That's a question a lot of us seller have been asking ourselves lately and that comes up in this article today:
Top 10 Reasons You Should Not Sell on Etsy
I myself was very successful in my first several months on etsy, then the sales began to taper off. At the same time, I have found a growing personal interest in boutique consignment and local shows and trunk sales to offest slow etsy performance. Especially when you log on to etsy and see the same handful of sellers getting attention without much new and provocative getting featured and stuff all over the site that is obviously not handmade or vintage.
I think maybe the ship is selling... and it's time to get creative with other ways of marketing your handmade business. What do you think?