Genuine artists are being pushed around while frauds are let free:
Usually, I take a lot of pleasure in laughing at Etsy’s bullshit. But this just makes me sad. Here’s a genuine artisan playing by the rules, doing everything right, working to uphold the dream that Etsy sold her, and she’s the one getting punished.
Someone asked me recently what it would take to solve the reseller problem on Etsy. And I said, “It would have to matter to them.” And it doesn’t. All that really matters is that you’re nice to everyone, even to the people who are undercutting your business and cheating you out of sale after sale. Because it’s much easier for Etsy to make millions of dollars on factory produced goods if you don’t embarrass them and demand accountability.
At some point, people are going to realize that Etsy is the new Wal-Mart. It’s just like any other profit driven corporation, stocking their shelves with products created by people who are barely earning a living wage.
Except at Etsy, the person making pennies an hour is you.