Today I have been working on my Own Website. I have not yet migrated to Etsy or Amazon Handmade, though I have been approved for a "Store" There. I have my reasons. I'm not down on these Super Sellers, I am just not sure they are right for me at this stage of my little effort. These are HUGE Sellers, and a misstep as a vendor can and will get you banned for LIFE. As in many things in life, timing is everything. I respectfully ask you to consider a different view:
First, the next time you see a hand made product or run across a clearly home-spun website and are quick to comment, please stop for a moment and imagine yourself in THIER Shoes as the proprietor. Please be kind because true creation is very hard to do. Few of us start out knowing how to do anything related to this industry and we are constantly evolving and learning. In the process, we put our heart and soul what we make. You will never see the hours we put into our crafts behind the scenes. Sometimes, as in the case of my own product, a outwardly simple form is actually quite complex, e.g., each "Napkin Necklace" I make has over 20 carefully selected components. Imagine that!
Please take the time to support Hand-Crafted enterprises by attending local shows that offer hand-made items, or shop from the proprietors' website if they have one. The next time you pass by a display and think "I really like that" or "Wow how Clever, great idea", Please Stop and take a second look. Talk to the proprietor, listen to their story. Ask how they got started and about their creative process. You may come to realize how important your purchase and support is to these people. And I think that might surprise and delight you.
For me personally, by joining other makers, I am finally getting back in touch with the parts of me that can still accomplish much. I am truly happy with what I have created. It will be interesting to see what the future brings.
I am afraid without your support soon individual creativity and true crafted and original items will be lost between the cracks of Amazon, Etsy, eBay, Facebook or other mass commerce. Worse yet, hard-won creativity will be copied and devalued on a mass market scale by these super sellers. That would be a very sad loss to this world.
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