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Tue Feb 14 2017 17:15:49

Etsy Eases Handmade Disclosure Policy

By: Ina Steiner
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Etsy is streamlining the process for disclosing production partnerships for items listed in the Handmade category on its site. The company made other big announcements today, but this one has the potential to rub some artisan sellers the wrong way.

As the company explained, "In 2013, we began asking shop owners who make their products with the help of a production partner to apply for outside manufacturing approval from Etsy."

What it didn't say was that some sellers of handmade goods objected, fearing that it would open the door to mass-produced goods on Etsy. In 2015, it launched a directory of approved manufacturers, called Etsy Manufacturing.

And now, 3 years later, Etsy is making it even easier for "designers" wanting to list items on the site that manufacturers may have helped produce. Rather than waiting for Etsy to approve a manufacturer partnership, sellers can simply disclose the information on those listings:

"As of today, you can add and manage your production partners during the listing process. This way, you're being as transparent as possible about your processes without having to wait for Etsy to review your partnership."

This may be the slippery slope that some sellers had feared. Don't underestimate how controversial Etsy's "Handmade" policy is - just take a look back at the furor that led to one millionaire-seller's ultimate departure from the marketplace in 2015.

Etsy also clarified its Handmade policy, which you can read on this page. As to that, an Etsy spokesperson told EcommerceBytes, "the changes to the handmade policy are just clarifications to make it easier to understand for sellers globally - nothing about what is and is not allowed on Etsy has changed."

What do you think of the latest changes to Etsy's approach to handmade goods?

Edited to add a link to the updated Handmade policy.



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by: C.Page This user has validated their user name.
       
Wed Feb 15 07:13:03 2017
I think Etsy's bottom line is money and profit and--as long as they can retain their image as a handmade marketplace--they don't care how or by whom an item was made. They've been ignoring reports of shops selling manufactured items as handmade for years. This new policy is a way of avoiding responsibility for effectively monitoring the site.
Etsy Eases Handmade Disclosure Policy   Etsy Eases Handmade Disclosure Policy
This user has validated their user name. by: The End
       
Wed Feb 15 08:19:28 2017
I pride myself on being a One Person Show.
My clients prefer this.
I'm doing well.
So, Etsy's new policy won't help or hurt. People know from mass produced.
I am the Essence of Etsy.
Etsy Eases Handmade Disclosure Policy   Etsy Eases Handmade Disclosure Policy
by: Flying Childers This user has validated their user name.
       
Wed Feb 15 08:54:03 2017
Just another ploy to push sales of mass produced, non handmade goods from China and other countries that still allow sweat shops.

Both of the new programs they rolled out are designed to do just that.  I guess there's just no enough money in genuine vintage and handmade.  So Chad & Co. are doing everything they can to squash those sellers.

Another one of the 10 Biggest Lies:  "I'm from Etsy and I'm here to help you."
Etsy Eases Handmade Disclosure Policy   Etsy Eases Handmade Disclosure Policy
by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.
       
Wed Feb 15 10:31:55 2017
China must own etsy amazon and ebay because everything they do benefits China and China only.

trump talks about putting pressure on China imports and China threatens us with a nuke..shows you how much the United States gives China a free pass on everything and basically turned them from a third world country to a 2nd world country all at the expense of us citizens
Etsy Eases Handmade Disclosure Policy   Etsy Eases Handmade Disclosure Policy
This user has validated their user name. by: The End
       
Thu Feb 16 09:07:23 2017
Etsy : I just tried listing something collectible "made by some one else".
Etsy wouldn't let me list it.
And it's rare and sought after as well.
Etsy's loss...
I won't use Ebay.
Craigslist is dangerous...
Etsy Eases Handmade Disclosure Policy   Etsy Eases Handmade Disclosure Policy
by: Barbbie This user has validated their user name.
       
Fri Feb 17 10:57:24 2017
I have a news flash for some of you.
Etsy is chock full of Chinese sellers and has been for a few years now.  

The same ones as on ebay and Amazon and with the same stuff only at higher prices. They may be an actual manufacturer so they easily fit the etsy mold.  Unless etsy changes that to US manufacturers only, they will continue to be full of Chinese sellers/manufacturers.
Besides that, if you sell a base product or an item that can be customized or used to make a handmade product then you can sell on Etsy. They opened this up a long time ago, nothing is likely to change back.  I cannot even find my custom items on sale there through all the China sellers on that site.

I did not know collectibles were able to be sold on etsy but I have seen used items on there so there must be a way.

Oh and years ago I tried reporting some of those Chinese to etsy, even providing the links to the exact same items sold by the same sellers on different sites, they did nothing. They absolutely do not care if it is homemade or made in China, they care about how much money they can get with their niche. That is all.


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