I wanted to explain why I'm phasing out my Etsy store. I have opened a new store at Zibbet.com and will be doing all of my sales through them now. I'll add the link in bit here.
A seller on Etsy has two dolls made from my FREE patterns for sale for 20 and 25 dollars. I have contacted this seller repeatedly asking her to remove the listings. Not only did she NOT remove them, she put them in her 'featured' listing almost as if she was thumbing her nose at me, and flaunting the fact that she knows Etsy will do nothing about it.
I contacted Etsy, and was told to 'get an attorney' and instructed to follow their copyright infringement reporting policy, which is not only LONG and complicated, but *expensive* and by the time any of that information gets to them, she will likely have sold the items making the time, money and effort I put into it completely USELESS.
I won't be closing the shop immediately, however as items are sold or expire, I simply won't be relisting them.
I have been hearing much lately about Etsy's poor record online with how they treat sellers, and also that they consistently ignore copyright infringement issues on their site. SANRIO, Nickelodeon and other major corporations have filed legal complaints asking them to remove items that violate their copyrights (such as sellers selling items like Hello Kitty, Spongebob Squarepants, etc) but Etsy has done nothing about this (these complaints were filed 2 and 3 YEARS ago, Etsy has had the time to comply but simply does not)
I will be concentrating on my Zibbet shop from now on. As I explore the site, I find that it offers many things Etsy does not. Sales mode, advertising options, ease of listing and relisting, and coupons that I can make for individuals, one time use per customer, *dollar* off amounts instead of blanket percentage, and also Gift Certificates. These are tools I look forward to implementing into my sales efforts in the near future.
For all of you who have purchased from my Etsy shop in the past, THANK YOU! And please, feel free to browse my new Shop at [link]
will be having a 'relocation sale' soon .. after I've had time to spruce up the new store and organize things better there. In the meantime all of the items you can find at Etsy are available at the new Zibbet store.
This change will likely hurt me in sales for a while, but I hope not for too long. I simply can't continue to support a site like Etsy that so flagrantly disregards the laws, and disrespects the very sellers that keep their own company going. I guess as long as there are people who do not care about the laws and common courtesy and respect - Etsy will have plenty of people selling items on their site.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement!
Onward to bigger and better things!
Alright. Here's what I'm doing: Everything MUST go at Etsy. I'm giving 20% off everything at Etsy until it's all gone. I won't be re-listing the items as they sell. Enter this code during checkout to receive the discount : EMG2010
If you miss a pattern at Etsy that you really want, don't fret! I'm having a 20% off sale on everything at my Zibbet store until Dec 31st... and no code needed, all prices automatically reflect the 20% discount! I will re-list items at Zibbet as fast as I can, so if you don't see it there, just wait a bit, I'll be re-listing
So visit my Etsy store here first: [link]
you don't see what you want, then go to my Zibbet store here: [link]
get the same discount till the end of the year
I'm hoping that this will help to facilitate the transition between venues... and also give you a great deal on the patterns!
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