Sunday, May 31, 2009

Etsy vs. Artfire: My Take on It

Well, I've been on Artfire with listed items for two days now. So far, I'm loving it a lot more than Etsy. I haven't really promoted my Artfire shop yet, and many of my items already have views in the 20s and 30s. I had items on Etsy for a year that still had single digit views, and I promoted my Etsy shop like a mad woman.

I did have something occur today with Artfire that I am hoping is just a temporary glitch. I will find out for sure in the morning. When I woke up today and started listing a few more products, I checked out my shop to see if I had a full page yet, and it was empty. At first, I was all happy because I thought I had sold a lot of things, so I went hopping to my email box and was very disheartened to find it empty. I went back to my artfire and fiddled in my studio settings to see if I had turned something on or off that needed to be disabled or enabled for items to show properly. I couldn't get them back. I contacted admin and I dug in the forums for any help. Finally, I found a post where someone was having a similar problem that morning. They said that deactivating all and reactivating them worked. It took me three tries to get my items to reappear. I really hope this doesn't happen again because I probably lost an entire night of exposure because I naturally assumed that my items were displaying in my shop when I went to bed. :o(

I'll keep everyone updated on how Artfire is for me. Even with the glitch, I'm still liking it more than Etsy. It seems to be more up my alley.


Teresa Mode said...

hi, i have an artfire shop.
I have found the best way to take care of my problems is to email artfire directly.

I have gotten help quickly without all of the hassel from others.

Just a suggestion.

andrea creates said...

I think it was probably a glitch-fingers crossed.I don't know anything really about Artfire,except from hearing it around the blogs-thanks for giving us the info on things that you're liking about it.It'll be helpful for those of us that are considering a change-or another shop.
Take care-