Monday, June 14, 2010

Protect yourself from the Wrath of Etsy!

I've heard from various sources (one of them being etsybitch.blogspot.com) that the Etsy admins are on a termination rampage!  They're closing down and suspending people's shops without warning for violating the TOS.  I just recently started checking into this stuff to see if the rumors were true, and unfortunately they are!  A friend of mine got her shop suspended for something that seems pretty silly!  :(  Please take a few minutes to review the Do's and Don'ts & make sure you're following all of the rules. 

Here are a few rules you may have overlooked... or just never though about:

1. Don't link your Etsy shop to any other shop or website where you sell similar items.  Duh.  That's like wearing a Target shirt to your Walmart job.
2. If you have a link to your BLOG on your Etsy page & your blog has an Artfire rapid cart, that's a no-no.
3. If you have a link to your FB fan page & your fan page has an Artfire Kiosk (or Payvment, Zibbet, etc.) that'll get you in trouble.
4. If you have more than one shop or profile on Etsy & you don't have a link to all your other shops (disclosure) on each one of the pages, you'll get in BIG trouble.  That's just shady & they don't like that AT ALL.  Back when I had 2 shops, I linked them b/c I wanted some of my CrazySocks traffic to venture over to my Label shop... it didn't work, but at least I wasn't breaking the law.  :)
5. You must not contact another member to buy or sell an item listed on Etsy outside of Etsy's marketplace. This may also constitute fee avoidance. (That's what your e-mail is for... )

So yeah, I've taken all of my links off of my Etsy page, and I encourage potential customers to contact me via E-mail instead of Convo.  I hope this info helps some of you stay safe from the wrath of Etsy.  They're really cracking down (or so I've heard).  I know most of us are just in it for some extra spending money, and I'd hate for anyone to get shut down. :(

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for some great reminders! I am thinking of a move to bigcartel or hyenacart :o)

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  2. I'm sure other venues have similar rules... but I don't know how harsh they are about making users follow them to a T.

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  3. Thanks for posting this. I was wondering about the Payvment tabs, so it's good to know. I just deleted mine (plus, I barely have time to run one shop, let alone 2!!).

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  4. I've been leaning toward leaving Etsy as it is. Artfire not only has no fees, they have no restrictions on when or where or what you link to from your Artfire page.

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  5. In fact, Artfire will even let you import your items FROM Etsy AND has that little box where you can click to leave Artfire to GO TO Etsy. They're so nice. lol

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  6. Good looking out- thanks for posting that- I cancelled my etsy account a while back- Just didn't work out for me. LOVE artfire would recommend them to anyone!

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  7. If I sold on Artfire, what i sold on Etsy..I'd leave Etsy in a heart beat..sadly AF just doesnt have the traffic I need..and I am a HUGE AF fan...hopefully one day tho!

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  8. Oh my goodness! I happen to be in the forums when this all hit and insane I tell ya! A lot of people are saying it was started after people voiced their opinion on a Storque article. Makes me nervous how much control they really have over my livelihood!

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  9. Great information! Thanks so much!! My business is new and I am new to Etsy. I only have a few items listed and have been planning to list more, but maybe I won't now and will just use my website which is where my orders have come from so far anyway.

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  10. Etsy has it's place...

    I just got started with a shop there, but was stopped from even posted one thing, as I realize you have to renew your postings every 4 months. What a hassle, (besides the extra cost).

    Now with all this that you are mentioning, maybe the Etsy hassle factor is just too great to bother with them altogether... Maybe....?!

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