First off, I love Etsy. I love having a shop there, I love the community surrounding it. I get it. But apparently some people do not.
In the past several months I have had some experiences with people in the Etsy world that really make me go hmmmm....
I mean, what is it about the internet that gives people the right to criticize, complain and be a general jerk?
I guess since my shop has grown and I've had some success, people feel like they should be able to get something for nothing or just feel free to express their opinion and think it matters. Well, to a point they are right- they do have the freedom to convo me virtually anonymously and tell me this or that. They're entitled to their opinion and all, but to actually believe that I care about it is another story entirely!
Yesterday I had the amazing luck to score a mint condition Cathrineholm fondue pot and all the accessories at a yard sale. You all are very knowledgeable about these things, most likely, so probably wouldn't bat an eye when I put it in my shop for $125. In fact, I did my research- I couldn't find another like it on ebay, and there was only one other (in not as good condition) on Etsy for $150. It think it's a fair price, and I am always willing to negotiate a bit, so I leave room for that. Additionally, I have a standing coupon code (PIT20OFF) of 20% off to all returning customers and blog/Twitter/facebook followers. You guys could buy it for $100, or even a little less and still get a great deal.
And this lady, who has a shop with nothing but frilly country kitsch, has the gall to convo me and complain that I'm "overpriced three-fold!" I'm sorry, I'm still laughing...what was that about? Do me a favor and stick to what you know, lady. This ain't your average thrift store fondue pot from Kmart.
The other week, I had someone convo me about an item I have listed. He has zero feedback; just registered that day- you know where this is going. He wanted to ask if I was negotiable on an item I have listed for $99. Of course, I replied; "What are you thinking on it?"
His response- "How low would you go?"
Dude- I can see right now you think you're going to get this for like $10- no chance. But I play along and say, "My bottom dollar would be $65" That's 1/3, off- not a bad deal for just asking. But I bet you're not surprised when I never heard back from him.
And I'm sure those of you on Etsy have all had those buyers that ask for a special price, have you create a reserved listing for them and never follow through on the purchase. Man, I wish there was a way you could leave feedback for that kind of non-buyer, don't you?
Another thing that I dislike is when another seller comes to you and says- "I don't have any money, but would you be willing to trade that dress for something in my shop?" This has happened to me on at least three occasions recently and, while I am definitely not opposed to the idea of trading, I usually never find anything in their shop that I want, or that fits. How do you politely say, 'I don't like anything in your shop- 80s dresses/quilts/scrapbooking supplies/etc. are not my thing?' LOL I usually just don't reply back and they must think I'm a jerk (so maybe I am?) At least if you're suggesting a trade, have a similar shop to mine- obviously that is what I like!
Or my favorite- 'send me this dress for nothing and I will give you free add space for a month on my blog.'
I dunno- not exactly a win-win for everyone.
Well, thanks for letting me get some of that off my chest- leave me a comment and feel free to share your strange Etsy (or ebay) selling, or shopping experiences!