Not all Etsy shops work out. I myself have started a few that have ended up folding within a year and a few more that never made it off the ground. Issues range from bad branding, to market saturation to those specific to Etsy Terms of Service issues can tank your business overnight. I have compiled here a list of blog posts from people who have folded or left Etsy for one reason or another. If you are thinking about starting your own shop on Etsy learn here from the mistakes of others first!
A jeweler reflects on the saturated market and the new influx of cheap non-handmade knockoffs as a result of new policies.
One of the great blog resources outlines how to leave Etsy and why he closed up shop after using this service successfully.
A frustrated shop owner shuts down after new Etsy search functions limit her sales.
This is a well written honest piece about being relegated to the realms of a hobby seller.
Venus Envy, a fine artist selling on Etsy, takes a closer look at why she was unable to get her shop off the ground
Tired of the “big business” problems on Etsy the author gives alternatives to the major handmade market site.
An indepth outline of Terms of Service issues with Etsy. Check this out before you set up shop!
A cautionary tale from a seller who was shut down by Etsy.
Krysten of Why Girls Are Weird writes a public letter about getting shut down by Etsy with no room for recourse.
One last sad story of an insolvent pursuit.