I figured it was time I posted something about WHY I’m no longer using ETSY nor selling files online until I launch my own store. A little while back I got an email from the billing department telling me I owed all these fee’s in ads and if I did not pay, I would be shut down. Mind you, I never enabled ads- I have no record of ever paying for ads- it came out of the blue and I was confused. I tried to inquire and nothing ever more came of it- but I realized that after hearing all the horror stories about ETSY just shutting shops down left and right and pulling all these stunts- I knew I did not want to be a part of any of that. So I let my listings expire and i’m moving my shop elsewhere!
There has also been a lot of issues with trademarks and compedetors falsely reporting products to get the upperhand. Just some really shady practices going on and i’d rather just do my own thing now.
Originally I was going with Shopify- however iv’e been trying to code my site for over 4 months now and i’m sick and tired of basic features not being available unless through 3rd party apps for all these fees. After much consideration I am moving to Bigcommerce! I had a phone call with them today and I think it will allow me to do what i’ve been trying to do WITHOUT all the crazy coding involved.
SO! While I do not have my shop or files up yet- I did want to share the amazing files iv’e been collaborating with over at OMTech! If you have a laser and want some fun and unique files; they recently launched a shop where you can DIY all your own products! Iv’e been having a blast coming up with projects and testing them on my machine. Iv’e been trying so many new and different things in my 60w machine, the possibilities are truly endless! It’s been awesome to collaborate with the team I have been.
Also a huge shoutout to another fellow designer, Max at LaserbeastLab for his advice and expertise with lasers! He’s been providing some helpful advice and insight for areas I never really worked with (i’m also terrible at social media hahaha). If you haven’t checked out his stuff, you should! He also sells a variety of different blanks- so if you are getting started with a laser and are looking for a place to start, check his site out for some info!
Are there any special kinds of files and/or designs you are looking for and having troubles finding? Feel free to leave a comment below! I’m always looking at new things to try. Also- if you have any questions about any of the files iv’e designed or made (or any projects you see on here)- just send me a message!