Thursday, July 17, 2008

From the Bitches Auxiliary: Rob & Maria's Excellent Adventure

Going out with a bang

Thanks for the chat the other night. I wish I could say you answered questions, but you avoided them.

You also mentioned that you are considering adding other people's items to MY shop. Not going to happen. It was cute the way you cut off the last two words in your poll, so people voting didn't see that you meant similar items from OTHER SHOPS. Classy. Bet you think that 34% were really thinking it was a great idea.

Now you want me to spam people with your referral link, that will send them to etsy itself, and not to my shop.

I'm not here for you, I'm here to sell.

You expect so much of us - to police the community, to help others, to promote etsy as a whole. You train others that come here to compete with us.

We get fees, week long turn-arounds on support emails and repeated slaps in the face for our troubles.

Thanks anyway.


Damage control
Hey everyone, I just want to clear something up. What Rob mentioned in the meeting was an idea -- JUST an idea. We often ask for the community's feedback on ideas, which is what Rob was doing in the office hours meeting with the poll. This is NOT a new feature coming up, nor is it something we're planning to add. We heard the sellers' response loud and clear that you dislike the idea, and we appreciate your input.

I'm going to close this thread in an effort to minimize confusion over this matter.

15 Comments:

almost out of there said...

It's just aother LIE from Admin...
they DID implement that feture it shows in your sold items..but of your items...

thanks etsy..for being so DISHONEST

dangerousmezzo said...

"I'm going to close this thread in an effort to minimize confusion over this matter."

Actually means:

"I'm going to lock this thread so people will stop bitching ungratefully about this cool feature we totally had ready to roll out. But we've got another rad feature (based on the first one) we'll introduce real quick, just to distract all the grumpy haters".

The Funny One said...

Do I smell a guinea pig?

Quick, get that wheel thingy and we'll all jump on. More fun than Monday Craft Night any night.

The Righteous One said...

Are they really so dense to not realize that we want our own items in our shops? lol

Meredith said...

Exactly what I was going to say, dangerousmezzo!

I love it how they automatically shut a thread down that brings up good points about what they could change...yet they love hearing our feedback? I call BS.

The Ebon Swan said...

I don't think it's that. I've noticed that *any* thread with EtsyBitch links gets shut down quicker than a fifty disappearing down a prostitute's cleavage.

Prevent confusion my ass.

BitchesBitch said...

yeah, there's lots of BS spreading around. And with this new feature of showing other items from our shops on our sold pages just implemented, are we REALLY supposed to believe that having OTHER SELLERS items appear on our pages was just an off the cuff idea by Rob in the treehouse meeting?
PLEASE.
Like I said before, we all now know that they were absolutely planning on doing that. We're all not stupid!
What the fuck else are they planning that is equally abysmally disappointing, I can only wonder!!!

It irritates me to no end though, that they are ballsy enough to introduce that feature while swearing up and down the other sellers items idea was just a brainstorm thing. They don't even have the tact to wait a month or two to make it LOOK like they listened to us and changed their idea!

Whatever said...

Ooh, her and her 13 sales closing up shop- snap! That makes a statement. Take that etsy! lol

Ivydee said...

I think that they created the "sold items similar feature" and then went, "oooo... wonder where else we could implement this, OH I KNOW..." and came up with this little gem.

I don't understand how any one in their right mind could POSSIBLY think we would actually want or tolerate other peoples listings in our own shops.

I think they're all high on unicorn farts over there.

el-stinko-armpit said...

I may be wrong about this, but isn't Etsy the only larger multi shop venue that charges nothing for opening a shop? Or even half a dozen shops? Seriously, what you get for nothing is often worth just that.

Just imagine having items from a reseller visible when a potential customer visits your shop. Side by side identical item comparisions for supplies sellers. Ditto vintage...until the mass importers of fake antiques start opening up on Etsy, then that goes to another level.

Etsy needs to start charging even some nominal fee for opening a shop. That will slow the growth rate a little (good) and the fees can be used to pay for some actual programming skills to build real seller tools into the shops. And go thru their files of constant constructive complainers and accurate flaggers and hire these people to clean up the site.

Alorinna said...

They haven't closed Claire's shop yet, which she said is fine by her. At least people will see the EB avatar until they do. :)

Morrigan said...

just wait - an in house payment's system is next...

just bitchy said...

People have begged for multiple shipping options for years and while this is fine as long as it's our own items it is VERY low on my priority list.

Who the hell is prioritizing programming tasks?

Oh, yes, NO ONE!

Grace said...

El-Stinko said:

"the fees can be used to pay for some actual programming skills"

Um, no. What are the 17 engineers and $27 million dollars for already?

The Funny One said...

Floating ideas is an Etsy specialty, but pulling them off is not as threatening as 60 people who can't come up with anything new or innovative in 2 years. Except enlarging their little crafy kingdoms. Crafts for Dummies has already been written.

Half-assed ideas won't be floated, they'll just show up like Gift Guides, despite all the negative feedback then and now.

Then, Etsy will turn around, forget why they put the thing together in the first place, and ignore it, turning the idea into the shit it was in the first place. (And looks that way too.)