Too Professional Looking

@Gspice (15)
United States
October 18, 2009 11:26am CST
I've been looking through Etsy lately and it seems that its becoming to look more professional than for the regular person who is trying to sell their crafts online. Some pictures of the items I have seen look so professional it makes me wonder if they aren't actually a store using Etsy to promote themselves. How do you feel about this?
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• United States
18 Oct 09
The vintage and supplies sections don't have be handmade items. As for the rest, it's a little tricky. They can be items that have been mass manufactured but have been hand altered. For example I don't have to weave the cloth but if I hand dye or paint it then it qualifies. A lot of people are professional crafters so even though the items are hand made they look professional. There probably are people sneaking in somethings they shouldn't but I don't worry about it or let it bother me.
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@joye68 (151)
• United States
19 Oct 09
Same here, KatieDidit. Those sneaking in things they shouldn't will eventually be caught, so I don't let it bother me either. Hand crafters are very professional, and they take the time to make sure that their final items are polished. I'm one of those retentive folks. LOL.
• United States
21 Jan 10
You can really get a professional look to your photos with a regular digital camera by following some of the tips on the Etsy blog. Just going outside makes a huge difference for my photos. While Etsy is starting to look more professional, I do not believe that the products are any less handmade than they were before. If you follow the tips and tutorials offered on Etsy Success, you can see a huge difference in your own site and photography.
@morgandrake (2140)
• United States
3 Jul 11
My own experience with Etsy is though my wife's business. As she has gained experience (she is a potter and jeweler), her work has steadly improved. My own work has also improved because of this (I take most of the photos and do some of her descriptions---I am a writer and photo-journalist by trade). My original photos of her jewelry and pottery were horrible---it is amazing how hard taking pictures of ceramics is. Personally, I like the fact that the site is becoming more and more professional. The writing sites I belong to are also looking more and more professional. I think it is simply because people are learning how to run businesses on the internet.