If your shop is private and you're not online, the time and potential sale from a buyer is wasted. Just imagine: A buyer saw your SFS from another shop or have come across your Instagram account, tries to follow but you're not online. Buyer refreshes your account after some time but request is not yet accepted; still pending. Buyer browses through other shops and found a shop who sells similar items as you; a shop who was not set private. Buyer gets to browse through their other items and ordered some items that was suppose to be yours only if your feed was set to public.
Please know that even if you got a hundred likes in your photo, it will not appear in the EXPLORE feed simply because you're account is private. You missed the opportunity of being exposed to other buyers and other Instagram users.
I get annoyed when some shops rant about their unfollowers. Have you guys ever wondered why they unfollowed after they followed you? That maybe your feed disappointed them? That maybe the item they thought you sell isn't really displayed on your feed? That if only your account was set to public, you wouldn't have much unfollowers and that you'll have the organic followers? And by organic I mean those who followed you because they really want to be updated with your posts or items.
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