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.
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?