Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Etsy are Allowing Mass Manufacturers to set up shop vs Handcraft Artisans

Since July 2005, Etsy was founded and is a peer-to-peer e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items. 

These items cover a wide range, including art, photography, clothing, jewellery, food, bath and beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks, and toys. Many sellers also sell craft supplies such as beads, wire and jewellery-making tools. 

All vintage items must be at least 20 years old. The site follows in the tradition of open craft fairs, giving sellers personal store fronts to showcase and sell their products.
For the past 2 or 3 years Etsy has been toying around changing the principle word of Handmade, by trying to sell the idea to prospective art craft people that they need to re-define the meaning of this to try and accommodate a bigger market share by bringing in the big money pocket manufacturers. 

We all know how the wheel was built; trying to convince re-making the wheel by justifying working methods of the past is to my thinking a little lame.
We are finding more and more that pressure is being applied to companies that need to fulfil the company boards pockets every year as the market share from other competitive companies get more popular. 

There has been a great increase year by year of long standing online store holders of Etsy deciding to up-sticks and leave, due to the increasing take over in the most popular Handmade Item store online by manufacturers (Asia Companies), flooding the stores with items that have been mass produced and holding superior stock holdings to slowly take over the store front and to force out the Handmade craft artists.

I would like to advocate for the Handmade Designer Jewellery artists out there because for what they are doing it's amazing and they deserve a higher platform to showcase their work for everyone to see. 

Yes Etsy has been a great advocate for the handmade artisans, for the past few years, but I'm afraid they are turning to the bigger conglomerate and discarding the principle that they began their platform and abandoning the handmade fraternity.

It’s very strange, but many people may rebuff my comments, but why is it that the likes of Amazon have recently started to create a separate Market Place on their site dedicated to TRUE Handicraft artists.




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