I opened an Etsy shop quite a while ago and have pretty much ignored it ever since. I've had multiple people tell me I should be listing there, but I'm a bit boggled by it.
I want to shop there, but I find it confusing, which I'm sure is due to the fact that I don't understand how it's supposed to work. For example, I'd like some new earrings, and I really like pink tourmaline. If I type "pink tourmaline earrings" into the search box, I get 319 items on 16 pages. That's more than I want to start clicking through, so I want to narrow it down.
The info on the right suggests I change the category on top to items:tags only and not items:tags,titles. I do, but now I get over 200 options and 10 pages. So I can come up with more specifics or I can start looking at 200 different pairs of earrings.
Can I see a list of standard tags the seller may have used? Are the choices truly endless and ill-definded? I don't know if that's the point, or if I just don't know how to search in Etsy. It seems perfect if you'd like to wander around, just looking. Reminds me of reading blogs.
I'm also confused as a seller. Because I don't sell original art, I can list in either the supplies or vintage categories. (I'm not allowed to pick anything else) After that, there seems to be no structure. I'm not sure Etsy really is a good place for a seller like me. There may be a market there, but I'll have to figure out how to find things, if I want people to come and find me!