Etsy Seller Poll Released by Rich Mom® [INFOGRAPHIC]

Etsy sellers are increasingly complaining of dropped traffic to their Etsy shops and making either fewer sales or none at all according to a new Etsy statistics poll published by Rich Mom®.

Mar 30, 2015, 12:03 ET from Rich Mom

LAS VEGAS, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As a result, many Etsy sellers are leaving Etsy to sell products on their own websites. These sentiments are further expressed through polls and interviews published by Rich Mom® amongst Etsy shop owners. When asked if Etsy's recent policy changes affected views or sales negatively, 41% said yes, 41% were not sure, and 17% said no. Of the Etsy sellers surveyed, 76% stated that they did not support Etsy's new policies and when asked to describe in one word how shop owners felt about Etsy, repeated responses included: unfair, disappointed, betrayed, frustrated, unsure, sellout, disgusted, unforgivable, devalued, cheated, indifferent, and annoyed.

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In a recent interview with Alane Clark, Alane described how she sold a crocheted football baby hat as her first product on Etsy, but quickly learned about the fierce competition she was up against. She stated that the new mass manufacturing policies have forced her to start her own website.  

"A lot of potential customers on Etsy 'favorite' my items, but rarely come back to buy," Alane said in an interview.

Thus, Alane decided to become independent of Etsy and just recently launched AlaneMarie.com.

"I can more easily tell my story there without the distractions from so many other shops," Alane said.

Leilani Howard also decided to move her business, Rolani's Wonderland, away from Etsy's crowded hallways. As a mother of five, Leilani admits her number one struggle is balancing between work and family.

Leilani didn't have time to worry about the overwhelming saturation of Chinese manufacturers on Etsy, so she ventured out on her own and created RolanisWonderland.com. Her site launched just a few weeks ago.

"I hold a lot of respect for artists featured on Etsy. Nevertheless, opening a new tailored website for my business was inevitable in order for Rolani's Wonderland to grow."

Even more recently, Aubrey Hill from Blossoms and Billows stated that she was creating her own website as well, which will launch later this year.

Aubrey's first business transaction was selling a set of Christmas cards to her grandmother. Now she believes she also must move away from Etsy in order to flourish.

"My journey so far has been one of hope, sacrifice and extreme passion," Hill said in an interview. "I cannot wait to see how my interpretations of the world continue to take me to places I've never dreamed!"

Alane, Leilani, and Aubrey are not the only ones venturing off to build their business, though. The same Rich Mom® poll indicated that more than 60% of Etsy shop owners plan on starting their own website within the next 12 months.

The Rich Mom® full infographic, published poll and interviews can be found at http://richmombusiness.com/etsystats

Additional Resources:
Etsy IPO
Renae Christine

About Rich Mom®
With kids in tow, Renae Christine built a six figure stationery company from home and is now teaching others how to do the same. Christine has helped tens of thousands of other business owners build their businesses through her personal trainings via the Rich Mom University and http://RichMomBusiness.com.

About Renae Christine
Renae Christine is a freelance journalist who graduated with her journalism degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Christine has been published in thousands of publications worldwide, is a current columnist for Stationery Trends Magazine and is a speaker in demand at national conventions. For more information regarding this press release and Etsy stats or statistics, contact Renae directly at her@byrenae.com

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