By now most of you have read Frank's announcement, 'We <3 Vintage (as well as Handmade and Supplies!)' www.etsy.com/teams/7716/announcements/discuss/10776490/
We understand there are some concerns about the test and what the resulting implications might be. We're listening!
We want to assure you that vintage is very important to Etsy, its culture and its business! There are over 2.5 million (!) vintage items on Esty that draw shoppers daily. There are no plans to remove vintage from the marketplace!
This tests affects a small percentage of members so that the effects are less likely to impact individual shops. We use experiments, like this one, to test improvements. The tests are adjusted until we're sure that the change is ready to be released to the entire site and that it will have a positive impact on the marketplace.
Based on the feedback that we’ve received, we are already exploring ways to allow the focused shopper to filter results by vintage or handmade just as we’ve done in search. Stay tuned!
We love to hear your constructive criticism, ideas and suggestions!