Some of you out there in craft land may have heard about the newest Etsy kerfuffle. If you haven’t and you are a buyer/seller on Etsy it may be something you want to look into. Long story short Etsy everyday has this amazing coveted Featured Seller spot on their front page it is supposed to represent the best of Etsy and what Etsy stands for. Well a few days ago the Featured Seller on Etsy was found out to be a Re-Seller, she in fact did not make any of the products she was selling but imported already made items from Bali and sold them as handmade. Another big problem I had was her “Feedback Left for Others” most of it, pages of it is all negative with no explanation as to why. Now this is supposed to be the best of etsy? A seller who leaves pages upon pages of negative feedback?! That’s a red-flag for me. Also the tagline of her shop is “Created with Integrity”
EcologicaMalibu is the name of her shop. She is also selling on amazon and overstock.com.
NOW instead of Etsy owning up and saying “oops our bad” and closing her shop (since re-sellers are against their TOU’s) they changed their policies to allow re-sellers. So now real handmade artists have to compete with people importing things from other countries and selling them as handmade. Etsy is supposed to be a handmade marketplace where the sellers are creating everything they are selling, I feel like it no longer is.
I am just one person, I design all of my items, I knit all of my items, I do all of my advertising, I buy all of my supplies, I pack and ship all of my sold items…. One woman operation. I went to Etsy because my business is truely handmade but now with what etsy is becoming I can no longer compete there. There is no way I can compete against factory made knit goods.
It’s taken me a few days to mull this over and write up this post. Originally I wasn’t going to even say anything on my blog about it because there is so many shops in the forums on Etsy saying how talking about it is what is driving away buyers. And in my opinion that just isn’t true. I am a buyer on Etsy, I try very hard to get my buttons and yarn supplies either locally or from other etsy artists. I no longer feel comfortable doing this. I don’t have the time to investigate every shop that I wish to buy from to make sure they are indeed handmade. And as a buyer I’d be upset if the shops I buy from where not distressed about this! So this is why i’m sharing it with others, buyers should be aware that they are going to have to be very careful when buying on Etsy. It is unfortunate but true.
Since this all started my views have been horrendous! I used to have over 100+ views a day from Etsy’s search engine now i’m lucky if I get 5. My items are no longer being found and people say that these new rules and this scandal is not hurting their shops, well it’s hurting mine. And I do not blame buyers at all for leaving Etsy they are losing their credibility every day they do nothing about this horrible situation. People will say it’s the negative forum posts driving the buyers away but that simply is not the case, this has been all over the national news here in the US, it’s now on Wikipedia and I’ve been seeing it pop up on blogs all over the place.
I no longer feel passionate about promoting Etsy, so I wont. My shop will remain open until I launch my new website ButtonsandYarn.com
At first I got very mad about this issue, but now i’m just sad and disappointed that a venue that housed so many great artists has sold out and is slowly becoming the next Ebay. It’s truly unfortunate that greed, money and power control and run everything we do.
Oh and before I post all of the links the reseller in question had her “lawyer” send cease and desist letters to anyone talking bad about her … well a lawyer responded to it and it’s hilarious, best thing i’ve ever seen.
So here are the links
This is the most updated post about the scandal
Original article from Regretsy
No you cease and desist
The place she’s buying her “handmade furniture from”
I look forward to launching my own .com and who knows, maybe Etsy will turn this around and go back to it’s roots and be a true handmade marketplace. If you want to buy from my shop but do not wish to have your money going to etsy with their fees and such please feel free to contact me i’d be happy to work with you. This is what I am doing with the shops I buy yarn from.