I truly believe that etsy must be losing money with all of these changes. Relevancy for one must be hurting big time shops here. I have talked to sooo many etsy shop owners, that are great sellers here.. (shops with thousands of dollars a month in fees on a typical month for some) and they said as soon as this relevancy change hit, their shop sales went down the tubes. Im no big selling shop here, but I do this full time and Ive seen the same since the change. Ive lost out as well. I just cant see how etsy made money off of this change.. my typical monthly fees were roughly $100... etsy gets that money... and then after the change my new monthly fee was $13. Etsy lost money there for sure because I wasn't getting the sales. Same goes for other shops too that Ive spoken to personally. So, search ads.. is this etsy's way of saying, "oops... relevancy change was a bad idea and we need money so lets charge our shop sellers here using adwords?" I really just dont get it. On a side note, is there any point in relisting anymore?
now for the smaller shops, it seems as though they love the relevancy... its just the big fish here seem to be losing out and the little guys get noticed. Is this etsy's way of getting the big kahunas out of the sea and bringing the little guys up to filter on out? makes me wonder..
im also sure there are plenty of things here we do not know that etsy is doing behind the scenes. Seems so sketchy. Im just not that happy with etsy here lately. I want things to go back to the way they were before, now its so stressful. And no, this is not the only place I sell and promote, but is my main selling site.