by Lesa Werme of Fairytale Incorporated
Hello fellow TAFA Team followers. This is my first crack at blogging here. I need to warn you... I did not give this the 24 hour rule. So, contents of this post might be hot and spicy. But it is fresh and no contamination has set in. Here it goes: Today's Daily Rant Special: My Beef with Heartsy.
I tried the Heartsy opportunity on Etsy. It's kind of like Living Social or Groupon for the artist community. It provides your clients a limited time opportunity to purchase discount vouchers for your goods or services. Visit the site here.
- I Don't Think So
- Definitely Not.
That being said, I have purchased interesting things on Esty. But Etsy is becoming harder and harder to shift through the junk. And if the curators allow the general viewing public to determine the quality of product it is sure to lower the bar even more. Can "Etsy Not Hand Made But Made in China" be far behind?
One last observation. With the "Yes Defintely" button being pushed 500 times of more on some items...there oughta be a lot of wealthy artists out there... It seems to me no one is putting their money where the button is.
Proves my theory. "If you show 'em junk...they'll buy it."
It might take some time. But eventually, just maybe my theory will change to, "If we show 'em quality...they'll taste it."
Heartsy is not affiliated with Etsy, but encourages the cheapening of products on Etsy. This excellent article on Handmadeology shows how participating in these discount efforts can actually put sellers in the red. Yes, perhaps you will draw new customers to your shop, but if they are only looking for freebies, they might not be the kind of customers you would want in the first place.