June 29, 2008
June 26, 2008
After all, people buying and selling is what brings in the income that keeps the site viable. Is EtsyLabs self-supporting or is it supported by income earned from listing fees and sales fees? If it is self-supporting, it should be a separate entity and people would have no reason to get upset over whatever they do. If it is supported by listing fees and sales fees, then I think that we have a right to be upset that resources are being used on lab activities when there are so many buyer and seller issues that need to be addressed.
June 25, 2008
Relativ wenig ist bislang über Rob Kalin's neuestes Projekt, Etsy.org, diskutiert worden. Was er selber in der nächsten Zeit sieht, hat er ja im letzten Etsyartikel erwähnt, was die Community und Etsy-kritische Blogs denken, ist, denke ich, auch bekannt. Was, wie ich glaube, noch nicht so bekannt ist, wäre die Location. Und da hat Rob Kalin irgendwie ziemlich Glück gehabt, einen grosszügigen Gönner zu finden, der einiges Geld in der Tasche hat: Greg O'Connell.
Den kompletten Artikel gibt es auf The New York Observer.
Mr. O’Connell supported Ikea in spite of traffic concerns because of the 600 jobs it would bring—unemployment in the Red Hook housing projects is 18 percent—but he says his heart remains with small business. He has become friends with his tenant Robert Kalin, the founder of Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade goods, and donated space in the pier for Etsy.org, the company’s nonprofit arm.
The pair are looking to create local, human-scale manufacturing. “We could produce the stuff here and stamp it ‘Made in Red Hook’ then sell it on Etsy,” said Mr. O’Connell, breaking into a big smile. “It’s exciting to think what we’re doing here would go out to people around the world.”
June 7, 2008
It's been some time since the last "Etsy mini trend" report, but here finally is a new one, and it's all about Waldorf-style toys and things.
It seems like Americans are very into "eco" and "Waldorf", "homeschooling" and those things right now. I think it's quite known that the first two aren't originally American, but pretty much German. I've pulled some "Waldorf inspired" finds from Etsy into a poster, as there is some really cute stuff out there. Not all of these actually are in real compliance with the "Waldorf" theory, but I guess "Waldorf" makes a great tag nevertheless. So maybe file these finds under... "cute"? I've marked my absolute favourites with a little heart.
Etsy's poster sketch unfortunately isn't interactive, but if you want to visit one of the other shop, just make a URL like this: etsyname.etsy.com and it'll come up. Click on the image to view it in full size.