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Petitioning Etsy

Ban 'tragicrafting' that lets sellers profit off the victims of atrocities

from on . is a popular site where you can find unique handmade and locally made goods, supplies and vintage items from a variety of shops. Sadly, a growing number of people have begun to 'tragicraft'- that is, to use a tragedy in order to peddle goods that often have little to no connection to that actual event, as well as usually raise NO funds for charity or the issue at hand. Shockingly, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the recent shootings in Aurora, CO and Newton, CT have all been targeted for tragicrafting by sellers who post insensitive items tagged with these events online for their own personal profit. Etsy, please stop allowing this offensive and degrading act on your site. We have had enough. Ban tragicrafting.

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Less than 24 hours after the horrific events in Newton, CT, sellers on were prepared to profit from it.

'Tragicrafting' is the practice of taking a recent tragedy- like the one that has just taken place in Newton- and using it to tag or name a posted item on, a site that is primarily used to buy and sell handmade and vintage goods and crafting supplies from small business owners worldwide. Most of these 'tragicrafts' are not only tasteless and insensitive, but give zero profits to the actual events or issues they reference.

National tragedies such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the September 11th attacks, and the recent shootings in Aurora, CO and Newton, CT- events in which many lives were lost and which still remain fresh in the memory of the victims- have all been used to turn a profit on which has not addressed the issue or put any rules in place to stop it, even when NO MONEY IS BEING DONATED from these offensive listings.

If you feel as appalled as I do by these shocking actions, please sign this petition to ban 'tragicrafting' on Etsy, show the world that you are not insensitive to these terrible tragedies and that you will not allow your sellers to gain financially off of them, especially so soon after the events have taken place. Stop this practice now before any more money can be earned off the backs of victims and their families.

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