Etsy started out as a great platform for the handmade community but it has lost focus of its mission. It continues to offer one of the best places to sell online due to its excellent seller tools, but many sellers have seen a dramatic decrease in sales since it became publicly traded. Speculations about favoritism in its search engine, endless experimentation by its engineers, allowing factory made products to compete with its handmade base and closure of shops without warning have all created angst about selling there.

Other markets have sprung up as technology has made it easier for groups to gather around a theme. These smaller markets resemble chambers of commerce that you would see in a city and can build loyalty through a committed membership. This post looks at some examples and challenges:

Creating marketplaces

Handmade marketplaces serve as "chambers of commerce".

Source: Artizan Made

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