How will Etsy evolve?

When I first began selling my work online I started with eBay. It was a challenge to figure out the best way to present my “brand” (WOODbyC) through a venue that also offered massive quantities of mass-produced stuff from all around the world, or even junk from basements far and wide. But I enjoyed it, did a decent job, and made a pretty good return over several years, earning “PowerSeller” status eventually.

Which felt like quite an accomplishment, given that I religiously sold only items that I, personally, made one-at-a-time, by hand.

A separate, personally-designed website followed, which brought its own challenges and rewards, with an Etsy store close behind. I have to say, I have never done much shopping on Etsy, and when trying to search for items that might interest, it was not a very easy task. Of course, I didn’t spend much time on the matter.

Maybe you have had better luck…

Even so, Etsy has not provided much income to me over the years, and now the news of Etsy’s plans to “go public” by issuing an IPO have me underwhelmed. (This link is to an article in today’s Guardian online.)

What might be your thoughts??

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