I dream for a reputable and ethical website entrepreneur to open a site for artists and crafters. All the existing sites are missing one obvious marketing tool, mainstream advertising, in old fashioned magazines., ie The New Yorker, that's where the buyers are. The existing sites all end up being a spinning wheel of sellers selling to sellers.
I just checked out handmade and here I am reading about their front page hi-jinks, I am doing my research. I had great hopes for 1000 Markets. FAIL. They refuse to advertise.
The only reason Etsy is the top place is they started first.
Last month Etsy expanded the treasury feature from 500-900 daily treasuries to 18,000, as of today un-expiring, you can make as many as you want and growing daily is mind boggling folly. localcolorist on Etsy and 1000Markets