Here's the deal. Etsy is working on this latest (bull-crap awful) test, because it needs to improve mobile surfing. Why? Because, if it's going head to head with the big boys (Amazon, Ebay), it needs to be mobile friendly. And it's not right now. Why is this important? Currently, more than 40% of users use mobile. If the site is not mobile friendly, you lose those customers.
Why the big issue? Etsy surpassed 1.5 BILLION dollars in sales last year. Mobile users are becoming a huge issue and Etsy needs to address that. Why? Well, sales aside, they are also considering an IPO in the not too distant future. And how does that affect us as sellers? Think about it. We need to be on the cutting edge, else Etsy doesn't make the cut. So does what we need matter? Not a bit! Get used to testing, like it or not. We're the guinea pigs that are going to make Etsy A lot of money.
So, here we are. No longer is this a handmade, vintage and supplies site. You've all seen the sellers from 'other countries' take up the top pages for a variety of items. Report them? Sure! Makes a difference? Not! They're here to stay. Like it or lump it. Nothing we can do.
There's been a lot of angst on the forums lately about 'can I sell this'. My response? Sure. Etsy doesn't care anymore. This isn't the site it once was. If that's an issue for you, take it up with admin, for all that will get you. Seems to me this has become a free for all, just like those other sites I mentioned. Can we do anything about it? Um, no. The powers that be have their own schedule, and we sellers don't have a pot to.......well, you get the idea. The only thing we can do is make better products, keep them guessing, and hope that Ali you know doesn't try to steal our stuff.
Just my humble opinion, of course,