As you may know from last week's post here, my FrenchKissed Etsy shop was closed last Thursday.
I was guilty of subversively and deceptively with obvious criminal intent of MISCATEGORIZING some of my scans -- God forbid!
One word that Etsy often uses in their posts is "transparency." That transparency is vital to a good community...blah, blah. When you post a standard PS at the end of all your emails that says "don't share this with anyone," I don't think that's very transparent at all, but more like just the opposite and a tad threatening.
In an effort of full disclosure and true transparency, I wanted to tell you what else happened in my situation.
I debated with myself about letting go and forgetting it.
But ... remember how Dr. Phil became famous for his phrase, "We teach people how to treat us"? If we little people keep letting the big guy intimidate us because they hold all the cards, well.... nothing will ever get better.
I pay Etsy a sizable chunk of money every month -- not that I'm making a lot of money. Not at all. But in comparison to my product, my Etsy fees are high. Think about it. It costs 20 cents to list an item whether it's $125 or $3.99. Since I pay to use Etsy as my selling venue, we are, in essence in a contract with one another. However, the closing of my shop without warning showed me that it is a very lop-sided contract and I have no rights!
As sellers paying for a service, we should have some rights, some due process of law. Not just wake up one morning and find our shop is closed.
PROTESTY: Shops closing on May 10No wonder that hundreds of Etsy shops are closing on May 10 as a protest against Etsy not living up to its original mission statement to support the handmade market. IF you haven't heard about this movement, click here. When I visited this site last week, there were 280 shops pledging to close for 24 hours. Right now there are 3500!
Anyway, awake at 3:30 a.m. Monday morning from arm pain, I got an early start on my fuming and festering:) So I wrote to the Etsy's CEO Chad Dickerson. He had posted in Etsy's forum a lengthy response in regard to the uproar over a featured seller ... that Etsians should treat one another with "kindness and respect." He reiterated the rules about no name calling or calling out specific shops, etc. Hence, my decision to come back and blacken out the name of the original "Integrity" team member who wrote to me before I shared my blog post link with him....