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Friday, October 21, 2011

one year later

Well, it's been almost exactly a year since I was perma-banned from Etsy for speaking out against their unscrupulous practices.  I'm still receiving spam from people promoting their Etsy shops, but since I've been banned, it's not as if I can buy anything there even if I were tempted to!  I wonder how many people they've banned for no good reason, like speaking out in the forums.  I'm a good member of the artisan community, with excellent business practices, and a strong supporter of my fellow craftspeople, and yet I got tossed out on my ass, and hardly anyone spoke out on my behalf.

No, it's back to business as usual in Etsyland.  The same scrapping and scrabbling for visibility and sales in a system that doesn't work for crafters, but is bringing in big bucks for Etsy corp.  Any of you folks who still sell there have any news to report about their "seller happiness" initiative?  Better customer service?  Or is it just the same old bull?  Leave us a message in the comments.


  1. jammin on the spinesJuly 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    same bullshit as always...actually the whole etsy site is down right now as of 3:25 ET (July 30 2012)

    here is their blameless, actionless message to their multi million member community
    Site issues
    In Tech Updates on July 30, 2012 by ahrivnak

    (3:25pm ET — See this in your timezone) The site is down and we are currently looking into it. We will update within 15 minutes

    (3:36pm ET — See this in your timezone) We’re looking into a problem with our database servers and hope to have a resolution soon

    been down for almost 20 minutes now...going strong...wonder if its going to be one of those down for 5 hours days....WTF!

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  10. Why doesn't Etsy work for crafters? I thought everyone loved it!?

  11. Yes Etsy kicked us out on our asses to and we were dumbfounded after discovering it was a competitor that accused us of copyright infringement. Really??? We make handmade Awareness, Medic Alert & Novelty Survival Bands and were doing great with 100% feedback etc. Etsy would never explain what we really did just your perma-banned from buying or selling ever again from Etsy. So the Etsy jail time begun 1 year ago. We had so many customers that loved our custom handmade and reasonably priced merchandise! Now we still Google Breast Cancer Awareness Survival Bracelet and they use our image and it goes to someone else's shop as 'similar items!' What a joke! So enough whining we're interested in a new crafters only site and are willing to be beta testers. Kristy & Wayne and

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