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Friday, March 28, 2008

Artsy Fartsy

I know lots of people who make crafts. They do such a good job I tell them they should sell their wares. The problem is setting up shop and finding outlets to buy their products. Not anymore though. There is a website called Etsy.com, which is like an ebay for all things handmade. People can list their handmade items for a nominal listing fee, and then pay a commission similar to the prices on Ebay. Overall, I like the concept. However, there are a few things about this business that turn me off: 1) the CEO sounds like an arrogant spoiled twentysomething without any background in business (he was a “classics” major in college, was also a carpenter) who’s been handed a lot of money from venture capitalists, and who decided to skip the business plan because there is “so much you can’t plan for”. 2) the website looks just like Ebay to me. Come on use a little creativity! 3) I guess I’d feel a little schadenfreude if they didn’t do well. I’m evil I know!