Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore Etsy, and I understand that Handmade objects tend to carry a higher price because you are paying for skill and time. However with out drawing attention to any particular seller or item, I have to wonder if there is really value for money.
As someone who hopes one day to proudly open an Etsy store and display my items, the price of things is rather of importance to me. I think everyone wants to recoup the price of their materials and if you are serious about profit put a price tag on your labour.
No one wants to be undervalued, I understand that but I also believe and maybe this makes me silly that as a person who has a steady job, I don't want to make a living from my crafting; I want that gratifying feeling of sharing my work and having it honestly enjoyed.
Surely there is some medium between making money and giving your customer a true value for their money? I can understand that as a designer who perhaps went to school to get to your current level of design acumen you believe that it is time to recoup the cost of your tuition and I am sure that there are lots of people out there who can very well afford a 340 dollar pair of shoes or a scarf for 120 dollars. However, my feeling is that craft is for the people, the everyday person who saved and wants to buy something nice that will last.
Now there are lots of things on Etsy that you can find to get a good deal.. not everything but some things and finding them may be a challenge but it feels good to support artists with sensible prices and a great attitude.
I'm not knocking anyone, but that's just my opinion.