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Mon July 24 2017 09:59:39

Could Etsy Tags Put Sellers at Risk for IP Infringement?

By: Reader

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Dear Ina
I was reading the article about Etsy's recent tag stuffing experiment- and in the forums on Etsy I saw several people mention that the word "Disney" was stuffed into their tags (as an additional 14th tag - which cannot be edited).

Since the trademark/copyright issue is so important and part of what stockholders were angry about after the IPO - and since Etsy has shut down shops, removed items, etc...JUST for simply having "Disney" as a tag - HOW IN THE WORLD can they do this when they KNOW it is wrong - simply to drive traffic to Etsy? 

Several people on the forums that had this tag added to their listings (which of course had NOTHING to do with Disney) were very upset and worried that they would receive a cease and desist from Disney and then get a black mark from Etsy or worse - have their shop shut down.

Etsy has lost its mind and I have been selling on there for 5 years - totally out of control. I guess they abide by "do as I say, not as I do"
B.

Note from the Editor: We haven't heard of any new reports of Etsy adding tags to seller listings since the issue was raised in late May, but this letter we received last month raises an issue worth keeping in mind.




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by: Watching the Wheels This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 27 07:39:01 2017

Maybe, the solution is calling Disney and letting them know. Etsy would need fresh underwear.

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by: SammyCat This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 27 08:26:05 2017

This is a huge no-no and everyone who knows anything knows that.

It was bad enough before when they were keyword stuffing and using questionable and offensive words to lure traffic and bait people.

IF they are impinging on corporate copyrights, there would be hell to pay.

IF this is true, its another example of their fresh out of school techs who really know nothing about how the world works, but force their ridiculous ideas on shop owners.  

They are systematically ruining Etsy and I'm shocked that the powers-that-be allow such things to go on. Techs are a dime a dozen in the US and around the world.  Surely they could find people better suited to the job.  

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

Thu Jul 27 08:51:59 2017

Etsy has become like a giant Fun House.  On any given day you don't know if you'll wake up and porno or Disney  tags stuffed onto your listings, or if all the items will have been removed from your shopping cart (yesterday) or if you are advertising your competitors' products on ads that you paid for.  You also never know if what you see in your own shop is what other people see.  9 times out of 10 it's not so you have no way of knowing if you're doing the right thing.

Etsy is everything the Social Justice Warriors complain about: they are racist, sexist and age-ist.  I don't think there is anyone who works there who's over 50.  You never see photos of blacks or Hispanics at their HQ and they totally abuse their sellers most of whom are women (and many older women at that).

To top it off, their arrogance and hypocrisy are such that they still declare to the world how humane and caring they are as a company and then remove any comments that call them on their BS.  What a disgrace.

Yet until another good venue comes along, Etsy will have a monopoly and be able to do what they want.

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by: Etsy Seller This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 27 12:32:19 2017

I would like to know if Any of Etsy's really small sellers were included in this extra tag debacle.
Two shops, and I saw nothing.
Etsy does do the dumb effery on a regular basis, rarely, if ever, apologizes, and generally does nothing to promote the million shops except make news when they screw over their sellers with 'tests'.
How much $ does it cost to promote itself? They get $.20 for every listing on the site. Plus the fee when it sells. Etsy, use some of that money (our money) to run a thirty second ad promoting handmade, vintage and supply on the major networks! Get the Etsy name out there so when I say, 'I sell on Etsy', people might have a clue.
If I sold on Amazon, they would be impressed. If I sold on EBay, I'd be asked if people really did that anymore...
A one page ad in 'Good Housekeeping', 'Martha Stewart's "Living"', or 'People' would do wonders for the ultimate bottom line.



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