It seems like Etsy is moving farther and farther away from it's origional purpose to give the community a place to buy and sell handmade goods and services. What made this site great and unique from every other website out there, is slowly diminishing into dare I say it...corporate greed.
A lot of small businesses used etsy to grow their customer bases and test the market for selling their products, and now with all these outside advertisements, we have to compete with the big retailers again. Alchemy, chat rooms with other crafters, the deal of the day, and many of the other great features of Etsy that made this site unique are being replaced with tactics which make this less and less of a handmade community and more of a commercial retail site.
Does anyone else out there have a problem with this?