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Wed Oct 14 2020 16:55:26

Etsy Search Is Hindering This Shopper

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
Etsy doesn't want my money/business! 

For over a month Etsy search for specific items with specific filters is not working. I type in a specific search, pick the category (in most cases, jewelry) filter "vintage", filter "United States only", filter "newest first". 

The first page will show these specifics. Starting with the second page and going for hundreds of more pages, my requested results are sprinkled in among clothing, silver ware, handmade, and every category of things that one could imagine. 

I have contacted Etsy about this several times now with the same answer - rep will let technical people know about it. Over a month and counting, not fixed.

How much business is Etsy losing because they are not able to fix, or aware of the fact that their search results/filters are not working? 

Thank you for all that you do to help us, Ina!
Sincerely,
VeryGoodVintage

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 14 19:44:57 2020

eBay is the same

These sites show you what THEY want you to see...... and what/who they want you to see.

People pay for product placement- like an end cap in a supermarket.....

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by: cvsharkey This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 15 07:38:59 2020

And here I just thought people were placing their items in the wrong categories....
but when you're looking for 11/0 seed beads  items of clothing appear, you gotta wonder.

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by: Flying Childers This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 15 09:26:23 2020

Let's face it, Etsy is out to get rid of vintage and handmade sellers and now they are making no bones about it.  They are deliberately de-platforming our shops and hiding our listings, not matter how much you spend on their phony "advertising".  

I have spoken with dozens of vintage and handmade sellers in the last few months who all say the same thing- that no matter how successful they have been over the years, Etsy has basically shut down their shops by hiding their listings.  You can read about it on the forums, but they are so heavily censored that it's hard to get a true idea what's happening.

Etsy is home to some of the best sellers of vintage and handmade goods.   Our items our unique, well made and extremely well priced, the best that Etsy has to offer.  Yet instead of promoting these listings, Etsy is hiding  them in favor of mass produced, shoddy, sweatshop goods from CHINA.   Think about that one for awhile.   Etsy is ripping off AMERICAN sellers to help CHINA.  How is that even legal?

If nothing else,  Etsy sellers are consumers and should be protected by our state's consumer protection laws.  This is not the last we will be hearing about this, I assure you.   Time for Etsy to clean up its act.

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by: acertainblue This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 15 17:27:46 2020

Maybe this is part of why my sales are nearly nonexistent at a time of year when they have always been strong. This, among other factors such as loss of disposable/spendable income around a host of factors, esp. in the U.S. My "activity" stream for the last few weeks is very odd, looking as if Etsy is only showing certain categories to certain groups of people - and as if that narrow window of visibility is maybe every 14 hours or so...? Making me unusually unmotivated re: listing.  

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by: Flying Childers This user has validated their user name.

Fri Oct 16 09:05:54 2020

For those of you who are making excuses for Etsy's lies and thuggery, please be aware that retail and online sales are surging and breaking records:

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-core-retail-sales-surge-m
ost-history-september

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by: AnotherTime This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Oct 16 10:55:55 2020

As Etsy (and most ecom sites) try to build more revenue for the stock holder, the focus and benefit to a seller gets lost.   THE main ingredient for internet shopping is search results.  As a shopper I don't care about anything else except searching for what I am looking for.  
As a vintage seller - this is especially crucial because our products do not fall into a mainstream grouping.   Come on Etsy ..... just focus on making your search capabilities the best of the 'net and you will see the profits grow!



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