Etsy allows people to request custom orders now. My first request was for some lizards as large as I can make them. I went through the process and basically it creates a one off private listing only visible by you and the requester. You get charged to list the item and you get charged when the customer accepts. There are 2 significant issues with this.
- If the customer decides not to accept the order I still get charged a listing fee
- Because the order is only visible between me and the customer, if I make an item like this which I think other people might like, I now have to go and list it again and get charged a second listing fee.
Of course this has no effect on people who come to the blog direct but it's a minor irritation for my etsy sales and hopefully other people reading this might think about heading straight to the public listing for their custom orders.