PISSED here. And tonight I’m really living up to my name. Ever hear the old adage … “The Devil can cite scripture to serve his purpose”? Well Etsy management must have memorised this little ditty and brought it up to date in these secular …. and mercenary times.
Etsy in fact has gone one step further and written its very own little scripture. And firmly swallowing any nascent sense of guilt, they’ve even labeled themselves as a marketplace with integrity. Without a tremor of remorse at their perfidy. Astounding!
Scroll through this masterpiece of legerdemain ( means “sleight of hand’ or “tricky fingers”. I really AM a journalist and when I’m really pissed I become loquacious … or … wordy).
Okay Etsy makes a nice little list of shops reported … 29,496… a goodly number. Then the number of shops they “reviewed”. At 25,357 it’s a fairly reasonable count. But then the numbers plunge for shops where actual action was supposedly taken … only 8,555. Not an eye-popping account by any standards. Less than 25% of the initially reported shops. Not so good.
But when you read what Etsy has posted as a explanation next to that last number, a horrible reality dawns.
Now pay attention to this ….. “action taken”. Which means? Well pretty damn near anything Etsy wants it to. Notice they don’t say “shop closed”. Any of those rumored “three warnings” could be included in this comparatively paltry number. So could removal of a single item. And what exactly are those specifically prohibited items? Seems to me that allows Etsy complete control over interpretation of what is and what isn’t prohibited.
And finally …. How many shops have been CLOSED? ….. THAT is the real question.
It’s pretty clear that NOTHING if being done. That any shops which have been apprehended are merely icing on a very devious and deceptive cake.
Now here’s the ultimate slap in the face to all genuine artisans on Etsy. Etsy management apparently assumes that its customers and the public are utter fools. It’s not only insulting, it’s downright wrong. And at this stage it is clearly time for legal action.
With the avalanche of obvious re-sellers from Chinese factories, the only way this chart can be accurate is if Etsy is deliberately overlooking those pages of Bubble Necklaces, watches priced at twenty cents and those Eternity bracelets. That is the only way these stats can be accurate.
This obviously manipulated chart. is the most damning evidence of Etsy’s deliberate deception.
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