As we wrote earlier today, Etsy has been having some problems with the renewals and relistings not showing up in categories. But the problem goes deeper. There have been more consistent issues with the category batch update that began last year.
What does this mean? Your listings are not getting the exposure they're supposed to. Items are not showing up on page 1 when they are new. If they are consistently 3-4 pages behind, then 1/4 to 1/3 of items never get first page exposure on categories.
Search has been having issues, too.
And then the site crashed...again.
Etsy is just a wee bit buggy lately. Maybe it's the rash of listings from new sellers that sign up every day hoping to sell just by putting up a picture and a price tag. Maybe it's the constant renewals fueled by a change of the text from "expiration dates" to "renew items", which encourages a practice we all know and love. Or maybe, just maybe, an ecommerce site cannot be run on cupcakes and glittery unicorn farts. These problems and crashes are most likely indicative of the fragile nature of Etsy's infrastructure.
We implore you to have your listing information backed up and remember the old addage "don't keep all your eggs in one basket." Promote yourself, not Etsy. Sometimes the site just isn't there.
One final bitch - there were no notifications about these problems outside the forums. All member email update about any of these issues? nope. Any information in the Storque about the category problems? nope.
Same Etsy shit, New Etsy administration
Update: This thread seems to be the one to keep on topic, and keep asking Etsy to do their job and keep us updated.