'Free Shipping'...grrrr!
I know that there are unethical sellers out there that sell an item extremely cheap and charge a ridiculous amount to ship it but, is this really the way to handle it? Shouldn't buyers read the fine print and decide, before they buy, if they really want to pay that much for shipping? If they find it was grossly over charged, they can indicate this when leaving feedback to warn other potential buyers....and really, let's be honest...they can't blame anyone but themselves for not paying attention to the shipping charges.
What's next? Will eBay have to inspect your item before you can sell it? Will they then write up your listing for you? Perhaps they will also pack it up for you because there have been too many instances of damaged items.
Okay, I'll get off my soapbox...but am I right?
I keep trying other selling venues and I keep coming back to dear old Etsy. I hear many complaints about them but I have had no bad experiences (save for a serious lack of sales in the past month or so and that is not Etsy's fault)
Okay...deep breaths....and relax...ahhh...here are two other goodies that I made recently. Thank you for listening!!