Etsy Don't know the difference between Handmade and Mass Produced??
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Let me explain it for you.
As do a gazillion factories all over the world.
I have a home studio, with two domestic machines.
They have a factory full of industrial machines and machinists.
I buy 2 metres of fabric at a time, and therefore pay a cutting charge and extra because it is taken from a roll (as apposed to buying a bolt/roll)
They buy fabric by the tonne and get heavy discounts on it.
I have only myself, from design to final product and I'm lucky if I get more than two items made a week. I also have to do my own admin, finances and everything else business-wise.
They can churn out thousands of units at a very low cost and have teams of people to hold their business up.
I know this is the same for every maker. Whether you painstakingly make furniture or jewellery or clothing or toys or soap or any of the other specialist items/products. The amount of crap we have to wade through on a daily basis with tests and the regulations and taxes and paperwork and grief and money worries!!
C***st almighty! Ikea will set up a shop here next.
Tell us your methods, show etsy what you have to go through to make your product, show Etsy your passion and how different you are from sweatshop labour! Show them how we are different from resellers because they obviously haven't got a clue.
Posted at 8:37am Mar 19, 2010 EDT
I'm not going to lose hope yet Beth. I think maybe something has been misunderstood somewhere along the lines...
We can sort this out, I have Faith that Etsy will pull through for those of us who HANDMAKE our products from scratch...
Just out of interest, how long does it take you to make a single bead?
Posted at 8:48am Mar 19, 2010 EDT
There was a meeting in virtual labs last night about this and where Etsy is headed on getting rid of resellers. I know it is hard because I see the same thing in the hair accessories.
here is the thread where you can get the meeting minutes
Posted at 8:52am Mar 19, 2010 EDT