It's been a big question over my little head for a while.
Do our customers prefer to shop Etsy or get a little more personal and shop via our website?
I know what I prefer...
I love Etsy, I really do, but the costs involved can be a little much.
Sure, it's not much to list items but it does cost none the less.
I am an Etsy shopper, I love to browse and find things but as of late I've found businesses via Etsy then have found that they also have their own website.
I prefer a more personal shop. I like to browse the pages of a website to get more of a 'feel' of what that company is about. I also want to see pictures of the owners/owner.
I think that when you are making something by hand and putting it up for sale most customers want to see YOU..the person.
ANYBODY can list on Etsy can't they? Anybody!
So...when I find a really lovely website with really lovely things I am more inclined to buy from there if it makes me feel like I'm getting to know the people behind it all.
There are literally billions of us in the world and I want to at least try to get to know a few more people than I already do, and if I can do that by purchasing something from them then all the better for all concerned.
Which brings me to my own website. I've worked so hard on producing something of interest. I change colours, I change pages and I add lots of pics to make it more 'poppy'. This is something Etsy can't do for us artisans.
I've recently added new pages with even more info about what it is that we do here in the middle of England.
I've added a page called 'Handmade Soap' to give everybody more of an idea about what goes into making handmade soap.
I've added a page called 'Natural Soap' to show some of the rawness, which goes into every batch of soap.
I've also added a page called 'Fair Trade Soap' to show how we try to always source fairly traded, sustainable raw ingredients.
Again...you can't do this on Etsy as you only have 1 page.
What use is 1 page?!
So...what I'm saying is please do come visit http://www.futureprimitivesoap.com/ and grab some goodies from us over there sometime. The postage costs are the same (the absolute minimum we can go to), we ship worldwide and there are many more interesting things to read about other than....'THIS IS ME AND THIS IS MY SHOP'!