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Issue a public statement with a plan to eliminate resellers

    1. Jennifer Garrett
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Garrett

Etsy maintains an image as a site for goods made by artists and craftspeople, and buyers spend money there believing that they are getting something unique and handmade. Unfortunately, many items that violate Etsy's official guidelines are being permitted, to the point that consumer confidence is being damaged.

The most recent example (posted by Regretsy on April 21, 2012: http://www.regretsy.com/2012/04/21/the-etsy-featured-reseller-ecologica-malibu/) of a featured seller exposed as a reseller illustrates the lack of response on Etsy's part. As 4/22/12, Etsy had been able to respond to and close down numerous discussions about the issue but have yet even to suspend the seller or remove the featured seller blog post, despite damning evidence.

Even if Etsy does eventually shut this one seller down, it's indicative of a much larger problem. For a long time, Etsy members have been frustrated by the lack of response from Etsy when flagging obvious resellers. Even when accompanied by proof of reselling (by linking to wholesale sites containing the very same products sold as "handmade" on Etsy), flagging rarely results in anything being done.

Etsy buyers deserve to have confidence that their purchases are as described. Etsy sellers of legitimately handmade items deserve to have something done about unfair competition in the form of misrepresented items.

It is time for Etsy to demonstrate that they are taking this problem seriously and develop a solid plan for addressing it.

UPDATE 4/23/12: Etsy has now published a statement that they do not consider Ecologica Malibu to be a reseller, but a "collective."  Please read the statement and decide for yourself if selling items ordered from a factory in another country is in the spirit of "handmade" that Etsy has promised us.

Etsy's statement: http://www.etsy.com/teams/7716/announcements/discuss/10182001/

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Update 4/26: Opportunity for shop owners to protest Etsy's policies May 1

      Jennifer Garrett
      Petition Organizer

      The following protest is currently being coordinated among Etsy sellers. I am passing it along in case anyone would like to join in:

      Etsy shop owners please read: Deactivate your shops for just one 24 hour period to show support for the handmade artists and vintage sellers on Etsy:

      We each, individually, create, design, assemble, actually touch each part and particle, pay all related fees, lovingly prepare and package each shipment directly ourselves as the artist.
      Vintage Sellers maintain, support, stock and lovingly prepare for shipment true vintage-aged items in their shops.
      We are asking that Etsy follow suit by upholding these standards of excellence.

      We are deactivating our shops for just ONE DAY to show Etsy we want them to stop allowing resellers and scam "vintage" sellers on Etsy to masquerade as handmade artists.

    3. Update 4/26: Etsy addresses collectives and production assistance

      Jennifer Garrett
      Petition Organizer

      Per a Etsy blog post dated 4/25, collectives on Etsy may be defined as employer and employees which, when combined with the ability to hire outside production assistance, would seem not to disqualify factories from being able to list in handmade categories. Decide for yourself by reading the post linked below.

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Update 4/23: Etsy confirms reseller is allowed, qualifies as a "collective"

      Jennifer Garrett
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your support!

      Etsy has now published a statement (see link below) that they do not consider Ecologica Malibu to be a reseller, but a "collective." Please read the statement and decide for yourself if selling items ordered from a factory in another country is in the spirit of "handmade" that Etsy has promised us.

    6. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Janet Michal OBERLIN, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      As an etsy seller of handmade items and also as a buyer, it's in my best interest that etsy actively monitor and eliminate resellers from their site. The lack of response to-date on this latest issue is baffling and frustrating.

    • Dolly Webster COSTA MESA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a craftswoman and spend hours traveling the country looking for old buildings to reclaim and often demo myself for reclaimed lumber. Then I stand at a saw or sander for hours creating something beautiful from something abandoned. I was looking forward to setting up an Etsy store because I thought they were an amazing handmade venue to show case my work. Re-thinking that now. What a joke!

    • Heidi Sever ST LOUIS, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm tired of seeing mass produced products on a site that says it offers artist-made, handmade items for sale. Tired of Etsy not addressing this issue that hurts the customer and the legitimate artists selling through Etsy.

    • Tanya Dayton JACKSON, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      My daughter and I have a quilting/sewing business and produce high quality products. Handcrafting is time consuming and lot of artistic creation goes in to each product. Etsy is a site for goods made by artists and craftspeople...not for resellers of people trying to pass off the product as their own and usually is made cheaply.

    • Melissa Voorheis JACKSON, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      I have been quilting for 22 years, and I intend to start my own Etsy store in June of this year. Quilting is a very expensive and time involved craft, and I certainly do not want to compete with cheaply made, mass produced goods. That undermines my value as an artisan when customers purchase substandard, mass produced goods that they believe to be handmade and unique / one of a kind.


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