Hate. Hate. Hate.
Now let me clarify. I love the idea of Etsy. A marketplace for hand made goods. What could be cooler? I wish they would facilitate more global initiatives...I would love to see handmade instruments from other countries, for example, but I imagine that export laws and other issues are daunting.
And I also love about half of the people on Etsy, especially the ones that are truly talented or clever. I admire grassroots entrepreneurs who understand marketing and customer service. The Etsy merchants who follow through and care about what they are selling are aces in my book.
But the institution? Fuck them. They are not big enough to have Ebay-like problems with fraud, especially when the members try to self-police and are rebuked by amateur moderators. If you want to see the ridiculous side of Etsy, try going to Regretsy or Google "Etsy complaints".
So why am I talking about Etsy in a 40k blog? Well, recently, I found a treasure trove of 40k related items on Etsy. I guess it's a natural relation if you think about it. They range from very nice but copyright infringement-ish to really bad by almost anyone's standards. Here are a few that run the gamut:
Cosplay: Eldar HarlequinSara Bertola creates these in Italy.
|Paint Trays and Brush Holders|
Wacky MiscellaneousWell, there's this store that sells cross-stitch patterns like this gem:
And these little dice bags in your favorite chapter or race:
And this Salamander...er...whatever this is (plush?):
Some more cosplay:
And some jewelry (made by casting bitz):
Of course, there are painted models, terrain, objectives, more dice bags, more shirts, more jewelry, etc. Give it a go...or don't. I just thought it was interesting. :)