Welcome to EtsyTricksy … A Conspiracy of Silence
Today a relevant post was removed from the Etsy “Forums”. It was a honest post, pointing out that twenty identical factory-made necklaces were blatantly advertised on the first Etsy Search page. TWENTY necklaces which could be purchased at AliExpress for $4,50. Twenty shops clearly violating Etsy’s rules for Handmade items. Twenty obvious re-sellers of factory produced jewelry.
Here’s a segment of the Etsy Search page for Turquoise Bubble Necklace.
Within fifteen minutes the original post was pulled. Fifteen minutes. Several of the other replies to the original post were also yanked. Nothing in the post broke any Etsy forum rules … which are considerable. Nothing. Except it was a topic Etsy wants to keep quiet. And the poster clearly showed how derelict in their monitoring of resellers on Etsy is. It takes days for Administration to remove a glaringly obvious re-seller.
But mere minutes to censor anyone who questions their laxity towards people who break the most basic rule. That the sellers should HANDMAKE their items.
Here is the Thread in question … minus the censored Original Post.
Originally I had planned for Etsy Tricksy to be a blog offering suggestions, little tricks and help to people setting up Etsy shops. I had planned to temper my criticism and balance it with the very good elements of this highly successful world-wide site. Then I began to read very disturbing complaints. I began to see shops disappear, familiar voices on the forums silenced and blogs cut off after a month or two. Something sinister seemed to be operating.
How could any company in America in 2013 possibly operate under an iron curtain of silence? How could any company possibly not be apprehended for misrepresentation? Why have none of those people whose lives were decimated in moments by a sudden closure of their shops, not spoken up? Beyond a short angry tirade in one or another little-read and little publicized blogs? Why are people not speaking up?
So I changed the direction of EtsyTricksy a bit and trimmed my sails. Now I’ll be a little less generous and a lot more vocal.
Climb aboard, The ride is just beginning.