I have read alot of articles by Etsy artisans, complaining about how things are run. I started to get nervous about some of their concerns and decided it was time to open an Artfire shop. I really thought the new shop would work out so much better. One of the big advantages was that listings are free where Etsy charges 20 cents per listing.
After several months, with no sales at all, I posted a comment in the Artfire forums. I got lots of replies on all the mistakes I made in my shop. I even got my first sale from another artisan. There was a surge in visitors, a total of 47 that day to be exact. But despite my chit chat at the forums, I still get only one visitor a day if I am lucky (I get about 20 visitors a day at Etsy). I asked again why don't I get any visitors and why is my stuff at the bottom of the search list, and the reply is that I should be a Pro member, which is $14.95 per month. Ooooohh, I knew there had to be a catch.
I have had 126 sales at Etsy in a year and only one at Artfire in 5 months. I am trying to weigh the differences between the two and I think I should stick with Etsy. Am I missing something? Do you have a shop? Have your visited these sites? Do you have any opinion on them? Inquiring minds want to know.