Home Economics Just Got Interesting
I’ve been toying with the idea for a while now of developing a means through which people can sell what they make. And ask for things for other, experts, to make for them. A kind of eBay for products that are handmade. It taps into lots of things I’m currently researching around the rise of craft based practices and community based politics and interest groups and the DIY movement generally. And it harks back to markets and the vibrancy and fun of market stalls that I grew up with [a story for another time].
But I’ve just seen Etsy. [via wonderland] And it’s right royally pissed in my pint. It’s fabulous and it serves fantastically well the growing abundance of people producing things in their own home, with their own fair hands and marries this enterprise with cutting edge navigation – location, materials, seller name, product name etc. which makes it really gratifying to browse around and shop ‘in’.
However, it’s not perfect – it doesn’t actually enable you to request something that suppliers could bid to provide – which i think is something that would work incredibly well for the home suppliers [don’t try and second guess your market – just make want they ask for!] because of the dynamics of the market they’ll able to do this – they’ll as flexible and JIT and responsive as any supplier could hope to be. Individual producers don’t scale well and that’s why the service is great – you’re getting something quite unique at often less than high street prices. The Long Tail rocks doesn’t it?