Recently, I received a mass email sent by the “C.E.O” of Etsy. It was explaining to the sellers of Etsy why allowing mass produced and outsourced goods helped us. In reality, it destroys what Etsy is meant to be. Etsy was started as a platform for artists to sell their goods that they had personally made with their own hands (hence the name “handmade”). They are now allowing people to sell items made by children or other under paid workers in third world countries. I have long spoke boldly about the sad and often inhumane conditions of these giant manufacturing houses and the first thing to do to take a stand against these places is not purchase goods made in them. Not only has Etsy ignored sellers who placed items in the marketplace that came from these factories, but now, they are actually defending allowing them. If these conditions of the factories are not bad enough to not support Etsy’s new marketplace, but they encourage sellers to lie and claim their items are “handmade”. They actually want their sellers to lie to customers to try and make more money (because, of course, if the sellers make more money, then Etsy does). Sometimes in life, I feel like you have to take a stand. You need to stand up for what’s right and stand against what’s wrong. This is one of those times. Say no to supporting illegal or unfair working conditions and say no to lying to customers. If you are an Etsy buyer, please only buy from sellers who you KNOW are hand making their goods. If you are an Etsy seller, I encourage you to do what I have done. Place your shop into Vacation Mode with the following message until Etsy decides to go back to being a safe, encouraging place for artists:
"Sadly, Etsy has decided to eliminate the handmade guidelines that make this community a wonderful venue full of artists. They have decided to allow manufactures in China, who use child labor, to make items for sellers and still mark them as "handmade". I have long been against child labor and I feel I cannot support Etsy if they feel they wish to support such abuse and wrong doings towards the people who live in third world countries. I will complete any open orders, but I will be putting my shop in Vacation Mode afterwards until Etsy decides to take the moral high ground and take a stand against these unfair labor practices."
If Etsy decides to leave their shop policies as is, then I will be opening an independent store and Etsy can kiss their fees good bye. Join me and take a stand!