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Friday, February 4, 2011

Call For Submissions

Do you have an Etsy horror story to share?  Get it off your chest and email it to and we will post it to the blog. 


  1. I need to invent an awesomeness award just so I can give it to this blog.

  2. haha! Thanks! Your avatar and comment made my day!!!!!! <3

  3. I am going to post it here. Etsy is not a business, it is a Jr high clique.

    I have had a lot of issues with them. They closed my shop for the last time not too long ago. I had paid my fees up, so I went to Paypal and disputed them all, as far back as I could go. It was only fair, right? Service were not rendered.

    Well, that made them so angry, they won't even let me keep a buyer account there. The worst kicker of them all - a friend had accessed her Etsy account from my house and hers was deleted too. I've heard to this happening before, but I never believed it until it happened to me.

    (I quote from the email sent to her) "I'm sorry but we cannot allow (name here) to use Etsy in any way. If there is a chance she can access your account and use it, then we must not allow you to have one either. We apologize for the hasty decision." Hasty decision? WTF?

    She can't have a damned buyer account there either now. They delete them within minutes, same as mine.

    Seriously, the worst I have done is owe them a debt (possibly). And they apparently take this personally, so personally, that they are also punishing an innocent person.

    The topper is that they broke their own TOU about disciplinary action. My friend did not mention me by name in her email. Etsy *did* mention my name in their email to her. I thought all that was supposed to be confidential? Etsy has made it a point to say that over and over again, even closing harmless threads over it.

    Shame on Etsy! They claim to care but they have taken the livelihoods of two people, one of whom has done nothing at all. And countless others, no doubt.

    I'd like to remain anonymous. I don't want any further trouble with them. They are nasty enough to do more damage to me and my business if they can.

  4. I had my art store since early 2008. Handmade paintings..drawings. All original. I had over 200 sales. I forgot to pay a .20 cent overdue fee and my credit card was in my fiance's name and has been since I first had my art store. We have a joint bank account. I gave them all of the proof that it's my store and even wanted to put the store in my own debit card. My fiance and I played e-mail tag with them for 2 weeks submitting proof of identity. They sent me an e-mail today saying they have permanently banned me. I can't even buy anything from them. They wiped my artistic reputation and all of the images of my artwork off the face of the planet. I only had the chance to save a couple of images before they deleted my account. I lost irreplaceable pictures and my customer base today. Devastated is not even the right word to describe me right now. I really can't believe this. I had 100% positive feedback..and such nice feedback from wonderful people. I don't really know what to do or what I can do about this.