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Etsy sellers launch a week-long strike over increased fees
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 11, 2022 08:32PM
Etsy sellers launch a week-long strike over increased fees
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Thousands of Etsy sellers — artists who make money from selling their handmade goods on the website — are closing their (online) shops for the week and going on strike.

Earlier this year, Etsy's CEO Josh Silverman announced that starting April 11 the company would increase the 5% transaction fee for sellers to 6.5%. This was done to fund improvements in marketing, and seller tools, among other changes, Silverman said.

The sellers are fed up with new transaction fees and other Etsy-imposed costs. Many sellers feel like Etsy is intent on squeezing the platform's independent artists with these new policies.

In response, Etsy sellers banded together and launched a campaign, urging other artisans and their customers to abandon the site for one week in protest. Organizers said more than 5,000 shops pledged to participate this week.

In a letter sent to Silverman on Monday, Etsy strikers said: "Etsy has become a downright hostile place for authentic small businesses to operate. For both full-time and part-time sellers alike, the changes on Etsy have brought many of us to the brink of financial ruin."

"After giving Etsy two years of record profits under the most difficult circumstances imaginable, we're tired, frustrated and ready to fight for our seat at the table," they added.

This isn't a strike in the legal or traditional term. So, there won't be any physical picket lines. The sellers aren't workers, Etsy isn't their employer, and they aren't covered by the National Labor Relations Act.
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Re: Etsy sellers launch a week-long strike over increased fees
Posted by: decay
Date: April 12, 2022 08:32AM
Remember Regretsy? Good times. Many laughs.

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Re: Etsy sellers launch a week-long strike over increased fees
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: April 12, 2022 03:23PM
They're only paying 6.5%? That's not that bad, a lot less than eBay. I say let them go up a store in their home town and see what percent they pay out to keep the doors open and lights on. 99.9% would not last 3 months.



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Re: Etsy sellers launch a week-long strike over increased fees
Posted by: decay
Date: April 13, 2022 09:51AM
It's the fact that Etsy is recording record profits, and the percentage hike feels like it is pushing out indie sellers, which honestly they have been doing for years now. They no longer require "handmade" for volume sellers.

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Kristi Cassidy has actively sold her Victorian, gothic, steampunk wedding dresses and costumes on Etsy's online marketplace since 2007.

Her product is niche, but Cassidy found a home on Etsy, which specializes in selling handmade or vintage items. She's been able to make a living creating custom dresses to her customers.

That is, until, Etsy started making big changes, she told NPR. This latest fee increase comes just a couple of years after another bump in transaction fees for sellers.

"It was just like this feeling of putting more and more work into my shop, and getting less and less out of it as I went along," she said.

Cassidy helped organize the Etsy strike campaign after she found other peeved sellers on social media felt the same way.

Sellers are reporting seeing more resellers on the site and some shops that steal other artists' designs. Many people that spoke to NPR said they felt like Etsy is doing nothing about complaints they submit to the company about these problems.

These independent shops also want to be able to opt out of off-site advertisements. These are Etsy-created promotions for specific listings that are posted throughout the internet; the cost is pushed to sellers once they make a sale based on these ads.

Cassidy said those ads make it hard to know what she would ultimately take home from custom orders.

"Off-site ads make my business completely unsustainable," she said.



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