The sales counts.
Such growth in sales shown over this two year period! And this comes during a time of, dare I say… Etsy bashing?
Etsy’s decision to allow third-party manufacturing, followed by an announcement to “go public” has seemed to create an uproar among sellers (and even non-sellers). For months now I have been hearing “I’m leaving Etsy.” “Etsy is going downhill.” “Etsy sold out.” “Etsy did this.” “Etsy did that.”
I have bit my tongue a lot as I watched the internet bash the site I built my business on. But…. the proof is in the fucking numbers. And the numbers say that Etsy is thriving.
My first year on Etsy I made $608. I was not always (and am still not always) lucky enough to make the “top daily sellers” list on Craftcount. I sold on Etsy for years before quitting my day job. I do not always agree with every single change Etsy makes (working there seriously has to be the hardest job).
But I have so much love for the site. For the opportunity that it has given me, and thousands of other people. I do not blame it for my downfalls, just as I do not praise it for my successes. The blame and praise are on me. But I am proud to be an Etsy sellers, and I am happy to see it continuing to flourish because I know that, in some small way, I contributed to that success.