Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Regretsy - Detrimental or Free Publicity?

Regretsy.com is a website which has no purpose but to make fun of creations found on etsy. Here is their disclaimer:

Don’t get us wrong. We like crafts.

We just don’t like these crafts.

Yes, we know these people put their hearts into it. We know it took hours and hours. We know how mean it is to laugh at their creations. And we regret being the only web site on the internet that makes fun of things.

But what can we do? We’re immature.

Besides, art is totally subjective. Who cares what we think? I barely care and I’m writing this.

There's more, which you can find by clicking the "disclaimer" button at the top of the page from their home page.

When I first heard about regretsy.com, I was appalled. All of these artists work very hard, pouring their heart and soul into their work, only to have their pieces ridiculed by these closed-minded, arrogant jack-asses.

But then I noticed that images that were posted linked directly back to the artist's shop. So I clicked. Much to my suprise, many of these items have been sold!

My theory is that people LOVE something different. Something with a shock factor. Yeah, people post some really mean things in the comments section, but face it - this is really good free publicity! I'm sure hundreds of people visit regretsy every day - in those hundreds of people, someone's probably already got their wallet out.

How does one get on regretsy??

My first thought when I found regretsy was "Oh my god, if one of my cowls or something ever shows up on there, I will DIE!!!"

However, now I'm plotting my entry. What to make? Should it just be flat-out bad, or vulgar? Generally distasteful?

Nah, I don't want to misrepresent my work... However, I am considering a dorkishly cute adult crocheted pointed pixie cap.

What does everyone else think?

Btw, the photo at the top is the Birch Bark Purse by lynncyrart. I think it is beautiful, and I would carry it with me every day!!! However, it was featured on retgretsy. Can you believe it?!

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