beadkeepers is taking a short break.
Upon receiving Etsy's CEO email today, I am putting my shop in vacation mode until I decide whether or not I believe Etsy is the online community I believed it to be when I joined years ago. Unfortunately, I think Etsy has chosen to support whatever improves it's own bottom line over what supports independent artists and handmade art.
I truly am sorry to see this turn in Etsy's handmade arts commitment and ethics. Until I am given some sort of assurance otherwise, I will be boycotting the site. This decision wasn't made lightly, and hurts not only me as an artist, but also will hurt other Etsy artists I purchase from.
Feel free to contact me for more information, and I have included the Etsy email below. Till next time, please continue to support HANDMADE ART AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS IN YOUR COMMUNITIES. You can find me on Facebook and online at www.beadkeepers.com, where I have started my own online shop. Please consider supporting me directly, without Etsy as a middleman. Thank you.
Over the past eight years, Etsy sellers have astounded us with their creativity, ingenuity and ambition. This is a marketplace we make together; we lay the foundation and you build on it. You’ve grown Etsy in ways we never predicted, but part of our foundation hasn’t kept up.
Sellers tell us that our policies for shops with handmade items have become confusing, intrusive and restrictive. It’s time to give those policies a renovation.
We believe Etsy’s foundation should be empowering to you. You should be able to run your shop in a way that works for you. We want to be clear about what handmade means on Etsy. It’s about having an idea for an item, taking responsibility for how it’s made, and being honest about it.
In our new, simpler guidelines:
You are welcome to hire people and collaborate from different locations.
If it makes things easier, you can use shipping or fulfillment services. You remain responsible for your buyer’s experience.
You can work with outside manufacturers to help produce your designs. We’ll ask a few questions about why you chose them and how you work together.
Re-selling — purchasing a new, finished product you had no role in creating and selling it to someone else unchanged — is still not allowed.
All manufacturers and any shop members who help make your handmade items should be listed on your About page, to foster trust with buyers.