Etsy is committing extortion by deliberately damaging the reputation of selected sellers (not all sellers have been targeted) by placing irrelevant negative reviews under most of their listings.
The result of this is that these sellers are having to spend more money on advertising and the duplication of listings, in a desperate attempt to remove the irrelevant negative reviews.
I am one of the targeted sellers and I, along with other sellers, have found that by duplicating a listing that has positive reviews and then copying across the information from the tainted listing, I can remove the irrelevant negative review from that listing for a short period of time.
This however, costs me time and money and will continue to cost me time and money, as the irrelevant negative review creeps back onto the listing after a few days.
I have no problem with complete transparency as far as my reviews are concerned, I have a good track record, I am a 5-star seller and have received very few negative reviews in the 4 years that I have been selling on Etsy.
What I do have a problem with is Etsy placing a negative review under a listing that has nothing to do with that listing. It gives the false impression to a potential buyer that there has been an issue with that listing in the past.
Etsy has placed one particular negative review under almost every one of my listings, whether it relates to that listing or not, and it is having an adverse effect on my sales and interaction with potential customers. It is also costing me money because I am duplicating listings to try (in vain) to get rid of the review and I have also, in desperation, opened another shop.
This has been going on for some time now and Etsy is doing nothing to resolve the issue, despite me and many others contacting them on several occasions.
We have also contacted the FTC and can only hope that they put a stop to this - extortion is a crime and Etsy is not above the law.