To the powers that be "How resellers actually cost Etsy money"
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I do not know for certain if this is true but it does seem to be a possibility, even a probability.
If this is not the case. Hurray! I look forward to the changes that will occur when you overcome whatever unknown obstacle has until now kept you from honoring your own policies.
But if a desire for revenue is indeed what has fueled the tolerance for resellers I would like to offer some contradictory food for thought.
Etsy's success is a result of sellers and buyers alike believing that Etsy is a place where they find handmade items sold by the maker.
It is true that if a very small number of resellers snuck in they could make money for themselves and for Etsy without any negative repercussions for Etsy as a whole. At least as long as the buyers and sellers didn't loose any of their overall perception regarding Etsy as a whole. However, as resellers become more common, and especially as it begins to appear as though they are being welcomed by Admin and even encouraged or coached as to how to continue to sell here. The perception of "handmade by seller" begins to erode. This will cause damage to Etsy's financial bottom line. It will make Etsy far more vulnerable to competition. This will cause many would be sales and listings to be lost.
The difficulty is that the money resellers bring in can be easily measured. The money they cost can not. Because there is no way to measure how many people didn't buy from a legit shop for fear they were dealing with a reseller. Or how many legit sellers never opened shop since they didn't want to compete with resellers. Or how many people simply chose to use a different venue where they felt more assured that there was integrity.
Simply put I am begging Admin to realize the money that will be "lost" by closing down resellers isn't actually lost. That loss is in fact an investment. It could be viewed as a tax free add campaign that informs all the legitimate sellers and buyers that that Etsy truly is what they came here to find: " a marketplace for handmade items sold by their makers." That "ad campaign of integrity" will boost buyer and seller confidence and will increase buying and selling alike.
As hopefully you have already heard "honesty is the best policy"
It seems Etsy is at a cross-roads. Will they trust that doing the right thing will reward them over the long haul, or will they compromise for what appears to offer immediate profits?
Please don't let us down
Posted at 3:56 pm Jul 19, 2010 EDT
If they do...I will print out my posts and EAT my words and take photos and post them for you.
lol. as much as i would crack up at seeing the photos, i don't think you have to worry about having to really do this.
Posted at 1:13 am Jul 20, 2010 EDT
So true, and I witnessed the scenario you spell out in real life a few weeks ago:
My friend needed a travel bag for an upcoming trip, so I suggested she try Etsy. She found the perfect bag, at an awesome price, but then figured out it is made in a factory overseas (she's a smart lady). Needless to say, she did not buy the bag and is now pretty over the idea of Etsy.
How can I change her mind if resellers are indeed here to stay? :(
Posted at 1:17 am Jul 20, 2010 EDT