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Etsy, 2005: "Hey, independent artists and makers, here's a platform for selling your shit that's specifically tailored to help people find your small-scale output"

Etsy, 2015: "We're going to let people sell mass-manufactured Chinese crap. You can always lower your prices to compete. Hope you don't mind!"

Etsy, 2019: "Shipping costs? Fuck you! Ship for free or we bury your listings, you piece of garbage. You shitstain. Why do we even let you sell anything here"

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@ItsTheManOnTheMoon I had a friend whose account got deleted by Etsy because she complained about the factory resellers twice, and they said she was being disrespectful to the community with her constant call-outs ಠ_ಠ

@Louisa @ItsTheManOnTheMoon

I guess Craig's List is the closest thing there is to an open-source etsy, and it's not in any way up to scratch. :/

@ItsTheManOnTheMoon Some makers I really like are getting off etsy because of their horseshit, and it's disappointing as a consumer but I really can't blame them.

@lindentreeisle

My sales tanked after they adopted the "You can sell mass-manufactured stuff as long as you're the "designer", or if it's supplies" rule.

I was never super proactive about promoting my store and I suspect there was a partial factor of my particular niche market getting saturated, but there was definitely an overall shift in the tone and quality of the site once they allowed mass-produced junk

@ItsTheManOnTheMoon Yeah. 😣 I know how damn hard it is for artisans and artists to make any money with their work, and seeing one of the best-known marketplaces for independent sellers trying to turn itself into alibaba has to be infuriating.

Letting the manufacturers in was bad enough, but the shipping thing is such a straight-up fuck you given that people genuinely looking for quality handmade items understand that shipping costs money and are willing to pay.

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