Jan 4, 2012

Really?? A package from who??


Yesterday when I got home after a 4 hour round trip to see Angelina Ballerina perform a 45 minute ballet concert- it was cute but seriously mammoth drive. I was rewarded with some mail.

From Etsy. 

Yep! Etsy sent me a present !


Many of you may remember a craft documentary that was shown here in Australia earlier in the year- I cannot remember what it was called but it was really going on about how Etsy is this big faceless corporation taking money from artists etc etc it annoyed me a lot so yesterday when I got this lovely mail I felt validated. I don't think it is a big faceless corporation.  I have always had emails answered quickly and politely and this has been not only helpful but great customer service. I think it is what you make it. I love the people that buy things from me on Etsy- the little notes they leave telling why they are buying that specific cushion and the lovely thank you emails. 


As I said when the craft documentary was discussed the next day on twitter Etsy has changed my families life. Literally. I could not have had the success I have had with My Bearded Pigeon without it. I think the small commission taken from each sale is very reasonable- considering bricks and mortar shops take about 50% ( I realise the costs are very different  and it is comparing apples and oranges but in terms of where can I sell my craft when I am starting out?) and Etsy take 3%.
There are about 300 000 thousand shops on Etsy and so I am not exactly  sure why I  got a present, I did write a big forum post once about the do's and don'ts of etsy... maybe that was it? Its certainly not because my sales are huge compared to thousands of other people my sales have been small...
Anyway, all I know is it was completely nice and completely unexpected and it came with a lovely handwritten note.




Thanks Etsy and Thanks Danielle. 

Additional note: It would appear SOME people think that this post is being boastful and intended to make other people feel bad that they didn't get anything. Really!! Why think like that? Why would I try to make other people feel bad? 

23 comments:

  1. Fantastic and totally deserved I feel sure! What a lovely surprise. :)

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  2. Yay! So glad you got the package! <3

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  3. Wanna trade mailboxes, Cath? Just bills here...
    Enjoy your goodies!
    x

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  4. Woah...hand written! what a nice touch. I'll read that post on the D&D of etsy.
    Sar x

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  5. i agree with you, I have always found etsy helpful! I love the site as a seller and a buyer :)

    enjoy your wonderful gifts!

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  6. OH how lovely!!! and unexpected too.
    And I remember being so relieved when we chatted on twitter about it, that someone felt er the same as I did about that bit of the doco xo

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  7. How nice of Danielle and the Etsy folks. Thanks for noting this on your blog and showing us the pics. Kudos!

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  8. Congratulations! I love growing my Etsy shop and I love seeing positive threads like this. Keep up the good work!
    Deb from papercreationsbydeb

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  9. I am sure you are very deserving and Etsy was very thoughtful. With more than 300,000 shops to handle Etsy does a fine job of responding to problems.

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  10. Congratulations. That must have been a lovely surprise.

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  11. The world is a better place for people doing these little things for other people.

    (And I was flabbergasted when you said that your business was only started last year...oh, make that the year before last year now that it is 2012. You have achieved so much)

    Don't know why people have to bitch and moan. But maybe that is why they don't get things like this happening to them... ;)

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  12. Just awesome, good for you! Good karma pays off, right?

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  13. Aren't they neat? I got one too! It is the perfect way to carry my shipping to the Post Office!

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  14. How exciting! What a treat for you to come home to! :D

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  15. Ooooooh thank you so much for sharing this! What a happy post...

    Based on what I read of the tread you started back on good-ol-Etsy, I think you need to make a pillow with the word 'whinger' on it (or do you already?)! People really seemed interested in that :)

    ♥Robyn

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  16. It's good to know that not everything in the world is cynical and impersonal!

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  17. Good for you; I'm sure you deserve it! And very sweet of the Etsy people.

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  18. very nice! and very cool items...love the handwritten note...nice touch!
    right now, all i could about in 20 years, it will be vintage! lol...
    thanks for sharing

    vintagevillacollezione.com

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  19. What a lovely surprise! There is nothing boastful about your post - you should be able to share the good things that happen to you without people getting their grumpy, jealous pants on. :)

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  20. I think that is just brilliant and delighted to heard this news. I have been on Etsy almost 4 years and am very happy. For me Etsy will never please everyone but the changes they have done over the years I think are impressive. I don't know either what you did but I think it was a lovely gesture on their part.

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  21. i just got a tote bag from the Schwans man. prettier and more useful than your etsy crap. i get to eat mine.

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