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Etsy Holds Session on Using Outside Manufacturers

Interested in ramping up your Etsy business by using an outside manufacturer? Did you even know you could do that under Etsy’s handmade rules? Etsy is holding a session today, December 12th, at 2 pm EST to answer questions from those who make goods to sell on its marketplace.

Just over a year ago, Etsy broadened its definition of handmade – what many perceive as a radical change.

While reselling is still not allowed in the Handmade category, Etsy said it was okay to work with outside partner and manufacturers if approved by Etsy.

Several administrators from the “Responsible Seller Growth Team” will be on hand during Friday’s Q&A session.

This team of fellow makers is dedicated to helping sellers scale their business by partnering with outside manufacturers. They are a team of Maker Specialists (that’s the job title!), people who know a lot about the making process and care about who’s involved in it, and how. They work to make sure that these partnerships fit the Etsy community and to provide education and resources to small designers on responsible production.

Sellers posted their questions on the announcement thread for consideration. For example, some sellers wondered if they could find manufacturers willing to work with small budgets.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.