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I can't wait until Etsy goes public so I can buy shares and actually get some "transparency" and "communication" from them...since public companies have legal obligations to their shareholders. Until then, <shrug> it's just about how pleased Etsy is with itself, their wonderful numbers, etc....it's as if resellers don't exist in their world, or aren't a big problem. When I see them say "Resellers are a HUGE problem and one we are struggling with" I will know someone's paying attention and being "real".
I like hearing about Etsy as a company and what the future holds but...
Control F, type "handmade" ... no results in the entire article from Chad. :(

Isn't that a big part of what Etsy has been about and is still about? I'm so happy here and I just hope that big company-wide changes don't upset the ecosystem that I have been putting my entire heart into since 2006. I'm proud of the B certification, I just wish that ANY talk of Etsy as a whole also mentioned the reason this site came to exist in the first place.

(And I believe in equal opportunities for all categories, for the record, "vintage" and "supplies" don't turn up anything either.)
jill from jill2day says
Rob,

If you (communal, not personal "you") realize that we are independent business owners, and are interested in our success, you will also understand the need for us to PLAN!! When changes come (or don't come) without warning, intelligent business action becomes panicked reaction!!

Set our expectations so that we know when a change is coming, what went into the process, how it is going to be introduced, and where, how and if our input is important.

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Agree 100% I sometimes feel like I'm holding the tail of a tiger and never know which way it's going to flip me! Give us a chance to catch up on the existing changes and give us a little warning when something else is going to change. Honest, open answers to questions would be good, too - without the corporate-speak. Just say what you have to say!

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southcentric from southcentric says

"We are a mindful, transparent, and humane business.
We plan and build for the long term.
We value craftsmanship in all we make.
We believe fun should be part of everything we do.
We keep it real, always."

What is etsy making?
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Compost.

I know that the admins in the thread mean well but agreeing that we don't work for you while running a test and sticking a huge "welcome to etsy" banner over every single one of our items in our shops is just not passing the straight face test.
I just wanted to say I'm excited to hear that etsy will finally work on gift certificates (dollar amount ones I assume lol!!) and different shipment options (for example slow mail $10, priority $20 where the customer picks the price/speed).

Maybe before pushing out new changes (like changing the categories) etsy should implement an online poll where they get feedback from sellers and see if those changes are wanted/needed and proceed from there. We sellers would appreciate being included in decisions that affect our business.
Have no idea what this is all about ,and reading the write up on it reads like a lawyer's document,

So, it's another wait and see.--;)
"The Etsy economy represents 8.75 ten-thousandths of one percent of the global economy. We have a long way to go and grow. But we don’t think of it as Etsy becoming more like the rest of the world, rather the rest of the world becoming more like Etsy."
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This is the one that stuck out for me. What on Earth has Etsy innovated that would inspire the rest of the world economy to be more like Etsy?

And how does the rest of the world becoming like Etsy increase bottom line?

And if they really do want to impact in a way that is socially responsible world wide, why don't they have a plan for putting grants and/or technical assistance in place for women in second and third world countries to sell directly to Etsy buyers?

Targeting expansion in countries with established and growing economies is smart business...but if you are going to talk social impact on a global economic level...to get people to believe you you are going to have to do more than ride a bike and do some composting.
Let me me prefface this by saying that I love Etsy mostly and am truly thankful it exisits & I have been able to build a business here, but....
I've been here since 2007 and I've seen a lot of change - but one thing that hasn't changed in Etsy's disconnect from its customers (sellers).
There isn't any transparency - there isn't a whole lot of constructive communication and I hope that changes like Chad says the company is commited to doing.
I felt for a long time there are two separate communities here - one is the people who work at Etsy building this platform for us - all of them seem to have a wonderful communal working enviroment which looks like a wonderful place to work.... and the other community is the people that use Etsy - the sellers and the buyers. There is a real disconnect in communication between these communities.
The Etsy people talk amongst themselves to work out issues, the sellers and buyers talk to each other here in the forums, create friendships and mentorships and help each other - but these two groups rarely have meaningful conversations with each other.
I don't think any of the real issues will get solved unless this is changed.
jorgensenstudio from jorgensenstudio says

...The Etsy people talk amongst themselves to work out issues, the sellers and buyers talk to each other here in the forums, create friendships and mentorships and help each other - but these two groups rarely have meaningful conversations with each other.
I don't think any of the real issues will get solved unless this is changed.
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This is sadly apparent in the Notes from Chad. He seems to have no idea what is really going on inside of Etsy. Not the Etsy offices in Brooklyn - the other Etsy that is the buying and selling community. It's getting to be a Marie Antoinette situation.

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