I decided late last night that I was going to quit paying Artfire $12 a month for a verified account because I'm just throwing that money away unless I'm making $12 a month plus in sales using their service, which I'm not. Thus the decision.
I don't have anything against the site but I'm happy with Etsy and see no benefit to paying Artfire's monthly fee. This may or may not change in the future. I'll reconsider as necessary.