I really like shopping on Etsy, but I don't have alot of luck selling on there. I've done all the 'suggestions' about adding people, listing at a certain time of day, joining groups and discussions, etc..... personally, I don't want to spend a majority of my time and marketing efforts on Etsy rather than my OWN website because I frankly don't think its worth it.
Other people have a different opinion and experience. Some people use it AS their website, and are doing really well. I think if you sell well, you should do your own website and stop paying fees to Etsy and migrate customers to your own domain-but thats my opinion.
Here's my recent experience on Etsy. For the month of July, I listed & relisted 36 items and my total bill for the month was $9.98. I sold 2 items for a total gross sales of $27. Minus paypal fees of $1.59, that makes my sales are $25. 41. Then subtract the $9.98 fees for the month and I made $15.43 and that isn't including the time I spent listing as well as promoting the etsy shop. I think this is a really sad and I really wonder if its worth my time. I haven't gotten any "wholesale" accounts from it or even anyone just buying. I've marked everything down super cheap, but even then its not moving. It may be more fiscally responsible to donate everything and use it as a tax write off or just put them in orders as thank you's.
If you sell on Etsy, what has been your experience?? I'd love to hear from both sides of the fence on this one!