I probably visit the Etsy website twice a year and for good reason. As a craftsman, there’s something that repels me about it. Almost like i’m witnessing the devaluation and slow painful death of people who create things with their hands in real time.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s a beautiful site and there’s some amazing work displayed there. The problem is how ridiculously inexpensive the things are. And it gets worse every time i visit the site. I’m wondering if the whole concept has served to over saturate the marketplace in an uber competitive setting that simply adds to the demise of handcraftiness.
My instincts have told me for quite a while to withold and resist participation in such a downward spiraling marketplace. Surely i’m not alone. And it’s not like i’ve put my craftsmanship skills in mothballs. I don’t think i could if i wanted to. I love doing it. I just don’t use them much for the benefit of selling to others any more. I make gifts for friends and occassionally wonderful gifts for myself. But i can’t in good conscience accept and participate in furthering an upside down economic world where a high school janitor is likely better compensated than a master craftsman, who maybe with a little practice can probably mop floors pretty well too.
-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"