I got a few emails over the weekend about a new seller that popped up on Tindie. One message being:
Er, since when was @tindie selling jewlery
It’s a very fair question, and with the recent release of Tindie Markets, one I wanted to answer head on.
Tindie launched on the Arduino Subreddit as I was starting to play with my Arduino as a hobby. I saw others making great projects and wanted to buy new projects that I could build in my free time. Once live, Tindie started to branch out of Arduino to other areas like Raspberry Pi, robotics, and music. A natural progression, and totally welcomed.
However over the last 2 years, we have grown from 20 products to over 2,600. With that growth, we ventured into new areas that weren’t necessarily big enough for a new category but definitely needed a home (ex. Netduino or 3D printing). We added/removed/renamed categories, anything we could think of to solve the three key problems with our taxonomy:
- Sellers didn’t know how to categorize their products
- Customers were confused because they found some categories very large, and others very thin
- Tindie HQ was frustrated because we were constantly trying to better categorize products based upon what was listed.
At its core: We were playing a game of cat and mouse trying to react to the community which was reacting to our changes.
Solution – Tindie Markets
Our answer to this 2 year old problem – give control to the community.
You can create a market for any interest of yours. The response since this release has been amazing. We’ve had over 25 new markets made – all in areas we never previously had a category. A few examples being:
Next thing you know, this weekend we have a new seller that lists a few crafts listings. The listings have been pulled down because we do not believe they are real. However it raised the question – are crafts appropriate for Tindie?
Yes, we think so.
By giving control of markets to the community, we solved our 2 year old problem. It has also opened the door for the Tindie community to grow into new areas. There have already been many craft products on Tindie which were listed under other categories. Now those can go into other markets.
What does that mean for Tindie?
Tindie is what you make it. We are an inclusive, community marketplace. If you would like to list crafts products, feel free! You can organize a market around Laser Cutting, Jewelry, whatever you like!
If you do not want to see the crafts products, just join the markets you are interested in. Your feed will be personalized to your memberships and interests. However we are an open platform, and that means open to other areas like crafts.
tl;dr;Yes it is ok to sell products other than electronics, like jewelry.
Image by Patty Haskins
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