Now I am not sure what to do. I was having problems with a listing, so I went to Etsy's forums to learn about the glitch, and I stumbled across a number of threads where sellers are explaining and complaining that Etsy is pulling strings behind the scenes in confusing ways and their sales are way down. I had noticed a severe drop in my sales in 2015, and my theory was that Etsy was trying to force out shops like mine that were side-gigs that didn't shell out money for advertising or have slick marketing.
I was poised to do the rest of the listings yesterday and today. Now I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to put time into a sinking ship, but I feel bad coaching Genevieve this far with no income to show for it. My husband shrugged and said, "Business."
So I'm recalibrating and hoping to find another venue for selling some handmades. Discussions and advice welcome in the comments!