I keep seeing threads on Etsy for supply sources other then Etsy first! I understand we can't find everything we need on Etsy, but I would think people who sell on Etsy would look on Etsy first before going to mass produced products and supplies. Maybe some do but this particular thread certainly did not even suggest that. It was more like here is list of sources on my blog, come check it out. Which I did check out and still think some of the sources offered items that could be found on Etsy.
One comment on a thread today even suggested to give "dollar" store items as freebies when shipping an order to a customer! Unheard of, from an Etsy seller!
Where is pride of handmade? Why not make a little "Thank You!" tag that could be reused? Or a pretty piece of fabric, or stationery, or card for the customer to use.
I personally would be insulted to receive a "dollar" store item made in China.
Then there was the thread concerned about getting their order from China for jewelry making. Seems their China source told them they could not ship quickly because of the Olympics and the stepped up checking of all outgoing shipments!
I really believe most Etsy sellers are there to be part of the handmade image and truly believe in using recycled, up-cycled, and re-purposed 'stuff' to make a creative statement and a useful and beautiful item or items.
For those who do make the beautiful creative, crafty and useful items I say may God bless and prosper you abundantly! May Etsy have a prosperous long life, too!