Thursday, May 3, 2012

I Protest!

  Recently, MadScientistsDesigns' web host, Etsy, has been making some strange decisions regarding their own policies and rules by allowing re-sellers to remain open. This has led to a major protest by Etsy 's Handmade sellers. 

See Etsy's Marketplace Criteria here

To read more about the "official" protest click here.

One suggestion is to change your shop avatar to a picture of hands with the word "HANDMADE" added. This is what I have done. 

 The movement calls for an Etsy "blackout" on May 10th where shops go on vacation mode for 24 hrs and sellers boycott for the day. The poop really hit the fan over a particular Etsy Featured (Re)seller that was reported to Etsy and exposed on regretsy. See the regretsy article here.

What will YOU do to support Handmade?

xo ~ Mad


  1. Thanks for sharing this. Etsy's decision seems strange. I shall have to follow your links to find out more.

  2. I switched my avi and will close the 10th may.
    Do we do another things for more show the protest ?

  3. I will have to make up a new avatar today.... Great post.

  4. Great post! The word needs to be spread! Just becareful about the blackout I just heard a rumour today that etsy is closing down shops that they suspect of protesting!

    1. See post below for the link of one shop that was "temporarily" closed saying that she was in violation of Etsy policy.

  5. It's true! Read more about what happened to one person who put her shop on vacation: