Disappointed

@donna22 (1120)
October 15, 2008 4:43am CST
I put some of my handmade cards on etsy.com but have received some criticism over my photos. At the moment I am just using scans and I think they look fine and show the different parts of the cards in close up. I know I should have some photos of my cards standing up but I just cant really afford to be getting photos developed every time I make new cards. I was also told my someone that my cards are lacklustre which basically means they are dull. I dont mind anyone criticising them but I cant help being a little disappointed because I worked hard at them.
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@Munchkin547 (2778)
15 Oct 08
Don't be too disheartened Donna. It is important to take criticism when it is constructive, if the person is telling you that your cards are "lacklustre" then they should also be telling you why and how they think you might be able to change them for the better, otherwise it's unjustified and - depending on the context - just a bit nasty! If you can't afford to develop your photographs to scan them, could you not take them on a digital camera and put them on the computer via the USB cable? Keep up the work on the cards, i'm sure they are lovely!! xxx
@donna22 (1120)
15 Oct 08
Yeah I think it was them not explaining it a bit bettter that upset me a little, rather than what they said.
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15 Oct 08
I understand that it must be really disappointing to have people say things like this and not give you any sort of reason, but i'm sure they're great! Have you sold any yet? i'm sure you'll feel loads better when the orders start rolling in, then they won't be able to say anything bad about them because you'll have made it a success! xx
@ericpapasit (1276)
• Philippines
5 Jun 10
Ohhh. You can't please anyone donna and don't even try to...
@cream97 (29167)
• United States
18 May 10
Hi, donna22. That was mean of this person to critique your cards. They did not have to say that. Everyone makes cards differently and not in the same way. Continue making your beautiful and creative cards. And never mind the haters.
• United States
6 Nov 08
Cards are really rough to photograph, and they're hard to sell on Etsy, in my opinion. There are a lot of folks selling them there, and a lot of people aren't willing to pay the prices for a handmade card plus shipping. As for the photography issue on a greater scale, it really is worth it to buy a digital camera, simply so that you don't have to go and develop your film whenever you need new photos. It might seem like a big investment at first, but it really does pay off in the end!
@kymommy72 (588)
• United States
6 Nov 08
You know what they say Donna...everyone's a critic. I personally, would never be so rude as to do that to someone's work. My mom used to say, if you can't say anything nice, then don't say nothing at all. Some people I guess don't share that sentiment. Don't let it discourage you. You keep doing what you're doing, the way you want to do it. I've heard some say things about other's work also. Etsy is a place for all types of crafters at all types of skill levels. Those that are more "professional" may look down on others who are not as skilled as they are at taking pictures or writing descriptions. I stink at both those things. I do the best I can and if someone doesn't like it, they are always free to hit the back button. Keep going girl, there is a buyer for everything on the internet. Good Luck to you!