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If there are questions about why a specific thread is closed, or if the logic seems unclear please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are some pretty straightforward rules and guidelines concerning conduct in the forums, these have not changed in some.
For those who want a refresher: www.etsy.com/help/article/483??ref=help_policies_suggestion#thecomm...
Please remember to be respectful to others and to stay on topic.
There were some questions early on in this thread that I'd like to address concerning policies around how we conduct shop investigations.
An excellent News Blog was written back in September by Julian Wong. Here is an except:
"There’s a common misconception that seeing multiple shops with the same or similar item means they are reselling. As sellers, you keep aware of trends and popular items. As buyers’ appetites for these items increase so do the number of sellers that create these items to satisfy demand. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to find multiple sellers who have access to the same supplies and skills competing to make the same items for buyers."
This blog goes into the steps taken to investigate a shop. If you see a shop that's operating outside of site policy then please do report it so that we can follow up.
For those interested in reading about Collectives: www.etsy.com/help/article/483??ref=help_policies_suggestion#members.... We don't keep any of this information from members, it's all there to see in the Do's and Don'ts of Etsy.
Thanks and have great night!
You'll see that almost always (I can think of few exceptions to this), when threads are closed, there is a reason.
ETA, simply being "off topic" or not considered appropriate for the forums is enough to get them closed.
I'd believe they cared about rules more if they actually enforced the rules about what can be sold on the site, though
forum rules: very strongly enforced!
rules about what is and is not "handmade" or "vintage": not very strongly enforced!
and you can see the motivation for this, maybe - shutting down resellers is harder than shutting down threads and ends up costing etsy $