I’m over Etsy.

I’ve tried my best for a couple of years, but it’s time to face the truth: my shop on Etsy is going nowhere. I’ve put it in vacation mode and will be closing officially on New Year’s Eve.

I’m still a photographer; nothing can change that.

This blog, and TheiPhoneographyBlog.wordpress.com, will remain active. I don’t plan on posting to either again until early next year. Maybe I’ll post more often now that the pressure to be a financial success is off my shoulders.

Thanks for reading this. Thanks following me. I’ll be back in a few weeks.


PayPal Commits Suicide

As of November 18, consumers who use PayPal to make a purchase will have up to 180 days to return items for a full refund.

That’s nuts. Why would PayPal promise something — a six month return period — no sane person would think reasonable?

Two words: Apple Pay.

PayPal knows what the future holds, and it’s not pretty. They know that whenever Apple enters a new market — in this case, electronic payments — they tend to steamroller the competition. Just ask Motorola or BlackBerry what happened to them after the first iPhones went on sale in 2007.

So, how does this new policy effect you?

That depends. If you never use PayPal for purchases, you may decide to start. If you already use PayPal to buy things, you just got an early birthday present.

As a business owner, however, I will no longer accept PayPal. I believe many businesses will join me before November 18.

PayPal may just have committed suicide in order to stay alive.

Etsy Wholesale

As you can probably guess from the  title of this post, Etsy is more than just a gazillion individual artists and crafters trying to make a few bucks from their creative efforts. They also have a wholesale section for retail buyers looking for interesting handmade items. They could be buying for a small brick and mortar store, department stores, or major catalog houses such as Pottery Barn.

I applied a few weeks ago, figuring I had nothing to lose. On my application I explained that while I had no experience selling wholesale, I was a government buyer for over 20 years. Having been one, I knew what professional buyers wanted, needed, and expected, and that I’d have no problem working with them.

I found out tonight I got in.

I’m not sure what’s next, but I’m looking forward to starting the new phase of the business.