May 10, 2012

Supporting Handmade


My etsy shop is closed today, May 10, 2012. I am supporting and defending GENUINE HANDMADE.
I am concerned when I see Etsy featuring resellers on the front page. I am concerned when I hear that Etsy has closed up a shop because the seller breathed mention of jumping ship. I am concerned when I do a search and see nothing but crap and non-handmade items like furniture and high end jewels.
I have been on Etsy since 2007. Back in the day, it was a beautiful place with nothing but wonderful and talented handmade artisans. It's much different now.
So in a silent protest, I have joined 4200+ shops and have put the shop in vacation mode for 24 hours.  I will not be shopping at Etsy shops today, as well.

If you would like to participate and support handmade, check out the site Protesty.com.

9 comments:

  1. Im surprised to hear this. I've been shopping on etsy since 2007 and only now have I started to set up a new shop. For various reasons I've been staying away from etsy these last many months, so I had no idea this was the case. Very concerning.

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  2. Thanks for letting us know. That is concerning! We have a market place like etsy in Germany too - same there. Guess that's what happens when the runners of those sites realize how much money the can make...it's a shame:-(

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  3. I thought the whole point of Etsy was that you could only open a shop if your items are handmade by you or you are selling craft supplies. I must really be in the dark because I had no idea they were allowing re-sellers. I thought that was a big Etsy no-no! I admire your courage to stand up for handmade!! I am researching this topic to learn more.

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  4. Good for you! Just to reinforce the problem, the front page of Etsy currently features "vintage" but "like new" keds, sunglasses, a skirt, a Mikasa ceramic creamer and a body suit. None of which were ever handmade. It makes me sad...

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  5. I hope etsy takes notice of your protest and cleans up their act. I have seen some of the resellers being called out by regretsy, but they have so many to be weeded out. It seems overwhelming!

    Ann
    mycriticaleye.com

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  6. I'm late to the party but just put my shop on vacation in support of handmade. I too had no idea until i saw it on another blog, hope we can effect a change with this, I would hate to lose what Etsy began.

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  7. I just put my shop on vacation too late in the day today - so disturbed by what is happening at Etsy lately! I have seen this happening for some time and can't decide what to do for myself.

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  8. Thanks for opening our eyes to the problem. I have noticed a lot of changes, but I've been too busy to really think about it. I will have to do a little research on it myself. I hope they took notice of your protest and start getting back to the wonderful site they are known for.

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  9. Bummer! I wish I had known sooner! Keeping my eyes open for other opportunities...Thanks. L!

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