I decided to shut down the LAX TO YVR shop on Etsy. I became disenchanted with being an Etsy seller when I discovered at the beginning of 2012 that someone had copied my designs and was underselling me. Throughout 2012, a few more copycat sellers cropped up. It was very disheartening, and it eventually sucked all my motivation to build up my shop.
Selling on Etsy has been both a positive and negative experience. I wouldn't write it off completely. I learned some good lessons. Etsy is a great way to explore being an entrepreneur, but I wouldn't count on it as a means to make a living.
It's become apparent that having your designs ripped off by others is typical for designers. It sucks, but it's just the way it is, so I better get used to it.
I'm currently focusing on kickstarting my web design career. I will still maintain this blog, and it will continue to evolve according to my interests.
I'm currently clearing out inventory in the shop. You can get 50% off everything in the LAX TO YVR shop - just use coupon code FIFTY at check out.