I wonder if listing on Etsy is really worth it. I know you all are going to say it takes time and it's only 20 cents per listing. That 20 cents per listing adds up and so does all the cost of materials I need. I opened shop in December and haven't had a sale yet. Oh, I get views and favorites blah, blah, but what good do those do me? They aren't paying my Etsy bill or helping me buy more material. I do all the things that everyone says you should do to get noticed.
I have been in several vendor markets. You have to pay rent every month. Usually, if I don't make at least enough to pay my rent for 3 months in a row, I pull out of that shop. Why should I keep paying Etsy and not getting anything in return?
I would love to hear from you and would also like you to post your advice for other readers.
How long was your shop open before you got your first sale? If you are only selling one item here and there and are spending more money than you are making, what makes you stay with Etsy?