Lesson 8 – Boo hoo it’s not fair!

12 Feb

This is the 8th part in a series of discussions about topics pertinent to members of the Etsy community. And when I say “discussion” I mean “simmer down, crackie, and listen to my dulcet tones…”

Is this fair??

We often see these words, or at least this sentiment, in the business threads here at Etsy. Perhaps it’s about copying or not being featured on the front page, or what have you, so I thought this would be an interesting topic to delve in to.

But actually it’s not. The answer is, almost 100% of the time, “No.”

No, clearly it’s not fair from your perspective if you feel pissed enough about it to start a thread. And maybe whatever the situation is, it actually isn’t fair.

Life’s not fair. Death’s not fair. Love’s not fair. Business sure as shit is not fair.

Where did we get this idea that everything had to be fair? Oh right, childhood. Damn childhood and its theoretically sound but unworkable ideas.  Being fair is right up there with peanut butter lip gloss and the abolition of detention. Good ideas but in practice they either never happen or go horribly wrong.

So if your complaint about something that has occurred here in the world of small online business is simply that it’s unfair, you’re going to have to do better than that, my friend. This place, like everywhere else, is rife with unfairness and if the best you can do about it is gripe then you are no kind of complainer at all.

If you really think it’s unfair,  then rally the troops! Gather your compatriots! There was recently a thread here calling vintage sellers to arms over alleged unfairness and I thought to myself  “Now that’s how you do it!”
Don’t just start some whingey thread pointing out that it’s not fair. That things are not fair is the state of play in life…stop shouting the obvious. If that’s what we are going to do, then we may as well have umpteen threads about The View being a (semi) round table of cackling half-wits. It’s something we all know, so what’s the point in saying it unless you plan to actually storm the set and silence that honking gaggle of gabbering geese by dry humping Whoopi Goldberg until everyone is suitably uncomfortable enough to just go home.

Or you know, whatever other plan you might have.

Ps – check it out…it’s pretty short AND I don’t think I even swore! Ok maybe once.


5 Responses to “Lesson 8 – Boo hoo it’s not fair!”

  1. keith February 12, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    You are so on the pulse… lovely post and I won’t insult you with a “lol” even though that last bit made me erupt in laughter in my quiet studio, scaring myself and the dog. Thanks!

  2. Joyce February 12, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    Love this series!!! You bravely state everything I think in my head 🙂

  3. Deb/Blue Sky Pottery February 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    You are so right on! Great post.

  4. wryandginger February 12, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    Keith, scaring both you and the dog…that’s is the best LOL ever

  5. CoquiAinjelfire February 23, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    To quote one of my favorite books: “Life’s not fair, Princess. Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.” Thank you for this series.

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