Etsy Sellers for a Fair Etsy Global Marketplace
Etsy is a global handmade marketplace where people around the world connect to make, sell and buy unique goods. Both sellers and buyers love that Etsy brings the world together for a unique, handmade shopping experience. On October 16th Etsy announced new local shopping experience in UK and Australia by giving preference to local sellers in Etsy search results. Etsy sellers all over the world are feeling the impact in sales and views from this new search algorithm change. It is also clear that Etsy has been testing this new search algorithm in other regions as well, and we fear this could be implemented globally in the future.
While we agree that we would like more local exposure, we feel that ultimately shoppers should have the right to make their own choices regarding their shopping experience. This could be improved by adding a localized search option button on the search bar rather than manipulating the sellers and buyers into buying and selling locally.
We call on Etsy to remove the new local search preference algorithm and make Etsy once again a fair global marketplace.
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