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24

How I Found iCraft

Posted by: Shorah Bikinis

Hello Everyone!

Handmade Crochet Bikini In Purple/Blue, Called: I am a newcomer on iCraft, and am enjoying the website's emphasis on "handmade" crafts

For many years I have been on Etsy, as a crochet swimsuit maker.  Recently, I have noticed that there is more "mass" products made in China or other overseas countries being sold on Etsy, or through an Etsy seller located in other parts of the world (USA, for example). 

Well... I got a bit discouraged, as I found it impossible competing with China, Ukraine, Turkey, many Eastern European countries, and other overseas exporting countries.  These countries have the advantage of access to less expensive raw materials, and also less expensive workers.

I tried to reach out, and contacted Etsy about this issue.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a convincing reply.  So I researched the origin of Etsy on Google, to see if such shops on Etsy are going against Etsy Rules & Regulations.  While I enjoyed reading about the history and little stories behind the origin of the website, I noticed that Etsy listed some competitors.  They named: "iCraft", a Canadian-based website, as one of their serious competitors.  This made me curious, since I am a Canadian citizen.  I started researching iCraft.Plus Size Crochet Tank Top Set/Beachwear, Called:

Icraft was introduced to me through my searches on Etsy's origin, so, basically, I found iCraft through Etsy! Isn't that funny?!,:))  Educating myself about iCraft, I decided to join – almost right away! :)  I am amazed by iCraft's specific yet fair Rules & Regulations on "handmade" crafts.

Two days ago I discovered iCraft through my searches on Etsy, and today here I am, a seller on iCraft, offering my handmade professional crochet swimsuits! I have started with 8 items, and there are many more to come.  Please stay tuned as I am adding more and more one-of-a-kind items to my store on iCraft! :)

Thank you for your time.

Kind Regards,

Shorha  

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May 5, 2016 | Shorah Bikinis

Dear Carolyn,

Very nice to meet you, and thank you very much for reaching out. I totally agree....We need to increase public awareness about crafters, and how mass production takes away the passion for creativity. I am hoping that it is only taking away, not whipping off our hopes and fate in making crafts. As, to me, all crafters have been given crafting hands by God! :)

Shorah, Shorah Bikinis

May 1, 2016 | Eye of the Magpie

Dear Shorha, I found icraft through a review of websites selling handmade items.

I used to love Etsy......way back....before they allowed manufactured pieces. At that time is was a great site for buyers as well as sellers.

When they changed their policies it absolutely ruined all the Etsy stores who were making quality handmade products for the consumer.

Unfortunately, it's a sign of the times.......almost everything we see in retail stores today has been manufactured off-shore......and "crafters" cannot compete, price-wise, with maass-produced manufactured goods.

Having said all this, I hope you, and all the other "crafters", will try to increase public awareness to the advantages of buying handcrafted items vs mass-produced, manufactured items.

Carolyn, Eye of the Magpie Jewelry


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