Sell high, buy high
http://www.etsy.com/ is the Ebay of handcrafted, artist-made goods with out the bidding. It facilitates sales for artisans. This is a good thing since selling and getting noticed is a very hard thing to do let alone running a business which most artists are horrible at. Actually, running a business in America if a hard thing to do in general, there's the paperwork, the fees, licenses and tax all of which require a high degree of knowledge and if you mess up with any of these things the government will shut you down. So, allowing a created mind to sell their creativity easily is not a bad thing. In fact there are a lot of cool, original things on this site. And there are a lot of things that fit in that opposite category.
I guess the major theme of my website hate comes from the people involved.
Here are the two problems with this site.
1.) Copyright infringement. It's becoming a bigger and bigger with fabricators (I won't say artist because I think people who take other peoples work tend not to have the talent to be called an artist). People take magazine clippings or old pieces of junk and spruce them up passing them off as their own creation. Like most sights who try to stay in business Etsy has it's rules but somethings do slip through. I suppose this is more of personal opinion that people shouldn't be making money off of other peoples original work whether it be mass produces record albums or old photos.
2.) Pricing. Artists/Fabricators never seem to get this right. They float towards either side of the spectrum. Either they under price themselves making their work seem less quality and then opening themselves up for someone to copy their idea and charge more or (run on sentence, I know) they charge too much for something that cost them pennies and a couple hours to make. Paying twenty bucks for a 7.5 inch x 5.9 inch fabric pouch is ridiculous. I can go to target and get the same exact thing for two dollars. Yeah, sure you hand made it but so what. We live in capitalist economy that does not mean charges as much as possible that means compete with the other sellers. I'm all for supporting the little man/woman, don't buy from large corporations who out source, use child labor, and stomp all over small businesses. But at the same time you have to know your place and it's not selling sewn together scraps of fabric for twenty dollars especially if it's easily remade (not one of a kind) and like anything else you can buy anywhere else.
that's my problems thought not really with the site at all just the people. As a consumer shop smart. If you're a seller learn about sales and pricing first because the image you display as a artist/fabricator gets recorded in the minds of the general population and that's how they see the rest of your peers. Bottom line don't ruin it for everyone else by being greed or dumb.