I know so many real human beings that have started, built and grown a business on this site. These are not all cut throat business men and women that have degrees or great knowledge on how to run or grow a independent business, some are, but most I've met are craft people, artists that come to Etsy with a dream and a desire to start and perhaps grow an independent handmade business. Some have aspirations of supporting their household, some also have the dream of doing that and supporting their local economy and by doing so make great progress in changing our global consumer habits. Some may also have dreams of making it huge and becoming the next big thing. The wish or desire to do all of this I'm sure is vast.
Last I heard that was still Etsy's mission. If its changed, obviously the community would like to be informed.
Would I be too frank in saying that Etsy has exploited all of these determined and hardworking people by allowing and promoting shops that may have different goals??
It would be really great to fully understand the goals of Etsy. Thus far I hear them saying all of these things are what they too are working toward but the actions they are taking don't seem to be reflect that.