Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Etsy IPO and Things That Constantly Amuse Me About Etsy

Woohoo the Etsy IPO is done and over. What a relief. I personally think it will bring about a lot of needed changes. I think we will get better seller tools and real customer service. I also think they will raise fees. Eventually.

I got such a laugh over one Etsy forum poster being picked to be front and center at the IPO. Shes a major forum poster and an Etsy favorite. The ironic thing is she was one of the most vocal last year saying that Etsy was NOT going public. She hinted that the rest of us were just dumb Etsy sellers that don't know what is really going on. And once they did finally announce it; she wasn't too enthusiastic about it. Just one of those Etsy things that makes me shake my head.

I wonder what does it take to be an Etsy favorite? I have been labeled by some as an Etsy critic. And I guess I am. As I said on the Etsy forum; Etsy is not a tiny grassroots website anymore. As sellers and buyers we should all expect and get more. Like real customer service. Buyer protection. Better seller tools. I for one am tired of the excuses. I have read for years that some of the major most "vocal" forum posters are paid by Etsy. I never believed it. Well until now. I think there might be something to it.

I was very vocal about my dismay that Etsy did not have a shipping calculator. So when they asked me to be in the test; I jumped in with both feet. Which is not always in a sellers best interest. So although I am an Etsy critic I do try to also do my part to make it better.

If all we ever post is how great Etsy is and ignore the needed changes; where does that get any of us?

I will say though being an Etsy critic will not get you a free trip to New York. Or get you posted as a Featured Seller on the Home page. Or all the other bonuses the preferred Etsy shops get.

I am going to New York next month and I think I am going to try to go to the Etsy office. But I have to make an appointment and be approved. Wonder if they will approve an Etsy critic?

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