Okay, I won't hesitate to ask any questions.
Thank you for the extensive update. In another update post here in the forums on the Supplies Marketplace, I thought I'd read hat this new platform could be up and running within a month. Maybe I'm confusing the update post with the post on updating fees. Just excited to begin listing my bead/jewelry supplies and other craft related supplies. I'd submitted the requested photos and inventory list for the supplies I'll be listing on the site. From what I understand, the requested photos were to be used in the website development of the new site. Not sure if they were used as I'd not heard if they were or not.
As far as crowd-funding...I've heard of it, but not really sure how it works, so until I learn a bit more about crowd-funding, I'll hold off on giving an opinion. There are a few thoughts that flashed through my mind though when "engaging the community" in a crowdfunding campaign. Keep in mind my thoughts stem in part from the approach Etsy took and still does take when it "engages it community of sellers." I'm not saying that iCraft conducts business in the same way --- far from it. It's just that sellers here on iCraft who have also been sellers on Etsy have had to endure (even for a time) Etsy's forcibly tactical approach to changing its policies for sellers. With that in mind, there might be some former Etsy sellers who may shy away from or avoid participating in a current or future event here on iCraft if it reminds them too much of what we experienced when selling on Etsy. Now, to share the thoughts that flashed through my mind as I read the phrase "engaging the community" in a crowdfunding campaign...
1. Would you share a post to explain exactly how a crowdfunding campaign works since some in the community might not be familiar with it?
2. What are the benefits for sellers when participating?
3. Are there any disadvantages/risks for the sellers who participate?
4. How do the laws for crowdfunding in Canada differ from the United States? I would think U.S. sellers would want to know this prior to participating.
5. What else should community members know about crowdfunding?
6. At the end of the post, community members should have a more thorough understanding of what crowdfunding is and how it works. Then, maybe have community members post a reply if they're interested in participating in a crowdfunding campaign. There might be a larger response if community members fully understand a crowdfunding campaign.
I truly believe community members will really appreciate more frequent detailed communication on the progress for the new marketplace platforms. Again, for those of us who have sold on Etsy, admin would share an endeavor, then weeks, months or maybe longer would pass without any updates. Better visibility and more frequent communication helps to quell sellers' uncertainties into "what's coming next."
I truly applaud you for the key things trying to be achieved with the new platform. The list below is fantastic! Making a platform seller-friendly is, in my humble opinion, always the best way to go, particularly when the platform relies on its sellers to help the owner(s) grow the platform. When a site is seller-friendly, the sellers are not only happy, but excited to list/showcase their products. I might not be explaining it well, but I tend to view a seller friendly platform as a co-equal partnership between the owner of the platform and the seller. If the owner disregards the needs of its sellers, sellers won't stay on that platform for very long, but when the owner of the platform keeps the needs of its sellers in mind, this shows sellers the owner cares about them and sellers tend to stay where they are "cared for". It also goes without saying, that buyers will return again and again to the platform that is also buyer friendly.
I've read back through my reply before posting. Was initially going to revise a few paragraphs here and there, but decided to leave it as first written, which are the thoughts coming straight from my heart. Again, I applaud you for the hard work being done on the new platform (s). Looking forward to the next update....
Blessings ~ Rita