Yes, I've been doing a lot of thinking about this lately. No, I have no immediate plans to close my etsy shops. All I've been doing so far is thinking.
You're probably wondering what is prompting all this deep thought. Even if you're not wondering, I'll tell you anyway.
As many of you know, I sell my work at craft shows, the state fair, on consignment at galleries and wholesale to gift shops. All of those sales venues result in Sales In Bunches. I've never actually counted the number of sales at any one of those venues because it does not seem like a relevant number. Only on etsy is the number of sales visible and attention-getting. I always measure the success of my business by the amount of money I make.
ALERT -- the crux of my deep thinking is about to be revealed
Why does it make sense to sell (and ship!) items one at a time halfway around the world?? Okay, sometimes it's 2 or 3 or 4 things at a time. And sometimes it's only a quarter of the way around the world. But I think you get my drift. Selling online in small quantities is not only the polar opposite of earth-friendly, it's inefficient and expensive.
Think about all of that packaging and time involved in getting each individual parcel ready to be shipped. When I look at the etsy sector of my business, I sometimes laugh out loud at the sheer silliness of it. I'm sure there's a better word than silly, but that's what is coming to mind right now.
I have no alternative to what's going on with online shopping, but I hope this post has prompted you to think about your online selling and shopping habits.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.