So, I never said how it went. Well... I have to say, I was not impressed. A few views, A few hearts, no sales. I went in a few times during the day to switch my showcased item around. My more traditional red heart did way better than my blue or brown winged hearts. Someone was nice enough to comment how much they liked my pink heart. But all in all, for $15, I don't think it was worth it. Unfortunately, I have a spot in one at the end of this week - I was so excited to see spots available that I snatched two up. And then I was stupid enough to go onto the Etsy forums and read thread after thread about how showcases are such a waste of money. Ah well, live and learn, right? My Esty bill will be much higher this month and so at least someone made out in the deal.
I like Etsy, it's a super easy place to set up a shop, the record keeping is good, it ties in well with PayPal and PayPal shipping ties in well with the USPS.... but so far the promoting ideas they suggest/sell, don't seem to be working. I think I get more views, and sales, from blog readers and my friends in other (non-Etsy) forums. I hope that it's also an easy buying experience for my customers, and that they would let me know if it wasn't.
That said, I'm considering, gulp, putting a couple of beads up on eBay - as I'm sure you know, eBay is still The place to find a great selection of amazing (and not so amazing) lampwork beads. Let's see how this goes - wish me luck!