Etsy has a field in certain categories that auto-populates based on the type of item a seller is listing. As a recent discussion on the Etsy boards indicated, it can be disconcerting to sellers since there’s little information about it – we couldn’t find anything in Etsy’s help file. And there’s no override for sellers who feel it may not be an accurate way to describe the item they’re listing.
The field is called “Use” and shows up in some categories including clothing and shoes.
When listing an accessory, for example, a seller saw the field auto-populate with “Use: dress.” The seller worried shoppers would see the field and believe the item was actually a dress. But the “use” attribute was meant to indicate to shoppers that the accessory was for use on a dress, not that the item itself was a dress.
The use field ended up displayed on the published listing in the Overview section (underneath Add to Cart) as Use: Dress, above another field called Materials.
There are many clips on Etsy with different uses (dress clips, binder clips,…), so conceivably the Use field could help prevent shoppers from buying the wrong type of clip.
What bothered sellers was that there was no way to override the Etsy classification. But eschewing attributes altogether may not be such a good idea since they help with search rankings and other ways of gaining visibility on the marketplace.
If you’re an Etsy seller, have you experienced auto-populating fields that can’t be overridden? Would you find the Use field helpful?